The Mining Association of Canada started its Toward Sustainable Mining initiative (TSM) in 2000 with the intention of improving the industry’s reputation by improving its environmental, social and economic performance. As part of this initiative, the MAC Board agreed to develop a Community of Interest Advisory Panel, as a means of strengthening engagement with mining communities of interest, and to help achieve the objectives of the TSM initiative.
Establishment of the Panel was guided by a multi-interest Design Team, which provided recommendations to the MAC Board on the Panel’s mandate, terms of reference, and operational procedures. Over the period of several months, the Design Team worked with the Mining Association of Canada and the Ottawa-based consultancy Stratos Inc. to identify Panel candidates, and to make formal nominations. The Design Team reached agreement on Panel membership in September, 2003, which was subsequently agreed to by the MAC Board.
This meeting represents the first formal gathering of the Communities of Interest Advisory Panel.
The objectives of this meeting were to:
- Review and adopt the Panel’s Terms of Reference and Operational Procedures;
- Discuss expectations for the work of the Panel;
- Review the TSM Draft Guiding Principles;
- Review proposed TSM Performance Indicators;