About Us

Since 1888, De Beers has been involved in all aspects of the diamond business. From its mining operations across Africa, and most recently Canada, the company produces about 35 per cent of the world’s supply of rough diamonds.

De Beers has been active in Canada for nearly 50 years, growing from a small group of geologists in the field to having multiple offices and operations across the country.  De Beers has two producing mines, one advanced exploration project and a targeted exploration strategy within Canada:

  • Snap Lake Mine in the Northwest Territories is operational
  • Victor Mine in northern Ontario is operational
  • Gahcho Kué Project in the Northwest Territories is a joint venture with Mountain Province Diamonds.The project is in the advanced exploration stage and currently is in the analytical phase of permitting in the Northwest Territories.
  • Exploration activities are targeted around the Victor Mine

An independent member is considered to be an individual that has no financial interest or other potential interest that could constitute a conflict of interest. An Executive member is considered to be an individual that is a Director of the company and who holds an Executive Management position within De Beers Canada or within the De Beers Family of Companies. A non-Executive member is an individual who is a Director but is not an Executive of either De Beers Canada or any of the De Beers Family of Companies.

There is a Senior Management Team that reports to the Board of Directors for De Beers Canada, and in addition, each of the Snap Lake and Victor Mines has its own Executive Committee that reports to the main corporate Senior Leadership Team. There is an Internal Audit function across the entire De Beers Family of Companies, and De Beers Canada has its own Internal Audit function and an Audit Committee (appointed 23 November 2008) that reports to the De Beers Société Anonyme Audit Committee and to the De Beers Société Anonyme Board. Beside an Audit Committee, De Beers Canada does not have any other committees under the Board of Directors that are responsible for setting strategy or for oversight of the organization. Currently all of the De Beers Canada Board Members also serve on the Audit Committee.

The Board of De Beers Canada is comprised of the President, CEO and CFO of De Beers Canada Inc, plus one non-executive Director. The Board composition has changed several times during the last several years and throughout has been reconsidered by the Board members to ensure it retains the right combination of extensive business experience, industry specific experience and technical skills covering De Beers Group practices, mining specific in-depth technical knowledge, and financial and legal expertise based on global and Canadian experience. The Directors are familiar with the specific governance requirements issued by De Beers Société Anonyme, to which all De Beers Group companies are expected to comply and as experienced personnel are expected to bring that knowledge and experience to bear in their duties. Several key governance documents with which Board members are familiar and expected to comply include, the BPP, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Declaration of Interests, and Criminal History Self Declaration Form.

The executive Directors are specifically involved in the formation, endorsement and communication of the sustainable development policy, including Safety, Health and Environmental elements, guidelines and practices. The company has invested heavily in these fundamental aspects of business practice and this is evident in the maintenance of internationally recognized standards such as ISO 14001, OHSAS18001 and the commitment to producing a Year in Review document in respect of De Beers Canada in addition to contributing to the production of the Family of Companies’ report. The company has also committed to meeting the requirements of the Mining Association of Canada’s drive Towards Sustainable Mining, which has required the support of the Board and senior executive management across De Beers Canada to devote the time and resources necessary to meet this challenge.

The Board endorsed the formation of an audit committee, with defined Terms of Reference, in order to separate the duties specific to that body from the Board in keeping with best practice principles in Canada and to match practice elsewhere throughout the Group. The Board also considered the adoption of a comprehensive Board Charter and at that time did not feel the formality of such a document was necessary but will revisit the benefit of such a document being formally adopted, in light of the increasing focus on the role of the Board as a key aspect of the demonstrating commitment to good governance.

The Board of De Beers Canada has specific duties to approve the Financial Statements of the Corporation, approving the Budget for the next Fiscal Year prior to presentation to Group and approving the internal audit plan and appointment of the External auditors, as recommended by the Audit Committee. In doing this the Board is then subject to scrutiny by the parent through its subsequent consideration and approval of these documents.

The Board members have been selected to provide a considerable mix of professional and technical skills allied with extensive experience of the mining industry and operation of De Beers’ global business.

The Total Rewards Package for the Executive consists of an annual base salary, perquisites, benefits and pension provisions, in addition to a Short-term Incentive Plan which is made payable upon achievement of company, departmental and personal objectives. The company objectives comprise financial and non-financial metrics.

Integral to the internal governance and management of the company, there is an internal ‘Code of Business Conduct and Ethics’ (revised in May 2011), which is available upon request, which all employees review during the hiring process. All employees are required to read and sign this as part of their annual performance appraisal at the year-end.

Tony Guthrie
Tony Guthrie
 CEO and President
De Beers Canada
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Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
Chief Financial Officer
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Ingrid Hann
Ingrid Hann
Head of Human Resources
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Glen Koropchuk
Glen Koropchuk
Chief Operating Officer
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Leo Fusciardi
Leo Fusciardi
Head of Technical
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James Kirby
James Kirby
General Manager - Victor Mine. 
 
