Portrait

Patrice Merrin, Director and Chair

Ms. Merrin was appointed Chair of the Board of Detour Gold in June 2019.


Ms. Merrin is a Corporate Director with broad experience in the resource sector and capital markets. She is committed to the relentless pursuit of exemplary health, safety and environment practices and constructive community engagement. She believes in leadership by example, the strength of teams and the value and ability of every individual to make a difference. She is mindful of the responsibilities of stewardship to shareholders. Ms. Merrin is a frequent speaker and respected voice on industry and governance matters.


She is currently an independent non-executive director of Glencore, a multinational commodity trading and mining company; Kew Media Group, a producer and distributor of multi-genre content worldwide; and Samuel, Son & Co., a distributor of metals and industrial products.


Her executive roles in the resource sector have included President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Luscar, Canada’s largest thermal coal producer, then owned equally by Sherritt International and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board prior to which she had been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sherritt International, a Canadian diversified miner. Ms. Merrin’s first role in mining was as Vice President of Investor and Corporate Relations of Lac Minerals during the period of its takeover by (then) American Barrick in August 1994. Early in her career, she held a series of progressively responsible positions with The Molson Companies, Canadian Pacific and the office of the Honourable Marc Lalonde, P.C., M.P., Ottawa.


She has served as a director of Arconic, Stillwater Mining Company, CML HealthCare (Chair), Novadaq Technologies Group and New Brunswick Power. Ms. Merrin has been a nominee in several activist files.


Ms. Merrin was a director of Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, created to support Alberta’s initiatives on climate change and the reduction of emissions. She was a member of the National Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science Technology and Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.


In May 2019, she chaired a panel on “Next Gen Leaders” at The Northern Miner’s Canadian Mining Symposium in London. She is a member of Women in Mining and in 2016 was cited as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.”


Ms. Merrin serves on the board of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and is a former co-chair of Perimeter’s Emmy Noether Circle, promoting women in physics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.