Our passion is in advancing solutions to complex challenges in mining, particularly where they are tied to performance in the environmental and social realms. We’d like to see more efforts advancing to make all mining developments not just responsible, but going above and beyond to create value for all stakeholders involved in, and impacted by, industry.
We also know that the best solutions to any complex challenge involve a strong network of diverse thinkers, knowledge, and healthy conflict, as well as the ability for said teams and stakeholders to work together effectively and efficiently.
Through experiences in geological engineering, field construction, project management and organizational change, it has become clear that our greatest successes are tied to an ability to see the big picture and the intersections of various project needs, along with the ability to bring together the right mix of people to fully understand, visualize, and work towards various objectives.
With that, EIS has a few partners that work together on this front. We can help you to strategize and develop the scope of work necessary to develop your sustainable mining or risk management solution, as well as help you to determine the broad stakeholder network that you’ll need to help advance your work.
Current & Past Collaborations
The collaborations listed below are directly related to the activities of our founder and principal, Karen Chovan. As such, we’ve left this section to convey her personal thoughts directly.
I’ve personally always been interested in helping to educate our next generation of leaders about the particulars of what can be done, and is being done, responsibly and sustainably within mining. Over the past several years, I’ve volunteered 20-25% of my time to supporting industry associations and committees to raise awareness about the great things happening in mining, as well as to offer insights for areas of improvement.
I’m currently the Vice Chair of the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society of our national mining association, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). In this role, I have a lead responsibility in designing the technical content we offer through webinars, workshops, dialogue sessions, and the annual convention. This involves a lot of planning with our team, other societies and external collaborators to bring this together.
One of the challenges I’m most excited about is advancing initiatives in tailings and mine waste management, and I’ve collaborated with various individuals and groups over the past 5-10 years to move this work forward. This year, I was asked to join the Canadian Task Force for the GMPA Global Action on Tailings Initiative, where we are beginning to strategize the means towards elimination of tailings altogether.
In past years, I’ve worked with Natural Resources Canada CleanGrowth and CanMET Mining program to investigate opportunities derive value from mine wastes, and with the Canada Mining Innovation Council, Zero Waste Environmental Stewardship Initiative, to work on better tailings waste management strategies and closure protocols.
Overall, if industry can reduce risks associated with, and/or create value derived from mining wastes, that will make us all very happy and we’ll keep working to push this initiative forward!
I was on the Board of Directors for Women in Mining Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan, Inc. for 2 years, and supported conference and webinar efforts in earlier years as well. With this group of women leaders, we engaged women in industry, providing both a support network, and learning opportunities to women advance in their roles.
To help engage our next professional generation, I’ve worked with various engineering professors and industry network organizers to speak at the University of Saskatchewan annually, playing the role of sessional lecturer, workshop facilitator, project team mentor, and in project management courses, as well as on various industry expert panels.
At a junior level, and when I have the chance, I can also be found helping out with bringing greater education about mining into our elementary school programs. My most recent contributions involved working with the Girls in the Classroom initiative, which is designed to both inform about mining, but also highlight women working in industry and STEM roles.