Baffinland is led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Penney. He is supported by a talented and committed senior management team with combined mining experience of over 150 years. Our leaders have amassed specialty experience on northern mining projects through all phases of aboriginal consultation, permitting, construction and operation. Many of the projects they have contributed to are notable for having raised standards in safety and environmental responsibility, for having delivered significant and long-lasting benefits to aboriginal people, as well as improving the economy, both locally and nationally.
Brian Penney, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Brian Penney possesses significant expertise in the iron ore industry, having held various senior executive and operational roles. He has more than 25 years of mining experience, including 20 years of technical leadership roles in the iron industry. In addition to his strong operational background, Brian brings expertise in processing, planning, technical services and environmental services.Prior to joining Baffinland, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of Montreal-based Alderon Iron Ore for three years, providing oversight to the project team on the proposed 8 mtpa iron ore operation in Labrador. Brian also worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ridgemont Iron Ore, and Chairman of Operations for Cap-Ex Iron Ore. He also worked for the Iron Ore Company of Canada for 15 years, eventually serving as their General Manager of processing and mining. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, metallurgy, from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now part of Dalhousie University).
Michael Anderson, Chief Technical Officer
Michael Anderson joined Baffinland in July 2011 as the Vice President of Operations and led the site team through the construction and start-up of the operation until September of 2015. With the start-up of the operation complete, Michael has moved over to the Chief Technical Officer role to apply his technical and operations experience in supporting the operation on mid-to-long-term strategic planning, as well as identifying, designing and implementing operational efficiencies. Michael has over 20 years of mining experience and holds a Master of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University as well as Professional Engineer and Chartered Professional Accountant designations.
Stephanie Anderson, Chief Financial Officer
Stephanie Anderson joins Baffinland Iron Mines from Dundee Precious Metals Inc., where she held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that Ms. Anderson spent 19 years at Inco Limited (now Vale) in positions of increasing responsibility, including the last four years as Vice President and Treasurer. Ms. Anderson has more than 25 years of experience in finance and metals and mining. During her tenure with Inco, Ms. Anderson played a key role in major acquisitions and developments including the Voisey’s Bay Project in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Goro Nickel Project in New Caledonia. She was responsible for global finance and treasury activities including bank lending and capital market transactions and managed the relationships with the major credit rating agencies. She also led a variety of high-profile taskforces for Inco. Ms. Anderson holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of New Brunswick and an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Todd Burlingame, Vice President of Sustainable Development
Todd Burlingame possesses over twenty five years’ experience delivering full suites of bankable environmental and regulatory approvals and negotiating Impact and Benefits Agreements for large scale projects across northern Canada. Projects include iron ore and diamond mines, mineral processing facilities, large scale hydroelectric plants, pipelines, and Chairing two Federal/First Nations Co-Management Boards. A lifetime northerner, originally from Alaska, Todd holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia.
Tim Butler, Vice President of Human Resources
Tim Butler joined Baffinland in 2017. In his over 25 years of experience, he has worked with some of the world’s largest mining companies in operations and projects throughout the world. Prior to joining Baffinland, Tim was with Barrick Gold Corporate where he served in a number of senior roles including Senior Director, Human Resources. Tim also has significant experience working in northern Canada where he worked as the Vice President, Human Resources, for the Iron Ore Company of Canada and with BHP Billiton on their Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories.
Tim has been the Employer representative on the Baord of Directors of NWT and Nunavut Workers’ Compensation Board, serving also as chairman of the Policy Committee and member of the Executive Committee. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Tim also has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Royal Roads University.
Sandeep Kumar, Chief Procurement Officer
Sandeep Kumar has been in Steel and Mining Industry for about a decade in different Senior roles in Supply Chain in Africa, Europe and Canada. In the role of Chief Procurement Officer Sandeep has the responsibility for the Mine and Port Site Warehouse and all procurement activities.Sandeep has an MBA, with a Major in Strategy & Finance, from the Indian Institute of Management, a premier Business School, and holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He has Project Management Professional® certification from PMI, USA and is nearing completion of Supply Chain Management Professional program in Canada.
Richard (Dick) Matthews, Vice President, Technical Services
Dick Matthews joined Baffinland in July 2008. Before this, he worked as Divisional Manager – Mining at Snowden Mining Industry Consultants, an international consulting firm. Earlier employment included operations, technical and management roles at Rossing Uranium (Namibia), Bougainville Copper and Lihir Gold Mine (Papua New Guinea), Argyle Diamonds and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (Australia), Minera Alumbrera (Argentina) and Minera Yanacocha (Peru). Mr. Matthews’ experience covers many commodities, single and multiple pits and processes, surface and underground mines, selective and bulk mining methods, high and low altitudes, many climatic conditions and the start-up of several mines in remote locations. Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science (Mining Engineering) from Queen’s University.
Sylvain Proulx, Chief Operating Officer
Sylvain Proulx joined Baffinland Iron Mines in 2016. In this role as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for providing full oversight and management to the Mary River Mine and Milne Port site operations and activities.Sylvain is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the pulp and paper industry. Most recently, he was the General Manager at Resolute Forest Products in Clermont QC. Sylvain has extensive experience optimizing operations with a safe-production focus. He has led reliability and continuous improvement initiatives that strengthen the business’ strategic position.