Ian Pearce



  • 2018 – Present. Director KoBold Metals
  • 2013 – Present. Chair and independent director of Newgold, Nevsun and MineSense Technologies. Independent director at Outotec.
  • 2013 – 2017. Partner with X2 Resources
  • 2006 – 2013. CEO of Xstrata Nickel, after the acquisition of Falconbridge in 2006, responsible for all nickel operations and growth projects from exploration to post closure
  • 2003 – 2006. At Falconbridge; Chief Operating Officer and previously Vice President of Projects and Engineering
  • For 10 years prior to this; worked at Fluor, starting as General Manager, Mining for Southern Africa, followed by a series of Project roles covering, among others, the start-up of Escondida Phase 3 in Chile, oil sands in Canada for Shell, and the Batu Hijau copper-gold project in Indonesia
  • Started his career as a plant metallurgist at Goldfields of South Africa, where he worked for over 10 years finishing up as Assistant Metallurgical Manager, and then spent six years at LTA Process Engineering leading the Process Engineering department and performing as a Project Manager
  • BSc from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

                         HND Metallurgy from Wits Technikon, South Africa

                         MAP Wits business school, South Africa

                         Management training at Henley Management college UK

  • Served as Chair of the Mining association of Canada, Chair of the Nickel Institute, and board member at the Canadian Opera Company
  • Served as a member of the Advisory board for WXN
  • Trans Canada Trail Foundation board member