Colin Steyn Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Steyn has been a non-executive director of Coalspur since October 21, 2010 and was appointed Chairman on September 6, 2011.
Mr Steyn has over 30 years experience in the resources sector and was previously President and CEO of Toronto based LionOre Mining International Limited (“LionOre”) prior to it being acquired by Norilsk Nickel International (“Norilsk”) in 2007. He was one of the original founders of LionOre and was instrumental in the growth and development of LionOre into a major international mining house. During his time as CEO, LionOre grew from a market capitalisation of US$100 million to over US$6 billion. More recently, he was a non-executive Director of Mantra Resources Limited, until its US$1 billion acquisition by ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. (“ARMZ”), the 51.4% shareholder in Uranium One Inc.
Gill Winckler President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms Winckler joins Coalspur from BHP Billiton, where she has worked for the past 15 years in a number of senior executive roles. Gill was Chief Development Officer of the Energy Coal division where she was responsible for BHP Billiton’s thermal coal business development activities and project growth pipeline around the world. During her tenure BHP Billiton significantly increased its thermal coal presence in Australia and also initiated and advanced various expansion projects in South Africa.
Most recently Ms Winckler was Vice President of Strategy and Development for BHP Billiton’s Diamonds and Speciality Products division based in Canada. In this role she was instrumental in advancing the company’s potash growth program in Canada, specifically delivering two successful market acquisitions and multiple exploration programs, as well as progressing projects towards Feasibility Study and securing the required port and rail options.
Ms Winckler's earlier positions included Global Practice Leader for Strategy and Business Development and Director of Corporate Finance at Billiton, before its merger with BHP. Ms Winckler is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B Comm (Hons) and a B.Sc.
David Murray Non-Executive Director
Mr David Murray has over 30 years of international experience in the coal industry and recently held a number of senior positions within BHP Billiton, including President of Energy Coal Sector Group (2008-2009), President of Metallurgical Coal (2005-2008) and Chief Executive Officer of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Coal (2001-2005). Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Billiton Coal and has also worked at Trans-Natal Coal Corporation/Ingwe Coal Corp and Gencor. He is currently the senior independent non-executive Director of Coal of Africa Limited. He has also served as Chairman of the World Coal Institute, Australian Coal Association and Richards Bay Coal Terminal, and director of the Queensland Resource Council and Coal Industry Advisory Board (Advising International Energy Agency) and council member of the South African Chamber of Mines Council. He holds a B.Sc in Civil Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering.
Mr Murray was appointed a Director of the Company on 13 October 2011.
Denis Turcotte Non-Executive Director
Mr Turcotte is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years experience and was previously the President and CEO of Algoma Steel Inc. an integrated steel producer based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Mr Turcotte oversaw the successful recapitalisation and rapid growth of Algoma which was subsequently acquired for C$1.85 billion in cash by Essar Global Limited in 2007. Mr Turcotte is currently President and CEO of a private business consulting and investing firm. He is also a director of Domtar Corp. and a member of the Advisory Board of the Brookfield Special Situations Funds.
Mr Turcotte as an independent non-executive Director of the Company. Mr Turcotte is a highly regarded Canadian based corporate executive, and in 2006 was recognised as Canadian Business Magazine's Top CEO. Mr Turcotte is highly regarded by the North American investment community and brings to the Board his extensive experience as a senior executive of TSX listed and commodity based companies. Mr Turcotte will join the Company’s Audit Committee.
Mr Turcotte was appointed a Director of the Company on 22 December 2010.
Peter Breese Non-Executive Director
Mr Breese has over 25 years operational experience in the global mining industry, having predominantly worked across southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) and Australia in the uranium, nickel, platinum and chrome sectors. He has held a number of senior management positions in TSX and ASX publicly listed companies, including CEO of Mantra Resources, before its US$1 billion acquisition by ARMZ, the 51.4% shareholder in Uranium One Inc., Chief Executive of Norilsk, following its US$6 billion acquisition of LionOre, where he was Chief Operating Ofﬁcer, as well as senior executive and board positions with Impala Platinum Holdings, Mimosa Mining Company, Zimasco and BCL. He holds a PMD from Harvard Business School.
Mr Breese will provide Coalspur with access to his strong track record of successful project development and operations management and will complement the Company’s highly experienced management team as the BFS nears completion and the Vista Coal Project advances into the construction phase.
Mr Breese was appointed a Director of the Company on 6 September 2011.
Ted Mayers Non-Executive Director
Mr Ted Mayers has extensive experience in financial management within the mining sector. He has held a number of senior financial positions with publicly listed mining companies, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Lundin Mining. He has previously served on the Boards of LionOre Mining, Mantra Resources, prior to its acquisition by ARMZ, and Zaruma Resources. Mr Mayers is a Chartered Accountant, with a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. Mr Mayers has also been appointed Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee
Mr Mayers was appointed a Director of the Company on 13 October 2011.
Mark Rodda Non-Executive Director
Mr Mark Rodda is a lawyer with private practice, in-house legal and corporate consultancy experience. He is currently a partner of Napier Capital, a boutique corporate services and advisory firm. Until it was acquired by Norilsk Nickel in 2007, he was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for LionOre Mining, a company with operations in Australia and Africa and listings on the TSX, LSE and ASX. Mr Rodda has considerable practical experience in the management of local and international mergers and acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures, corporate and project financing transactions and corporate restructuring initiatives. He also serves on the Board of Antipa Minerals as a non-executive Director. He holds a BA and LLB.
Mr Rodda was appointed a Director of the Company on 13 October 2011.
William (Bill) Smart Alternate Director for Mr Steyn and Mr Breese
Mr William (Bill) Smart has over 40 years experience in the mining industry across the nickel, platinum and chrome sectors, including 26 years working for the Anglo American Group in Zimbabwe. He has held a number of senior executive positions in the industry, including Vice President, Corporate Planning of LionOre Mining, until it was acquired by Norilsk Nickel in 2007, Managing Director of Bindura Nickel, Managing Director of Zimbabwe Alloys, as well as CEO of both Zimasco and Mimosa Mining Company. He also served on the Board of Mantra Resources, until its acquisition by ARMZ, as an alternate non-executive Director. He holds a B.Com, Hons.
Mr Smart was appointed a Director of the Company on 13 October 2011.