Biographical Note – Jeffrey Davidson

Jeffrey Davidson brings to his appointment as extractive sector corporate social responsibility (CSR) counsellor his extensive global work experience in CSR across the private and not-for-profit sectors. He has been involved with mining and mineral resource development for the past 35 years as a project engineer, policy and program adviser, community worker and teacher. He has been a long-time and early advocate and practitioner in the areas of socially responsible mining operations and constructive company-community engagement.

Most recently, Mr. Davidson has been a member of the Mining Department of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he was responsible for teaching foundation courses in mineral industry economics, as well as the sustainability and social responsibility dimensions of mining practices, to undergraduate mineral engineering students.

As a member of Rio Tinto’s Global Communities Practice Team, Mr. Davidson was responsible for supporting corporate- and site-level work in community relations and social responsibility. In this capacity, he co-authored Rio Tinto’s resource guide for integrating gender considerations at the community level.

In addition to his work with Rio Tinto, Mr. Davidson was the community relations manager at project sites for Placer Dome Latin America in Venezuela (1996 to 2000) and for Energy Resources of Australia at their Ranger operation (2006 to 2007), working directly with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

He also spent four years in the Mining Policy Unit of the World Bank (2001 to 2005) on country projects in Romania, Mongolia, Mozambique and Nigeria, where he helped to address community development challenges around mining projects and coordinated an international knowledge-sharing and learning network on communities and small-scale mining.

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