PDAC eLearning Series — Exclusive for PDAC Members

Expanding Perspectives - Indigenous Awareness for Mineral Explorers

DATE:  Thursday, October 7, 2021
TIME:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
(11:00 AM CST | 10:00 AM MST | 9:00 AM PST) 
COST:  Free for Members


As the largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples in Canada, it is vital for the mineral industry to strengthen Indigenous partnerships and increase awareness of Indigenous cultures and history across the country. This knowledge and understanding is critical to relationship building with Indigenous communities.

Join us for a discussion with organizations that are working to make this education accessible across the industry. Learn about the development of the Mining Industry Human Resources Council’s (MiHR) Indigenous Awareness Training program, a new initiative that provides mineral sector workers with an introduction to Indigenous values, histories, peoples and experiences. Speakers will also share their experiences in creating unique Indigenous awareness programs for Tectonic Metals and Golden Predator Mining Corp., and provide insight to other junior explorers who may be interested in developing their own programs.

Join us as we reflect on our understanding of Indigenous history and the important role we all play in improving the industry’s relationships with Indigenous communities.


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Marlena Anderson
Leader, Social Responsibility 
Teck Resources

Marlena Anderson is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, located in the central interior of British Columbia. Marlena has worked across various sectors, with 10 years in natural resource development. She has field and operational experience developing and implementing social management and social performance activities, including agreements with Indigenous groups while integrating Indigenous knowledge and values throughout. Marlena has played key roles in company and asset level initiatives, including strategy, policy and program development, audits, training and advisory services for operations and exploration teams.

Marlena brings her Indigenous knowledge and perspective to every aspect of her work, including education and training, by developing and facilitating one of Teck’s first Indigenous Cultural Awareness courses. She is experienced in fostering cross-functional collaboration through inclusion, meaningful dialogue, and participatory development to strengthen both the community and the workplace.

While Marlena is very connected to her culture and community, she is motivated by the impacts and effects of colonization and understands the need to contribute to education and dialogue at all levels of resource development and communities for cultural understanding on both sides.

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Lana Eagle
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada

Lana Eagle is an Indigenous relations strategist and a Social Innovator advising companies on how to better engage and work with Indigenous communities and to find a pathway forward through a Reconciliation framework.
In 2017 she was elected to the Board of the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) BC, where she is the founder and co-chair of AME’s Gathering Place. In 2018, she was awarded PDAC’s Skookum Jim Award. She is a Program Advisory Committee Member for Mining and Mineral Exploration at the BC Institute of Technology. Lana is an appointed member of BC’s Indigenous Business and Investment Council. 

She is a Director on the Board of Geoscience BC and most recently has been elected to the board of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Lana is a sought out speaker and lecturer on the topic of “Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation in Canada”, as well as “Diversity and Inclusion.”
Lana is a member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan.


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Janet Lee-Sheriff
Executive Chair
C2C Gold Corp. 

Former CEO
Golden Predator Mining Corp.

Ms. Lee-Sheriff has worked for 30 years at senior officer level positions with public companies; regional governments, First Nation governments and private industry. Ms. Lee-Sheriff presently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Golden Predator Mining Corp. and Executive Chair of C2C Gold Corp. She also serves as President of Group 11 Technologies, a US based company with a strong and proven technical team focused on developing environmentally friendly precious metals extraction. She is the founder and and President of the Yukon Mint Corporation producing green gold coins. She founded the Yukon Mining Alliance, a marketing group, and has now founded a new marketing group - Newfoundland Gold.

With a strong commitment to social responsibility and community engagement she has successfully negotiated and implemented socio-economic and exploration agreements with indigenous governments plus implemented numerous innovative programs to ensure community involvement in corporate projects. Ms. Lee-Sheriff is a member of the PDAC Indigenous Affairs Committee, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from Queens University (1986), and is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Commemorative Medal awarded for outstanding achievements by Canadians.

Ryan Montpellier
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Ryan Montpellier
Executive Director
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Ryan Montpellier was appointed as Executive Director of the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) in 2008. With over 15 years of experience in identifying and addressing human resource and labour market challenges in the Canadian mining industry, he leads all strategic activities of the Council and represents MiHR on various industry and government committees, and advisory panels. He is a recipient of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Young Leaders Award and the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Award.

He is a regular speaker and panelist at industry events and was a past Distinguished Lecturer for CIM. Ryan holds a number of degrees including an MBA and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

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Tony Reda
President & CEO
Tectonic Metals Inc.

Tony Reda is Founder, President, CEO and Director of Tectonic Metals Inc. He was the longest-serving employee of Kaminak Gold Corporation from inception in 2005 to the sale of the company in 2016 to Goldcorp Inc. (now Newmont) for $520 million. Tony served as Vice President, Corporate Development for Kaminak executing the company's strategic planning, financing, business development and marketing while overseeing the public relations and investor communications of the company. During Tony’s tenure with Kaminak, the company was ranked 8th best performing mining company from a peer group of some 1,200 mining companies, was listed as a 2015 TSX Venture 50 Company and was one of four companies selected out of 1,971 as Best IR by IR Magazine in 2015.

Tony personifies Tectonic’s belief that responsible mineral exploration and development can positively impact the communities in which the company lives and operates and its commitment to early and ongoing community engagement, best practices in environmental stewardship and the development of a strong safety culture.