Jeff Geipel

Founder, Managing Director

Jeff Geipel is the founder and venture leader for Mining Shared Value at Engineers Without Borders Canada. This initiative works to improve the development impacts of mineral extraction in host countries through increasing local procurement by the global mining industry.

Through this work Jeff is also the Community Manager for the World Bank’s Extractives-led Local Economic Diversification Community of Practice. Before Engineers Without Borders Jeff was the founder and first executive director of Fair Trade Vancouver, which became a model for municipal-based fair trade organizations across Canada. Originally from Vancouver, Jeff holds a master’s degree in international development from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. Jeff’s work and articles have been featured by the Guardian, Devex, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Next Billion, Mining Weekly and Hill Times Magazine. Jeff currently resides in Toronto.


Emily Nickerson

Director of Programs

Emily Nickerson is the Director of Programs at the Mining Shared Value initiative of Engineers Without Borders Canada. Her work includes leading partnerships to develop research on local procurement policies with the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and International Institute for Sustainable Investment (IISD) as well as the recently released Mining Local Procurement Reporting Mechanism with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).

Before joining Mining Shared Value, Emily worked with Pollen Group evaluating systems-change approaches to agricultural market development in Tanzania. Previously at Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm, she supported business plan development for social enterprises to launch and grow. Emily’s research experience includes using participatory engagement to address issues of water management and infrastructure in Canadian Indigenous communities. She holds a degree in Water Resources Engineering at the University of Guelph, and currently resides in Toronto.


Harry James

Program Coordinator

Harry is currently working with GIZ and other international partners to implement the Sustainable Mining Action Plan for outbound Chinese mining investments.

Prior to joining Mining Shared Value, Harry worked in Lao PDR as a Junior Mining Engineer. He has also worked in the insurance industry, using this experience to complete his undergraduate thesis on Environmental Financial Assurance. Harry holds a Mining Engineering undergraduate degree from Queen’s University and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Toronto. Harry resides in the Greater Toronto Area.


Eva Klimova

Assistant Coordinator

Eva is a Coordinator at MSV, providing support to various internal and external team projects.

Eva holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. During her studies she found that she was most captivated by responsible and sustainable mining practices, which led to her writing an undergraduate thesis that analyzed the physical health impacts of Canadian owned mining operations in Latin America. Eva also holds a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability from the University of St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto. As part of the certificate’s completion, Eva successfully conducted a project that focused on identifying and implementing tailored strategies that operationalized MSV’s mission, vision and values.


Kyela de Weerdt

Program Assistant

Kyela is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the World Bank online Community of Practice (CoP) on Extractives-Led Local Economic Diversification (ELLED).

Kyela’s focus on political economics and responsible business has lead her Mining Shared Value. Her systemic approach to economic growth in the developing world has been shaped by previous positions including with Kenyan social enterprise, LishaBora, where she worked with smallholder dairy farmers as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation. She holds a degree in Global Development from Queen’s University and is currently living in Toronto.