Officers and Directors


Mr. Graham Farquharson*
Chairman, Canadian Mineral Industry Education Foundation
President, Strathcona Mineral Services Limited

Graham Farquharson resides in Toronto and is the President of Strathcona Mineral Services Limited, a position he has held since 1974. He was a Director of Franco Nevada Corporation, High River Gold Mines Limited and the Physicians Services Incorporated Foundation. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

He has been a Past Director of several other mining companies including Cambior Inc. from 1993-2006 and Placer Dome Inc. from 1999-2006.

Mr. Farquharson commenced work in the mining industry in 1960 while attending university and subsequently gained varied operation experience in Canada and Africa, and consulting experience, prior to founding Strathcona in 1974 and embarking on the development of the first mine in the Canadian High Arctic at Nanisivik on Baffin Island.

Mr. Farquharson holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Mr. Norman Calder
Treasurer, CMIEF

Formerly CFO of Adriana Resources, a junior exploration company, listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.   Previous experience in the mining industry included stints at Strathcona Mineral Services, a consulting firm, and Breakwater Resources, a base metals producer.

Ms. Jacqueline Blair
Secretary, CMIEF


Ms. Teresa Acs*
Director, Professional Development and Process Excellence
The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company Scotia Plaza

Teresa is responsible for the development and implementation of a technical learning program for Scotiatrust’s Trust Professionals and, is responsible for projects focused on improving operations.

Teresa’s career started in the field of Early Childhood Education but, has been working in the area of Estates and Trust since 1980. She has been with Scotiatrust since 2005. She is an active member of the Bickell Foundation Management Team and actively involved in causes in her community.

Mr. Bryan A. Coates*
Osisko Gold Royalties

Mr. Coates was previously Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Osisko Mining Corporation. He has 30 years of progressive experience in the mining sector in Canada and South America.

He serves on the boards of U3O8 Corp. and Québec Mining Association Inc. He is chairman of the mining sector committee of Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

Mr. Sean Junor*
Manager, Workforce Planning and Talent Acquisition
Cameco Corporation

Sean Junor is the Manager, Workforce Planning and Talent Acquisition at. Following approximately eight years of employment in Central Canada, he returned to Saskatoon and joined Cameco in 2007, with responsibilities in workforce planning and recruitment.

Prior to joining Cameco, Sean was the Manager of Knowledge Mobilization at Educational Policy Institute (now Higher Education Strategy Associates) in Toronto, responsible for client data analysis and overall project management.

He began his career with the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation as Senior Research and Policy Officer where he co-authored a number of major research publications including the “The Price of Knowledge” (with Alex Usher), the widely read and cited 2004 publication that is considered the standard reference source for information on access and student finance in Canada.

He received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and is currently pursuing his Masters in Policy Studies at Queen's University (2012). He was a member of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors and Senate in 1999-2000.

Mr. Jacques Perron*
Osisko Gold Royalties

Mr. Perron was prevoiusly as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Thomson Creek Metals Company Inc. He has worked in the mining industry for almost 30 years and has extensive technical and operations experience. Prior to joining Thompson Creek, Mr. Perron was President and Chief Executive Officer of St Andrew Goldfields Ltd. since 2007. Previous senior management positions include Senior Vice President of Iamgold Corporation from 2006 to 2007 and Vice President, Canada of Cambior Inc. from 2004 to 2006. From 1984 -- 2004, Mr. Perron held a variety of increasingly senior management positions with Cameco, Inc., Placer Dome Canada Limited, Breakwater Resources Ltd., Cambior Inc., JS Redpath Ltd. and Noranda Inc. Mr. Perron has also been a director of the Canadian Mineral Industry Education Foundation since 2007. Mr. Perron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Mr. Dean C. Winsor*
Vice President, Human Resources
Teck Resources Limited

Dean Winsor was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in November 2012. He joined Teck in 1999 and previously held the position of General Manager, Human Resources.

Dean has more than 24 years of operations and corporate experience in the mining industry in the areas of human resources and procurement.

He holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and a Supply Chain Management Professional Designation form the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.

Dean currently sits on the board of Pacific Coast University and the Mining Industry Human Resource Council.

*Selection Committee