Tribute to Duncan Middlemiss, Outgoing OMA Chairman

Posted on Tuesday June 04, 2019

Last week marked the end of the Ontario Mining Association chairmanship for Duncan Middlemiss. On behalf of our 86 member companies, we would like to express our gratitude, and applaud his commitment to fostering a resilient and effective association. 

Duncan distinguished himself as a judicious leader of our community, always listening to members' concerns and drawing out their valuable contributions. Under his stewardship, our committee leaders were inspired to restructure their work and to focus on new, expanded mandates. The OMA Mine Managers Committee has become stronger, incorporating inputs more effectively from across key areas of member expertise. Duncan has been a strong proponent of offering OMA members opportunities to learn from each other and from thought leaders on issues of key importance - something that has been a top priority during his time as OMA Chair. 

Duncan's leadership has also been characterized by a commitment to enhancing the credibility of our sector and to building constructive relationships at Queen's Park. He has been particularly passionate about communicating our values and value, championing the work of the newly formed Communications and Outreach Committee. He provided the support needed to plan and launch a centennial public awareness campaign that will take a fresh look at the role of mining in our lives: encouraging Ontarians to join us in discovering everything mining in this province has become and all it has to offer. Watch the video introducing This Is Mining

As the OMA turns 100 years old in 2020, we will be celebrating our industry's achievements, the people, the progress, and the legacy. Duncan is certainly among the Ontario 'mining heroes' whose stories we will be highlighting. With more than 25 years in the mining industry, Duncan has extensive expertise in financing, operations and project development. 

Currently, he is the President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a director of Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. Prior to joining the company, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd. ("SAS") until its acquisition by Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. in January 2016. Duncan joined SAS in July 2008 as General Manager and Vice President Operations, later assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2013. He earned a B. Sc. in mining engineering at Queen's University in 1989, and worked for Inco Limited (now Vale Canada Limited) as Mine Design Engineer until 1995. At that time, he joined Barrick Gold Inc. at their Holt-McDermott Mine, where he held the position of Chief Mine Engineer. In 2002, he joined Foxpoint Resources (now Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.) where he was instrumental in overseeing the rehabilitation, development, and commencement of production at the Macassa Mine beginning as Engineering & Production Manager, and later as Mine Manager. Duncan is a native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario and proud of his longstanding involvement in the mining of gold deposits in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt.

We are privileged to continue having Duncan on the OMA Board of Directors. We are also excited to welcome his successor, Peter Xavier, Vice President, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore Company, who will undoubtedly build on everything we have achieved with Duncan at the helm.