Tony Andrews

Tony Andrews is a geologist by training and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario (UWO), followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. During his 35 year career with the mining industry, he has held positions in the academic, industry and government sectors. He was CEO of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) from 1987 ? 2011, during which time he was one of Canada?s leading advocates for the mining industry, both domestically and internationally. He directed the Association into the areas of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and integrated approaches to land-use planning. He played a leadership role in the development of ?e3 Plus?, the Association?s online CSR guidance system for the mineral industry.

Tony has accumulated significant knowledge of and experience with the policy and regulatory regimes governing the mineral industry. He is known for his in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of responsible mineral development, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and integrated approaches to land-use planning. He has been ?on the ground? at the sites of exploration projects and mining operations in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia, reviewing industry CSR practices and engaging with government agencies, civil society organizations and academia on key CSR issues.

Tony was a Roundtable Chair during the Whitehorse Mining Initiative, the first national, multi-stakeholder forum on the Canadian mining industry from 1992-94 and was a mining industry representative on the Advisory Group to the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries from 2006-2007. The latter formed the basis of the federal government?s current policy position on CSR and the extractive sector abroad. During his tenure at the PDAC he co-chaired, along with National Resources Canada, the multi-stakeholder Steering Committee responsible for the development of the Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada subsequently applied internationally.

He has been a member of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on the Future of Metals and Mining since 2008 and was the Council chair in 2011-12. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada – Southern Africa Chamber of Business and is the Academic Coordinator for the post-graduate level, Mining Management Program at Ryerson University, Toronto.

Tony is currently the Co-Founder and Principal of Responsible Mineral Development (RMD), a consultancy providing strategic advice and support to industry and government agencies in the area of responsible mineral development and CSR.