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Drill down and extract the skills and knowledge you need in mining law! An experienced, multi-disciplinary faculty covers all phases of mining activity from exploration through closure, addressing the legal issues and essential topics that are crucial for working in this sector.

An experienced, multidisciplinary faculty will synthesize all phases of mining activity from exploration through closure. You will come away from this program with key knowledge, strategies and tactics to immediately use in minimizing risk for your clients or employer.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of mining and the mining industry
  • The stages of mining projects and industry players
  • Global legal systems for acquiring and securing mining rights
  • Best practices for working with indigenous communities
  • Standards of disclosure for mineral projects
  • Types of mining agreements and business structures
  • The key issues impacting the negotiation and drafting of mining agreements
  • How to structure investments outside Canada
  • Methods for assessing and mitigating environmental risks
  • Climate change and sustainability in mining today
  • Unique human resource issues in mining operations
  • Occupational health and safety in the context of mining operations
  • Types and sources of financing for mining projects
  • Key issues in mining taxation
  • Strategies for developing a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility program
  • Anti-corruption legislation and policies and the reach of governments in enforcement
  • Drafting effective international arbitration clauses
  • Reducing exposure to human rights violations and the Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise
  • Resource revenue transparency: what you need to know


Program Directors:

  • Catharine Farrow, President, FarExGeoMine Ltd.
  • Ann Watterworth, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Program Faculty:

  • Julie Abouchar, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
  • Luc Arsenault, Senior Manager, TMX
  • Eva Bellissimo, McCarthy Tétrault
  • Michael J. Bourassa, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • David G. Clarry, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hudbay Minerals Inc.
  • Michael Colborne, Thorsteinssons LLP
  • Lisa Damiani, Experienced Executive and General Counsel
  • Nancy Eastman, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Catharine Farrow, President, FarExGeoMine Ltd.
  • Craig Ford, Vice President, Excellon Resources Inc.
  • Carole Gilbert, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Erik Goldsilver, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Joel Heard, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Kenneth Jull, Gardiner Roberts LLP
  • Kate Kempton, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP
  • Christopher Langdon, McCarthy Tétrault
  • Deborah McCombe, P.Geo, President & CEO, Principal Geologist, RPA Inc.
  • Glenn Nolan, Vice President, Government Affairs, Noront Resources
  • Mike Parent, Vice President Prevention Services, Workplace Safety North
  • Fred Pletcher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Geoff Ramey, Vice President, Human Resources, Centerra Gold Inc.
  • John Roberts, Executive Advisor, TMAC Resources Inc.
  • Lawrence Devon Smith, Principal, Mineral Economics, Lawrence Devon Smith & Associates
  • Jeffery A. Snow, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, IAMGOLD Corporation
  • Kristin Taylor, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Estair Van Wagner, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Craig Waldie, P.Geo, Senior Geologist, Corporate Finance, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Ann Watterworth, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Robert Wisner, McMillan LLP
  • Richard Wong, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program.

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.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
David Thomas at dthomas@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 2, 15, 21 & May 14 and 28, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT
In-Person and Webcast


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

Fee per Delegate

$4,295 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017 - Present): $2,147.50 + HST

PDAC Member Rate: $3,436.00 + HST

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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
  • Mining engineers
  • Geologists
  • Accountants and financial officers in the mining industry
  • Representatives from natural resources departments in provincial and federal governments

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“Deep analysis of the state of the law and great forward-thinking on how the law is likely to evolve and where it is likely to get to” 2016 participant

“The program cuts through the mining process from A to Z. It handles processes, risks, markets, violations, approvals, agreements, rights, CSR, etc.” Frida Takang, 2016

“Excellent structure, serious knowledgable presenters, very good overview of the issues.”

“Interesting subjects and good flow of topics. Great variety of speakers.”

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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