CIM Distinguished Lecturer Ian Thomson will present The Social License to Operate: The Reality, the Myths and the Dark Side
Ian Thomson has more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry, working for the last two decades to advance and refine the management of social issues in resource development projects. His area of expertise includes stakeholder engagement, capacity building, design and development of sustainable social relations and guiding multi-stakeholder processes. Thomson has led development of new standards and guidelines for best practice management of social issues during exploration, facilitated construction of the Principles and Guidance for Responsible Exploration for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and was a prime mover in developing both the concept and metrics of the Social License to Operate. He is Principal of Shinglespit Consultants Inc., prior to that he was a founding member and principal of On Common Ground Consultants Inc. and held management positions with Orvana Minerals Corp and Placer Development Ltd.