President & CEO
CEMI – Centre for Excellence in Mining, Canada
Douglas has 14 years of operating experience in the deep nickel mines of the Sudbury Basin, where he became the Superintendent of Rock Mechanics and Mine Design at Inco (now Vale). He has since spent 15 years as a consultant at Golder Associates working on strategic mine design, productivity, and safety issues in mines around the world. He was based in Belo Horizonte Brazil, and from 2005-2010 he was Golder’s Global Mining Sector Leader in Toronto.
Throughout his career he maintained an advisory or Board role with Canadian research organizations such as CAMIRO and MIRARCO that are engaged in delivering innovation to the mining industry. Douglas has held key roles at CEMI since 2010 including Chair in Holistic Mining Practices and in 2012 he was appointed President and CEO. In January 2014 he became the Director of the Ultra-deep Mining Network, a $46M program developing solutions to the challenges of bulk mining below 2.5km.
Douglas is focused on developing a comprehensive approach to innovation in mining that will improve mine productivity, reduce mining costs, minimize future environmental impact, and contribute towards developing a globally sustainable society