About the Centre for Excellence (CfE)

The federal government contributed to the creation of the CfE as one of four pillars of its original, 2009 federal CSR Extractive Sector Strategy. The CfE is a multistakeholder body currently hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). 
From its inception the CfE has been envisaged as a focal point for the development and dissemination of practical tools and information for use by a broad range of extractive sector stakeholders. 

“Through its Executive Committee, the CfE has provided an important venue for regular dialogue among key actors in the extractive sector, and has helped to identify extractive sector needs, understand diverse stakeholder views, and forge a common way forward on guidance for responsible resource and community development.” (from: 2014 federal CSR Extractive Sector Strategy)

“Recognizing the potential of the CfE to effect improvement in companies’ CSR performance on the ground, the Government of Canada values its role as an observer on the CfE Executive Committee and will continue to participate in CfE activities.”  (from: 2014 federal CSR Extractive Sector Strategy) 

About the CfE Executive Committee

The CfE Executive Committee consists of industry and non-industry experts on CSR in the extractive sector.
The CfE Executive Committee has an industry and non-industry co-chair.
Government observers are non-voting participants in CfE deliberations
Funding currently consists of ad hoc contributions from the federal government and the private sector
The CfE meets several times per year, with some participants connecting online while others participate in person.

CfE Accomplishments

  • CfE participation in numerous extractive sector conferences/activities (e.g., multistakeholder discussions at CIM Conferences, participation at PDAC Conferences)
  • CfE Identification of three priority areas where practical guidance is needed:
    • The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
    • The OECD MNE Guidelines
    • The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
  • Holding of CfE multistakeholder workshops to explore relevant issues:
    • January 16, 2015 CfE Workshop on Respect for Human Rights throughout the Supply Chain
    • March 31, 2015 CfE Workshop on Integrating Human Rights at the Site Level
    • March 28, 2014 CfE Workshop on the Remedy Aspect of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 
  • In conjunction with the federal Trade Commissioners’ office, development of short handouts on relevant issues:
    • Community Stakeholder Engagement
    • Managing Requests for Community Support
    • Hiring Responsibly
  • Development of video: “A Human Rights Primer for Mining Personnel”  [LINK to VIDEO forthcoming]


For questions and information, please contact Jean Vavrek.