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Board of Directors

The CMIC Board currently consists of fourteen (14) Directors.

The Directors span a wide range of leadership from inside and outside of the mining industry, private sector, public sector and academia providing significant executive leadership to CMIC.

The Board does not offer remuneration to its members, and the directors also work as volunteer staff with the Executive Director & CEO to advance a variety of programs and initiatives.

The Board of Directors includes:

gordon_bogdenMr. Bogden began his professional career as a geophysicist, co-founding Quantec Geoscience, moving on to CIBC, Rothschild, and National Bank Financial as a mining investment banker advising boards of directors and management teams of some of the largest mining companies in the world. He concluded his investment banking career as Vice Chairman, Mining & Metals, for Standard Chartered Bank after its acquisition of Gryphon Partners in 2011 where he was a co-founder and Managing Partner. Upon retiring from the financial services industry in 2012, he assumed a number of corporate board positions and engaged in board leadership, strategic development and corporate responsibility initiatives.

Mr. Bogden is currently Chairman of Black Loon Group, a private mining investment company, and is a former President and CEO of Alloycorp Mining Inc. He has served as a director of over a dozen public mining companies and is currently a director of Royal Gold Inc., Orvana Minerals Corp., the former Chairman of Volta Resources, and past Chairman of Nexgen Energy. He is also a member of the Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation Board in Toronto and in 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with Right To Play where he currently serves as a member of the Canadian Advisory Board.

Mr. Bogden holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science (Geology) from Queen’s University, is a Professional Engineer, and earned his professional certification as a Corporate Director (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors in Toronto.

Mr. Bogden is keenly interested in social and development issues around the world and is a member of the working group of the KIN Catalyst: Mining Company of the Future initiative on the Development Partner Framework on establishing sustainable, collaborative community relationships. He has authored and presented many papers on corporate responsibility, corporate strategy, and M&A and capital markets related to the mining industry.


Mr. Robitaille is Senior Vice-President / Business Strategy & Technical Services at Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., a position he has held since Feb. 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served Agnico-Eagle in various capacities for more than 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice-President, Technical Services and Project Development, Vice-President, Metallurgy & Marketing, General Manager, Metallurgy & Marketing and as Mill Superintendent and Project Manager for the expansion of the LaRonde mill. Before joining Agnico-Eagle, Mr. Robitaille worked as a metallurgist with Teck Mining Group. Mr. Robitaille is a mining graduate of the College de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue with a specialty in mineral processing


Nils Voermann has executive responsibility for Hatch’s Business Practices globally, including Technologies, Systems, Consulting, Environmental Services and Operational Performance. These groups serve clients across the Mining & Metals, Energy and Infrastructure sectors. He also leads our Central North America region.

Nils joined Hatch in 1989 as a Mechanical Engineer. In 1995 he was appointed leader of Hatch’s Metallurgical Furnace Design Group. Through a string of innovative and successful projects in Canada, USA, South Africa, Colombia and Korea, he expanded Hatch’s metallurgical furnace design team more than four-fold. The Furnace Group achieved global scope, and became recognized as a world leader in its field. In 2003, Nils took on broader responsibility for development of Hatch’s proprietary know-how, as Global Managing Director, Technologies. Under his leadership Hatch maintains a strong pipeline of technologies in progressive stages of development and commercialization.

From 2009 to 2013 Nils was based in Brisbane, Australia to provide leadership for Hatch’s expanding business in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nils is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he received his B.Sc. in Engineering. He also earned his MBA from INSEAD in France. Nils is an award-winning author, having published and presented over 30 technical papers, with a focus on new technology implementation and management. He holds several patents and has received various awards including the Natural Resources Canada, CANMET Technology Transfer Award and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Extraction and Processing Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Medal for Engineering Excellence by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

Nils is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). An airplane pilot in his free time, Nils enjoys sharing his passion for flying with aspiring young aviators.


Dr. Imogen Coe is the former Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and is Internationally recognized for her pioneering research in membrane protein cell biology and biochemistry.

Throughout her 15 year career in academia, Imogen has been a strong independent voice for science. She is committed to student experiential learning through participation in research projects having supervised more than 30 graduate and undergraduate students to date. Imogen is an advocate in the support and promotion of girls and women in science and has spoken on the topic locally and nationally. She is also active in promoting and highlighting the importance and relevance of science to her local community.

