Mr. Gillin served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and eventually Chief Restructuring Officer of Tahera Diamond Corporation, a diamond exploration, development and production company. He was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Zemex Corporation, an industrial minerals producer. Previously, Mr. Gillin was Vice Chairman and a director of N.M. Rothschild & Sons Canada Limited, an investment bank, and became Acting Chief Executive Officer during the course of his duties.
Mr. Gillin currently serves as lead director of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. and is a director of Sherritt International Corp., Silver Wheaton Corp. and TD Mutual Funds Corporate Class Ltd.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Ulf Quellmann was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources on July 30, 2018.
Before this appointment Mr. Quellmann was Vice President, Strategic Projects, Copper and Diamonds at Rio Tinto and also Chief Financial Officer, Copper and Diamonds at Rio Tinto from 2016 to 2018. Prior to this, he was Group Treasurer at Rio Tinto. Before joining Rio Tinto in 2008, Mr. Quellmann had been with Alcan, based in Montreal, and with General Motors in both New York and London.
During his time at Alcan, Mr. Quellmann held a variety of senior finance positions of which the most recent role was that of Vice-President, Investor Relations. At General Motors, Mr. Quellmann spent a few years at the Treasurer’s Office in New York. He also worked at Vauxhall Motors, GM’s United Kingdom subsidiary, for five years in various finance, marketing and general management roles.
Mr. Quellmann holds an MBA from the London Business School and is also a non-executive director on the board of Spectris plc, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Mr. Quellmann was appointed to the Turquoise Hill Resources board in May, 2017.
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 Vice-President, 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 director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.
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, ICD.D, is an accomplished legal executive, corporate director and senior advisor to boards and management teams with over 20 years of experience as a transactional, corporate and securities lawyer in the energy and electricity sectors. She has led several public financing transactions and has a strong governance background. Ms. Saint-Laurent also possesses over ten years of experience in human resources management and compensation analysis. She has served on several private company boards as well as not-for-profit boards, often as chair and as a member of audit, human resources and governance committees. From 2013 until 2015, Ms. Saint-Laurent was Vice-President Legal and Corporate Secretary (General Counsel) for TransAlta Renewables Inc. From 2005 until 2015, she was Corporate Secretary and later appointed Vice-President Legal and Corporate Secretary for TransAlta Corporation. From 2001 until 2005, Ms. Saint-Laurent served as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel for TC PipeLines, LP. From 1997 until 2005, she was Senior Legal Counsel at TransCanada Corporation. From 1981 until 1992, Ms. Saint-Laurent served in a variety of labor relations and human resources positions. She also currently serves as a director of the Alberta Securities Commission, the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre and Western Sky Land Trust.
Ms. Saint-Laurent holds a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall, York University, a law degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.
Ms. Saint-Laurent was appointed to the Turquoise Hill board in January, 2017.
Mr. Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Gold, is an accomplished mining engineer with an extensive forty-year career in gold, copper and coal mining. Mr. Burns previously held the roles of Chief Operations Officer at Centerra Gold from 2003 to 2007, Sr. Vice President Canada and US Operations at Goldcorp from 2007 to 2011, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp from 2012 to 2017.
While at Goldcorp, Mr. Burns was responsible for the operations of eight mines with total annual production of over 3 million ounces of gold, and completed the construction and start-up of two large underground mines. At Centerra Gold, Mr. Burns completed the expansion of the Kumtor mine in Kyrgyzstan, and the construction of the Boroo mine in Mongolia.
Mr. Burns also served in various capacities for Asarco LLC including Vice President of Mining, as well as numerous roles for Cyprus Minerals corporation from 1983 to 1996, and the Anaconda Company beginning in 1978.
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.
Mr. Jones has more than 20 years of experience working for Rio Tinto in Growth and Innovation, Copper and Coal, Aluminium, Iron Ore as well as Technology and Innovation in Australia, Canada, Mongolia and the U.S. His current role is Head of Technical Review with Rio Tinto. Previously, Mr. Jones spent four years working in Mongolia for Oyu Tolgoi LLC, with roles including Chief Operating Officer, Acting Chief Executive Officer and General Manager - Operations.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Deakin University, Australia.
Mr. Jones was appointed to the Turquoise Hill Resources board in December, 2017.
Alan Chirgwin is the Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Copper and Diamonds for Rio Tinto. In this role, he leads all commercial initiatives for copper and diamonds, including sales and marketing, supply chain management and product stewardship efforts.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto in April 2017, Mr. Chirgwin served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BHP Billiton’s iron ore business as well as holding a series of leadership roles in Health, Safety and Environment, Operations, and Sales and Marketing across BHP Billiton’s product groups in Australia, the Netherlands and Singapore over a 22-year period at BHP.
Mr. Chirgwin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry and has completed postgraduate studies in Environmental Law from James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia.
Mr. Chirgwin was appointed to the Turquoise Hill Resources Board in September, 2018.