Our Mission
Our Mission

Both Sides Now Consulting Inc. is a community relations consulting practice based in Toronto, Canada. The mission of Both Sides Now Consulting is, on the one side, to support mining companies that wish to improve their capacity to engage with communities and, on the other side, to support communities that wish to improve their capacity to engage with mining companies.






Paul Warner

Paul WarnerPaul Warner has more than twenty-eight years of experience in the mining industry and has specialized in community engagement and community development since 1997.

His roles have included responsibility for engagement with community stakeholders at the Alumbrera project in Argentina and at the Antamina, La Granja, and Tintaya projects in Peru. Between 2002 and 2007 he was Community Relations Manager for BHP Billiton’s Base Metals group, where his main role was to build the capacity of the group’s community professionals to engage effectively.

In 2008 and 2009, he held the same position for BHP Billiton globally, providing support to operations and projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Suriname, Guinea, Liberia, Burundi, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. More recently, he was Manager of Social Responsibility at Carbones del Cerrejón in northern Colombia, the world’s largest open pit coal mine. At Both Sides Now Consulting, his clients have included AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Carbones del Cerrejón, HudBay Minerals, Rio Tinto and Teck Resources.

Paul has successfully developed community engagement, dialogue and conflict resolution processes built on fostering trust, understanding and cooperation.

He speaks Spanish and French and has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Joe Warner


Joe Warner

Joe Warner has recently completed the University of Queensland Graduate Certificate Program in Community Relations. His experience includes work with Indigenous communities in northwestern Alaska.

He speaks Spanish with basic proficiency and is currently upgrading his Spanish skills. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto.





Both Sides Now Consulting Inc. provides expert advice, support, training and independent review in the following areas:

  • Community Relations

  • Community Development

  • Community Engagement

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Dialogue

  • Social Due Diligence