How is your organization transforming the face of mining through diversity and innovation?
The art of mining is a photography competition that aims to highlight the positive impact the mining community is delivering across the world. Ahead of the 2017 PDAC conference in Toronto, we’re asking Canadian mining companies to use a photograph to answer the question: How is your organization transforming the face of mining through diversity and innovation?
As the grand prize winner, Agnico Eagle Mines received a $10,000 donation to the charity or community organization of their choice. They selected Kivalliq Science Educators' Community to receive the donation.
The art of mining is a photography competition that aims to highlight the positive impact the Canadian mining community is delivering across the world.
Submissions (September 19 - December 19, 2016)
PDAC: The art of mining event (March 5, 2017)*
* Finalists’ photos will be on display at the PDAC The art of mining event on March 5, 2017. Guests at the event will vote on their favourite photograph to determine the winner.
A financial donation will be made to a charity or
community program on behalf of the winning companies
at the PDAC The art of mining event.
1st place – $10,000 prize
2nd place – $3,000 prize
3rd place – $2,000 prize
Your photo submission should answer the following question:
Consider diversity and innovation through concepts like: operations, geography, technology, community, environment, finance, gender.
Submissions for the 2017 competition are now closed.
2016 Grand prize winner
"The inukshuk dominates the landscape the same way our commitment marks Raglan Mine’s history since 1995 through the Raglan Agreement, which was a turning point and an inspiration to many mining companies settling on aboriginal territory. Its majestic allure guides Raglan Mine towards sustainable resource development in respect of people and nature, as it once guided the northerners to the resources needed to survive the challenges of these vast territories. Between the windmill and the inukshuk, Raglan Mine harmonizes authenticity and modernity, providing an emblem of pride, accomplishment and engagement for the years to come.” – Ilias Atwani, grand winner of the 20 years of engagement photo contest and production engineer at Raglan Mine, a Glencore company.
Photo credit: Ilias Atwani, Production engineer at Raglan Mine, a Glencore company.
Conserving Madagascar’s Orchids
Located off the east coast of Africa, the island of Madagascar is home to more than 1,000 species of rare – and often endangered – orchids. As part of its commitment to biodiversity management, Sherritt’s Madagascar operation systemically surveys its mine footprint for orchids. Once identified, they are individually catalogued and conserved for future re-establishment after mining operations cease. The photograph shows Sherritt’s “orchidarium,” which is staffed by local experts and houses more than 900 samples of precious orchids. Responsible mining companies, like Sherritt, are taking careful and innovative approaches to protecting impacted ecosystems for future generations.
Successful, forward-looking mining projects rise from a firm foundation of shared purpose. In 2015, after consulting widely with local communities and government in Burkina Faso, IAMGOLD extended its Essakane Mine at Falagountou, bringing sustainable economic and social benefits to residents of the remote, impoverished Sahel region. Here, on the new laterite pit road, diverse stakeholders - from mine employees and local householders to the Minister of Mines and senior company leaders – gather for the inauguration. With respect and gratitude, IAMGOLD’s CEO and Chairman wear turbans gifted by local elders, the indigo a symbol of celebration.
We are diversity. Diversity amongst our employees fosters cooperation and understanding. It builds stronger communities, where all are valued and each voice is celebrated. Where everyone has a skill, a talent, an idea to bring to the table. Diversity in the environment, where each ecosystem, big and small, is carefully protected so that we can continue to enjoy the beauty of this world for generations to come. By focusing on diversity, we focus on the future. We build active, healthy communities by the wealth of wisdom that comes from all walks of life, and by giving back to the earth.
The photo is of the construction of the all season ore road between Dvoinoye gold mine and Kupol mine in Russia. The photo depicts haul trucks transporting sand and crushed stone by Tityl Lake along the ore haulage road. The road was constructed with safety and the environment at the top-of-mind.
The picture was taken by Heidi-May Schimper, the wife of the Regional Vice-President of Russia, Claude Schimper.
