History of the DI
The DI was founded on the belief that the presence of Canadian mining companies and NGOs can be a force for positive change. The group first came together on March 5, 2007 at the Univeristy of Toronto to discuss the Kimberley Process on Conflict Diamonds. This first meeting highlighted the benefits of multi-stakeholder discussions and the DI was formed in 2009.
Before the DI, there was no iterative, long-term venue in Canada to build relationships, trust, and partnerships between the private sector and development NGOs. What began as a series of workshops and meetings aimed at busting myths and encouraging collaboration has become an important forum for mining companies and international NGOs.