MONTREAL, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Johanne Gélinas, partner in
consulting at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is tabling today her report
entitled "Osisko Mining Corporation Monitoring Committee - Diagnosis of
the current situation and avenues of interventions."
Mrs. Gélinas observes that "despite the willingness and commitment of
the Monitoring Committee, the latter cannot be deployed effectively in
its current form. An accumulation of events has led to the
deterioration of relations between the Monitoring Committee, Osisko and
stakeholders which prevented the Monitoring Committee from fulfilling
its role. Osisko and the Monitoring Committee will meet today at the
crossroads. In collaboration with stakeholders, they must work together
to restore trust."
The report proposes a number of avenues of interventions for the
realization of the Monitoring Committee's mandate. Osisko must develop
greater attentiveness, increased sensitivity and empathy. The company
must also structure the roles and responsibilities internally to
improve and formalize the dialogue with the Monitoring Committee and
contribute to its success. Moreover, Mrs. Gélinas suggests that Osisko
holds a statutory seat on the Committee.
The Monitoring Committee, meanwhile, must review its composition and
functioning, in order to fulfill its mandate. Mrs. Gélinas considers
that the Committee, in its present form, does not have all the required
expertise and authority to enable it to take its rightful place. The
Monitoring Committee should be given the means to become a place of
exchange and dialogue on issues related to the Canadian Malartic mine,
but also a place where solutions are suggested. It is the link between
the company and the population. In this respect, its role is
Despite the combined efforts of Osisko and the Monitoring Committee, the
latter will not achieve its full potential unless other key players
agree to serve on the committee. It is therefore recommended that
ministries such as the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the
Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Sustainable
Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks, as well as the Town of
Malartic be represented on the Committee.
Osisko and the Monitoring Committee accept the suggested courses of
interventions proposed by Mrs. Gélinas and will work together to
strengthen the foundation. A first step is the call for nominations launched today to recruit new members for the Committee.
"The Monitoring Committee has an essential role to play as a place of
information, of exchange and of dialogue. It represents a place where
solutions to enable better coexistence between the mine and the
community are discussed and where a vision and a plan to prepare for
after the closure of the mine can be explored. The current situation is
an opportunity to make the necessary adjustments to revise the
composition of the Monitoring Committee, to strengthen the role of key
actors and to renew the way the Monitoring Committee operates. This
exercise, particularly the interviews, demonstrated the desire for the
Monitoring Committee to succeed." concluded Johanne Gélinas.
About Mrs. Johanne Gélinas
Mrs. Johanne Gélinas has over 25 years of public sector experience and
has conducted numerous consulting assignments; she carried out audits
related to the effectiveness of policies and programs on environmental
issues and sustainable development, both nationally and
internationally. Before joining the consulting sector in
sustainability, Mrs. Gélinas served as Commissioner with the Québec
Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) from 1990 and
1999 and, as Canada's Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable
Development (CESD) from 2000 to 2007. Now, she coaches her private and
public sector clients on incorporating sustainable development into the
core of their operations and governance practices.
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