RMMLF Mining CLE and Virtual Reception (during PDAC): The Rise of the Socially Conscious Investor in the Resource Sector

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021


OSCAR BENAVIDES specializes in mining law, mining projects finance, and mergers & acquisitions. His practice focuses on financing contracts, acquisition, sale and joint venture agreements of companies and mining projects. Oscar has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating, and executing exploration, joint venture, and mining project investment contracts, as well as in acquisition operations for said projects. He counsels clients on corporate and commercial issues in general. He regularly teaches mining law in top-level Peruvian universities and is a member of the board of the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce.


CARLOS CASTRO is the Manager of Corporate Affairs and Business Development at Minera Las Bambas, top ten global copper producer, operated by MMG. He is also Board Member of the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce, Australia-Peru Chamber of Commerce, Mining Cluster of Southern Peru, and Works for Taxes Alliance. Prior to Las Bambas, he was the Executive Director of Business Development and Corporate Affairs at Hudbay and has held several management positions in the private and public sectors; as the Peruvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has been graduate professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC). Carlos is an Economist from PUCP (Lima, Peru), and Master in Policy Management from Georgetown University (Washington, DC, USA). 


SUSAN JOYCE is a sociologist with 25 years of experience identifying and managing social and human rights risks of the extractive industries and other international development activities. She specializes in ESG compliance and in improving the social performance and human rights due diligence of companies. She served on the Expert Panel for the Global Tailings Review. She graduated from Swarthmore College and has a MS in Development Sociology from Cornell University.


MONICA OSPINA is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability expert with recognized experience in the design and implementation of CSR strategies that support operational productivity while building trusting relationships with communities impacted by mineral exploration and mining operations. Her innovative approach to transform conflict into development and human and social capital into value for investors has contributed to ensuring operational readiness, improving the perception of mining and the well-being of communities across regions. As an author, Monica created the Local Community Procurement Program (LCPP), a sustainable supply chain model, awarded by the IFC-World Bank in 2012. She has also contributed to the IFC-World Bank’s Guide for the Early Stakeholder Engagement (published in 2015) and participated in discussion groups for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the RIO + 20 World Convention on Sustainable Development in 2012.  In 2020, she was awarded as Distinguished Lecturer by CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining). 


ELIZABETH STEYN is Cassels Brock Fellow and Assistant Professor in Mining and Finance Law at Western University, Canada. She also is a Faculty Member of the Western Institute for Earth and Space Exploration. At Western Law, she heads the Mining, Finance and Sustainability Program. Her research explores the limits of the law, both from an internal and an external perspective. At present she is working on three main projects: the potential domestic liability of transnational extractive companies for abuses committed abroad by their foreign subsidiaries; regulatory gaps relating to deep sea mining; and the development of an International Environmental Law (IEL) framework for space mining. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals on four continents. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), the Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute (NRTLI), the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM), and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).