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Martin Denis

EEM Associate, Resettlement Manager

Martin is an experienced social and stakeholder engagement professional with over 15 years experience in consulting and project management in Canada (he was an EEM Consultant between 2001 and 2009) and in Africa.  He has worked extensively in the extractive sector as well as with communities impacted by development.   

He currently leads the planning and the implementation (including non-agricultural livelihood restoration) of an assisted self-resettlement process with a total entitlement budget of $2.5 million for Freeport-McMoRan’s TFM (Tenke Fungurume Mine) project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while ensuring full compliance to IFC PS 5.  The mandate also comprises stakeholder engagement with the mine, local communities and authorities, as well as managing and capacity building for a team of 35 nationals.

Martin has experience managing complex land acquisition processes and liaising with stakeholders (e.g. landowners, local authorities), having provided assistance for stakeholder engagement activities for TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project across several Canadian jurisdictions. He also led consultations and coordinated activities for the social impact assessment of the CBG (Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée) expansion project with EEM. 

In 2012, he supported coordination of resettlement and compensation activities in line with IFC PS 5 for Rio Tinto’s Simandou mining project in Guinea.  There, he also acted as a socio-economic team leader where he led a team of local Guinean consultants to survey project-affected populations and collect baseline data. Finally, he participated in the development of a monitoring and evaluation matrix and the preparation of the first monitoring and evaluation report to the IFC (International Finance Corporation).

Martin is fluent in French and in English and has a working knowledge of Swahili