Mining Association of Canada Leads Best Practice in Sustainability

    VANCOUVER, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - A new study by Five Winds/Strandberg
Consulting indicates that the Mining Association of Canada's (MAC) Towards
Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative has positioned Canada's mining industry as
a leader in sustainable development.
    "MAC won a Globe Foundation award in 2005 for its work on TSM," stated
Gordon Peeling, President and CEO of MAC. "This new study reaffirms that TSM
is effective, credible and enabling our members to demonstrate their
commitment to improved sustainable development performance."
    The study was based on a set of benchmarks emerging from a report
completed in 2007 for Natural Resources Canada on the Role of Industry
Associations in the Promotion of Sustainability. The study concludes that TSM:

    - is credible, comprehensive and relevant
    - provides excellent opportunities for networking and shared learning
      among peer members
    - has helped put sustainable development on the radar screen of member
    - is addressing emerging issues, such as biodiversity
    - enables successful engagement of stakeholders
    - enjoys the high commitment of MAC Board
    - leads best practice through implementation of third party verification

    "The TSM program is a world class example of the leadership role an
industry association can play in promoting sustainable development," stated
Kevin Brady, Director of Five Winds International. "It meets or exceeds best
practice on the key benchmarks we examined and the program is well positioned
to help MAC's members respond to market expectations on the sustainability
performance of materials in the 21st Century."
    The results of the study and its recommendations will help to inform the
MAC Board's strategic decision-making. A copy of the study is available on
MAC's website at
    MAC also announced today recipients of this year's TSM awards. To be
eligible for an award, a facility's performance had to be externally verified.
Three facilities - Williams Operating Corporation, Teck Cominco Trail smelter
and Syncrude Canada Ltd., won a total of eight awards this year. A special
award was presented to Syncrude Canada Ltd. for achieving TSM performance
goals in all performance categories.

    The Mining Association of Canada is a national organization of the
Canadian mining industry. Its members are companies engaged in mineral
exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Gratton, (613) 233-9392, ext 319,; A backgrounder on the TSM awards is also available.

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