October 28, 2021: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Suzette McFaul

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

View Zoom Video.


The importance of engaging with communities: From Guns to Music 


The uncertainties of how mining will affect communities created a blockade for Torex mining company.  It is in this context that SEF Canada was brought to participate in November 2015.

Torex, located in Guerrero Gold Belt, Mexico, had two projects, El Limon-Guajes Project, under construction, and the Media Luna Project, at an advanced stage of exploration.  Once in production, these will be amongst the largest and lowest cost gold mines in the world.

Once construction is finished, creating unemployment was a large cause for uncertainty.  The presence of a mining company had caused a social conflict among communities. This included perceived blasting affecting the fish, dust from roads, moving of houses, environmental issues.  Increased competition in business as well as family wealth created conflict amongst themselves. Outsiders have come into the area to take advantage of the economic upside.

Suzette McFaul

Managing director, SEF Canada Ltd

CEO, CleanGold Community Solutions Ltd.


Suzette McFaul is the founder of SEF Canada, a local sustainable business model in resource-based communities, working with 300 communities in 22 countries creating independent economies.  As Founder of Clean Gold Community Solutions, recognizing artisanal miners are entrepreneurs, she married the SEF Entrepreneurial Development program with the resources needed for sustainable artisanal mining communities.

Suzette collaborates with governments, NGOs, and academic institutions. As well as a guest lecturer and presenter at industry conferences; Suzette is an author/co-author of several industry publications. Recently she was part of a team from 5 universities winning the gold in the Global Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge.