Who We Are 

Jeffrey Davidson, Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor

Photo of Jeffrey DavidsonJeffrey Davidson brings extensive work experience related to corporate social responsibility across private and not-for-profit sectors, countries and cultures to his appointment as Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor. He has been involved with mining and mineral resource development for the past 35 years as a project engineer, policy and program advisor, community worker and teacher. He has been a long-time and early advocate and practitioner in the areas of socially responsible mining operations and constructive company-community engagement. Read more

Elizabeth Nadeau, Administrative Assistant

Photo of Elizabeth NadeauElizabeth joined the office of the CSR counsellor in March 2013. As Administrative Assistant, she is responsible for general administrative support for the office and serves the primary liaison with multiple external service providers, vendors and travel providers. Prior to joining the CSR office, Elizabeth worked at Statistics Canada for 7 years.   Elizabeth has extensive experience in the fields of administration, and customer service and is bilingual in French and English.

 March 1st, 2015 - News Release - Appointment of Canada’s Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor

Responsibilities of the CSR Counsellor and staff of the Office

The Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor is appointed in an Order-in-Council by the Government of Canada. The CSR Counsellor is a Special Advisor to the Minister of International Trade.

Governor-in-Council appointees are required to perform their duties in the public interest. Their personal and professional conduct must be beyond reproach. Consequently, the government has established clear conflict of interest and post-employment rules for public office holders, in the Conflict of Interest Act, which explain the steps to be taken to avoid real or apparent conflicts between their private interests and public responsibilities. 

The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner is responsible for ensuring compliance with this Act. Appointees discuss their circumstances in confidence with officials in the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.

Governor-in-Council appointees are also subject to the Ethical Guidelines for Public Office Holders and the Guidelines for the Political Activities of Public Office Holders.

The CSR Counsellor is also a Designated Public Office Holder (DPOH). Such public office holders have certain responsibilities under the Lobbying Act. Upon assuming a Governor in Council position, the appointee must ensure that all obligations under the Lobbying Act and its regulations are met. The Commissioner of Lobbying is responsible for ensuring compliance with this Act. Appointees may discuss their circumstances in confidence with officials in the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying.

All staff are public servants of the Government of Canada and are subject to the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service.