Rick Rule is renowned as someone who works relentlessly in identifying and bringing mining companies to market. Over the years many people, particularly those in the junior space, have told me about times when he backed them when no one else was willing to take a risk. I found Rick to be charming company and extremely gracious with his time. He is a natural storyteller and he could – and should – fill a book with his anecdotes from a lifetime in mining. It’s not without reason that he is one of the most in-demand speakers at mining events and conferences and he is always an articulate and compelling voice for the industry.
I met Catherine McLeod Seltzer in London, during one of her UK transits to far-flung mining sites. With a track record stretching back 20 years, and with no signs of slowing down any time soon, Catherine is a seriously impressive figure. A serial entrepreneur, Catherine lends her talents as a director to several organisations in the sector. She’s also received several awards and accolades, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 and famously The Northern Miner’s Mining Man of the Year for 1999. I found her serious, focused and thoughtful. Like all the interviewees, she was gracious and generous with her time.
I was fortunate to be introduced to Hugh Morgan by a friend and associate, Matthew Grainger at Altus Strategies, the co-founders of Resource IQ. I hope Hugh will pardon me for describing him as one of the great elder statesmen in mining. A former CEO of the Western Mining Corporation, Hugh also served on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, as a government appointee, and the Business Council of Australia. I spoke with Hugh in Australia and found him as actively interested in and enthused by the mining industry as anyone else I interviewed. I was disarmed by Hugh’s often brutal honesty and he struck me as a man who was reflecting on his time in the industry from a position of ultimate success, but not without difficulties on the way. Not that Hugh is ready to withdraw into quiet retirement just yet; he remains active in pharmaceuticals and private equity, and has a continuing interest in mining.
Lukas Lundin is part of the legendary Swedish Lundin dynasty and son to Adolf Lundin, who originally established Lundin Mining in 1994. One might assume that being born into a family of such achievement might dull the appetite for hard work and the pursuit of business growth, but the opposite is true in Lukas Lundin’s case. His drive has led to Lundin Mining’s ongoing growth and diversification into one of the leading mining businesses in the world.
The UK’s Recruitment & Employment Confederation has put a price on the cost of a bad hire. And it’s enough to make any recruiting manager wince.
Maryse Belanger became Chief Operating Officer at Atlantic Gold in the Summer of 2016. It seems that after 30 years in mining, very little fazes this multilingual French Canadian. When we spoke Maryse had only recently completed her turnaround of Mirabela Nickel, described by Bloomberg as ‘remarkable’. She attributes some of her success to her decision to return to operational roles from time to time in her career to ensure she never loses sight of the needs of her colleagues on site. Listed by Women in Mining UK as one of the top 100 most inspiring women in mining, Maryse’s entry into a mining career was inspired by a spirit of adventure that continues to this day.
Over the last few years, Stratum International has regularly appeared in the mining sector media, often on the back of our exclusive research reports which have explored areas such as such as interviews with some of the great leaders in the sector, senior level turnover in mining, the use of assessments in mining recruitment and FIFO rosters. We thought it was about time we brought some of these articles together in one place.
I have the pleasure of knowing David Netherway well and was pleased when he agreed to an interview. Now into his fourth decade in the industry, and with a raft of Chairmanships and NED roles to his name, few people have the breadth of experience and expertise that David can offer. Our connection originally came via Altus Strategies Ltd, our partners in Resource IQ, where he is the Chairman. David’s support of the networking group is indicative of his desire to give something back to the industry he has enjoyed for nearly 40 years. David’s lost none of his zest for the industry over the years but over that time he has become one of the wise mentors of mining, with a particular expertise in the junior space. I always enjoy speaking with David, and it was particularly interesting to be able to conduct a slightly more formal interview with him on this occasion.