A Message from Our Chairman of the Board
What kind of company celebrates the closing of a mine and the end of an era? One that proudly understands that everything from a health, safety and technical perspective was done to responsibly mine a deposit that, in theory, should have ceased production two years ago.
Our Lapa mine officially completed its last full year of production in 2017. The real story, however, is that we successfully extended Lapa’s mine life because of the innovative thinking, resiliency and technical expertise of our people.
It is this spirit and ingenuity that ensured no employee lost his or her job as a result of the mine’s closure – thanks to a workforce planning process that began in 2014 and slowly transferred employees to other operations.
This willingness to go that extra step is what drives all of us at Agnico Eagle and underscores our commitment to doing things the Agnico Way.
It is the attitude and values we take with us as we expand beyond our current production base.
As we prepare to begin operations at Amaruq and Meliadine in Nunavut, we are ever-mindful that Agnico Eagle’s social license to operate depends on good relations with our many stakeholders. These relationships are a privilege and we must never take them for granted or be complacent in our outreach efforts. We will continue to proactively engage with governments, local Indigenous groups and communities to foster their support for our activities and to be their desired partner of choice for mineral development.
Agnico Eagle continues to be committed to bringing a positive contribution to the development of the communities where we have operations. Any agreement with our neighbouring First Nations and our Inuit partners would be done in the same spirit.
We want to be partners in developing a bright future for these Indigenous communities and provide them with opportunities to improve their life and the lives of their children. We want to learn by listening and incorporating traditional knowledge about the land and environment into our environmental assessment processes. We also believe that education, training and the development of entrepreneurs are key ingredients on that journey. It is important that we walk that path together and build a strong relationship anchored in trust.
Ultimately, our goal is to remain a company that all people want to work for, invest in and partner with for a sustainable future. I commend Agnico Eagle’s leadership and employees for their commitment to our mission and their dedication to making a difference in the lives of our community stakeholders.
Chairman of the Board
March 19, 2018