Chairman and Director of Goldcorp Inc. in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Ian Telfer is a highly regarded executive in the Canadian mining sector. His reputation for building and growing a variety of companies spans more than 30 years and has earned him a number of prestigious accolades.
Born in Oxford, England, Ian was raised in Canada and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Ian then went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Currently, Ian is Chairman of the Board at Goldcorp, a Vancouver-based gold company that employs more than 18,000 people worldwide and produced 3.46 million ounces of gold in 2015. Ian previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp before his Chairman position.
In 2009, Ian Telfer was given the honour of serving as Chairman of the World Gold Council, a position he served until 2013.
Ian has been called a visionary mining entrepreneur for his ability to establish and lead a series of successful companies through strategically-timed acquisitions and value-driven mergers. The companies Ian has founded and led have experienced widespread success and include TVX Gold, Wheaton River -- which later merged with Goldcorp -- Silver Wheaton, Terrane Minerals and Uranium One. Thanks in part to Ian’s business acumen and resourcefulness, these companies have reached a combined market capitalization of more than $50 billion at their peak.
Aside from his executive responsibilities, Ian Telfer is also a Fellow in the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, as well as a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In 2007, the University of Ottawa named its School of Management in Ian’s honour after he made a substantial donation to the school. Ian’s $25 million dollar donation to the University remains the largest individual donation made to a business school in Canadian history.
Ian is also a continued supporter of the Adoptive Families Association of BC.
Last year, Ian was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame for his long-spanning career and service in the mining sector. In May 2016, Ian will be inducted into the Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame for his business accomplishment and philanthropic endeavors.