Maxwell Morapeli
Maxwell Morapeli
General Manager - Snap Lake Mine
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Allan Rodel
Allan Rodel
Head of Project – Gahcho Kué Project
 
Julie Kong
Julie Kong
Senior Exploration Manager
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Dave Putnam
Dave Putnam
Head of Safety, Health & Environment 
 
Jorrie Jordaan
Jorrie Jordaan
Head of Protective Services
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As the world's leading diamond mining company, De Beers is committed to the development of local policies and procedures to minimize the impact of our activities on the natural environment, and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our employees and the communities in which we operate.


To read the policy in additional languages please click on the links below:


Human Resource Management
Sustainable Development
Mineral Waste Management
Social Investment
Working With Aboriginal Communities
Anti-Money Laundering And Combating Terrorist Financing

De Beers Canada has had a varied and interesting past that in many ways reflects the history of diamond exploration in Canada. Below is a snap shot of those significant events that helped shape our company and our projects.

  • De Beers carries out first exploration program in Canada through an Anglo American Corporation subsidiary known as Hard Metals Canada Ltd.
  • De Beers continues to invest in Canadian diamond exploration through the majority owned Canadian Rock Company.
  • First kimberlite discoveries. To date, more than 200 kimberlites have been identified by the company in Canada.
  • De Beers fully acquires the Canadian Rock Company and renames it Diapros Canada Ltd.
  • Diapros Canada Ltd. is renamed Monopros Ltd.
  • While working with De Beers Exploration, university student Brad Wood discovers Kimberlite boulders on the Attawapiskat River. Brad was fishing along the river while waiting for the team to return to camp after their weekend break.
  • De Beers Canada Exploration enters into the Fort à la Corne joint venture project.
  • Kimberlite samples from Attawapiskat are reinterpreted, sparking renewed interest in the region
  • Winspear Diamonds Inc. discovers the Snap Lake diamond deposit
  • De Beers acquires Winspear Diamonds Inc, and with it, the Snap Lake diamond deposit
  • Monopros Ltd. is renamed De Beers Canada Exploration
  • Underground test work continues at the Snap Lake Mine, refining the models of the kimberlite dyke and diamond grade
  • Permits required to build and operate Snap Lake Mine received May 31
  • De Beers gives the go-ahead to build Snap Lake Mine
  • Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) signed with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation for the Snap Lake Mine
  • Construction begins at Snap Lake Mine
  • Environmental Assessment for Victor Mine approved by both federal and provincial governments
  • De Beers gives the go-ahead to build Victor Mine
  • IBA signed with the Attawapiskat First Nation for the Victor Mine
  • Construction begins at Victor Mine
  • De Beers Canada divests from the Fort à la Corne Project in Saskatchewan
  • Massive airlift campaign begins at Snap Lake to compensate for a shortened winter road season due to warm weather conditions
  • IBAs signed with the North Slave Métis Alliance and Tlicho Nation for the Snap Lake Mine 
  • IBA signed with Lutsel K’e and Kache Dene First Nations for the Snap Lake Mine
  • IBAs signed with Moose Cree First Nation for the Victor Mine
  • Commissioning of facilities and systems begins for Snap Lake and Victor Mines. Both mines are successful in delivering first production diamonds before the end of the year.
  • Snap Lake Mine enters production phase January 16th
  • Victor Mine enters production phase January 20th
  • De Beers Canada celebrates the opening of its first two mines in Canada (Snap Lake Mine July 25th and Victor Mine July 26th)
  • Agreement reached with the province of Ontario to make available up to 10% of Victor Mine production, by value, available to the cutting and polishing industry in Ontario
  • IBA signed with Fort Albany First Nation and Kaschewan First Nation for the Victor Mine
  • De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds revise joint venture partnership for Gahcho Kué
  • Gahcho Kué Project enters into Feasibility Study
  • Mining Magazine names Victor Mine “2009 Mine of the Year”
  • Victor Mine receives the first ever President’s Award for achieving a level of business excellence that merits special recognition, including business contributions to the community, marketing innovation, environmental and Aboriginal partnership, from the Timmins & Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Victor Mine receives the Ontario Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Award (Large Business)
  • Snap Lake receives the John T. Ryan Safety Award (Western Region)
  • Gahcho Kué Project completes the feasibility study
  • Gahcho Kué Project completes and submits the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
  • Tony Guthrie assumes role of President & CEO of De Beers Canada
  • De Beers Canada receives multiple Towards Sustainable Mining Awards from the Mining Association of Canada for achieving Level A or higher in Tailings Management, Crisis Management and External Outreach
  • De Beers Canada receives OHSAS 18001 Certification in occupational health and safety in four areas: Snap Lake Mine, Victor Mine and De Beers Canada Corporate Office and De Beers Exploration
  • Snap Lake Mine achieves one million hours without a Lost Time Incident
  • Victor Mine achieves two millions hours without a Lost Time Incident
  • Victor Mine receives the Timmins Chamber of Commerce NOVA Award for the Environment
  • Gahcho Kué Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) achieves conformity requirements of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board