Mr. Telfer has been Chairman of Goldcorp since 2006 and was Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp and its predecessor Wheaton River Minerals from 2001 to 2006. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, he transformed the company into one of the world’s premier senior gold producers. He also served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2009-2013.
With over 30 years of experience in the precious metals industry, he has served as an officer and director of numerous international mining companies including Lihir Gold, Wheaton River Minerals, New Gold and Silver Wheaton. Mr. Telfer has financed, developed and operated mines throughout the Americas, Asia and Australia. These companies collectively employ over 20,000 people around the world.
Mr. Telfer has been recognized many times for his contributions to the mining industry, and in 2013 was named one of Canada’s top 25 most powerful business people and listed in Canadian Business Magazine’s “The Power 50.” In 2015, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
In addition to his impressive business accomplishments, Mr. Telfer is known for his philanthropic endeavors. In 2007, he donated $25 million to what is now known as the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He is a Patron of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation and generously supports many local causes personally. In November 2015, he and with his wife Nancy Burke were recognized at 10th Annual Global Forum on Human Settlements held at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York with an award for “Innovation in Green Energy” for a technology project that will take waste and make power in west Africa.
Mr. Telfer is a Fellow in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2015.