Ian Telfer is a Canadian mining executive with more than three decades of experience in the
international resource industry and is well-regarded for his ability to establish and lead a
number of successful and profitable mining companies.
Ian attended the University of Toronto where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political
Science. Ian then went on to receive a Masters of Business Management from the University of
Ian serves as Chairman of the Board at Goldcorp, a gold producer headquartered in Vancouver
that employs approximately 18,000 people around the globe. Before his Chairmanship, Ian
served as CEO and President for Goldcorp.
In 2009, Ian was appointed Chairman of the World Gold Council, a position he held until 2013.
Over the years, Ian has led a number of companies that have grown into multi-million dollar
businesses. These companies include TVX Gold, Wheaton River – which later merged with
Goldcorp – Silver Wheaton, Terrane Minerals and Uranium One. Ian’s leadership helped these
firms reach a collective market capitalization of more than $50 billion at their peak.
Ian is a Fellow in the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the National Association
of Corporate Directors, and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In 2007, Ian donated a record-setting amount to the business school at his alma mater, the
University of Ottawa. His $25 million dollar donation was the largest individual donation to a
business school in Canadian history, and in honour of this contribution, University of Ottawa’s
business school was renamed Telfer School of Management.
In 2015, Ian was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame for his long-spanning career
and service in the mining sector. This year, Ian will be inducted into the Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame for his business accomplishment and philanthropic endeavors