Vancouver: Modern Slavery Issues for Business: Securities Disclosure Obligations, Legal Liability and Reputational Issues

June 19, 2019 all-day
Segal Graduate School of Business - Simon Fraser University
500 Granville Street

CIM MES Vancouver is pleased to present:

Daniela Chimisso dos Santos, BA, LLB, LLM, SJD (Can.)

Principal Consultant, Invenient Solutions Consulting

Alan Franklin, JD, LLB, LLM

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 panel discussion on:

Modern Slavery Issues for Business: Securities Disclosure Obligations, Legal Liability and Reputational Issues


UK, France, Australia, EU Directive 2014/95/EU and California have enacted “modern slavery laws” requiring corporate compliance and reporting. In Canada, the courts are hearing cases regarding modern slavery issues in Nevsun, Tahoe and Hudbay.

Canada has recently appointed the first Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), whose mandate is to investigate complaints regarding breaches by Canadian companies of human rights, with a focus on the extractive industries.

The Quebec Securities Commission (AMF) issued a Notice to Public Companies in September 2018, advising them of the importance of modern slavery issues, with emphasis on disclosing the risks related to them. Supply chain management is of particular significance in this regard, as well as corporate governance issues, codes of conduct, and directors’ oversight of corporate human rights issues.

This seminar will look at the content of some of these obligations on extractive companies, and how companies can best deal with them. This will be discussed in the context of the very real problem that disclosing issues publicly can adversely affect the progress of negotiations with stakeholders.



Daniela Chimisso dos Santos is Principal Consultant at Invenient Solutions Consulting, and has practiced law in the oil, gas, and mining industries for almost 20 years. She has extensive national and international experience, including in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and Asia. Recent projects include authoring the Western Canada’s Extractives’ Executives Barometer Report, and working as National Researcher for Transparency International Canada on a global project on mining for sustainability. Her last corporate position was as Deputy General Counsel, Vale S.A. The United Nations Development Programme has recently recognized her as an extractives expert. Daniela has lectured at several law faculties, including the University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, and Osgoode Hall Professional Development. Her research interests include institutional change, the role of multinational enterprises in development, human rights law, finance and development; her scholarship includes co-authoring “Financing Human Rights Due Diligence in Mining Projects”, “Export Credits, Sovereign Debt and Human Rights”, and “Human Rights Due Diligence and Extractive Industries”.

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).



Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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, June 17, 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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