Sean Willy brings a unique perspective to his role as director of corporate responsibility for the uranium producing Canadian Mining and Energy Corporation (Cameco).
Willy was raised in the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan, and belongs to the Metis Nation of NWT.
He runs the Saskatchewan-based Cameco’s Aboriginal engagement program, bringing personal and professional insight to his role, which he presented at a Goodman School of Mines lecture.
The school’s Nicole Tardif said Willy was brought to Sudbury to share Cameco’s years of experience building strong, mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous populations in northern Saskatchewan with local academia and industry.
“There’s a new awakening to how mining companies deal with Indigenous groups and people are coming to realize the right way to communicate and benefit the company and Indigenous community,” said Tardif.
“Cameco is one of the leading companies for corporate responsibility, and the only way we’re going to get better as a mining industry is to hear from people who do well and succeed at it.”
Cameco works with numerous First Nations communities in northern Saskatchewan, and has developed these relationships over the past 25 years.
They signed one of Canada’s first impact management agreements in 1999 with seven Athabasca basin communities.
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