Christopher Hopkins, senior vice president for mining for The Saint Consulting Group, will give a presentation on countering community opposition as part of the AGG1 Academy at the 2013 AGG1 show in San Antonio, TX, March 19-21.
The Aggregates Academy and Expo, called AGG1, is held jointly by the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association and the World of Asphalt. This is the fourth consecutive year that Chris has been invited to speak and will build on previous sessions he has led on overcoming community opposition. He will provide guidelines for anticipating objections and potential opposition within a community and look closely at the relationship between demonstrated support or opposition and the impact they have on elected and appointed officials. Speakers will include a local elected official and a producer who has faced this type of opposition and countered it with a strategic plan.
The materials is based on NSSGA’s best-selling Community Relations Handbook: A Guide to Building Trust and Credibility in the Community. The session will discuss the most effective information to include tips on conducting a thorough political due diligence prior to submitting your application.
Learning Objective 1: Further understand the impact that organized opposition can have on political decision makers.
Learning Objective 2: What is the most effective information to gather during an effective political due diligence.
Learning Objective 3: Methods to engage the community pre and post application process.
Chris oversees all of Saint Consulting’s work in the quarry and mining industries in the US and Canada. He is a regular speaker on overcoming the difficulties of permitting aggregate quarries and mineral mines before such organizations as the NSSGA, the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the Northwest Mining Association and the American Coal Council.
Chris is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he teaches a course about how to overcome community opposition and navigate political hurdles when permitting a mineral mine. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at graduate programs in mining at several other prestigious universities as well, including the University of Utah, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Illinois. His articles are routinely published in industry trade journals.