August 2011

The next generation of leadership

CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leader Awards recipents

By Correy Baldwin

“The defining difference between companies is the talent they have,” says Russ Buckland, managing partner at Bedford Resources, an executive search firm. “And companies today, particularly in the mining sector, have to compete for that talent. Companies need to have a simple but straightforward answer to why a young leader should work for them. If not, they’re going to have trouble attracting the best talent.”

As part of its commitment to attracting leadership talent, Bedford sponsors the CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards. “We initiated the program to put a focus on leadership and leadership development in the mining industry by recognizing the best young leaders,” explains Buckland. “And also by recognizing young leaders we want to encourage young people to choose mining as their career.”

The following four professionals are this year’s award winners.

David Anonychuk | Commercial manager, cathodes, Xstrata Copper

“I did a lot of different things that opened my eyes to the different facets of the business,” says David Anonychuk of his early career as a metallurgist. “That early operations experience gave me much more depth in terms of what I do today. It was a launch pad to the next level of commercial and strategy-related roles.”

In 2002, he joined Noranda’s copper business, and when Xstrata acquired Falconbridge (formerly Noranda) in 2006 he took over Xstrata’s North American copper cathode sales. A year later he was overseeing their global copper cathode sales. “It was a big move and a big change,” says Anonychuk, who relocated to Dubai, UAE.

“All of the major regions of consumption in the world, that’s where I go visit,” he adds. “You get to feel the ebb and flow of the copper business globally. It’s a very dynamic market; copper’s always there in the background.”

Anonychuk is also president of the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association (CCBDA) and involved in the U.S. Copper Development Association (CDA). The associations promote the use of copper in such areas as alternative energy and energy efficiency, although Anonychuk is most eager to promote copper’s antimicrobial use. The CDA has pushed research that has recently shown that antimicrobial copper surfaces reduce hospital infection rates by 40.4 per cent.

“It is rewarding to be able to work on those types of projects,” says Anonychuk. “We want to contribute to the industry, so we get involved. For me, it’s just being part of the industry, and it’s what we give back.”

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