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This intensive and multi-disciplinary certificate is a practical and comprehensive program taught by a faculty of over 30 geologists, mining economists, regulators, financiers, business development executives and lawyers from private practice and industry.

The mining business raises complex ownership, regulatory and contractual issues. Those who work for or with mining companies must understand the industry, the law and the practical strategies required to effectively to manage business and legal risks in multiple jurisdictions.

In five valuable one-day modules, an experienced, multi-disciplinary faculty will cover all phases of mining activity from exploration through closure, including the role and rights of local communities and indigenous peoples.

You will come away from this program with the key knowledge, strategies and tactics that you can immediately use to minimize risk and better meet your client’s needs.

Topics will include:

  • Fundamentals of mining such as exploration methods and resource estimation
  • The stages of mining projects and industry players
  • Standards of disclosure for mineral projects
  • Due diligence and risk assessment: the key provisions
  • Global legal systems for acquiring and securing mining rights
  • The key issues impacting the negotiation and drafting of mining agreements
  • How to structure investments outside Canada
  • Methods for assessing and mitigating environmental risks
  • Types and sources of financing for mining projects
  • International standards of good practice and how to comply with them
  • Strategies for developing a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility program
  • Anti-corruption legislation and policies; the reach of governments in enforcement
  • Drafting effective international arbitration clauses
  • How to develop policies and codes of conduct to protect against risks
  • The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act: what you need to know


Program Directors

  • Eden M. Oliver, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Mark Travers, Executive Vice President, Legal, Vale Base Metals

Advisory Board

  • Jeffery A. Snow, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, IAMGOLD Corporation
  • Brian P. Dominique, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Chris G. Baldwin, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP


  • Julie Abouchar, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
  • Daniel Altikes, Director of Legal Services, Antofagasta Minerals Canada
  • Ian Arellano, Torys LLP
  • Milos Barutciski, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Thomas Bauer, Partner and Co-Chair, Tax Group, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Mark T. Bennett, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Farrah Carrim, Senior Legal Counsel, Vale Canada Limited
  • Ben Chalmers, Vice President, Sustainable Development, Mining Association of Canada
  • Andrew Cheatle, Executive Director, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
  • David G. Clarry, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hudbay Minerals Inc.
  • H. Scott Fairley, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Michael Fox, Fox High Impact Consulting
  • Erik Goldsilver, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Len Griffiths, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Frank Herbert, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Centerra Gold Inc.
  • Bruno Kaiser, Managing Partner, Head of Metals and Mining Group, Paradigm Capital
  • Nadim Kara, Senior Program Director, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
  • Daniel Levin, White & Case LLP
  • Deborah McCombe, President & CEO, Principal Geologist, RPA Inc.
  • Dr. Bruce McIvor, First Peoples Law Corporation
  • Terri-Lee Oleniuk, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Eden M. Oliver, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
  • John Olynyk, Lawson Lundell LLP
  • Owen C. Pell, White & Case LLP
  • Fred Pletcher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Lawrence Devon Smith, Principal, Mineral Economics, Lawrence Devon Smith & Associates
  • Jeffery A. Snow, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, IAMGOLD Corporation
  • Paul Ténière, Senior Manager, Compliance & Disclosure, Mining, Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Mark Travers, Executive Vice President, Legal and Strategic Projects, Vale Canada Limited
  • John S.M. Turner, Head, Global Mining Group, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Craig Waldie, P.Geo., Senior Geologist, Corporate Finance, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Robert Wisner, McMillan LLP
  • Richard Wong, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law. Participants must attend all program modules and pass the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.

Cancellations and Substitutions

If you are unable to attend the program your organization may name a replacement. A full refund will be issued for cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Written cancellations received after December 29, 2015 will include an administration charge of $700. Non-attendance or withdrawal after the program start date will incur a full program fee. Payment must be received by January 5, 2016.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
David Mahony

Program Details

Date & Time

January 19, February 2 & 18, March 31, April 19, 2016
5 modules over 13 weeks


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$4295 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Mining lawyers in private practice
  • In-house counsel at mining companies
  • Transactional, securities, environmental and corporate/commercial lawyers
  • Lawyers who advise Aboriginal communities on mining-related issues
  • Senior executives in mining companies
  • Financial service executives
  • Investment bankers
  • Mining engineers
  • Geologists
  • Representatives from natural resources departments in provincial and federal governments

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