De Beers Canada Inc. (“De Beers”) engaged Golder as the prime contractor to carry out the final closure of De Beers’ Victor Mine site. Golder, an engineering and environmental services consulting group, will be the primary contractor to oversee all remaining demolition and site rehabilitation of Ontario’s first and only diamond mine.
Victor Mine, which is owned by De Beers, is located in the James Bay Lowland and opened in 2008 as the second diamond mine in Canada. In June 2019, all mining operations were ceased and De Beers entered into the active closure phase of the mine. Commencing in January 2021 De Beers outsourced the site closure work effort and the achievement of the site’s closure objectives to Golder. De Beers retains principal responsibility for regulatory requirements and relationships with its local First Nation partners pursuant to the Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) with them.
Fasken advised De Beers with a team led by Andrew Alleyne (Corporate Commercial and Procurement) and included Tracy Pratt (Aboriginal Law & CSR), Johanna Fipke and Andrew Gabrielson (Mining).