SUSTAINABILITY – LESSONS LEARNED IN THE JUNIOR MINING SECTOR

Mark Wiseman - Vice-President, Sustainability, Avalon Rare Metals Inc. Mr. Wiseman is a biologist with over 34 years of health, safety, environment and social responsibility (HSEC) experience. He is a graduate of Guelph University (B.Sc., 1979) and Laurentian University (MBA, 1989). Following a period of acid rain research with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Mark joined Falconbridge Limited in 1980, and worked in progressively responsible HSEC positions in the mining industry, both in operations and large scale projects nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Avalon, he most recently was Director Health, Safety and Environment for Xstrata Nickel’s Koniambo Project in New Caledonia. Mark has extensive experience in Social and Environmental Impact Assessment, permitting, HSEC management systems development and implementation, training, risk management, closure planning, auditing and due diligence assessment with the goal of continuous performance improvement. He has R&D experience as well as developed and implemented innovative and leading edge environmental protection measures. He has participated and chaired numerous multi-stakeholder committees in the development of standards and regulations as well as managing relationships and requirements of local, national and international stakeholders.