International Mining Program for executives attracts top presenters

Posted on December 15, 2011

QSB Executive Education launches International Executive Program in Mining Leadership

On November 21, Queen’s School of Business welcomed executives in mining and related industries who attended the inaugural session of its newest executive education program offering. The International Executive Program in Mining Leadership is offered in two one-week modules, the first delivered in November with the second module running from February 27 to March 2, 2012. These modules can be taken in any order which affords participants maximum flexibility.

The program provides participants with a strategic framework and the practical tools to address contemporary issues and opportunities in the mining sector. The first module attracted participants from industry leading companies such as Goldcorp, Agnico Eagle, Colt Resources and Codelco from the mining sector, as well as those from AMEC, the global engineering company, and Accenture.

Confronting external challenges facing the mining industry was the theme of the first module. Queen’s faculty and industry experts covered such topics as doing business in developing nations, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, government relations and permit regulations, the role of industry associations, and strategic leadership in the mining industry.

Bob Buchan, founder and former CEO of Kinross Gold, was a keynote speaker during the inaugural session that also featured presentations by such industry experts as Larry Phillips, former VP Corporate Relations of IAM Gold; Ed Opitz, VP Corporate Relations at Kinross; Stephen Wilkinson, Executive Director of the Zinc Institute; and Diego Hernandez, CEO of Codelco, Chile’s state copper company and 2010’s “Copper Man of the Year”.

The second module that debuts in February focuses on leading and managing within the internal environment and includes such topics as operations strategy, managing large-scale strategic projects, labour relations, and leading and managing organization and culture change. In addition to faculty experts, featured guest speakers will include Ken Thomas from Kinross, and Sebastian Conde, Vice President of Human Resources from Codelco.

Applications are being accepted for the Program that starts with Module 2 in February followed by Module 1 repeating in November 2012. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a Queen’s International Executive Program in Mining Leadership Certificate of Achievement—a widely recognized symbol of excellence in executive education.

Learn more about the Mining Leadership Program.