Kim Bittman has spent the last 36 years of her career as an environmental professional that supports the mining community, beginning in Tumbler Ridge, BC and thereafter in Vancouver at mine corporate offices and as president of her own consulting firm. Early in her career as the manager of the environmental department at an open-pit coal mine, she became keenly interested in mine reclamation and sustainability issues. This in turn led me to be a member of many committees where she wished to focus on her strong belief that mining can be successfully reclaimed to restore pre-mining biodiversity and Community/First Nation land use desires. She has been a long-time member and honorary member/webmaster of the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR). She was vice-chair of the Land Access and Use Committee of AMEBC until 2019 and is currently serving as an executive of the CIM Environmental and Social Responsibility Society.
John Thompson has been dividing his time between Cornell University, where he has been the Wold Professor of Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability, and Vancouver, BC where he consults on exploration, mining and sustainability. He has worked in the mining industry and related research for 35 years, including chief geoscientist and vice president of technology and development for Teck Resources, and director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. He has had diverse leadership roles in many organizations – as chair for Resources for Future Generations 2018; chair, Genome BC; past-president of the Society of Economic Geologists; co-founder and chair of Geoscience BC; co-founder and chair, of the Canada Mining Innovation Council; and member of two councils for the World Economic Forum. He is on the boards of exploration and technology companies, and advisory groups for venture capital, clean technology and sustainability.