Vancouver: The Challenge of Strengthening the Social and Environmental Performance of the Mining Industry

November 20, 2019 all-day
University of British Columbia - Forestry Science Centre
2424 Main Mall
BC V6T 1Z4


Dr. Anthony Hodge Event Poster


CIM MES Vancouver is pleased to inform you of the following upcoming event at the University of British Columbia featuring:

Anthony Hodge, Ph.D

Adjunct Professor, Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining Engineering
Queen’s University, Australia


who will deliver a discussion on:

The Challenge of Strengthening the Social and Environmental Performance of the Mining Industry


Dr. Hodge will begin by reflecting on the fact that even though some improvements to social and environmental performance are evident amongst leadership mining companies, needed change is not forthcoming, too short term, and not industry wide – a concern that has been re-enforced by the recent tailings tragedies. He will point out that the demands of green technologies and support for the evolution of and poverty reduction in emerging nations together mean that more mining will be needed in the future – not less. This at a time when societal pressure to bring fairness to the attendant distribution of costs, risks and benefits will only increase. Hodge will provide an overview of the many thousands of “mining” companies and operations, upstream supply and service companies (particularly financial), downstream consumers, governments, civil society organizations, and affiliated academic/research organizations together comprise the “mining ecosystem.” Objectives, size, ownership models, capacity, and importantly, interest in and willingness to change is highly variable. Different incentives for strengthening performance targeted at different parts of the industry are essential. These need to be synchronized through the creation of a synchronized industry-wide change strategy. If this step is not taken, business-as-usual will continue: change and improvement will continue at a rate that is too little and too slow, leading companies will continue to be dragged down by the laggards, and respect from society for the industry will not be forthcoming.



Dr. R. Anthony Hodge is a geological engineer with early graduate work focusing on hydrogeology (University of British Columbia, 1972, 1976). In 1995 he was awarded an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal, for his work on Assessing Progress Toward Sustainability.

He is currently Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining Engineering Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada; Visiting Professorial Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia; member of the Natural Resource and Energy Leadership Council convened by RESOLVE in Washington DC; advisor to the Responsible Mining Foundation, Amsterdam, and a member of the Independent Tailings Review Board for the Red Mountain mine project, British Columbia.


Co-hosted at UBC by:

  • The Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
  • Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, within the Sauder School of Business
  • Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining
  • Canadian Institute for Resources and Development, the School of Public Policy & Global Affairs



Wednesday, November 20, 2019
4:45 – 7:00pm

4:45 pm – Registration
5:00 pm – Presentation and Q&A
6:55 pm – Closing Remarks



University of British Columbia – Forestry Science Centre

Room: FSC 1005, Forestry Science Centre, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4



Seminar is complimentary and seats are limited. Register by Monday, November 18, to secure your place. Please RSVP at (if you are interested in attending). This is an excellent networking opportunity and there is no charge to attend.


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