Balancing Mining Realities

Whether motived by government regulation, public demand, or a desire to do the right thing, mining companies are increasingly focused on corporate social responsibility. However, can mining ever fully benefit people and the planet while delivering profits? Can it afford not to? Industry executives and representatives from UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences discuss how to balance planetary stewardship, social needs, and economic realities  in mining.


Greg Dipple – Department Head, Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Craig Hart, MSc’96 – MDRU Director, Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences


Ross J. Beaty, BSc’74, LLB’79 – Chairman, Pan American Silver Corp. and Alterra Energy Corp.
Randy Smallwood, BASc’95 – President & Chief Executive Officer, Silver Wheaton Corp.
John Smith – President and CEO, Director, Silver Standard
Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse – President and Chief Executive Officer,  NovaCopper