International Institute for resources and development launched

Jan 29, 2014
CIIEID launch

The Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development official launch. From left to right: Christophe Guy, CEO, École Polytechnique de Montréal; Andrew Petter, President, Simon Fraser University; John Hepburn, Vice President Research & International, University of British Columbia; and Bern Klein, CIIEID Interim Executive Director.

A new Canadian institute that will assist developing countries with resource driven economies benefit from their resources in environmentally and socially responsible ways has been officially launched.

The Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) is a coalition between the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and École Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM). Institute Interim Executive Director, Bern Klein is joined at the launch by UBC’s Vice President Research & International John Hepburn, SFU President Andrew Petter, and EPM CEO Christophe Guy.

“Nations want to develop their mineral, oil and gas resources,” says Klein, also a professor of mining engineering at UBC. “But many lack the regulatory frameworks and policy to make the most of their resources while also considering the needs of affected communities. We want them to have the capacity to use their resources to enhance livelihoods, improve dialogue and mitigate environmental harm.”

In November 2012 the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (then CIDA) announced the award of $25 million to a coalition of the three academic institutions to form the Institute. Since then, the Institute has set up operations and is connecting with partner nongovernmental organizations, governments, professional associations, and industry. It is now beginning program development.

Programming will put the Institute and its partners’ knowledge and resources at the service of foreign governments and local communities. Its work will focus on four main areas: applied research, community engagement, education, and governance of natural resources.

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The Hon. Christian Paradis, Minister for International Development and La Francophonie

“Our Government is proud to have founded this new world-class centre of expertise. Canadians have a great depth of knowledge when it comes to improving and strengthening resource governance. The advice and guidance provided by Canada through the new institute will help reduce poverty, leverage private sector investment and create jobs.”

John Hepburn, Vice President Research & International, University of British Columbia

“Universities are uniquely positioned to generate and share new knowledge. UBC has a strong track record in the field of sustainable, socially-responsible mining and we are delighted to join hands with our colleagues at Simon Fraser University and École Polytechnique de Montréal to effect lasting change.”

Andrew Petter, President, Simon Fraser University

“Our goal is to build partnerships in developing countries and regions where we will be working to support their hopes  and efforts for a brighter future by using their resources as a more effective engine of development to improve the lives and livelihoods  of their people and communities.”

Christophe Guy, Chief Executive Officer, École Polytechnique de Montréal

“Over the last forty years, Polytechnique Montréal has been involved in a significant number of development programs and projects across all continents. Polytechnique is committed to the values that guide the Institute, including sensitivity to gender equity, alignment with priority needs of developing countries, and sustainability.”

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