Ken Thomas headshotDr. Kenneth (Ken) G. Thomas is president, project development & metallurgy, Ken Thomas & Associates Inc., consulting to the mining industry. Until July 2012 he was senior vice-president, projects at Kinross Gold Corporation. He also spent six years as the global managing director and board director at Hatch, a leading international engineering and construction firm headquartered in Ontario, Canada. From 1987 to 2001 he progressively served in senior roles at Barrick Gold Corporation, from vice-president, metallurgy to senior vice-president, technical services. In addition he served two years as chief operating officer for Crystallex International Corporation, with operations and projects in Venezuela and Uruguay. He also worked for 10 years (1970 to 1980) in Zambia and South Africa with Anglo American Corporation, gaining experience in copper, cobalt, gold and uranium. In the 1960s he worked in the British steel industry.

He has a doctorate in technical sciences (project implementation) from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands and a MSc Management from Imperial College, U.K. In 2001 he was awarded the Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal and in 1999 the Airey Award, both by CIM for advancements in mining internationally. Ken is a Fellow of CIM, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK.

He is presently company board director with Continental Gold, Candente Gold and Avalon Advanced Materials.