About Us

The structure of the revitalized CIM Environment and Social Responsibility Society includes five technical sections within the Society: Mine Solids Management (waste), Water Management (water), Air Quality (air), Environment, and Social Responsibility and Aboriginal Affairs (social). Each of the five sections are intended to address key environmental aspects associated mining, the natural environment and communities including those presented below:

Land – Waste rock, tailings, dusts, residues, sludges, slag, disposal, management, reprocessing, decommissioning, reclamation

Water – Process effluents, acidic drainage, neutral drainage, ground water, surface water, mine water, seepage, treatment (active, passive, chemical, biological, physical)

Air - Emissions – SO2, SO3, NOX, CO2, halogens, fumes, particulate, climate change

Natural Environment – Environmental impact assessments, life cycle analysis, abandoned mines, designing for closure, footprint, environmental effects monitoring

Social – Indigenous affairs, CSR, conflict minerals, employment, law & order, training, footprint, succession, bribery/corruption, regulations, taxes, communication, disclosures, benefits community succession

Our vision is to provide leadership and professional development opportunities as they relate to the social and environmental responsibility and performance of the Canadian mining industry. We encourage leading practices, a culture of responsibility, and enhanced social and environmental performance management of this industry through collaboration with all interested and affected parties. We do this through providing an engaging and high quality technical program at the annual CIM Convention. Our members are part of a number of working groups outside of the technical sessions which help promote good practices in the mining industry. The Environmental and Social Responsibility Society (ESRS) is made up of a diverse group including managers, scientists, academics, consultants and researchers with operating companies, as well as university and government representatives.


Executive Officers

Edith Garneau


Vice Chair
Karen Chovan
Enviro Integration Strategies


Past Chair
Karola Toth
SNC Lavalin


2nd Vice Chair, Environment: (shared)
Julie Champagne
National Research Council

Alistair Kent
Merit Consultants


2nd Vice Chair, Social Responsibility: (shared)
Holly Gardner
Climate Change Ontario

Lana Eagle
Lana Eagle Consulting


Kim Bittman
Kim Bittman Consulting


Communications Director
Laurel Acacia
Mine Engineering Undergraduate Student


Awards Director
Resa Furey


Publications Co-Director
Gabriel Castillo
UBC PhD researcher


ISO Working Group Director
Isabelle Levesque
Rio Tinto