Donald Lindsay named Chair of 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference

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The Board of Directors of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC) has confirmed Donald Lindsay as Chair of the GGCLC and Chair of the 2017 Conference. Mr. Lindsay is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Teck Resources Limited. He also served on the National Executive Committee of the 2015 and 2012 Conference.

The 2017 Conference will open in Whistler, BC on June 2nd and will close two weeks later in Ottawa.

Ms. Mitchelmore has formally handed over the Chair’s duties to Mr. Lindsay immediately after the October 23rd, 2015, Annual General Meeting.

Don Lindsay was appointed President of Teck in January 2005 and assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer in April 2005. Before joining Teck, Don was President of CIBC World Markets and led the bank’s Investment and Corporate Banking Division as well as the Asia Pacific Region. Earlier in his career he was responsible for CIBC’s Global Mining Group. Don holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Don is a member of the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation and recently completed eight years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Chair of the Board of Governors for Mining and Metals for the World Economic Forum and, most recently, was appointed Chair of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Don is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver and served as Chair of the successful $200-million capital campaign to build a new acute care hospital. Additionally, he serves on the Board of York House School and is a Heritage Governor of Royal Ontario Museum.

Don has previously served as a member on both the Economic Advisory Council for the Canadian Minister of Finance and the Advisory Council for Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan for the Canadian Minister of International Trade. As well, he has served on the Board of the Canada China Business Council, the Executive Committee for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2012 and 2015 and the Board of the Vancouver Aquarium. Earlier in his career, he served on the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto and was Co-Chair of the Heart Health Campaign. He was also Vice Chair of the Greater Toronto Scout Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee, and was a member of the Board of Governors of Royal Ontario Museum. Additionally, he was a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet in Toronto and has been the division chair for Natural Resources for the United Way of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia.

As Chair of the International Zinc Association from 2007 to 2011, Don led the development and launch of the Zinc Saves Kids campaign, a program developed in partnership with UNICEF to address zinc deficiency, which claims the lives of approximately 450,000 children annually around the world. Under his leadership, Teck also launched its Zinc & Health program, which to date has helped improve the health of more than ten million children worldwide.

In 2014 Don received a number of awards including the British Columbia Community Achievement Award, the CIM Distinguished Service Medal, the Nature Trust of British Columbia Conservation Champion Award, the Business in Vancouver CEO of the Year Award and was named to the Order of British Columbia. Don was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2002 and was honoured again a decade later with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He was named the Mining Association of British Columbia’s Mining Person of the Year in 2009, and in 2012, he received the Kathleen Beaumont-Hill distinguished alumni award from Queen’s University. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.