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McEniry and Co has broad experience from establishing corporate policies and CSR initiatives to on the ground implementation of community relations programs.  He has worked with major producers, junior exploration companies, governments, NGOs, and indigenous peoples throughout North and South America, Africa, and in Asia.  He is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, English, as well as basic Indo/Malay bahasa.    

Examples of his project experience include:

Indigenous Engagement:
 
 
Traditional Environmental Knowledge Study - Ecuador

 

Client: Canadian mineral development company

Location:  Ecuador

Directed workshops with Shuar indigenous communities and produced a study that was incorporated into the environmental permitting for a copper mine development in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Developed successful partnership between company, community, and the local university.

 

Community and Aboriginal Outreach Performance Improvement

Client: Global Nickel Producer

Location:  Canada

Developed an action plan to improve the systems for community and aboriginal engagement according to the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative.  Working with operations in three provinces, the plan identified gaps and introduced measures to improve scores by two performance levels.

 

Social Management Plans and Strategies:

Bankable Social Management Plans

Client: Potash mine developer

Location: Republic of Congo

Prepared Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), Migratory Influx, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS management plans for potash mine project near Pointe Noire, RoC.

 

Preparation of an Economic Diversification Strategy for Facilities Closure

Client:  Major Global Base Metals Producer

Location:  Northern Manitoba, Canada

Prepared economic diversification strategy for facilities closure in a Northern Manitoba mining town.  The strategy achieved strong local buy-in and involved the launch of a multi-stakeholder dialogue process.

 

Social and Environmental Baseline Study

Client:  UK-based Exploration and Development Company

Location: Peru

Produced a socio-environmental baseline study and managed a multidisciplinary international technical teams in a remote mountainous area along the Peru-Ecuador border.

 

Community Relations and Sustainable Development Program Set-up

Client:  Canadian junior mining exploration firm

Location: Azuay Province, Ecuador

Planned and oversaw implementation of a comprehensive community relations strategy that involved a social diagnostic, stakeholder outreach, designing, hiring and managing a community relations team.  Established development alliances in health and education with local municipality and NGOs.

Resettlement and Land Acquisition:
 
 

Framework Resettlement Action Plan

Client: Canadian mid-tier copper producer

Location: Panama

Developed a land acquisition and resettlement strategy for a copper mine project in the Coclé province of Panama affecting indigenous Ngobe and campesino communities.  Involved setting up approaches to engagement, process, legal framework, and speculative land occupation risk reduction actions. 

 

Land Acquisition and Compensation Strategy

Client: Sino-Spanish Wind Energy Developer

Location: Panama

Developed Land acquisition and compensation plan (LACP), Project Grievance Mechanism, and Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) for a large wind energy project in Panama. 

 

Resettlement Action Plan Review and Monitoring

Client:  Canadian Mid-tier gold producer

Location:  Burkina Faso

Reviewed progress in achieving resettlement and livelihoods restoration objectives for a 14,000 person resettlement involving artisanal gold miners in northern Burkina Faso. 

Training:
 
 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Training

Client:  Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Location:  Ottawa, Canada

Trained Canadian trade commissioners in CSR initiatives including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), IFC Social and Environmental Performance Standards, The Voluntary Principles on Human Rights and Security, the UN Global Compact, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). 

 

Community Engagement Training

Client:  South African mid-tier gold producer

Location:  Venezuela

Trained the community relations team and management of a gold operation in Venezuela’s Bolivar State.  The training focused on managing expectations, setting social performance targets and indicators, and conflict management.

Sustainability Reporting:
 
  • Produced a benchmarking study comparing the sustainability reporting of a Canadian gold producer in Kazakhstan central Asia with 10 of its industry peers. 

 

  • Assisted in the production of a sustainability report for a Canadian smelting, refining, and mining operation.