Ian Pearce | Chair, Non-Executive Director (Public and Private), Toronto

Ian has worked for over 35 years at the most senior levels in the field of mining and metallurgy.

In addition to his role as Chair and Non-Executive Director at MineSense; he is currently Non-Executive Director and on the Audit and Risk committee at Outotec Oyj.; Chair of the Board and Chair of the Compensation Committee and on the Health, Safety, Environment & CSR Committee at New Gold; and Chair of Nevsun Resources Ltd., and on the Governance and Special Project Committee.

A partner of X2 Resources, a private partnership focused on building a mid-tier diversified mining and metals group from 2013 to 2017, he served as Chief Executive at Xstrata Nickel, a subsidiary of Xstrata plc from August 2006 to May 2013. He was also Director of Xstrata Nickel Australasia Pty Ltd from February 2008. As CEO, he was responsible for global nickel and ferronickel operations and projects in North and South America, Europe, Africa and the South Pacific. With an attractive portfolio of Greenfield and Brownfield projects, his focus was on the continuing growth of the nickel commodity business.

Ian held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Falconbridge Corporation, and joined Falconbridge in 2003 where he spearheaded the advancement of major growth initiatives as Senior Vice-President of Projects and Engineering.

Prior to joining Falconbridge, Ian worked on Canadian oil sands projects as well as metallurgical and mining projects for Fluor Inc. in Canada, Indonesia, Chile and South Africa. He also served as Executive Project Director at Fluor Corporation.

Ian served as Chair of the Mining Association of Canada; Chair and Director of the Nickel Institute; served on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100; and presently on the Trans Canada Trail Foundation Board

He holds an Engineering HND in Mineral Processing and a BSc degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He also attended the Management Advancement Program at the University of the Witwatersrand and received strategic and general management training at Henley College in the United Kingdom.