Environmentally sustainable mining operations ensure the prosperity of local communities as well as allowing generations of families to enjoy the beauty of the world around them, like the vista in northern Manitoba. The photograph was taken on the northern arm of Athapapuskow Lake, less than 500m from a mine site's headframe.
Heap Leach Pad Reclamation
Alamos’ commitment to operating in an environmentally sustainable manner includes incorporating reclamation planning at every stage of the mining life cycle. Rather than follow industry standards which see the majority of reclamation activities performed at the end of a mine life, Alamos has adopted a more progressive approach which includes conducting reclamation activities concurrent with mining operations. To date, more than 20 hectares of leach pad and waste dump reclamation has been completed at our Mulatos mine with a portion of the reclaimed leach pad depicted in the photograph. With a significant portion of the reclamation work completed years in advance of the expected closure of the mine, this has an immediate positive impact not only on the environment, but also our host communities and employees.
Pan American Silver is committed to sustainable development, and working with communities to create alternative economic opportunities that will provide families with a source of income long after a mine’s life. In Bolivia, Pan American Silver partnered with Global Affairs Canada and SOCODEVI to develop Project Access, a project helping over 200 families, focused around llama breeding in the 11 communities surrounding the San Vicente mine. Here, Gerardo Choque is celebrating the first harvest of fodder grown at 5,000 meters, a first for his community of Cieneguillas and a huge success – look at how tall the fodder grew!
Stornoway is proud to have partnered with Mining Matters, the Cree Nation of Mistissini, Voyageur Memorial School, the Cree School Board and the Neoskweskau sports complex to host Stornoway’s 2015 annual open house. Students and parents were invited to learn about the Renard project, mining, safety, and the exciting world of diamonds through an activity-packed day. At Stornoway, we believe we are responsible for seeking, identifying and teaming up with partners to engage, inspire and spark young minds, not only about the mining industry, but ultimately, to encourage students to stay in school and complete their education.
Left to Right: Karisha Blacksmith, Zephaniah Iserhoff, Abednego Hester, Jodi Hackett (SWY), Audrey Matoush, Dayla-Rose Coon, Joziah Iserhoff.
As a mining company, Vale recognizes that our operations impact the environment around us. We are constantly searching for new and better ways to preserve the balance between human progress and the natural environment to ensure the success of generations to come. Amateur photographer and employee Al Szabo captures the essence of Vale’s commitment to environmental stewardship in this photo of a local creek in Thompson, Manitoba: water is drawn for use in Vale’s operations from further upstream; after usage, we then recycle the water and return it to the same creek in a purer form than when it was originally drawn.
This photo was taken by Al Szabo, an amateur photographer, and an employee of Vale from Thompson, Manitoba. Al has been with the company for 14 years.
De Beers is committed to Sustainable Development and creating shared value with our partners, in Canada and around the world. With 128 years of experience, including more than 50 in Canada, we understand the importance of providing opportunities through employment, training and the development of local business and community capacity. 16 Impact Benefit Agreements with local Aboriginal communities provide the foundation for the benefits that are generated through the construction and operation of our mines. In 2014, C$10.3 million was spent was spent on agreement commitments and social investment initiatives, with another C$120 million spent with Aboriginal businesses.
At Goldcorp, responsible, sustainable mining is a company-wide commitment that’s at the core of every business decision we make. We are accountable for leaving a positive economic, social and environmental legacy everywhere that we operate, at every stage of the mining life cycle. Put into practice, this means a strong commitment to being responsible stewards of the environment and to maintaining the highest health and safety standards possible. It means we are tireless advocates of human rights and maintain a principled, conscientious approach to corporate citizenship. Goldcorp’s approach to doing business is captured in our vision: “Together, Creating Sustainable Value.” Our programs are designed as catalysts for positive, lasting contributions in the communities where we do business, while working in partnership with host governments, indigenous groups, non-governmental organizations, contractors, suppliers and local communities. We actively seek partnerships based on open, transparent communication, with the aim of being responsible, respected and welcomed, everywhere we do business.
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