An accomplished researcher and speaker, Imogen has presented her research at conferences and seminars across the globe for more than a decade and has more than 70 scholarly papers, book chapters and abstracts to her credit. Imogen has received many research grants and awards throughout her career, currently holds grants from both NSERC and CIHR and was awarded the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (now known as the Early Researcher Award) for her research activities from 2000 – 2005. She has also dedicated her time as an internal reviewer for multiple Canadian funding agencies including NSERC, CIHR, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada, as well as acting as a reviewer for other national and international funding groups. Previously, Imogen was Associate Dean, Research and Partnerships, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, York University. Imogen received a PhD in Biology from the University of Victoria, an MSc from the University of Victoria and a bachelor’s degree from Exeter University in the U.K..


Charles Dumaresq is Vice President, Science and Environmental Management with the Mining Association of Canada.  He joined MAC in April, 2015.

In his role with MAC, he focuses on regulatory and environmental aspects of mining, including mine waste management, effluent quality, and monitoring and mitigating effects on water quality and the aquatic environment. He is also responsible for the R&D and innovation file for MAC, and is involved in a recently establish MAC Board Innovation Task Force.  In this role, he has taken over the responsibilities of his predecessor, Rick Meyers (VP, Northern and Technical Affairs), who was also a member of the CMIC Board.

Prior to joining MAC, Charles spent 22 years with Environment Canada, working on regulatory and policy development related to mining and the environment.

Charles has a background in earth sciences, with a M.Sc. from Carleton University.  His graduate research focused on geochemistry and downstream water quality associated with closed and abandoned silver mines in Cobalt, Ontario.

Bonnie Rose, P.Eng., was appointed President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority effective April 4, 2018. Overseeing all aspects of TSSA’s business operations, Bonnie provides leadership on the overall direction and strategic priorities of the organization. Bonnie is focused on strengthening TSSA’s role as a well-respected leader in the safety industry and upholding safety excellence.

Bonnie is a seasoned executive with a passion for safety and in-depth knowledge and experience in technical standards. This passion is evident in her previous executive positions as the former CEO and Registrar of Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority; President of the Canadian Standards Association Group – CSA Standards; and Vice President of Service Delivery and Service Quality with CSA International.

Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto, and a Chartered Director from The Directors College.


Dr. Thorpe is a senior mining executive with over 30 years’ experience both in mining operations and as an international corporate responsibility consultant working on mining projects from potash to diamonds and gold.

His experience spans five continents and covers mining from greenfields exploration to closure and post-closure management. Having lived and worked in Latin America and Africa, Dr. Thorpe’s experience includes permitting a mine in a tropical rainforest area of Venezuela with several regulatory changes and working with the project teams to reduce the LTIFR at a mine in Africa from 2.1 per million hours worked to 0.15 per million hours worked.

Dr. Thorpe holds a Ph.D. in mine land rehabilitation from the University of Saskatchewan and is the Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Initiative of the Canada Mining Innovation Council.


Mr. White is  Senior Vice President North America Operations, Newmont Goldcorp Inc.

Mr. White was formerly Chief  Operating Officer at Goldcorp responsible for leading business excellence, operations and environmental stewardship.

His multinational background in large-scale development projects, management systems and operational efficiency over two decades led to his appointment as Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Business Excellence, at Goldcorp in July 2014.

Mr. White’s objectives are to underscore a culture of continuous performance improvement and implement new opportunities to advance corporate social responsibility and sustainability through technical innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada.

Jim Gowans is currently involved with several companies as a corporate Director.

Gowans was the President & Chief Executive Officer at Arizona Mining, from January 2016 until August 2018 when the company was sold to South32, an Australian based multi-national resource/mining company. He was formerly Co-President of Barrick Gold from July 2014 to August 2015 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January to July 2014.

Recent prior roles include Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd., President and Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Canada Inc., Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of PT International Nickel Indonesia tbk and Executive Vice President at Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Gowans has more than 40 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine feasibility studies, opening new mines (including the Red Dog and Polaris zinc mines), commissioning mine expansions and in the development of best practices in mine safety, mine operations and economic performance improvement, particularly in the application of innovative new technologies in the mining space.

He is currently a director of Cameco Corporation, Titan Mining and New Gold Inc. He was Chairman of the Board of Dominion Diamond Corporation from April 2017 until its sale in October 2017, and was recently appointed a director of Gedex Inc., an innovative geophysics systems company. He has served on the Boards of various junior mining companies over the years including Phoscan, Arizona Mining and Newcastle Gold. He previously served as the President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Chair of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), and as a Director of the Conference Board of Canada.

