Alexander Proudfoot Launches Dedicated Canadian Natural Resources Unit

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Alexander Proudfoot, a global management consultancy leader in operational and financial improvements in the Natural Resources industry, opens offices in Toronto, showing a strong and growing commitment to the extensive Canadian industry.

Jon Wylie, President Canada Mining and Metals Practice

We are determined to help Canadian companies improve their operations by achieving even higher levels of productivity and performance.

Alexander Proudfoot, a global management consultancy leader in operational and financial improvements in the Natural Resources industry, has launched a dedicated Canadian Unit that will focus exclusively on serving the industry in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, the unit will be under the direct leadership of Jon Wylie, President Canada Mining and Metals Practice.

“Our new Canadian Natural Resources Unit reflects our strong and growing commitment to the extensive Canadian industry,” said Wylie. “We are determined to help Canadian companies improve their operations by achieving even higher levels of productivity and performance.”

Alexander Proudfoot is widely regarded as a global leader in productivity enhancement and cost reduction in the mining world, Wylie noted, adding that the natural resources sector – including oil and gas, mining, and metals smelting and refining – has accounted for more than 40 percent of Proudfoot’s global revenues in recent years. The company’s mining clients represent over half of the global mining industry by market capitalization.

“In the last eight years alone, we have undertaken 240 significant mining projects on five continents, across a wide range of surface and subsurface mines, smelting and refining operations,” he said. The company has completed more than 100 successful engagements in North America alone, serving clients in gold, diamonds, coal, base metals, platinum, iron ore and industrial minerals.

Throughout its more than 65 years of successful assignments, Proudfoot has been recognized for its ability to work with clients directly at the point of execution, such as the mine face or factory floor. Proudfoot helps clients achieve sustainable benefits and productivity improvement through improved worker skills, more effective supervisory and management behaviors, and the implementation of industry best practices.

As leader of the new unit, Wylie brings more than 30 years of mining, minerals and metals experience, working across the globe. His functional knowledge spans delivery of productivity improvement, improved execution of operations, organizational and operational alignment, safety and productivity improvement, increases in throughput and yield, inventory and procurement costs reduction, improved cycle times, improved availability of primary equipment, and plant startup.

Proudfoot also draws on the expertise and guidance of its Global Mining Advisory Board, which includes two widely respected Canadian members:

  •     Warren Holmes, former interim chief executive officer of Hudbay Minerals Inc. and lead director at Foraco International. He also serves on the boards of numerous private corporations, and has served as the president of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as well as chairman of the Ontario Mining Association.
  •     Gordon Peeling, former president and chief executive of the Mining Association of Canada, and former vice president of the International Council on Metals and the Environment. He currently serves as a director of Great Quest Metals Ltd. and the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, and is a member of numerous global mining industry advisory organizations.

"I’m pleased that Alexander Proudfoot is taking this step in developing its relationship with the Canadian Mineral Industry. As the Canadian Industry is Global in outlook, the impact of this developing relationship will be very significant," explained Warren Holmes.

Gordon Peeling notes, "The creation of the Canadian Mining Unit is welcome news at a challenging time in the global mining industry. Alexander Proudfoot is investing in the future success of the Canadian resource sector and by opening this unit, is strengthening its commitment to its Canadian client base. Proudfoot brings a wealth of experience in helping the resource industries around the world prosper through difficult times. This is an exciting moment for both Alexander Proudfoot and the Canadian mining industry."

Proudfoot is also active in supporting advancement in Canadian mineral industry through its membership in the Mining Association of Canada and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, along with other professional and industry organizations.

For more information about Proudfoot’s Natural Resources Practice, Wiley can be contacted at the company’s Toronto office, located in Canada Trust Tower, Brookfield Place, at 161 Bay Street; telephone +1 416 572 2032; or by email at jwylie(at)alexanderproudfoot(dot)com.

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