Intersectoral Forum on Environmental Sustainability in the Extractive Sector: Best Practices and Policies from the Pacific Alliance and Canada

Authorities: Webinare  October 28 

Webinare A

Denise Amyot

President/CEO since 2013 of Colleges and Institutes Canada, the voice of Canada’s colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics and an international leader in education for employment in over 25 countries. She has worked as Assistant Deputy Minister; has worked in policy and programs in social, scientific, economic and cultural areas including Human Resources Development Canada, National Defense, Natural Resources Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Canadian Heritage, and the Public Service Commission and the Canada Public Service Agency.  Past Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). Denise is a board member of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), the Canadian Centre for Science and Policy, and the Future of Skills Council of Canada.  Denise has received several leadership awards and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. 

Michael Grant

Is Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas at Global Affairs Canada. A diplomat since 1994, Michael has served in Serbia, Turkey (with responsibility for Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan), Argentina, Mexico, Libya as Ambassador, and most recently as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Michael has served in various positions covering the Middle East, G7 and international security at Global Affairs Canada, the Privy Council Office and as Director General for International Security Policy at the Department of National Defense.

Edgar Blanco Rand

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Mines, Chile. Edgar Blanco Rand is a Civil Industrial Engineer by profession, with a major in Mining and a Master's in Mineral Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Before assuming his current position, Edgar Blanco served as Mayor of the Antofagasta Region and prior to such appointment, as regional ministerial secretary of Public Works of the same region. During his professional career he has worked with small, medium and large mines. The Deputy Minister has more than 11 years of experience in exploitation of open pit and underground mines. Edgar Blanco Rand is from Antofagasta, married and father of two children.

Speakers: Webinare  October 28 

Webinare A

Roxana Yanet Diaz Vega

Is a civil society independent consultant, with expertise on Circular Economy, Environmental Management, Political Processes, Sustainable Economic Development and Environmental Challenges in Peru. Author of the book “Accelerating the change towards a plastic circulating economy in Lima and Callao Perú”. She is also member of the United Nations Environment Program’s Working Group on ‘Using Product Lifetime Extension to Advance Circular Economy’. Her presentation will focus on the transition steps and challenges towards a Circular Economy.

Webinar A, subtheme A1: Sustainable Management of Plastics: Regulation, Best Practices and Public Policies.

Diego Alexander Grajales Campos

Is the Climate Change Coordinator in the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia. He took part in the Intersectoral Climate Change Commission and in the 25th session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25). He is coordinating the implementation of the Comprehensive Sectoral Climate Change Management Plan and the 2050 vision for a carbon neutral mining sector in Colombia. His presentation will focus on solutions to climate change for the mining-energy sector.

Webinar A, subtheme A2: Climate risk management as an opportunity for contributing to sustainability and competitiveness in the corporate sector.

Jorge Sanhueza Urzúa

Is the Sustainable Development Manager for the Chilean National Copper Corporation (Codelco). Journalist specialized in corporate communications, strategic communication and media relations, he has an MBA and a degree in Environmental Law and member of the Mining Leaders program at the University of Queensland. He has more than 20 years of experience, working mainly in Communications, External Affairs, and Environment Sustainability. . The angle of his presentation will highlight concrete examples of commitments in terms of carbon footprint, water footprint, circular economy, and development of territories with social value.

Webinar A, subtheme A3: Definition and respect for rural property rights and proper management of water resources for the extractive sector.

Pierre Cartier

Is a Forest engineer, professor at Cégep Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and President of the Témiscamingue Water Basin Organization, Canada. As a research professional at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), he worked on ecological classification and the protection of humid soils. Since 1996, he has been teaching at Cégep of Abitibi-Témiscamingue in forestry and running several agroforestry internship programs in Haiti, focused on coffee plantation biodiversity. He will share successes and challenges from his 20 years of experience working in natural resource management conflict management.

Webinar A, subtheme A3: Definition and respect for rural property rights and proper management of water resources for the extractive sector.

Rodrigo Murillo Fernández

Is the Assistant Manager of Reservoir Security at the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) in Mexico and a Hydraulic Works consultant at the Mexican Water Institute of Technology in Mexico. He has experience in geotechnical designs, construction and quality control of hydraulic works, wastewater treatment plants, as well as protection and water supply projects. He participated in the development of technical standards for the design and safety of dams and was a reviewer of the environmental norm ‘NOM MX 141’ on tailings dams. His presentation will focus on the technical design of tailings dams in the mining industry.

Webinar A, subtheme A4: Planning for investments and activities for the reduction of ecological footprint.

Efraín Alva Niño

is the Head of the Extractive Activities Coordination Unit within the Ministry of Economy of Mexico. His professional experience was developed in the Río Escondido Carboniferous Mine (MICARE), as well as in the steel industry in Lázaro Cárdenas - Las Truchas. He has experience in geological engineering, rock mechanics, sedimentology, geological exploration, exploitation of non-metallic minerals, characterization and interpretation of deposits, environmental geology, hydrogeology, and project evaluation.