Mr. Gowans is a Professional Engineer and received a bachelor of applied science degree in mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management.

Michelle Ash is the Chair of GMG as well as on the Advisory Board of a number of star-ups such as MineSpider and Petra Date Science.

In her role with Barrick, Ash oversaw the company’s Innovation program looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. Ash joined Barrick in January 2016 to lead Operational Excellence and later oversaw the establishment of their digital program and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto.

She also worked for Acacia Mining in Tanzania as Chief Operating Officer, having served earlier as Executive General Manager, Business Improvement and Planning. In these roles, Ash drove shareholder value by spearheading business improvement programs that resulted in operational improvements and cost-savings. Prior to this, she served as the Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance where she was accountable for the leadership of strategic projects. Ash has held similar operational leadership, business improvement and strategic roles at other companies including the Minerals and Metals Group and Australian Vinyls.

Ash was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK. Ash holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds degree in psychology from Deakin University.

Dean is the Partner National Assurance Leader, Mining, PwC and provides public companies with audit and assurance services including advice on implementing new accounting standards, assistance on acquisitions and divestitures, and helps companies respond to comment letters received from Canadian and US regulatory bodies. Dean has extensive experience in IFRS and US GAAP, as well as SEC reporting, and is one of the firm’s subject matter experts on mining industry issues. As PwC Canada’s National IPO Services Leader, he also has significant experience with initial and secondary public offerings.

Dean obtained a BBA (Honours) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1993 and received his CA designation in 1996. In 2001, Dean also received his CPA designation in Illinois.

With a career spanning over 30 years in the base metals mining and metallurgical industry, Marc Boissonneault has been the Head of Global Nickel Assets at Glencore PLC since 2015, overseeing the company’s nickel mining and processing operations and projects in Australia, Canada, New Caledonia and Norway. Marc’s previous role at Glencore was that of Vice President leading the company’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, comprising a number of underground mines, mine projects and processing facilities in Ontario, Canada. He served in this capacity for seven years. From 2016 to 2018, he was also President of the Koniambo Nickel SAS joint venture, a large integrated mining and metallurgical complex located on the South Pacific island of New Caledonia, a territory of France. From 1998 to 2008, Marc held the positions of Manager of Hydrometallurgical Process Technology, Engineering Manager and Smelter Director for the company. Beginning his career as a process engineer at Falconbridge Ltd. Kidd Creek Mines, he worked for nine years progressing through various roles focusing on improving zinc and copper metallurgical plant performance through the development and application of technology and improving operating practices.

Marc graduated in 1988 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with a degree in engineering (metallurgical) and later earned a MBA at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1997. Marc also took part in the London Business School’s Global Business Consortium program in 2010.
An active proponent of advancing the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian mining industry, Marc served as the Chairman of both the Ontario Mining Association and the Center for Excellence in Mining Innovation. He has also served as a board member of the Northern Center for advanced Technologies, Laurentian University, the Mining Association of Canada and more recently joined the Center for Mining Innovation in Canada.

Importantly Marc is championing technological advancement in Glencore’s new suite of nickel underground mining projects in Canada at Raglan Mine in the far north of Quebec as well as at the company’s innovative deep mining projects in the prolific mining region of Sudbury, Ontario.

Ken Bell was appointed Vice President, Strategic Planning, Syncrude in January 2019.

He joined Syncrude as a Mining Engineer in 2001, and his career progression included many senior roles in areas of Production and Technical. Ken became Manager, Tailings and Lease Development in March 2016.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Mine Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources, Energy and Environment both from the University of Alberta.

In the community, Ken serves on the Board of Directors for Indigenous Works and is a member of Syncrude’s Aboriginal Relations Steering Committee.

Ken is a long-time Fort McMurray resident and has two children.

Andrew is a Partner at Monitor Deloitte based in Toronto, Canada and is the Deloitte Global Mining and Metals Leader.

He has more than 22 years of industrial experience of which the last fifteen years has been in consulting. He has worked for senior executives in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, and government. Within the government arena most of his work has operated at the intersection of business and government – a key interface for natural resource companies. His client engagements have included corporate and competitive strategy engagements, innovation systems, cost reduction through energy management and organizational transformation and economic development programs.

Andrew has worked for clients around the world including Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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