Pit Stop No18: My top 10 Mining Blogs and Websites

Hello there Reader. Looking to learn more on mining? Great. Here’s a list of what I think are some of the best blogs and websites out there.

Mining.com is one of the best resources for global mining news. Timely information. Articles are short and to the point. Nice format as well.

The Northern Miner is very similar to mining.com. Well-known resource for global mining news. Articles get reposted on other website and blogs.

Mining Facts Org Although not a place to find news and not a blog either but a pretty amazing source of technical information on mining and sustainability. I would highly recommend to students.

Infomine.com is the father of mining.com. It focuses mainly on commodity prices and analysis but you’ll need to pay a subscription to access the information.

SEDAR is a repository for public listed companies in Canada. These companies have the legal obligation to deposit all documents on SEDAR, which are made available to the public. Although SEDAR looks OUTDATED and HIDEOUS (which arguably it does), I would still suggest looking into it if you want to evaluate a specific mining company and find all sorts of documents from newly discovered resources/reserves to feasibility studies and financial statements.

Mining.ca is the mining Association of Canada website. It is not a blog but you can still find some great info on Canadian mining and sustainability initiatives. I would particularly suggest checking out the Facts and Figures file of the mining industry in Canada in their resources section or by clicking here.

For information on mining projects in Quebec and the Quebec Plan Nord, CTV News and LaPresse Plus regularly publish articles on that topic which can be accessed online. If you don’t have any prior knowledge in mining, I would recommend checking out MinesQC.com. MinesQC is a good resource to start with as it’s not technical. Also, you can ask any question and the MinesQC team will answer you on the website!

NRCan Canada maps are super interesting and interactive mining maps of Canada. Created by the Federal Government of Canada and accessible to all.

The Geodudecorner is a great blog meant to help student transition from academia to industry. On his blog, Geodude provides useful tips to help students market themselves. Students! Check it out now.

The Miningdiaries – THE best blog you’ll ever come across. Seriously though, pretty amazing, huh?

Enjoy the read!

PS: if you know of a great resource for mining info online, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

Pit Stop No11: The Sustainability Report Competition

Last semester, I was given the opportunity to build and coach a team to take part in the Sustainability Report Competition. This competition is not only constructive but also very exciting! In fact, for the first time it is university students who are the jury and are judging which Canadian company has the best #Sustainability report.

For each specific industry sector (Energy, Finance, Materials, Consumer Products, etc.), a jury is composed of students from different universities. In this year’s edition, there was a team from Concordia, HEC Montreal, UQAM, McGill and Sherbrook. Each group of students was given a set of Canadian companies belonging to a specific sector. The students should then conduct an assessment of the most recently published sustainable development reports of all the companies in the sector. Each jury is free to determine its own selection criteria.

I was able to gather 5 members on my team form the McGill mining engineering program. We were responsible of choosing the best sustainability report among 12 reports belonging to Canadian mining companies.

After brainstorming, we ended up with a list of criteria that we thought are essential to make a great report. The first part of the criteria was focused on the report format, how easily the report transmits the information. Some categories included accessibility, the use of GRI index and the visual. The second part of the criteria was focused on the corporate sustainability strategy.

Some of the criteria related to the stakeholder included evidences of positive impacts on the community, local contractors, the company’s efforts to be socially involved with the communities where it operates as well as the handling of complaints. Another important criteria regarded human rights. We were looking for programs or examples of efforts in human rights especially for mining companies operating in sensitive countries. Some of the criteria specific to mining also included safety in the workplace, safety trainings, safety awards programs and handling of employee complaints or work refusal. Last but not least, the environment is an issue particularly important for mining companies. We gave emphasis to information relative to waste management, water issues, and consumption of natural resources. We also gave some importance to details on the reclamation plan and the number of inspections, if there were any.

Once we determined the criteria we could proceed into reading the reports. Before doing so we established a methodology. Since we were five working on the Canadian mining companies, as our first step we divided the 12 reports between each other and each one of us ended up reading 2 to 3 reports and choosing the best one among them. At that point we were left with 5 reports. The second round consisted in reading another 2 reports.

One of my team members decided to focus on three international mining companies’ reports although it wasn’t part of our job! Nevertheless it was interesting to see the difference in reporting!

We were impressed by three reports that in our opinion stood out. Our three finalists were Goldcorp, Kinross and Teck Resources. The competition ended with a luncheon where each group of students gave a quick presentation of their work and presented a trophy to the winner. We decided to give the trophy for best mining sustainability to Goldcorp and presented a trophy to Goldcorp VP of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Brent Bergeron.

Goldcorp VP Brent Bergeron holding the trophy with the McGill mining team!

Goldcorp VP Brent Bergeron holding the trophy accompanied by lawyer Jean M. Gagné and part of the McGill mining team

It was a great experience from all the McGill mining team! I hope this competition will encourage the mining companies to increase the extent and detail of the reporting they provide. Because in mining like in other industries you can’t manage what you don’t measure!