Sustainability and Indigenous peoples’ participation intersect business decisions at every stage of a mine’s life. In the rapidly evolving landscape of the global mining industry, understanding the laws and regulations that protect human rights, address environmental challenges such as climate change, and prevent corruption is key to making informed business decisions.
The new Peter A. Allard School of Law Executive Learning Program in Mining Law and Sustainability provides mining industry professionals knowledge of the legal and regulatory instruments that govern sustainable practices throughout a mine’s lifecycle.
- Format: 100% online instructor-supported program
- Duration: Five modules over five weeks. Each module includes video lessons, readings, online discussion, case studies and recorded guest interviews. Expect to spend 30 hours to complete the program.
- Program fee: $2,975 (One-time introductory fee)
- Next program start date: September 27–October 29, 2021
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Contribute to the success of current and future mining projects by understanding today’s complex legal and regulatory instruments that govern the ever-evolving global mining industry.
This program presents a new framework for making mining business decisions — one that goes beyond the “business as usual” and considers human and Indigenous rights, climate change and anti-corruption laws and regulations that advance sustainability in the mining industry.
In this program, study the business lifecycle of a mine stage-by-stage in order to:
- understand the business pressures at each juncture
- gain cultural competency in the participation of Indigenous peoples in the mining sector, including Indigenous governance and law
- review key international legal frameworks that affect mining activities
- understand the role of corporate social responsibility and how CSR has transformed into a discussion of business and human rights
- recognize international anti-corruption efforts, as well as national legislation, that affect mining activities
- distinguish international and national climate change efforts, and the role of mining within this space
Is This the Right Program for You?
This program is designed for mining industry professionals and consultants, lawyers (in-house and external counsel), Indigenous business and community leaders, and government representatives. Whether you work in an office in downtown Vancouver, or at a remote mining site in Chile, the condensed online format offers you flexibility and choice in how and where you learn.
Consider this program if you’re a mining professional such as an engineer, geologist or geoscientist, operations or project manager, environmental manager, compliance officer or C-level executive or VP. You’ll gain literacy in key laws and regulations, insights into sustainable practices, and cultural competency in Indigenous peoples’ participation that influence today’s mining projects.
If you’re a consultant to the mining industry, you’ll gain new insights and knowledge to better inform your clients and enhance your consulting practice.
As in-house legal counsel or a lawyer for mining clients, you’ll get new perspectives on sustainability and Indigenous laws, governance and practices, as well as a holistic view of the business lifecycle of a mine.
Indigenous leaders and government officials will benefit from hearing diverse voices and perspectives in a global context.
The part-time program is 100% online and instructor supported. Progress through five online modules over five weeks on your own time, participate in online discussions facilitated by your instructor, and complete coursework.
Each module includes:
- online video lessons recorded by the instructor
- required and suggested readings
- exclusive recorded interviews with experts
- case studies
- an auto-graded quiz
Program Hours and Expectations
Expect to spend approximately five hours per week to complete all learning activities and coursework, as well as five hours for the case studies or research paper, for a total of 30 hours.
Assessment and Grading
Quizzes make up 15% of your final grade.
For the remaining 85%, you can choose between:
- interpreting and criticizing two case studies (one worth 30%, one worth 55%) that present the interaction between Indigenous Peoples, sustainability and business decisions within the context of the mining industry.
- writing a 2,500-word research paper on a topic chosen by the learner and approved by the instructor.
Case studies are due after modules two and five. The research paper is due after module five. You decide on an option after module one.
In order to participate fully in the program, you’ll need access to a computer, an email account and the internet. We recommend students have the following technology and system requirements to keep up with the program and complete the online learning activities:
- familiarity with basic internet applications (email and web browser)
- a recent version of Chrome or Firefox
The program comprises five online modules over five weeks that follow the business lifecycle of a mine.
Week 1: Introduction to the business of mining and sustainability
Week 2: Introduction to Indigenous peoples, governance, law and FPIC
Week 3: Exploration, land tenure and resource ownership
Week 4: Developing and operating a mine
Week 5: Closing a mine
Each module includes three themed lessons related to each business and operations stage.
Lesson 1: Industry, business, legal and regulatory considerations
Lesson 2: Indigenous peoples’ communities and participation in Canada and internationally
Lesson 3: Sustainability principles, focusing on human rights and corporate social responsibility, climate change and anti-corruption
Every module features exclusive guest interviews with experts in their field. During the program, you have access to a library of more than 20 videos featuring interviews created exclusively for the curriculum. Hear insights, advice and opinions from mining industry professionals, professors, hereditary chiefs and Indigenous engagement experts.
September 27–October 29, 2021
DANIELA CHIMISSO DOS SANTOS, BA, LLB, LLM, SJD, is an expert on mining and sustainability. She has practised law in the oil, gas and mining industries for over 20 years, and has extensive national and international experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Asia.
Daniela is the principal consultant at Invenient Consulting Solutions, and was recently a senior governance advisor at the sustainability consulting firm Proactiva. She has also held roles at McCarthy Tétrault, Shell, Hatch Ltd. and Vale where she led a team of more than 45 lawyers in 11 jurisdictions.
In addition to serving as a board member of Transparency International Canada, Daniela is a member of the ICC Canada Task Force on Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration. She’s also a member of the Environmental Appeal Board, Forest Appeals Commission and the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal in British Columbia. The United Nations Development Programme has recognized her as an extractives expert.
Daniela has published in the areas of mining and sustainability, business and human rights, mining finance, and sovereign debt and human rights. She has lectured and spoken at universities, events and associations across North America, and has presented her work at Harvard Law School, University of Cambridge Law School, Center for International Governance Innovation and Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics.
The program fee is $2,975. This is a one-time introductory fee for the first group of learners enrolled in the program.
In consideration of the lower fee, we’re asking students to voluntarily participate in a 20-minute one-to-one interview once the program is finished. We want to learn about your experience, and collect your suggestions for changes to future offerings of the program.
Fees are in Canadian dollars and may be paid by Visa®, Mastercard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Registration closes September 22, 2021. The program runs September 27 - October 29, 2021.