May 19, 2020

The top 5 mining companies in Canada who are doing it right

Canada
Business
mining
Robert Spence
3 min
The top 5 mining companies in Canada who are doing it right

Originally reported by our sister brand Mining Global, It seems that there are a handful of mining companies spread throughout Canada who doing the job right. Specifically, five mining companies are making a huge a difference based on various factors, including environmental and social.

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) entails voluntary actions taken by a company to improve living condition of local communities, whether through social, environmental or economic programs. The goal is to go beyond legal obligations, contracts and operating license agreements.

Last week, Canadian magazine Maclean unveiled its annual Top 50 Most Socially Responsible Companies in Canada list. Partnering with Sustainalytics, a leading independent provider of environmental, social and governance research, the list highlighted the top companies based on their performance across key environmental and social indicators within their industries. For Canada, these are the top mining companies making a difference.

5. New Gold

For the second year in a row, Vancouver-based miner New Gold makes the list of the top responsible mining companies in Canada. The company is recognized for excellent environmental initiatives, including recycling 27.3 million cubic meters of water in 2012. That’s roughly five times the amount of raw water the company withdrew from natural sources.

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4. Goldcorp Inc.

As one of the world’s largest gold producers, Goldcorp continues to make a difference. The miner was recognized for its outstanding commitment to social and environmental responsibility as well as investing heavily in the development of policies and programs for workplace safety, diversity, community development, education and support for non-profits.  

"Operating in a transparent and socially responsible manner is a commitment that is absolutely fundamental to the way we do business," said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp'sPresident and CEO.

"We're proud of the strides we've made incorporating best practices into everything from land reclamation to ensuring we hire local workers and source from local suppliers where possible.  We believe that every community we work with should prosper. This acknowledgment from Sustainalytics validates the work we're doing."

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3. IamGold Corp.

For the third year in a row, IamGold joins the list and for good reason. Despite operating in high-risk countries, the miner has not been involved in any significant community relations controversies and continues to have a favorable track record working with global communities.  

2. Teck Resources

Teck Resources is a great example of a mining company with a solid approach to CSR. The company is committed to responsible mining and mineral development and strives to build partnerships and capacity to confront sustainability challenges within the regions it operates.

“As a proudly Canadian company for over 100 years, Teck and its employees are focused on creating lasting benefits in the communities where we operate,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck.

“These rankings are the direct result of the hard work of our people, whose dedication to doing the right thing for the environment, communities and future generations is at the heart of everything we do.”

1. Kinross Gold Corporation

For Kinross Gold, corporate social responsibility isn’t a chore—it’s a daily part of operations.

“I believe corporate responsibility is core to both our overall strategy and day-to-day activities, and it will remain a key priority for Kinross Gold,” said President and CEO J. Paul Rollinson.

The miner has a vast repertoire of programs dedicated to improving communities in which it operates. Each program is designed to specific operations with company-wide standards and global best practices.

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Jun 13, 2021

Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl

CMO
Kyndryl
IBM
Leadership
Kate Birch
5 min
Former CMO for IBM Americas Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl. Maria talks about her new role and her leadership style

Former Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Americas, and an IBM veteran of more than 25 years, Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl.

Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.

With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.

You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?

I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.

We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.

What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?

I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.

The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.

I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.

What does success look like to you?

I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.

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