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SEF Canada assists communities in the development of sustainable economic futures.

Our mission is to assist communities with identifying the development of sustainable economies through Entrepreneurial Development with outcomes that last far into the future and result in tangible benefits for everyone.

Our vision is to become the largest provider of Entrepreneurial Development through uniting passion and skill in every individual across the globe who desires to own their own business benefiting the communities at large. 

Check out this video clip of our Managing Director Suzette McFaul when Enterprise Facilitation took off in New Westminster, B.C.



A Canadian company wants to help artisanal miners produce “clean gold”

 | Aug. 8, 2017, 10:00 AM 

SEF Canada, a Vancouver-based firm that specializes in corporate social responsibility, recently launched a project called “Clean Gold Community Solutions” and it is taking its first steps in Ecuador.

“This is our newest economic development strategy built around artisanal mining communities,” said Suzette McFaul, SEF’s Managing Director. “Acknowledging that artisanal miners are entrepreneurs, we have a solution to assist them to become sustainable businesses. This includes business knowledge, access to funding and technology to process gold.”

Following a series of meetings with local leaders to understand their needs and how they see the future of their community, McFaul and her team are about to sign an agreement to help them update an existing gold processing plant in northern Ecuador to make it safer and more profitable.

Currently, miners in the area mix their ore with mercury and then burn the amalgam that this process yields to recover gold. As they do this with precarious tools, they put themselves in danger and release toxic chemicals into the environment. Additionally, SEF has determined that their recovery rate is about 30 to 40 per cent and their selling price is a fraction of the spot price.

Thus, the Canadian experts are proposing a less harmful and greener method that would help them reach gold yields of 90 per cent. This new approach, which has been endorsed by leading researchers at the University of British Columbia, switches mercury for cyanide in the recovery process.

The logic behind this proposal is that the environmental impacts of cyanide are considerably less severe than those of mercury because the substance quickly breaks down into less toxic chemicals when exposed to sunlight and air.

The first challenge to implementing this project, which is breaking down people’s skepticism, has been overcome, McFaul said. However, other challenges are still in place, namely “investors believing we can do this.”

Nevertheless, McFaul told that people in Colombia, Mali, Suriname, Guyana, Kenya, among other countries, have expressed interest in knowing more about Clean Gold Community Solutions.

Reciprocal relationship

McFaul was clear. “SEF is a for profit model. We need the community to be successful to get paid.”

Relying on her expertise in the Sirolli Enterprise Facilitation methodology, she said she and her team usually wait to be invited to communities that are looking to build an economy that is not reliant on corporate or government initiatives. “We need to hear what they need. Not what we think they need.”

In the case of mining towns specifically, McFaul said their focus is on capacity building that looks towards achieving two main goals. First, to help the community implement more environmentally friendly systems that increase small-scale miners’ earnings; second, to support the development of non-mining related businesses and local start-ups that have a better than 80 per cent chance of retention even after five years and that help guarantee that the community will continue to thrive regardless of fluctuations in commodity prices and also once the finite resource they are working with is exhausted.

“We are entrepreneurs ourselves. We know what it is like to be in the trenches (pun intended) fighting to make money and sustainable enterprises. We know fear. We are willing to get down and walk beside them,” McFaul said.




The Relationship between local procurement strategies of mining companies & their regulatory environments in South African and Namibian mining sectors

We are pleased to present the final report ‘The Relationship between local procurement strategies of mining companies & their regulatory environments in South African and Namibian mining sectors’. Our team spent time on the ground speaking with various stakeholders having conversations after months of desktop research.  This was a collaborative project with Mining Shared Value (MSV), a venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada, in partnership with the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI), SEF Canada Ltd. and the University British Columbia.

SEF Canada is a leading expert in providing Local Procurement strategies that are not only strong but sustainable and independent of the mine. Ask us how we can help your team achieve your goals.


Another successful scotch night! 

Another successful scotch night allowed us to share our accomplishments and to thank all of those who provided us with the opportunities. 

Our ability to respond seamlessly and flexible to client needs has permitted us to collaborate with Academia, Government, Corporations and NGO’s. Over the past few years, our entrepreneurial development program has attracted the attention of the extractive industry. We operate in some of the most challenging political and economic climates in the world.  With our impeccable reputation, continuous success rate, we are presented with ideal opportunities.Those projects where highlighted throughout the night!

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