President & COO- Ontario Gold Developer

President & COO

The Mining Recruitment Group has been retained to lead the executive search process to identify and secure a President & Chief Operating Officer for our Client, an Ontario focused and based gold development co.

Our Client has transitioned from exploration through to early development, with a completed Feasibility Study due H1,2016 and roughly 12 months left in the EIS approval process. With a manageable initial capital expenditure estimate of ~$C100 million to build a small open pit followed by underground operation capable of producing ~80k gold-equivalent ounces per year, the Company is seeking to attract this critical operations leadership position.

The President and COO will lead management and definition of the project scope and design parameters, technical and economic evaluation and environmental assessment and permitting process. Subsequently, working with mining consultants to oversee strategizing, detailed engineering and mine design and construction, ore processing and operational methodologies including EPC(M) contract management plan for construction and budget activities, technology selection & procurement, environment compliances and recruiting subordinate staff. And finally, managing production ramp-up and ensure successful mining operations as per production targets and quality parameters, with an optimum cost profile.



The President & COO will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  1. Strategic:
  • Develop financing strategies and manage share offerings ensuring the on-going financial viability of the company.
  • Oversee the company’s operations to ensure operational objectives are achieved in accordance with the company’s development and strategic plan.
  • Recommend yearly budget that supports strategic direction and development objectives set by the Board of Directors and ensure effective cost controls and adherence to this budget.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to define and articulate the organization’s vision and to develop strategies for achieving that vision and oversee the company’s operations to ensure operational objectives are achieved in accordance with this.
  • Provide direction and leadership to the business to assist in the development and meet the outcomes of broader company strategic plan.
  • Provide strong financial management and stewardship to achieve company performance and targets.
  • Establish corporate policies that set the tone at which the company conducts its activities, striving for both the highest integrity and professional standards.
  1. Executive Leadership:
  • Provide leadership and run external processes for all technical and operational aspects of the company.
  • Develop a management and organization structure characterized by clearly defined roles for all personnel and assigned responsibilities for all key functions, to ensure the efficient organization of resources.
  • Develop policies and procedures to assure the safety and protection of company’s employees, and facilitate broad acceptance of a safety culture in the company.
  • Represent the company as appropriate and develop relationships with mining/land use entities, First Nations and local communities.
  • Work with the CFO in the development of detailed budgets, including capital allocation, for the company for approval by the Board of Directors and then assuring that the company’s accounting system measures actual performance compared to such budgets and an analysis of any differences between actual results and budgets.
  • Interface with the Board of Directors on a regular basis and developing a system designed to keep the Board informed on the status of all significant matters or events and recruiting, developing, retaining and overseeing key senior team members.
  • Ensure the company has systems and processes to operate within the legislative requirements of Canadian and Ontario mining and labour legislation and ensure the business conducts its affairs within the legal requirements which it operates.
  • Ensure the organization conducts its business with transparency, good governance, and commercial confidentiality within the legal and regulatory requirements of the jurisdiction in which it operates.
  • Maintain a continuous permitting dialogue and execute the permitting plan
  • Represent the company in public forums, investor events and meetings and mining industry and association meetings.
  1. Project, Construction and Mine Management
  • Lead the company through permitting and award of an EPC(M)
  • Responsible for the oversight and management of contractors and consultants working for the company.
  • Ensure that all activities are carried out in compliance with the company’s and health, safety and environmental guidelines, policies, procedures; establish proper monitoring procedures to document and help improve effectiveness of policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and report on construction completion progress Develop and manage site activity, including infrastructure, procurement, long lead items, environmental and community relations through construction and commissioning. Post-construction and commissioning, develop systems to monitor operations; investigate and correct any abnormal conditions
  • Establish day-to-day operations and maintenance schedules for mining & maintenance in order to meet production schedules.
  • Manage onsite subcontractors and coordinate subcontractor activities with other departments.


  • Engineering Degree in a mining related area Minimum of 20 years industry experience with at least 5 years at senior management level;
  • Proven leadership, organizational and management skills are essential;
  • Previous experience advancing mine projects through feasibility study, detailed engineering, mine and infrastructure development and operation, with First Nations and successful EIS experience an essential skill;
  • Hands on management style encouraging participative and entrepreneurial input but with clearly focused business goals aimed at delivering maximum shareholder value;
  • Entrepreneurship: prior track record including running and capitalizing a start-up or similar early stage business
  • Strong presence and presentation skills; equally comfortable dealing with personnel in the field and stakeholders in the boardroom;
  • Strong financial and commercial understanding of mining and processing operations;

Fluency and writing in English is essential.


Qualified professionals are encouraged to submit a CV and Covering Letter directly to:

Due to the number of applications we receive, only those shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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