Over the next years, the Forum will focus on:
Applying our Strengths: Forming Working Groups to initiate action or positively respond to requests that advance social performance. These may include guidance to policy makers; the provision of expert opinions on social performance related issues; furthering awareness amongst stakeholder groups such as government and the financial industry; and, providing content support to regulatory or legislative initiatives.
Inclusion: Grow global membership in the organization by drawing in social performance practitioners from around the world and across different natural resource and land related businesses. Initially, we will reach out to experienced practitioners willing to be actively engaged in the activities of the Forum, before striving for wider membership.
Our governance system consists of a volunteer stewardship group that enables action by the Forum’s membership as a whole. The stewardship group guards the integrity of the Forum’s purpose and facilitates the formation and operation of task-specific working groups. Members can join existing working groups or establish new groups around issues that further the key areas listed above. The members of the Stewardship Group are currently:
KATHARINE GOTTO-WALTON (CHAIR)
Katharine has over 20 years’ international experience focused on helping local, national and international
LUC ZANDVLIET (CO-CHAIR)
Luc is the author of the seminal Getting It Right, a foundation text for people who want to build strong, positive relationships with their stakeholders. He does stakeholder engagement with community relations practitioners and companies that operate in frontier markets.
IAN THOMSON (SECRETARY)
Ian has more than 30 years’ experience in the resource industries, working for the last 15 to advance their management of socially sustainable development.
PAUL WARNER (TREASURER)
Paul has more than 28 years’ experience in the mining industry and has specialized in community engagement and community development since 1997.
Janet is a seasoned community development practitioner who began her career in the not for profit sector. She has been working to improve social performance in the resource extraction and energy sectors for more than 20 years.
Mariana is a social practitioner focused on building strategic partnerships and fostering relationships with communities, governments, not-for-profit organizations, and other stakeholders to achieve effective and sustainable community development in the private sector.
Mafalda equips organizations and people to interact, communicate and manage across differences. Her innovative training programs help build trust, reduce misunderstandings, leverage differences effectively and introduce the invisible power of culture.
Ed’s work in social performance over the past two decades has focused on helping drive organisational change and training programmes within the natural resource sectors in complex environments.
Drawing from a significative corporate experience in the oil and gas sector, Anne-Sophie has been supporting companies in establishing and consolidating their relationships with local stakeholders and communities for more than 20 years.
What We Do
Our Six Areas of Action
SPF AGM and Members Meeting
March 3, 2019
120 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2010, Toronto
The art and science of effective community relations
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Attendees are charged a fee to attend. Fees are collected by the PDAC
How may i join the forum?
We encourage applications from people around the world, including consultants, corporate specialists and community practitioners. If you have more than eight years practical experience in social performance and want to be an active and committed part of advancing the Forum’s Vision, Mission and Six Areas of Action, this may be the place for you.
We welcome individuals who have significant experience and a willingness to work to improve social practice in six key areas:
- Widening and deepening awareness & understanding of social performance
- Promoting an effective role for government, governance & legislation in social performance
- Promoting the integration of social performance practice into business objectives and corporate culture
- Enabling and empowering stakeholders
- Improving the standards for social performance practice
- Advancing the professionalisation of social performance practitioners
If you are interested in receiving more details about the application for membership, please send us a message through the CONTACT US section below.
Is the Forum a professional organization?
The Forum is not a certifying body, nor does it accommodate corporate membership. Rather, it is a space for professionals to share their experiences and work together to advance the capabilities of social practitioners, their role in resource development and delivery of the promise of social inclusion and better outcomes for all the actors involved.
Our emphasis is on taking practical steps to achieve these ends through the activities of our working groups and promoting the resulting findings. The intent is to consolidate ideas and move them into the public sphere with a view to influencing other actors and agendas. We aim to inspire, provoke and create change.
Does the Forum offer consultancy services?
While many of the Forum’s members are consultants, they offer these services outside the purview of the Forum. In very particular circumstances, the Forum may choose to undertake consultancy work. Should a consulting opportunity arise that would advance the Mission and Vision of the Forum, this will be considered by the Stewardship Group in line with established Forum policy.