R. Peter Gillin
Mr. Gillin served as Chief Executive Officer of public mining companies in Canada and, prior to that, was a career investment banker. As investment banker, he eventually served as Vice Chair of N.M. Rothschild & Sons Canada and became Acting Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Gillin currently serves as Deputy Chair of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. and is a director of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. He recently also joined the Independent Review Committee of Strathbridge Asset Management.
Mr. Gillin holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. He holds his ICD.D designation.
Mr. Gillin was appointed Chairman of the Turquoise Hill Resources board in January, 2017, and originally named to the Turquoise Hill board in May, 2012.
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Steve Thibeault was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources on March 3, 2021.
Throughout his 40 years’ experience in the mining and shipping industries, Mr. Thibeault has worked extensively across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Over the course of his career, he was able to expand his role constantly in various finance-related positions, including the role of Chief Financial Officer for the past 10 years.
Mr. Thibeault joined Alcan Inc. in 1981 and held various positions in Finance, working his way from the Operations group to Corporate. In 2009, he became Chief Financial Officer of Energy Resources of Australia, an Australian mining corporation held in majority by Rio Tinto. His career at Rio Tinto continued to expand as CFO of its subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ), from 2014 to 2017. TRQ is a mining corporation operating and developing one of the largest copper deposits in the world through a subsidiary company. Finally, Mr. Thibeault was the Chief Financial Officer of the CSL Group (Canada Steamship Lines) from 2017 to 2020.
Mr. Thibeault is also an advisor on the audit committee of Astérix Inc. and Federal Fleet Services Inc., two divisions of Davie Shipbuilding. Prior to that, he sat on the Boards of Oyu Tolgoi Mine, a Mongolian mining company.
He graduated in Finance from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (1981), and in Accounting from the École des Haute Études Commerciales de Montréal (1990).
Mr. Thibeault is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Russel C. Robertson
From June 2013 to August 2016, Mr. Robertson served as Executive Vice-President, and Head, Anti-Money Laundering at BMO Financial Group. From March 2011 to June 2013, Mr. Robertson served as Executive VicePresident, Business Integration at BMO Financial Group, and as Vice-Chair at BMO Financial Corp. (formerly Harris Financial Corp.). In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the integration of Marshall & Ilsley Bank with BMO’s long-time subsidiary, Harris Bank. Prior to this role, Mr. Robertson was the Chief Financial Officer at BMO Financial Group between March 2008 and March 2011. Before joining BMO, he spent over 35 years as a Chartered Professional Accountant. Mr. Robertson held various senior positions with two major accounting firms, including holding the positions of Vice-Chair, Deloitte & Touche LLP (Canada), and Canadian Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen LLP (Canada).
Mr. Robertson currently serves as a director of Bausch Health Companies Inc. and Hydro One Limited.
Mr. Robertson holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants (Ontario). He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Robertson was appointed to the Turquoise Hill Resources board in June, 2012.
Ms. Saint-Laurent is an accomplished executive and corporate director with over 25 years’ experience as a business-oriented corporate, transactional and securities lawyer in the energy, electricity and mining sectors. Ms. Saint-Laurent has led several M&A and financing transactions and has a strong governance background. Ms. Saint-Laurent also possesses several years’ experience in human resources, compensation and benefits/pension management. From 2013 to 2015, she was Vice-President Legal and Corporate Secretary for TransAlta Renewables Inc., a renewable power generation company, and from 2011 to 2015, she was also Vice-President Legal and Corporate Secretary for TransAlta Corporation, a power generation company with domestic and international operations.
Ms. Saint-Laurent is a member of the board of the Alberta Securities Commission, North American Construction Group Ltd. and the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre.
Ms. Saint-Laurent holds a Master of Laws (securities and finance), from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, a LL.B., BA and Certification in Human Resources from the University of Alberta as well as her ICD.D designation.
Ms. Saint-Laurent was appointed to the Turquoise Hill board in January, 2017.
Mr. Jones is currently the Managing Director, Planning, Integration & Assets for the Iron Ore product group in Rio Tinto. In this role, he has accountability for Resource Development, Mine Technical Services, Asset Management, Sustaining Capital, Studies and Technology and Integrated Operations including the remote operations centre in Western Australia.
Before this appointment, Mr. Jones was Technical Director for the Copper & Diamonds product group in Rio Tinto, and previously led the technical operating model program at Rio Tinto and spent four years working in Mongolia for Oyu Tolgoi LLC. During his time in Mongolia, his roles included Chief Operating Officer, Acting Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Operations.
Mr. Jones has 23 years of experience working for Rio Tinto in Copper & Diamonds, Growth & Innovation, Aluminium, Iron Ore, and Technology & Innovation in Australia, Canada, Mongolia and the United States.
Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Deakin University, Australia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr. Jones was appointed to the Turquoise Hill Resources board in December, 2017.
George R. Burns
Mr. Burns has over 30 years of experience in the mineral sector including executive, operations, development and engineering leadership roles in gold, copper and coal operations. Mr. Burns was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and President of Eldorado Gold Corporation in April 2017.
Prior to his role at Eldorado, Mr. Burns was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp Inc. from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that, he also held the Goldcorp positions of Senior Vice President, Mexican Operations and Senior Vice President, Canada and United States respectively. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Centerra Gold Inc.
Mr. Burns has served in various capacities for Asarco LLC including Vice President of Mining as well as numerous capacities for Cyprus Minerals Corporation. He began his career with Anaconda Company in 1978. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Burns holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.
Mr. Burns was appointed to the Turquoise Hill Resources Board in January, 2020.
Alfred P. Grigg
Mr. Grigg is currently Chief Counsel, Aluminium and Strategic Partnerships for Rio Tinto leading the legal and regulatory activities for Rio Tinto’s portfolio of bauxite mines, alumina refineries, aluminium smelters and associated power generation assets in the Pacific region as well as supporting the development and management of relationships with strategic partners and stakeholders.
Mr. Grigg has more than 20 years of experience as a legal executive and senior advisor, with extensive depth in the resources, energy and technology sectors, across a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, strategy, joint ventures, business development and M&A, sales & marketing, cross-border transactions and international trade, anti-trust, native title, government and stakeholder relations, capital markets, treasury and finance, corporate governance, complex negotiations and litigation. Mr. Grigg is a director or company secretary of a number of Rio Tinto subsidiaries, and has served as a director or representative for Rio Tinto on a number of joint venture boards including Boyne Smelters Limited, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited and Gladstone Power Station.
Since joining Rio Tinto in 2007, Mr. Grigg has held a range of legal and regulatory roles across corporate, operational and commercial areas of Rio Tinto.
Mr. Grigg holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr. Grigg was appointed to the Turquoise Hill Resources board in September, 2020.