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Dawn Whittaker, Director

Ms. Whittaker was elected to the Board of Detour Gold in December 2018 and served as Interim Chair of the Board from March through June 2019.


Ms. Whittaker is a seasoned capital markets lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. Her areas of expertise include domestic and international M&A, corporate finance transactions, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and risk management.


Ms. Whittaker currently is a member of the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario Division, a non-profit charitable organization. As a former Director of Kirkland Lake Gold, she was Chair of the Special Committee in connection with the merger with Newmarket Gold and a member of the Special Committee in the acquisition of St. Andrew Goldfields.


Prior to her retirement in 2018, she was a Senior Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she was a member of the Financial Institutions and Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities teams. Some of the notable transactions she has been involved with include representing Yamana Gold in connection with its joint acquisition with Agnico Eagle of Osisko for C$3.9 billion, ArcelorMittal in connection with its C$600 million joint takeover bid with Nunavut Iron Ore for Baffinland Iron Mines, and ArcelorMittal in the sale of a 15 per cent interest in its Québec iron ore operations for US$1.1 billion to a consortium.


Ms. Whittaker started her career at McCarthy Tetrault LLP where she became a Partner in 1993 focusing on M&A and corporate finance.


Ms. Whittaker has served as a member of the Ontario Security Commission’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee. She has been a lecturer and instructor on Canadian business law at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and an LL.B. from Queen’s University.