Ian Reid, Chairman of the Board of Directors (appointed June 2019)
Mr. Reid is an independent board director for a number of publicly traded and privately held corporations such as Canadian West Bank, Fountain Tire Ltd and Associated Engineering.
He has served as a member of the Provincial Audit Committee for the Province of Alberta, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Board of Governors for Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta and NWT, and the Boards of Economic Development Edmonton, Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and numerous volunteer organisations.
Mr. Reid held multiple senior and management positions at Caterpillar equipment distributors, Angus Alberta Limited and Finning International Inc. from 1977-1995 before advancing to Vice President, Operations, for Finning (Canada), then appointed President from 1997-2008.
Mr. Reid graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard. He supports many charities and has been awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal ‘for outstanding service’ to the people and province of Alberta.
Michael Holmes – President and Chief Executive Officer (appointed April 2020)
Michael Holmes is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience working in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, North and South America. Michael has broad operational experience in underground and open pit gold, copper, lead, zinc and nickel mines. Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for OceanaGold, Michael was leading responsible open pit and underground mining and processing of gold. Prior to this, Michael was the General Manager of Minera Alumbrera Operations in Argentina (Xstrata Copper), responsible for the large open pit, processing, transport and port facilities and for the management of the feasibility study for the Agua Rica Project. Previous to this, as the General Manager of the Mount Isa Copper Operations (Xstrata Copper), based in Mount Isa, managing the large scale underground mine and concentrator. Prior, Michael has had various other Mine Management positions in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Dr. Geoff Raby AO, Non-Executive Director (appointed August 2011)
Geoff W Raby is a director of OceanaGold and Chair of the Sustainability Committee. Dr Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Dr. Raby has extensive experience in international affairs and trade, having been Australia’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (1998-2001), Australia’s APEC Ambassador (2003-2005), Head of DFAT’s Office of Trade Negotiations and Head of the Trade Policy Issues Division at the OECD, Paris. Between 1986 and 1991 he was Head of the Economic Section at the Australian Embassy, Beijing. He has been the Chair of DFAT’s Audit Committee and served as an ex officio member of the Boards of Austrade and EFIC (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation).
Dr Raby is also a non-executive director of ASX and HSEX listed Yancoal Australia Ltd, holds a PhD in Economics, Masters of Economics and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from La Trobe University.
In 2019, Dr Raby was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and awarded an Officer in the General Division (AO), for his distinguished service to Australia-China relations through senior diplomatic roles, and to multilateral trade policy development.
Paul B. Sweeney, Non-Executive Director (appointed July 2014)
Mr. Sweeney joined the Board on 30 July 2014 and brings with him substantial international experience across mining and renewable energy industries. An independent business consultant since May 2011 and a non-executive director of Adventus Mining Corporation, listed on TSXV.
Previously he has served on the board of directors for Tahoe Resources Inc. before its sale to Pan American Silver Corp and Chief Financial Officer for both Canico Resource Corp. (acquired by Vale) and Sutton Resources (acquired by Barrick Gold) and a senior executive for Plutonic Power.
Mr Sweeney is an immensely experienced finance and mining executive and company director.
Craig Nelsen, Non-Executive Director (appointed February 2019)
Mr Nelsen is Chair of the Remuneration, People & Culture Committee and a geologist with over 40 years of experience in the mining business. Craig was Founder, CEO and Director of Avanti Mining. Formerly, Craig was Executive Vice President, Exploration of Gold Fields Limited; Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the former Metallica Resources (now New Gold) and has also held a variety of strategic positions at Lac Minerals Ltd, culminating in Executive Vice President Exploration. Craig currently serves as a Director of Golden Star Resources Ltd.
Craig holds a M.S. degree in geology from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in geology from the University of Montana
Catherine Gignac, Non-Executive Director (appointed August 2019)
Ms. Gignac has more than 30 years of capital markets experience, including an extensive career as a mining equity research analyst with leading global brokerage firms. She spent her early working years as a geologist and currently serves as an independent non-executive director and chair of the reserves oversight committee of Cameco Corporation.
She also serves as chair of the board of Women in Mining Canada and is a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ mining technical monitoring and advisory committee. She is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Previously, Ms. Gignac served as chair of Corvus Gold Inc., from 2014 to 2019 and held various other director roles with public companies since 2011. From 2011 to 2015, she was the principal of Catherine Gignac & Associates.
Ms. Gignac earned a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Geology from McMaster University and an ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Board Committee Composition
Audit & Financial Risk Management Committee
Paul Sweeney (Chair)
Geoff Raby (Chair)
Governance & Nomination Committee
Catherine Gignac (Chair)
Craig Nelsen (Chair)