In 2012, the University of British Columbia formed a coalition with Simon Fraser University and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (EPDM), to establish the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). The Institute is supported with a $25 million contribution from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (formerly the Canadian International Development Agency).
The Institute’s mandate is to act as a worldwide centre for expertise in the extractive industry sector, relating to developing countries needs in this arena. The institute will be a resource of best practice for: improving and strengthening resource-extraction governance; increasing capacity building in policy, legislation, regulatory development and implementation; and educating skilled workers, providing technical training and assistance, and applying research.
Together, UBC, SFU, and EPDM will work with international partners (including governments, non-governmental organizations, professional organizations, and industry) to share best practice knowledge for policy, regulations, educational programs and technologies that will enable developing countries to capitalize on their resources and build their own internal capacity while minimizing negative social and environmental impact.
Please consider supporting this Canadian and international effort to ensure that current and future extractive projects, in Canada and overseas, maintain best practices for technology, safety, sustainability, and community support.