Vancouver: Entering a Corrupt Jurisdiction – Analyzing and Reducing Risk

November 20, 2018 all-day
Segal Graduate School of Business - Simon Fraser University
500 Granville Street

CIM MES Vancouver is pleased to present:

Alan Franklin, J.D., LL.B., LL.M.

Managing Director, Global Business Risk Management
Academic Advisor, Athabasca University Faculty of Business


Joseph Ringwald, PEng, FCIM, CD

President and CEO, ScoZinc Mining


who will deliver a presentation on:

Entering a Corrupt Jurisdiction – Analyzing and Reducing Risk


All states have corruption – to greater or lesser degree. As Transparency International states in their Perceptions Index report for 2016: “Let’s get straight to the point: No country gets close to a perfect score in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.”

Some Canadian provinces are said to be more corrupt than Chile or Botswana especially for mining companies (see Fraser Institute report, 2012). Canada Mining Corruption: Survey Finds Canadian Provinces Seen As Riskier Than Parts Of Africa – Huffington Post 02/24/2012

Extractives face the most risk regarding corruption, largely because the industry is so highly regulated globally (see Metals and Mining — Fraud and corruption: Ernst & Young Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services perspective (2009). Thus, best practices regarding corruption issues apply globally).

This seminar will discuss how companies should prepare for operating in any jurisdiction in which corruption is present (essentially all states of the world). The normal advice given to companies is to develop a good anti-corruption program, and not to pay bribes. This advice is generally far too facile – the purpose of the seminar is to look into the corruption sphere with far more sophistication than usual, and discuss tools that can be used to reduce the risks.



Alan Franklin is Managing Director of Global Business Risk Management (Vancouver and Toronto). He also develops and teaches courses on international business risk management for Executive MBA students at Athabasca University in Canada. Alan is a member of the Panel of Experts of the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anticorruption at the University of Ottawa, as well as an active member of the Columbia University “Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum” and the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association.

Alan retired from private practice to devote his time to teaching, consulting and writing about international business risk management, with focus on corruption issues. He has worked with over 180 companies in Canada which has allowed him to develop insights into issues of risk analysis and management on a practical level that are not well known nor discussed in the literature or at conferences. These unique insights have empowered him to provide consulting services to corporations, lawyers, accountants, banks and insurance companies.


Joe Ringwald, President and CEO of ScoZinc Mining, is a mining and mineral process engineer with over 30 years mining and construction experience including senior management positions in exploration, development, operations and consulting companies. His career has taken him into numerous countries on five continents to work on underground and surface projects of various commodities including base and precious metals, uranium, coal, industrial minerals and diamonds. His current and past avocation activities and affiliations include member of the Canadian Mirror Committee to the ISO for Anti-Bribery (ISO 37001), member of the Canadian Securities’ Mining Advisory and Technical Monitoring Committee, past Director of Transparency International Canada (TI-Canada), founding Executive Committee Member of the Centre for Excellence on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and assisted in the development of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA).


Tuesday, November 20, 2018
4:15 – 6:00pm

4:15 pm – Registration
4:30 pm – Presentation and Q&A
5:55 pm – Closing Remarks


Segal Graduate School of Business – Simon Fraser University

500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Room 2300


Seminar is complimentary and seats are limited. Register by Monday, November 19, to secure your place. Please RSVP by replying to if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity and there is no charge to attend.


Thank you to our sponsor, Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business, for providing the space!


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