Mining Association of Canada announces new Chair

MAC's Board of Directors elect Robert Steane of Cameco Corporation as Chair

OTTAWA, June 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Steane, Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of global uranium company, Cameco Corporation, has been elected as Chair of MAC for a two-year term.

Effective today, Mr. Steane replaces Zoë Yujnovich, Vice President of Oil Sands Operations for Shell Canada, who served as Chair from June 2013 to June 2015.

"Bob has been a valued Board Director of the Mining Association of Canada, and both the association and the wider industry have benefitted from his expertise and leadership in the Canadian mining industry. Bob's extensive mining knowledge from 35 years of rich experience in the uranium sector will undoubtedly bring immense value to his role," said Pierre Gratton, MAC's President and CEO. "We would like to also take the opportunity to thank Zoë for her leadership over the past two years as Chair, and we welcome Bob to his new position at the helm of our association."

Mr. Steane has been an active member of MAC for many years, holding several leadership positions. He has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 2012, most recently in the position as First Vice-Chair. From 2013 to 2015, he also served as Chair of MAC's newest committee, the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, which is focused on improving engagement with Aboriginal communities and growing the participation of Aboriginal people in mining. As the largest industrial employer of Aboriginal people in Canada, Cameco is widely recognized as a leader in Aboriginal engagement and partnership. As such, Mr. Steane's contributions as Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee were invaluable.

"It is a privilege to be elected by my industry peers as Chair of the Mining Association of Canada," said Mr. Steane. "Given mining's importance to Canadians as a powerful driver of our economy and as a major employer, my focus as Chair will be to advocate on behalf of the industry so that it can continue to deliver these benefits to Canadians and to continue advancing best practices in corporate responsibility."

Mr. Steane's career with Cameco began at the Key Lake Mining Corporation in 1983, one of Cameco's longest running northern Saskatchewan uranium operations. He has held numerous positions within the company, assuming increasing responsibility with each appointment. These roles included: mill operations; General Manager; Vice President of Mining (Saskatchewan); Vice President, Fuel Services Division (Port Hope, Ontario); and Vice President, Major Projects Division (Saskatchewan) before assuming his current role.

Prior to joining Cameco, Mr. Steane developed extensive engineering, operations and project experience from past roles with Bougainville Copper Ltd. in Papua New Guinea, the Rossing Uranium mine in Namibia, and the Ranger Uranium mine in Australia.

He holds a BSc in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Diploma of Technology in chemical and metallurgical technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In addition to his role with MAC, Mr. Steane also sits on the Board of Directors for The Royal University Hospital Foundation.

About MAC
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


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