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Policy Analyst, Sustainable Development and International Affairs

PDAC Full-Time  Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1 Aug 2018

Job Description


This position will support PDAC efforts related to the economic, social and environmental performance of companies exploring for and developing mineral deposits, as well as efforts to support the competitiveness of companies operating outside of Canada.


Work with relevant committees and senior management to:

Research and Analysis

  • Identify, monitor and analyze issues related to the social and environmental performance of the mineral exploration industry, including:
    • Key issues being raised by stakeholders about the impact of companies
    • Innovative solutions being developed by companies, governments and stakeholders to optimize the impacts of the industry and contribute to sustainable development
    • The role of financial markets in creating incentives for responsible conduct
  • Analyze the sustainability initiatives run by other industry associations
  • Monitor and analyze trends related to the challenges faced by Canadian companies operating outside of Canada, and options for supporting them to remain both competitive and responsible
  • Analyze various ISDS models to assess which models work best for exploration and mining companies
  • Analyze the economic contribution to Canada arising from exploration activity outside of Canada
  • Prepare briefing materials, including support for PDAC media relations and government relations work
  • Prepare policy position papers and other forms of thought leadership


  • Support development of PDAC advocacy, government relations and media relations strategies related to social, environmental, and international performance, including:
    • Canada’s mineral industry competitiveness abroad
    • Various mechanisms such as the Government of Canada’s CSR Strategy for the Extractive Sector, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), human rights frameworks, etc.
    • Responsible exploration
    • Canada’s trade and investment agenda, providing a mineral exploration perspective
    • Socially responsible investment and incentives for responsible exploration and development

Member Services

  • Engage PDAC members in research, dialogue and collaborative problem-solving
  • Develop and implement tools and resources for members to advance the goals of the PDAC CSR program and the exploration industry, as well as the International Affairs Program
  • Engage on PDAC’s signature CSR initiatives, such as e3 Plus and the Sustainability Program at the annual PDAC Convention (formerly CSR Event series)
  • Examine the issue reporting, by mineral exploration companies, on environmental, social and governance issues
  • Facilitate the dissemination, diffusion, adoption and adaptation of leading environmental and social practices
  • Improvements and updates to PDAC’s e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration

Outreach and Partnerships

  • Integrate experts and ideas into the sustainability programming offered at the PDAC Convention
  • Organize and attend meetings, events, webinars, conferences and workshops related to PDAC policy priorities, with a diverse range of stakeholders, partners and networks
  • Respectfully develop and maintain a network of contacts (and effective working relationships with said contacts) within industry, government, academics, non-governmental organizations and other communities of interest, particularly PDAC members
  • Support PDAC efforts to build and strengthen relationships with organizations and partners
  • Engage members, partners, and stakeholders in respectful discussions about PDAC research questions and advocacy priorities
  • Build alliances in support of PDAC advocacy

Project Management

  • Develop well-scoped proposals for project work within the program area, both for annual work-plans or for in-year requests
  • Supervise external consultants, students and/or volunteers, where required

Organizational Development

  • Provide organizational and administrative support to relevant PDAC Committees, including the development and implementation of the annual workplan and budget for relevant program areas
  • Maintain current, accurate and well-organized paper and electronic files related to program areas

Undertake other duties, as reasonably required, dependent upon the needs of the PDAC. Some travel will be required.


  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience.
  • Three years of experience either in the realm of policy analysis and advocacy (ideally related to the minerals and metals industry) or direct mineral exploration field experience involving efforts to improve a company’s social, environmental, and/or discovery performance
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of/experience in some of the following areas:
    • Environmental and social performance at an organizational level and an industry-wide level, particularly with respect to the mineral exploration industry
    • International affairs (e.g. trade agreements, sustainability frameworks and mechanisms, etc.)
    • Analysis of risks and opportunities facing an industry and strategies to help an industry manage risks and seize opportunities
    • Designing and implementing projects and programs, in partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders, to achieve a commonly agreed upon objective


  • Project Management:
    • Produces high quality deliverables on time and on budget.
    • Able to manage multiple priorities.
    • Self-starter who identifies and actions steps required to accomplish goals.
  • Analytical Capacity:
    • Able to synthesize and analyze large volumes of complex information
    • Able to distill key priorities from a multiplicity of possibilities and focus/align program activities with organizational strategic goals.
  • Teamwork:
    • A team player and consensus builder.
    • Works in concert with others to achieve shared goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills:
    • Able to build relationships with key partners, allies and stakeholders.
    • Able to work in teams, build consensus and support organizational harmony.
  • Communication Skills:
    • Superior written, editorial and verbal communications skills
  • Organizational Agility & Resilience:
    • Capacity to thrive in a fluid organizational environment characterized by constant change and multiple sources of influence on decision-making.
  • Language
    • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills. Other languages an asset

Only submissions consisting of a C.V. and cover letter will be considered for the position.

Please email your application, including a C.V. and cover letter to


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