Ian Telfer is a Canadian mining executive who has more than thirty years of experience in the resource industry. Currently, Ian serves as Chairman of the Board at Goldcorp Inc., a gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia that employs more than 15,000 people worldwide. Ian became Goldcorp’s Chief Executive Officer in 2004 when Goldcorp acquired Wheaton River Minerals. In 2006, Ian transitioned to serving as Goldcorp’s Chairman of the Board.
Born in England, Ian Telfer and his family relocated to Ontario, Canada when Ian was a boy. Ian attended the University of Toronto where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Ian then earned a Masters in Business Management from the University of Ottawa.
Over the last thirty years, Ian has established and led a number of highly successful mining companies with multi-million dollar valuations. These companies include TVX Gold, Wheaton River Minerals - which later merged with Goldcorp - Silver Wheaton, Terrane Minerals and Uranium One. Ian’s leadership helped these companies reach a combined market capitalization of more than $50 billion during their peak performances.
As Goldcorp’s Chairman, Ian helps oversee Goldcorp’s various national and international mining projects. A leading gold producer, Goldcorp adheres to a number of key principles, including quality growth, low cash costs, cost management, maintaining a peer-leading balance sheet, operating in regions with low political risk, and conducting business in a responsible manner.
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. Ian also served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2009 to 2013.
In 2015, Ian Telfer was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame for his service to the Canadian mining sector. Ian has also been the recipient of the AME BC’s Murray Pezim Award for perseverance and success in financing mineral exploration and was named the 2007 Western Canada Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young.
Outside of the business sector, Ian has deep philanthropic roots and supports a variety of charitable initiatives. In 2007, Ian was a gracious benefactor to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa, when he donated $25 million to the University of Ottawa’s business school, later renamed the Telfer School of Management. In 2015, Ian followed this donation up with another $2 million donation to the business school. Ian also established a scholarship at the Telfer School of Management, which is awarded annually to the MBA student accepted who has the lowest grade marks.
Ian is also a dedicated and engaged supporter and sponsor of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation of British Columbia.