Pearce brings 30 years of mining experience to his new role
OTTAWA, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is
pleased to announce that Ian Pearce, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Xstrata Nickel, has been elected Chairperson of MAC for a two-year
Effective today, Mr. Pearce replaces Doug Horswill, Senior Vice
President of Teck Resources Limited, who began his term in June 2010.
"We would like to thank Doug for his leadership over the past two years
and we welcome Ian to his new role," said Pierre Gratton, MAC's
President and CEO. "Ian brings three decades worth of mining expertise
with him and has been actively involved in many of the Association's
activities. MAC and the Canadian industry at large will surely benefit
under his direction."
Mr. Pearce has been an active member of the MAC Board since 2007. He is
also a member of the Executive Committee and the Towards Sustainable
Mining (TSM) Governance Team. In these roles, he provides support and
input on the Association's operations and provides guidance to MAC's
TSM initiative, which works to improve member company performance in
the areas of corporate social responsibility and the environment.
"It is an honour to be selected as Chairperson of the Association at
such a pivotal time for the Canadian mining industry," said Mr. Pearce.
"The sector is experiencing a period of growth and the future looks
bright. As Chairperson, I will focus on ensuring the industry is in a
position to meet its challenges, capitalize on the growth opportunities
facing our sector and maintain Canada's standard of excellence in
environmental and social practices."
Mr. Pearce has worked in the metallurgy and mining field both in Canada
and abroad. He was appointed CEO of Xstrata Nickel following the
acquisition of Falconbridge in August 2006. He previously held
executive-level positions at Falconbridge in the roles of Senior
Vice-President of Projects and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to
joining Falconbridge, he worked on Canadian oil sands projects, as well
as metallurgical and mining projects for Fluor in Canada, Indonesia,
Chile and South Africa. Mr. Pearce sits on the Board of Directors for
the Nickel Institute and the Canadian Opera Company, and is on the
Advisory Board of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100. He was
educated in South Africa and holds an engineering HND in mineral
processing and a BSc from the University of Witwatersrand.
The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the
Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada's
production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds,
metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are
actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and
semi-fabrication. Please visit www.mining.ca.
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