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Free eSeminar - Untapped Resources: The Extractive Industry in Conflict-Affected Countries By: SSR Resource Centre | SSR | Mar 17, 2015

The Centre for Security Governance (CSG), Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), and Wilfrid Laurier University Global Studies department (WLU) are hosting a series of eight online seminars focusing on the theme of “Contemporary Debates on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.”

Our second event will be held on Wednesday March 25 from 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST and will be on the theme of “Untapped Resources: The Extractive Industry in Conflict-Affected Countries.” 

For more details, please visit the eSeminar event page here. You can also register for the event here.
On the day of the event, visit this page. You will be prompted to sign in using a social media account or to create a Spreecast account using your email address. You can take part in the discussion and ask questions of the presenters using the chat board.

About the Speakers:

Andrew Thompson is adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is also the co-host of Inside the Issues, CIGI’s weekly international affairs podcast. He is a specialist in the fields of international human rights, civil society movements and fragile states.

Tara Scurr is Amnesty International Canada`s Business and Human Rights campaigner. Her first visit to Guatemala in 1993 introduced her to men and women fighting for respect for their basic human rights. In 2006, she joined Amnesty`s BHR team and in 2011 participated in Amnesty`s international research mission to Guatemala to investigate the impact of extractives industries on Indigenous peoples.

Terry Mitchell is an associate professor of Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her doctoral degree at OISE, at the University of Toronto based on her field work with two First Nation communities on the impacts of residential schools. She is currently the director of the Laurier Indigenous Rights and Social Justice Research Group and past director, and current board member of the Laurier Centre for Community Research Learning and Action. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Indigenous Studies at the Universidad de La Frontera, in Chile. Her research focuses on colonial trauma, indigenous rights, and governance issues.

Bernard Taylor is the Executive Director of Partnership Africa Canada (PAC). He has worked with NGOs in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and the United Kingdom. He joined PAC when it managed a $75M project fund for Africa. He has wide experience in project management, as well as with multistakeholder processes related to natural resource governance and conflict. He has overseen PAC’s support for the Kimberley Process, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and Publish What You Pay.



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