Our board of directors

Our board of directors

A group of world-class professionals
to ensure the prosperity of Champion Iron.

Michael O’Keeffe - Champion Iron

Michael O’Keeffe
Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO
Champion Iron Limited and Champion Iron Mines Limited

A metallurgist by training, Michael serves as executive chairman and chief executive officer of Champion Iron. His vast knowledge of the mining industry and its issues and his extensive experience managing large companies have given him an impressive track record of rock-solid achievements.

Riversdale Mining Limited (2004-2011)

As executive chairman, Michael drove the development of this Australian mining company, taking it from a junior company with a market capitalization of $7 million to a major company acquired by Rio Tinto for the staggering sum of $4 billion. During his tenure at Riversdale Mining, Michael raised nearly $780 million for the company.

Glencore Australie Limited (1995-2004)

As managing director, Michael was responsible for Glencore’s Australian acquisitions. Under his tutelage, company market share in Australia and South Asia increased exponentially, and sales exploded from $100 million to $2.4 billion.

Mount Isa Mines (1975-1994)

At Mount Isa, Michael rose with determination up to executive management level in commercial activities of this mining company in Queensland, Australia. His mandates included feasibility studies for copper smelting and pursuing refining opportunities in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Michelle Cormier - Champion Iron

Michelle Cormier
Director
Champion Iron Mines Limited

A CPA and CA, Michelle has vast experience in senior management in corporate strategy, finance, human resources and reorganization. Michelle is an operating partner for the Quebec-based investments of Wynnchurch Capital (Canada) Ltd., a $2.3 billion private equity fund.

Before joining Wynnchurch, Michelle was chief financial officer for a private company and for a publicly traded forest products company operating in Canada and the United States. She is an accredited executive officer with solid expertise in corporate governance.

In addition to serving on the Champion Iron board of directors, Michelle serves on the boards of Hydro-Québec, Cascades Inc., Uni-Select Inc, Industries Moreau Inc. and Pro-Fab Inc.

Andrew J. Love, <span>FCA.</span> - Champion Iron

Andrew J. Love, FCA.
Director
Champion Iron Limited and Champion Iron Mines Limited

Andrew is a well-respected accountant with more than 30 years experience in reorganizing and redesigning companies in Australia. He has over 25 years experience as a consultant to public companies in a wide range of sectors, particularly the mining and resource industries.

Andrew was also manager of two public and private companies in the energy and mining sectors, and he served as vice-president at Riversdale Mining Limited.

Gary Lawler, <span>LLB., LLM.</span> - Champion Iron

Gary Lawler, LLB., LLM.
Director
Champion Iron Limited and Champion Iron Mines Limited

Gary has practiced as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer for over 30 years. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has advised numerous companies and investment banks on a wide range of commercial transactions, including hostile takeovers and anti-takeover measures.

Gary is a trusted consultant to many clients on corporate governance. He also served on the boards of Dominion Mining Limited and Riversdale Mining Limited.

Peers describe Gary as “being the most prominent and having the highest standing in the M&A market.”

The Honourable Wayne Wouters, <span>CP.</span> - Champion Iron

The Honourable Wayne Wouters, CP.
Director
Champion Iron Mines Limited

The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters is a strategic advisor to McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Before joining the private sector, Wayne had a long and illustrious career in Canada’s public service.

Wayne’s last assignment was as clerk of the Privy Council, secretary to the cabinet and head of the federal public service. Appointed by Prime Minister Harper, Wayne served from July 2009 to October 2014, at which point he retired from Canada’s public service.

Previously, Wayne served as deputy minister for several departments, including Human Resources and Development of Skills Canada, and secretary of the Treasury Board. In 2014, Wayne was inducted as a member of the Privy Council by the prime minister.

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