Three major influencers in the global mining industry, The Northern Miner, The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and Young Mining Professionals, have come together to organize the Mining Legends Speaker Series.
Alternating between Vancouver and Toronto, the Speaker Series is being launched in an earnest effort to take action against the widening knowledge gap in our industry, as well as to give the leaders and experts of our industry an intimate, live platform to share some of their wisdom and experience with a highly engaged audience.
Each event, limited to 100 delegates, will bring together professionals from across the industry to share knowledge, network, and discuss the future of the mining.
Pierre Lassonde has a B.A., University of Montreal 1967, a BSc Electrical Engineering from
Polytechnique, Montreal 1971 and an MBA, University of Utah, 1973. He received his P.Eng. Ontario designation in 1976, CFA designation 1984 and OIQ in 2020. He holds honorary Ph.D’s in Engineering from the Universities of Toronto, Montreal and Ryerson, Doctor of Business, University of Utah and Honorary Doctor of Law from York University, June 2014 and Western University,
June 2015. Awarded Doctor of Science, Concordia University, June 2016.
Pierre Lassonde co-founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation in 1982. Over the next 20 years Franco provided shareholders with a 36% annualized rate of return. The company was acquired by Newmont Mining Corp in February 2002 and Pierre became President and Vice Chairman in 2007. He served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2005 to 2009.
In 2008, Pierre led an investors group bringing back Franco-Nevada to the public market with a US$1.2B IPO and became its Chairman. The success story continues as the market capitalization of the company today is over US$21B. On May 6, 2020, at the Annual Meeting, Mr. Lassonde was elected Chairman Emeritus.
Mr. Lassonde’s philanthropic interest in education and the arts is well known. He is Past President of the Board of the Quebec National Art Museum (2005 to December 2016). In July 2015 Mr. Lassonde was appointed Chair of the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts for a term of five years. March 18, 2020, he was named Chair of Polytechnique Montréal’s Board of Directors for a period of five years.
In 2002 Pierre was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Québec 2002 and promoted to Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2019. Pierre was inducted as a Fellow into The Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in January 2013.
Ashley Kirwan is a professional geologist and the Co-founder, President & CEO at Orix Geoscience Inc.; a geological consultant firm advancing strategic exploration and mining, through the integration of data and innovative geological understanding. With 70+ employees (50% female), Orix focuses on a healthy corporate culture, quality of work, and strong industry partnerships, operating within their three offices (Toronto, Sudbury, Winnipeg). She earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology at Laurentian University and completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. She sits on the board of New Break Resources, on the committee for Women in Mining (Toronto) and is a strategic partner for a variety of female owned companies in the mining sector. Ashley was named 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (2016), awarded the Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award from Laurentian University (2018), selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Sudbury (2019), awarded YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2020) and the YMP Eira Thomas award (2020). Orix was also named to the Morneau Shepell/The Globe and Mail Employee Recommended Workplaces (2019 & 2020).
Ashley focuses on surrounding herself with good people, is a mother to an active pre-schooler, and spends her time between Toronto and Sudbury.