Global Mining HR


September 10 - 12, 2024 Vancouver, BC
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The Forum’s Steering Committee welcomes a select group of up to 40 elite-level HR leaders personally selected from companies in the global mining explorations, operation and engineering industries to meet and discuss the most current and pressing strategic HR matters relevant to their industry.

Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group examines trends and developments in every jurisdiction for meaningful dialogue on the most pressing issues facing HR today.

2024 Steering Committee

This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Jennifer Cmil Executive Vice President, Human Resources Newmont Corporation Denver, CO
  • Emilie C. Schouten Senior Vice President, Human Resources Coeur Mining, Inc. Chicago, IL

    Emilie C. Schouten was named Senior Vice President, Human Resources in May 2019. She joined Coeur in 2013 as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development. She was one of the first hired when Coeur moved the headquarters to Chicago and therefore, was instrumental in hiring the new team and implementing the performance management system for the Company.


    Ms. Schouten has 18 years in Human Resources, starting her career in General Electric, where graduated from GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program. After 6 years as an HR Manager with GE, her division was acquired by the world’s largest electrical distribution company, Rexel, and Ms. Schouten went on to become the Director of Training and Development. Ms. Schouten has her B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University and her M.S. in Industrial Labour Relations from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Committee Members

  • Amra Basic Head of People Experience Rio Tinto Montréal, QC

    Amra Basic, General Manager Human Resources, leads the global team of HR Business Partners responsible for shaping people strategies & solutions to support delivery of business outcomes within Energy and Minerals portfolio of Rio Tinto.

    Through her progressive career, Amra has held various leadership roles in human resources and finance within various industries such as mining, manufacturing, telecommunications, IT and education. Amra brings global perspective to business and people agenda shaped through her 20 years of experience working in  Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Canada. She is driven by the ever changing demands and challenges of organisations and leadership. Amra holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Education and a Master degree in Business Administration.

  • Sharon Giraudel Head of Human Resources New Gold Inc. Toronto, ON
  • Kathleen Grandy Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources Kinross Gold Corporation Toronto, ON
  • Todd M Graver Vice President Operations - Human Resources Freeport-McMoRan Phoenix, AZ

    Todd Graver is Vice President-Operations Human Resources at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. He has been with the company for 29 years, having started his career at the company’s New Orleans office where he provided human resources operational support to the company’s various properties.


    In 2006, he relocated to PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan where he served as Manager-Corporate Planning and Integration with oversight of privatized companies and expat administration. In 2010, he moved to Phoenix to serve as Director-Human Resource Business Partner and was named Vice President-Operations Human Resources in 2011. His current respons1bilit1es include oversight of operational HR activ1t1es, site support, employee and labor relations, and training and development.


    Mr. Graver holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Nicholls State University in Louisiana.


    He has been married to his wife Merialee for 25 years. They have three children who attend Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University and Northwest Christian High School.

  • John Marshall Vice President Human Resources Equinox Gold Corp. Vancouver, BC
  • Eric J. McCallum Vice President, Human Resources Barrick Gold Corporation Elko, NV

Forum Director

  • Varugis George Senior Forum Director Cambridge Forums Toronto, ON [email protected] M: +1 647 449 8243

    Varugis is the President of Cambridge Executive Connections (CEC), a subsidiary of Cambridge Forums Inc. Since 2003, Varugis has held sales, production and management roles at three global conference and business information providers. Prior to joining Cambridge Forums in 2015, he was the Director of Conference Development at Insight Information, the Canadian subsidiary of ALM Media, LLC. In 2019, CEC was established as a specialised provider of sophisticated learning and networking experiences for private clients, family offices, institutional investors, and corporate leaders. Along with the flagship Forums, CEC builds Communities for members to engage and develop meaningful connections with their peers globally. As President, Varugis is responsible for the overall strategy, growth, and delivery of all services under the CEC banner.

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