A non-profit sustainability communications platform for the mining industry
July 25, 2021

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, ON L4G6H8

Dr. Kirk McDaniel


Kirk is a Subject Matter Expert in the fields of mining operations, mine safety, risk management and training. He has a global perspective in the architecture of innovation, strategic planning, process improvement and risk management. Kirk’s true passion however is his overriding commitment to safety and the environment. He carries a PhD in Mine and Earth Systems Engineering and Accreditation as a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) with experience and credentials in the US and internationally. Kirk’s work history includes concepts in the Sustainable Mine of the Future and also a senior position in Freeport McMoRan’s Mine Technology Group and Principal Advisor Underground Mining with Rio Tinto Technology & Innovation.


Which company are you currently with?


What is your area of value in the field of mining sustainability?

Mining Safety and Health, Mining Technology, Innovation

How is your practice of sustainability value perceived today?

As a cost center

What are your greatest challenges to practice mining sustainability?

Getting people to see past the immediate future and focusing on line items costs to looking at the bigger picture

Choose the areas which are most important to you

  • Safety and Health
  • Technology and Innovation

Which SDGs do you align with?

  • Gender Equality
  • Affordable & Clean Energy
  • Life on Land
  • Partnerships for the Goals
  • No Poverty
  • Good Health & Well-Being
  • Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
  • Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Decent Work & Economic Growth
  • Climate Action
  • Zero Hunger
  • Quality Education