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Vice President - Safety and Sustainability

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Kinross Corporate Head Office is located in downtown Toronto and supports Kinross operations and projects worldwide. Corporate functions include Finance, Procurement, Health & Safety, Human Resources, IT and Investor Relations.

Job Description


Leads the company’s global Corporate Responsibility strategy, with direct oversight of the Safety & Sustainability team responsible for company strategies & programs to manage risks associated with health and safety, environment, and communities. Reports to and advises COO on all CR, Safety & Sustainability matters. Reports to the CRTC on Safety, Community Relations and Environmental matters (License to Operate).

Job Responsibilities

Ensures policies, standards, systems and resources are in place at all Company sites and operations to:

Maintain workplace safety and protect workers’ health, in compliance with best practice and applicable regulations, and encourage leadership to promote the value of worker health and safety at all times at all Kinross sites;

Identify and manage all significant environmental risks associated with our operations, in compliance with applicable regulations and best practice;

Secure all appropriate licences, permits and approvals of an environmental nature required for the company’s operations; and ensure that the Company is in material compliance with the terms and conditions of all licenses, permits, approvals, and applicable regulatory environmental requirements in relation to its properties, including necessary environmental and safety filings and reporting;

Establish, manage and report on matters of Corporate Governance associated with safety, health, community relations an environmental matters.

Engage with external stakeholders to identify and minimize potential negative impacts on host communities, and create positive economic and social benefits and improve the overall quality of people’s lives in a manner that is sustainable beyond the life of the mine;

Ensure health & safety, environmental / permitting, and community are addressed in the company’s change management procedures, for example in capital allocation and authorization for expenditure;

Identify, prevent, and prepare for response to potential emergencies at the company’s operations that could affect workers, the environment, or host communities, and support crisis management and communications;

Develop effective and feasible plans for mine closure, including management of the community aspects of closure;

Provide accurate and transparent disclosure and reporting regarding the company’s performance in the areas of Safety & Sustainability;

Identify and monitor regulatory changes in the areas of safety & sustainability that could affect the company’s operations, and implement appropriate engagement and/or mitigation strategies;

Mobilizes the expertise of the Safety & Sustainability team, and where necessary external expert resources, to help operations address Safety & Sustainability issues and challenges;

Advises management on Safety & Sustainability objectives, targets, and metrics and helps management assess the Safety & Sustainability performance of the company and its subsidiaries;

Identifies and monitors Corporate Responsibility, Safety & Sustainability issues that do or could impact Kinross on a global scale, and works with management to implement appropriate responses including engagement in policy development and participation in associations and organizations;

Oversees periodic review and revision of Safety & Sustainability management systems, standards, and procedures; makes recommendations to senior management for modifications to company-wide policies and programs related to Corporate Responsibility, Safety & Sustainability;

Ensures due diligences is applied regarding matters of Safety & Sustainability related to corporate transactions, and advises management on those matters accordingly;

Oversees the company’s Corporate Responsibility reporting, working with Communications, Legal, Investor Relations and other functions as required;

Ensures there is a comprehensive and effective succession management strategy in place for the Safety & Sustainability team, and continuously builds the capabilities of the team and its members.

Education and Experience

  • University degree in engineering, business, environmental science, or political/social science
  • Masters, MBA or LLB
  • Minimum of 15 years of international work experience in the mining industry with a focus on safety, environmental, and community relations issues and policy, including on site management
  • Experience with all stages of the mine life cycle, including due diligence, exploration, permitting, construction, commissioning, and operations through to closure.
  • At least 7+ years operating at the management level with team management responsibilities
  • Previous experience interacting with Board of Directors on safety and sustainability matters
  • Exposure to industry and legislative authorities on policy development issues
  • Previous experience in development and implementation of corporate-wide safety & sustainability management systems and performance metrics
  • Expert knowledge of technical environmental issues including tailings stability, water management and water treatment, assessment of environmental risks, acid rock drainage / metals leaching, hydrogeology, wetlands, design and quality assurance of monitoring systems, and regulatory compliance/reporting
  • Previous experience with permitting processes in various jurisdictions, including baseline studies, environmental and social impact assessment, consultation, and coordination with internal design/project teams
  • Expert knowledge of occupational health and safety systems, including hazard identification / risk assessment, controls for critical tasks, incident management and investigation, incorporation of safety into design, behavioral safety and safety leadership, as well as regulatory compliance
  • Previous experience managing relations with community stakeholders, Indigenous Peoples, NGOs, opinion leaders  and design/implementation of local recruitment, local training, and community development programs
  • Expert knowledge of internationally accepted social, sustainable and Corporate Responsibility management standards and best practices
  • Previous experience in Corporate Responsibilty reporting, response to ESG questionnaires, engagement with investors on ESG matters
  • Previous experience auditing safety & sustainability systems
  • Demonstrated alignment with Kinross Core Values and Leadership Capabilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships with diverse individuals, strong influencing skills
  • Excellent diplomatic and communication abilities.
  • Must be fluent in English.  Fluency in other Kinross languages (French, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian) preferred.


Terms of Employment:

Full time, permanent.


$250,000 - $300,000


ESPP, Health Spending Account (VP Benefits), 4 weeks vacation, Full medical & dental


Kinross Gold Corporation

25 York St, 17th Floor

Toronto ON, Canada M5J 2V5


Jason Johnstone (Sr. Recruiter)

Phone: +1 647-788-4519


Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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