Mining and the Common Good: A Symposium on Mineral Resource Development and Laudato SI’

Date(s) - April 8, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

John Paul II Pastoral Centre

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Mining and the Common Good: A Symposium on Mineral Resource Development and Laudato SI’

This symposium on mineral resource development is aimed at fostering respectful and ongoing dialogue among concerned stakeholders and helping to better understand the problems mining companies face, while at the same time ensuring that mining operations take full account of the common good.

Guest speaker Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will set the context of the symposium through his address on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical addressing the world’s ecological crisis.
Climate Risks Panelists
  • Peter Chapman, Executive Director Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE)
  • Dr. Simon Donner, Assoc. Professor of Climatology at UBC
  • Barbara Wilson, Haida Elder and graduate student studying climate change and First Nations at SFU
  • Jason Milne, VP Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment at RBC Global Asset Management
Mineral Resource Development Panelists
  • Jim Cooney, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC
  • David Keane, President B.C. LNG Alliance
  • Michael McPhie, Mining Industry Delegation to the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace
  • Cynthia Callison, lawyer and member of Tahltan First Nation in Northern B.C.
  • Matt Horne, Pembina Institute Regional Director for B.C.
Speakers also include Fr. Ken Forster, Provincial, OMI Lacombe Canada; Sr. Marie Zarowny, Provincial Leader, Sisters of Saint Ann; and Fr. Andrzej Stendzina OMI.
This event is an initiative of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who are marking 200 years of ministry with a special focus on First Nations, mining and environment/climate change. For more information, visit or email Jim Cooney, Fidele Lavigne or Father Ken Thorson.

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