Time for Change: Collaborating towards socially responsible mining

Effective liaison based in North-Western Ontario between mining Industry, Research Institutions, and First Nation Communities


Since 2010 Rosemarie is working for Natural Resources Canada as indeterminate Physical Scientist of the Geological Survey of Canada, the Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals Program (GEM). She has extensive project management experience including Delegated Financial Authority for 2 GEM-2 areas, totaling a budget of 3.5Mio$/Fiscal Year.

As former Advisory Geoscientist to nine remote First Nation communities in Northern Ontario, she is experienced in meaningful community engagement.

Rosemarie has extensive experience as staff geoscientist or consultant of mining companies in all stages of the mining cycle, acquired in South-Africa and Canada.

She possesses up-to-date expertise in best environmental practices in exploration, mining, processing, recovery, tailings management, and re-cultivation.


HOW will we work?

With Geoscience & Engagement Service Agreement in place, unpaid leave from the Geological Survey Canada will be taken (link to About page).

Six months to three-year strategies will be planned, coordinated and effectively managed to better community relations and (re-)build trust.

During the community-oriented approach, newest developments in mining technologies and responsible mining to minimize the environmental footprint will be addressed.

WHAT do we offer?

Knowledge-sharing Workshops will be organized and implemented in Thunder Bay, Ontario and/or First Nation communities utilizing indigenous organization’s venue as well as highly-qualified human & technical resources (teleconference/audio, presentation and translation equipment, computers with Geodata, ArcGIS etc.). Including but not limited to:

  • Any topic requested by the client concerning environmental and societal impacts for First Nation Communities during mining cycle
  • Biomining Process Development (Up- and Downstream processing, including waste management)
  • Biohydrometallurgy Applications (Bioleaching, Biooxidation, bioremediation and other biotechnologies in mining)
  • Innovations in Water & Energy Recovery and in the Reduction of energy consumption in mining and mineral processing operations
  • Tailings, waste management, and recycling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Methodologies Industrial Applications
  • Phase I & II Environment Assessment & Permit Applications

Projects may include First Nation community member Visits & Field trips to (international) exploration, mining, processing, recovery, and remediation sites as well as pilot plants and laboratories to demonstrate environmental technological innovations.

In collaboration with Indigenous organizationTraining is offered to First Nation community members to increase capacity in:

  • Improved water and energy saving technologies during the mining cycle
  • Environmental Field Techniques
  • Mapping & Geomatics (including ArcGIS)
  • Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR)
  • First Aid & Service Excellence