Don Lindsay was appointed President of Teck in January 2005 and assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer in April 2005. Before joining Teck, Don was President of CIBC World Markets and led the bank’s Investment and Corporate Banking Division as well as the Asia Pacific Region. Earlier in his career he was responsible for CIBC’s Global Mining Group. Don holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Don is a member of the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation and was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals, Chaired the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and recently completed a two year term as Chair of the Board of Governors for Mining and Metals at the World Economic Forum. In the community, Don is Chair of the Board of Directors of the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver and served as Chair of the successful $200-million capital campaign to build a new acute care hospital. Additionally, he serves on the Board of York House School and is an Honorary Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum.
As Chair of the International Zinc Association from 2007 to 2011, Don led the development and launch of the Zinc Saves Kids campaign, a program developed in partnership with UNICEF to address zinc deficiency, which claims the lives of approximately 450,000 children annually around the world. Under his leadership, Teck also launched its Zinc & Health program, which to date has reached more than 140 million people worldwide.
In 2014, Don received a number of awards including the Nature Trust of British Columbia Conservation Champion Award, the British Columbia Community Achievement Award, the CIM Distinguished Service Medal, the Business in Vancouver CEO of the Year Award and was named to the Order of British Columbia. Don was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2002 and was honoured again a decade later with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He was named the Mining Association of British Columbia’s Mining Person of the Year in 2009, and in 2012, he received the Kathleen Beaumont-Hill distinguished alumni award from Queen’s University. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Don Lindsay will be at the session CEO in the Spotlight: A Q&A with Don Lindsay. Download the programme here.