Seabridge Gold Inc. (SEA:TSX; SA:NYSE.MKT) announced in a news release it has "expanded the responsibilities and scope of its environmental and permitting team in response to the growing importance and complexity of earning and maintaining the social licence to build and operate mining projects in Canada. Key members of the management team have been promoted to expanded roles reflecting the wider scope of work required to meet new and evolving demands. "
"Our aim is to continue to be a leader in our responsiveness to the environmental and the social needs of our Indigenous partners and stakeholders," CEO Rudi Fronk said in the release.
Seabridge appointed Brent Murphy as senior vice president of environmental affairs. During his 12 years with Seabridge, he helped get the KSM project permitted and showed how to successfully consult with various communities. Murphy is a former exploration geologist and permitting adviser to the federal and territorial governments.
Elizabeth Fillatre Miller now will report to Murphy as the vice president of environment and social responsibility. A registered professional biologist, she has managed Seabridge's environmental and reclamation programs for the last nine years. Her experience includes 20 years of starting and managing projects in British Columbia and Canada's north.
Jessy Chaplin will become the director of permitting and compliance. In her role, she is responsible for obtaining and amending approvals, permits and authorizations for Seabridge's KSM, Iskut and Johnny Mountain mine reclamation projects. She has more than 25 years of experience working in mineral exploration in British Columbia for private industry, consultancies, nonprofit organizations and the provincial government.
"British Columbia (BC) was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to legislate application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the "UN Declaration"). The principles of the UN Declaration have been incorporated into Bill 41 developed collaboratively by the BC Government and the First Nations Leadership Council acting for member nations of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the First Nations Summit and the BC Assembly of First Nations. The Bill requires the BC government to take all necessary measures to ensure that the laws of BC are consistent with the UN Declaration, and to do so in consultation with Indigenous peoples," Seabridge stated.
"We see the new and more complex role of the public sector, citizens groups and Indigenous peoples in resource development as an opportunity to enhance our reputation for transparency and collaborative problem solving, while advancing our projects," Fronk added.
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