Portrait

Ronald Simkus, Director

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


Mr. Simkus is a Corporate Director with more than 40 years of international experience in the mining industry. He brings extensive knowledge in the field of engineering design, commissioning and operation of complex metal mines. His experience includes operating two of the world’s largest copper mines.


Mr. Simkus served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Compania Minera Antamina, which operates one of the world’s largest copper-zinc mines in Peru. During his tenure at Antamina, he successfully launched the operation from start-up to commercial production in record time while completing seven complex completion certificates required under the project financing plan. Prior to that he was President and General Manager of Highland Valley Copper, which operates the largest open pit copper-molybdenum mine in Canada. He profitably managed this low-grade operation, even during periods of record low metal prices.


Mr. Simkus worked at Cominco for nearly 20 years where he gained a strong reputation for being a metallurgical problem-solver. He held progressively more senior roles, including managing a number of Cominco’s mill and concentrator facilities worldwide.


Mr. Simkus holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing from the University of Toronto. He has been a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) since 1988. He is also a retired member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.