Social license to operate is a high-ranking priority for mining operators. To reduce project delay or disapproval risks, a collaborative planning framework is proposed to increase visibility of social and environmental challenges, to improve communications, and to facilitate collaboration between multi-discipline stakeholders.
Over the last decade, there have been increasing demands for local communities to have direct involvement in decision-making, in co-development initiatives, and overall for improved environmental performance throughout the life of mining developments. As a result, pressure from external stakeholders is changing the space of environmental assessment and engagement processes, regulatory requirements, and management standards.
In fact, mining proponents have been failing to gain approvals, or experiencing extended permitting delays and significant rework due to dis-satisfied external stakeholders. When compared to baseline projections of budget and schedule, the result has meant high project failure rates – on the order of 70% within this sector.
To avoid such failures, industry must:
Unfortunately, standard project management programs tend only to refer to these processes at a high level. To become effective at the integration of sustainability aspects into projects, both in-sector knowledge, and more in-depth discussion and training are necessary.
The course will be taught live - virtually, in a group setting over the course of three x 3-hour sessions, with a large proportion of time dedicated to applied and interactive exercises. Hands-on learning is the best strategy for everyone to fully comprehend lessons, as well as to be able to repeat the processes on their own projects, and as such more than half of the class duration will involve active, applied work within the class. Preferably, classes will be once per week to allow for the lessons to be absorbed and reflected on with respect to personal projects of each student in between sessions.
Problem relevancy and solution guidance will be introduced in short 20-30 min lectures. Lecture periods will be interspersed with interactive polling and instructor-led, independent reflection, 1-1 and roundtable dialogues, group sharing / reviews, and virtual brainstorm and mapping exercises.
Exercises will include:
Type of training
This online course is a combination of e-learning and group work.
Objectives and outcome
This workshop offers registrants an opportunity to learn about collaborative risk identification, alignment processes and prioritization, and integrated project planning through hands-on application of the approaches throughout the training.
After taking this course, participants will:
Participants would require their own laptop and a stable high-speed internet connection to take part in this course.
This course normally is best suited for Project Managers, Engineers & Assessment Professionals who:
This pilot course is reworked to be suitable for University Staff.
Karen Chovan is the Principal of Enviro Integration Strategies. She has worked close to 20 years in the mining sector, with experience ranging from managing field / construction projects, performing geological and closure-related studies, to acting as an internal sustainability consultant in a corporate environment, managing organization-wide change. Core responsibilities have included assessment of existing processes and programs, developing responsive action plans to address risks and accountability gaps, leading corporate strategic planning, and embedding sustainability into project design and management systems.
Karen is a forward thinker and is on a mission to engage, empower and enable individuals and teams to make a positive impact on project and development outcomes by casting a wide net of influence, educating and informing those who can truly make a difference, and by providing the strategies, tools and techniques necessary to achieve this mission.
For additional information, please visit: www.envirointegration.com
This course will be held online. Dates for this 3-part series are:
A maximum of 30 participants will be able to attend this course.