Strategic Risk-Reduction: Addressing ESG & SDG aspects through Design - Live Course

3 modules


Course Length
12 hours

Edumine Courses

18 Aug 2021

Upcoming Sessions


Course Details

If you're mine design teams struggle with how to address ESG or SDG objectives, or you’ve been trying to break down silos to facilitate collaborative problem solving, then you’ve found a course that can help. The interactive processes explored during the course facilitate dialogue and informed decision-making around a number of project objectives, helping to reduce negative impacts of projects on the environment, and create positive benefits to the local economy, and the corporate bottom line. The processes also provide a means to boost external multi-stakeholder engagement, in turn reducing project delays or risks of disapproval.

This course offers registrants an opportunity to learn about collaborative risk identification, alignment processes and prioritization, and integrated project planning through hands-on application of the approaches throughout the training.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 2022

Duration: 12 hours : 3 live-session hours over 3 days, plus 1 hour/wk review

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm EST - Check the exact time and date in your city here.

Price: $999 USD

See below for course policy

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the range of project risk and requirement types associated with long-term project lifecycles
  • Experience how affinity and value stream mapping can facilitate open dialogue between siloed disciplines
  • Understand how to discover systems-based ESG and SDG risks and improvement opportunities
  • Have a strategy to identify relevant project stakeholders, including those who might introduce less obvious requirements for the project
  • Have a basis for better communication to create or improve alignment on the scope of the project, including the multiple project objectives of all involved stakeholders


Karen Chovan

With over 20 years' experience in the mining sector, Karen is the CEO and founder of Enviro Integration Strategies Inc. Her experience ranges from managing field / construction projects and performing geological and closure-related studies; to acting as an internal sustainability consultant in a corporate environment and managing organization-wide change.

Over the last two decades, Karen's core responsibilities have included assessment of existing processes and programs; developing responsive action plans to address risks and accountability gaps; leading corporate strategic planning and embedding sustainability into project design and management systems.

She's a forward thinker and on a mission to engage, empower and enable individuals and teams to make a positive impact on project and development outcomes. She is driven in casting a wide net of influence; educating and informing those who can truly make a difference, and providing the strategies, tools and techniques necessary to achieve this mission.

Course Structure and Delivery

This course will be taught live - virtually, in a group setting over the course of three x 3-hour sessions, with a large proportion of time dedicated to applied and interactive exercises.

To allow for full comprehension and understanding, the course will be a blend of hands-on and own-project learning, and as such more than half of the class duration will involve active, applied work within the class.

Problem relevancy and solution guidance will be introduced in short 20-30 min lectures, while lecture periods will be interspersed with interactive polling and instructor-led, independent reflection, 1-1 and roundtable dialogues, group sharing / reviews, and virtual brainstorm and mapping exercises.

Exercises will include:

  • Roundtable introductions & polling – to help engage the class at the start, and encourage recognition of differing perspectives, knowledge and experiences
  • Brainstorming around project components, risks and requirements  – to help identify scope of a project, as well as increase recognition of knowledge & experience of a “team”
  • Affinity mapping of mining development components – to identify interrelated functions, and understand complexity of the system
  • Flow mapping of the mining value chain
  • Brainstorming identification & dialogue – regarding project stakeholders and their primary concerns, as well as “wastes” within the system
  • Optimization exercises – to practice how we might prioritize work and discover alternative solutions for better environmental performance and social acceptance
  • Small group exercises – to analyze example project components, to help participants understand how to identify the necessary information required for design, as well as which stakeholders to engage, to identify appropriate options to assess for said component
  • Several opportunities for dialogue during and after each exercise

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal  for: 

  • Project Managers, Business Analysts, Engineers and Designers – in the mining sector looking to gain a foundational starting point in understanding the complexities of such projects, the associated environmental and social impacts, and how they might set themselves up for success
  • Project Managers – who may be facing scope creep and change-requests stemming from external stakeholders with environmental and social concerns
  • Project Team members – who want a better understanding of how their work is intertwined within the whole project

Bundle Series

This is part two of a two-part live online course series on the topic Strategic Risk Reduction. The two courses are presented by Karen Chovan and are titled Embedding ESG & SDG Aspects into Decision-Making & Addressing ESG & SDG aspects through Design. If you want to purchase both courses at a discount price, click here


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation. 

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply. 

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed. 

  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed. 

  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees. 

Edumine and EIT Raw Material reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organizations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. 


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