Portrait

Christopher Robison, Director

Mr. Robison was elected to the Board of Detour Gold in December 2018.


Mr. Robison is a metallurgical engineer with 40 years of international experience in the mining industry. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with proven success in capital-intensive mining businesses. The hallmark of his leadership has consistently been to sustainably improve safety performance, profitability, talent development, work practices and organizational effectiveness.


Mr. Robison retired in 2016 after having served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Newmont Mining where he was responsible for 12 gold and copper mining operations and 22 expansion projects and new mines. He played a leading role in Newmont’s success by delivering a step-change improvement in its operational performance and growth prospects to now leads the gold sector in value creation as measured by cash flow, total shareholder returns and return on invested capital. His key accomplishments included lowering injury rates by more than 50 percent, improving costs by more than 20 percent and improving productivity by more than 30 percent.


Prior executive roles included Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Operations for Rio Tinto Minerals and Chief Operations Officer for U.S. Borax., a subsidiary of the Rio Tinto group. During his tenure at Rio Tinto Minerals, he was responsible for a global portfolio of borates and talc mines, processing and shipping facilities worldwide. Key accomplishments during his tenure include significant improvement to safety, profitability, and organizational effectiveness.


Before joining the industrial minerals sector, Mr. Robison held a variety of leadership roles including Vice President and General Manager of Mining and Concentrating for Kennecott Utah Copper, a division of Rio Tinto group, which operated the Bingham Canyon mine, one of the largest open pit copper mine in the world.


Mr. Robison holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Mackay School of Mines. He also completed business leadership programs at the London Business School and safety training programs led by Dupont.