Global Exploration, Mining and Minerals (GEMM) 2014: Creating Mutual Value: “What’s Important to ‘You’?”

April 9 – 10, 2014 (networking opportunities April 11 a.m.)
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall
Vancouver, BC, Canada

“Mining for whom and to what end?” was the theme of the last dialogue. GEMM 2014 will deepen that discussion by focusing on the human interactions and organizational dynamics that shape thinking and acting within communities, companies, civil society, and governments. We will drill down into the basics: the hopes and fears that shape our “stories,” stories that live inside communities moving from old to young, and from the project site to the boardroom, and the boardroom to the site.

We will ask how those insights can be used to identify straightforward practical steps that become part of a mindset (like safety is now part of the DNA of many companies) applied every day in the way we live and work together in effective working relationships within the resource sector, as employees and as neighbours.

Money and markets, water and land will be the lens through which we explore risks and opportunities. We will ask whether it is possible to build resilient relationships given different organizational cultures and “currencies” of value that are important to us in different ways. We will ask whether the proliferation of standards, guidelines and rights is creating value for communities and companies on the ground, and to investors and governments, or only generating paper and websites.

And we will ask whether such working relationships have become essential assets to building better businesses, livelihoods, and lives in resource driven economies and regions, creating value during their operations and sustainable legacies after closure.

Information on recommended accommodation can be found here.

This session will be the fifth event in the RMSI Dialogue Series.

Global Exploration, Mining and Minerals (GEMM) 2013 “Building from the Ground Up: Implementing Responsibility and Sustainability in the Global Mineral Sector”

April 17 – 19, 2013
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall
Vancouver, BC, Canada

An Invitational Dialogue that contemplated how to make broader policies, procedures and processes within and among mineral sector parties, real “on-the-ground” and relevant to site-specific dynamics.

This session was the fourth event in the RMSI Dialogue Series.

Event Materials:

Final RMSI GEMM 2013 Dialogue Series Agenda
Final RMSI GEMM 2013 Dialogue Series Workshop Agenda (April 19)

GEMM 2013 Final Report

Global Exploration, Mining and Minerals (GEMM) 2020 – Sustainability and Responsibility Challenges and Opportunities

April 17 & 18, 2012 Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall Vancouver, BC, Canada

An Invitational Dialogue to bring together people and organizations from diverse perspectives and experiences to share insights and concepts, develop strategies and tools, and build networks and relationships for effective leadership and responsible management in the mineral sector.

This session was the third event in the RMSI Dialogue Series.

Event Materials:

Final RMSI GEMM 2020 Dialogue Series Agenda
Final RMSI GEMM 2020 Dialogue Series Report

Final RMSI GEMM 2020 Presentation – Aisha Conte
Final RMSI GEMM 2020 Presentation – Kate Kopischke and Marketa Evans
Final RMSI GEMM 2020 Presentation – Luke Danielson
Final RMSI GEMM 2020 Presentation – Onome Ako
Final RMSI GEMM 2020 Presentation – Stephen Kibsey

GEMM 2020 Photos

Working Groups:

RMSI is helping to identify “Pathways for Improving Practice” and “Agendas for Responsive Research.” Inspired by the energy around GEMM 2020, several project teams came together on the final day of the dialogue as work groups whose efforts have had a continuing life beyond the dialogue.

These projects included mapping of the multitude of existing regulatory and non-regulatory activities, processes, standards and codes; and for these to be considered within a framework for responsible mining that reflects the interests of all sectors and the need for more creative and accessible tools for communities affected by mining.

These activities helped to shape the subsequent GEMM 2013 Dialogue in Vancouver.

Mexico, Canada and the Mineral Sector – Sustainability and Responsibility

October 20, 2011Morris J. Wosk Centre for DialogueVancouver, BC, Canada

An Invitational Dialogue to bring together participants with the background, experience, and interest in building the knowledge, skills, and networks to strengthen working relationships between Canadian and Mexican companies and communities who are interacting with each other around mineral exploration and development.

This session was the second in the RMSI Dialogue Series.

Event Materials:

Final RMSI Mexico-Canada Dialogue Series Report
Final RMSI Mexico-Canada Dialogue Series Agenda

Business and Human Rights Beyond Ruggie

January 31, 2011
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall
Vancouver, BC, Canada

An Invitational Dialogue to bring together participants in a multi-perspective dialogue on the draft “Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the U.N. ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework,” the Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG, John Ruggie) on the issue of human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

This session was the first in the RMSI Dialogue Series.

Event Materials:

Final RMSI Ruggie Dialogue Series Report