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.


Kyela de Weerdt

Program Coordinator

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.