Equity, diversity and inclusion are strategic priorities and core values of the mining industry. We need Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Specialists to enable sector stakeholders, including individuals, groups and companies, to understand, identify, and confront conscious and unconscious bias, as well as individual and systemic racism, sexism, ableism and discrimination in the mining workplace. These specialists help to ensure that policies, management processes, staff development, the work environment and related evaluative metrics support an inclusive and equitable organizational culture.  They help improve the recruitment, engagement and retention of underrepresented groups in mining, including women, youth, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, newcomers, persons with disabilities and members of LGBTQ2S+ communities – ensuring that the mining workforce reflects the diversity of Canadian society generally and that the sector benefits from the problem-solving, innovation and creativity of a diverse workforce.

What is it like to work as an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist in mining?

Note: conditions and requirements vary according to employer and region.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Specialists have significant experience in adult education, negotiation and interpersonal/intercultural communications.  They are change agents committed to principles like human rights, reconciliation, inclusion, justness, accessibility and fairness. They are part of the cutting edge in hiring, training and operational practices across all industries to prevent barriers and improve the equitable attraction, recruitment, engagement and retention of a diverse workforce.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Specialists are motivated to make a difference in the mining industry. They feel drawn to collaborate with all functional areas and workplace stakeholders to develop, recommend and implement equitable and respectful systems, policies and programs to ensure a diverse and inclusive mining workforce that enables effective problem-solving, creativity, innovation and the industry’s long-term success. They are change managers, passionate about strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of workplace culture, policies, procedures and practices.

Job Description

  • Plan and implement equity, diversity and inclusion policies, programs and procedures to address systemic barriers and build awareness and knowledge around equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Develop strategic plans to proactively identify, analyse, address and evaluate effectiveness of systems, policies, procedures, training and programs aimed at advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Support the identification and eradication of barriers to full participation in the workplace
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on diversity and inclusion issues, providing advice and training to senior leaders, managers and employees
  • Ensure diverse perspectives and voices are engaged in planning and developing policies
  • Maintain and continue to develop knowledge of diversity and inclusion by researching effective practices, monitoring industry developments and evaluating emerging trends
  • Work closely across teams and function areas to integrate and implement equity, diversity and inclusion policies and practices across all aspects of the organization
  • Provide proactive solutions to human resource teams to support acquiring and retaining talent
  • Develop and lead accessibility and equity training programs
  • Manage advisory and consultation processes for leadership, boards and stakeholders
  • Provide leadership, expertise and education in support of building an inclusive and welcoming work culture
  • Create communication materials (videos and other digital content) on diversity and inclusion issues and topics
  • Track and analyze diversity and inclusion metrics
  • Collect data and create reports on the effectiveness of the diversity and inclusion initiatives




(Source: online job ads in Canada, 2021)

Job Prospect

Opportunities in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong leadership and accountability
  • Pays great attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Maintains respect by demonstrating credibility and integrity
  • Builds trust and maintains positive relationships with a wide variety of personnel and community members
  • Maintains positive working relations with trade unions

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career, do not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees and may vary according to employer and region.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field (i.e., Human Resources, Sociology, Communications, Education, Business Administration, Law, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion programs
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, email, scheduling and presentation software
  • Proficiency in language of operation


  • Five to 10 years of experience in personnel management, social services or human resources


  • Formal training or certificate in EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)
  • Experience in policy review and design, program or staff development, change management
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
Scroll to top