Tag Archives: mining

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Eira Thomas: Engage early and often

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Eira Thomas, storied geologist turned founder, director, CEO and chair, says sharp stakeholder relations and smart governance are making winners in mining today
February 26th, 2014

Eira Thomas burst onto the Canadian mining scene in the 1990s, leading the Aber Resources Ltd. field exploration team that discovered the Diavik diamond project pipes in the Northwest Territories. By the time Diavik went into production in 2003, as … Continue reading

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Less boom, but no bust

Recent setbacks, especially the departure of American giant Cliffs Natural Resources, have deflated much of the original hype around Ontario’s Ring of Fire and Quebec’s Plan Nord. In the long run, that might not be a bad thing
By Susan Mohammad
February 26th, 2014

If the stories of the mining industry in Quebec and Ontario as of late were books, the same author could easily have written them both. Only a few years ago, each province’s mining sector was full of fresh promise. Initial … Continue reading

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Trading one super-cycle for another

Good times follow bad, often sooner than people expect. So, unlikely as it might sound in mining, signs of a pending breakout are mostly there. Don’t expect China 2.0, but the deal making could get furious
By Ian McGugan
February 26th, 2014

Cheer up, folks. Sure, Canadians enjoyed the good times more than most nations and, as a result, felt the crash of the super-cycle with particular intensity. But the recovery has been far quicker than many people expected. I’m referring, of … Continue reading

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A double dose of transparency

Paired with its new anti-corruption rules, Ottawa’s call for explicit disclosure of all payments made by Canadian companies to foreign governments and officials brings a new standard of offshore accountability to the boardroom
By Rob Colapinto
September 16th, 2013

The world’s most active player in global natural resource extraction will soon be facing new federal legislation mandating beefed-up disclosure of payments made to foreign governments. Canada has long been viewed as a transnational laggard when it comes to its … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the ranks

Mining leaders say there’s a dearth of new executive talent in their industry—a lost generation—that can only be replaced through specialized education and training. Enter the first-ever MBA in global mining management
February 25th, 2013

Insider Richard Ross Who Executive-in-Residence and director of Schulich School of Business’s MBA in Global Mining Management; former chairman and CEO of Inmet Mining Corp. Involvement Last September, York University’s Schulich School of Business launched the first-ever MBA specialization in … Continue reading

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Hugh Bolton: The bottom line on oversight

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Hugh Bolton, former top accountant, now top chair and director, says directors on resource sector boards must dig for answers to really know the business they’re in
February 25th, 2013

Hugh Bolton had a sterling career as a chartered accountant, culminating in his role as head of Coopers & Lybrand Canada in the 1990s. The insights gained in that arena have also served him exceedingly well in his second career … Continue reading

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Think share units, not options

Aligning pay to performance in struggling mining and energy markets is hard, especially if executive pay packages are based on stock options. But there is another way
By Ken Hugessen
February 25th, 2013

The last few years have brought many challenges for the mining and energy sectors in Canada. Continuing global uncertainty has slowed economic growth, and with it, demand for Canada’s natural resources output. According to the Mining Association of Canada, the … Continue reading

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When good isn’t good enough

Commodity prices that keep climbing have an obvious upside. But boom times also present their own set of risks in mining and other extractive sectors
By John Caldwell
February 25th, 2013

Smaller, undercapitalized exploration firms will always struggle. But when you have strong commodity prices in most extraction industry sectors and typically solid balance sheets—the norm in recent years—you don’t see many mid-size or larger producers’ viability at risk. At times … Continue reading

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Missing info speaks volumes

A B.C. Securities Commission study pinpoints serious shortfalls in junior miners’ reporting and technical disclosure
By Omar Kahn
February 25th, 2013

Canadian listings of public mining companies may be centralized on Toronto-based exchanges, but with more than half of all listed Canadian mining companies located in British Columbia, the B.C. Securities Commission continues to assert its place as Canada’s leading junior … Continue reading

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Career maker—or career breaker?

Is the immediate celebration of CEOs who lead their companies to winning M&A bids premature? The data—not to mention a couple of recent, high-profile examples—say just that
By Robert Thompson
December 21st, 2012

Go for the high-impact takeover deal or play the slower, safer growth percentages? It’s a question chief executives wrestle with constantly. And, as we’ve seen elsewhere in this issue, a lot of them ultimately decide to take the M&A plunge. “CEOs … Continue reading

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Managing hot spots

At most companies, the overall economy and trends in governance are primary factors determining executive pay. But in booming sectors like Canadian energy, boards require a different approach
By Ken Hugessen
June 17th, 2012

In most jurisdictions and industries, the combination of a continuing weak economy together with improvements to executive pay governance has lead to a gradual stabilization of executive compensation levels. Notwithstanding this broad trend, there are some markets where demand for … Continue reading

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Mining: A regular money magnet

In a lot of sectors these days, financing isn’t so easy to come by. But not mining. There, thanks to strategic investors and bullish pricing forecasts, the deals continue to flow
By Robert Olsen
December 19th, 2011

What could be worse for a cyclical sector such as mining than the headlines of the past few months? Sovereign debt crisis spreading to the U.S., negative earnings reports, continued global central bank cuts, depressed consumer confidence, China’s slowing demand … Continue reading

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