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 Specialty 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.
Colin Gilligan Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Gilligan holds the position of Chief Operating Officer where he has overall responsibility for the efficient development and commissioning of the Vista Project Phase 1 and Phase 2. Thereafter, Mr. Gilligan will have responsibility for all operations aspects of the company.
He has 24 years of mining and project development experience at senior levels and previously worked in South Africa and Australia. He studied Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics and most recently attended the AMP at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Coalspur, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Mitsui Coal Pty Ltd for 3 years where he had responsibility for operations producing 12 million equity tons of coal, as well as the growth and development of their global coal business. Before that, Mr. Gilligan was Executive Manager, Resources Development Group for Thiess Pty Ltd, in a role providing mining and business development support across 12 operations for 5 years. As a consequence of that experience, he brings a relentless focus on costs and capital efficiency.
Robert (Rob) Gough Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Gough is responsible for financial management and control of the company. Before joining Coalspur, he was Vice President Finance (CFO) for BHP Billiton’s Energy Coal Division based in Sydney, Australia. In this position, he was responsible for the division’s statutory and management accounting, Information Management, and governance of capital investment, risk processes and compliance.
Mr. Gough held a number of other senior executive roles with BHP Billiton during a total of 16 years with the company, including VP Finance (CFO) in the Minerals Exploration division and VP Business Development in both the Energy Coal and Diamonds and Specialty Products divisions. During this period of his career, he worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Canada and was involved in a number of successful acquisitions across various jurisdictions, as well as numerous commercial transactions and other transaction opportunities.
Mr. Gough has a Bachelor of Commerce from La Trobe University in Australia and received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has been a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) since 1994.
Xenia Kritsos Vice President and General Counsel
Ms. Kritsos holds the position of Vice President and General Counsel where she is responsible for the Company's legal and corporate governance affairs.
Ms. Kritsos has more than 15 years of experience as a lawyer, both in-house and in private practice in Canada and overseas. Prior to joining Coalspur, Ms. Kritsos was Senior Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hunter Dickinson Inc. (a diversified global mining group headquartered in Vancouver, B.C.) and certain of its group companies, where she had full involvement in the life cycle of junior mineral resources projects in western Canada and the U.S.A., including property acquisitions, debt and equity financings, off-take arrangements, project-level investments, contracts, permitting, securities law compliance, corporate governance and corporate secretarial services. Before that, Ms. Kritsos practiced as a lawyer in the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Ms. Kritsos holds a Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) from the University of Oxford, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Witwatersrand. Ms. Kritsos is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association.