Ian Tefler




Ian Telfer

Ian Telfer is a Canadian mining sector executive, entrepreneur and philanthropist who currently resides and works in British Columbia. With more than 30 years of experience and service in the Canadian resource sector, Ian has become a well-regarded voice in the mining world.

Ian presently is the former Chairman of the Board of Goldcorp Inc. which was Canada’s leading gold producer, employing over 15,000 staff around the world prior to being acquired by Newmont for $15 billion.

With a mining career spanning more than three decades, Ian Telfer has established himself as an entrepreneur who is versed in the nuances of the resource sector. His ability to build and lead successful companies is well-known throughout the industry.

Originally from Oxford, England, Ian and his family moved to Ontario when he was a boy. As a young man, Ian attended the University of Toronto where he studied Political Science and earned his undergraduate degree.

After spending some time in the workforce, Ian returned to school to pursue his Master’s Degree. After gaining acceptance to the University of Ottawa, Ian received a Masters of Business Administration.

Ian then went on to begin a career in the international resource sector, one that had him establishing and leading a number of successful mining companies, including TVX Gold, Wheaton River, Silver Wheaton, Terrane Minerals and Uranium One. The business fortitude and financial responsibility Ian provides helped his companies reach a collective market capitalization of more than $50 billion during their peak performances.

In 2009, Ian Telfer was appointed the Chairmanship of the World Gold Council, a position he served in until 2013.

Ian is also a Fellow in the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In 2015, Ian’s mining career was celebrated with his induction into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. In the spring of 2016, Ian was inducted into the Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame and in 2017 he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame for his many business accomplishments and philanthropic endeavors.

In addition to his long standing career in the mining sector, Ian is well-known for his $25 million donation to the University of Ottawa that resulted in them naming his Alma mater the Telfer School of Management. The charitable donation, which was the largest single donations to a school of business in Canadian history, showcases Ian’s deep philanthropic spirit.

Additionally, Ian is a regular sponsor and supporter of The Special Olympics, The Vancouver Aquarium and the Simon Fraser Centre for the Arts, The Sarah McLaughlin School of Music, The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Variety Clubs International. He is also a long-term supporter of British Columbia’s Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

Awards and Accomplishments
  • Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2009 to 2013
  • 2007 Ernst & Young’s Western Canada Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 2007 University of Ottawa School of Business renamed in his honour
  • 2013 Canadian Business Magazine’s “The Power 50”
  • 2015 inductee into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
  • 2015 honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa
  • 2016 inductee into the Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame
  • Fellow in the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors
  • AME BC’s Murray Pezim Award winner






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