OTTAWA - Zoe Yujnovich, president and CEO of the Iron Ore Co. of Canada, has been named chair of the Mining Association of Canada, the association announced Wednesday.
Yujnovich, the first woman to hold the position in the association's 78-year history, replaces Ian Pearce, former CEO of Xstrata Nickel.
"Our association has had increasing female representation on the MAC board of directors for many years, but Zoe's appointment to chair is an important milestone and signifies the growing leadership role of women in mining," said Pierre Gratton, MAC's president and CEO.
"Zoe's success in the industry is a testament of her talent, and also shines a light on the rewarding careers for women in the mining sector," Gratton added.
"Her experience and expertise will serve her well as chair of the national association representing one of the largest mining industries in the world."
Yujnovich, who is based in Montreal, began her mining career in Australia with Rio Tinto (Comalco Smelting) in 1996 as a process and development engineer, and quickly moved up the ranks, including serving as president of Rio Tinto Brazil in 2008 prior to her appointment as head of IOC in 2009.
The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada's production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, mined oilsands and industrial minerals.