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COI Panel Meeting Report: October 2014

Meeting of the Community of Interest Advisory Panel Summary Report, September 30 – October 2, 2014, Val-d’Or, QC

Established in 2004, the Community of Interest Advisory Panel (COI Panel) is an independent multi-stakeholder group that monitors the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative’s progress and serves as an external source of knowledge and experience. This executive summary provides a brief account of the meeting held between September 30 and October 2, 2014 in Val-d’Or, Québec.

Key Topics

  • Understanding the implications and aftermath of the Mount Polley tailings breach
  • Managing the balance between water quality and dam stability
  • Implications of climate change on tailings
  • Importance of crisis management plans and the need for companies to be transparent on these procedures with local communities
  • Improving performance in the Tailings Management TSM protocol
  • Understanding how companies are managing Aboriginal relations
  • Managing the impacts of fly-in / fly-out communities
  • Managing the gender balance for mining companies
  • Preparing for mine closure (i.e. social closure planning)
  • Expanding TSM to global operations
  • Understanding TSM and the reporting burden
  • Measuring the impact and value of TSM

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