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Malcolm Downie

Title: Environmental Permitting and Compliance Strategist
Company: Cedar Water Strategy
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Malcolm Downie, Environmental Permitting and Compliance Strategist at Cedar Water Strategy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mining compliance.

Mr. Downie embarked on his educational journey, earning his Bachelor of Arts with honors in geography from Lakehead University in 1988 and a Doctor of Education in 1991 from the same institution. He continued his academic pursuits with graduate coursework at Queen’s University, focusing on urban and regional planning in 1990 and design technology in 2007. Mr. Downie fortified his expertise in sustainable mining techniques through certification by the Mining Association of Canada and gained an environmental professional certification from ECO Canada.

Subsequently, Mr. Downie delved into the professional realm, commencing his career in the mining industry as a field exploration/prospector at BHP from 1983 to 1988. He transitioned to roles at various mining companies, contributing as an exploration professional for Wolfden Resources Corporation from 1995 to 2006. His trajectory continued with managerial responsibilities at Skybridge Development Corp. from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Downie further honed his skills as corporate manager for environmental permitting and compliance at Premier Gold Mines Limited, later joining Equinox Gold Corp. as manager of environmental permitting and compliance. Presently, he serves as an environmental permitting and compliance strategist at Cedar Water Strategy, leveraging his extensive expertise in advising mining companies on environmental assessments, sustainable mining practices, and governance.

Parallel to his tenure in the mining industry, Mr. Downie dedicated substantial time to teaching and nurturing young minds as an educator. His teaching career spanned from 1991 to 2000, contributing as an elementary school teacher at Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, followed by roles at Superior-Greenstone District School Board and Lakehead District School Board. Drawing from his extensive background and experience in mining and education, he is renowned for his commitment to ensuring project completion aligns with client requirements. 

Mr. Downie attributes much of his success to his family’s influence in the mining industry, particularly his father, a respected geologist in Canada, and his brother, a chief executive officer of a mining company. Notably, his pivotal role in sealing a large-scale deal with Newmont Corporation during his tenure at Premier Gold Mines Limited stands as a highlight in his career. Looking forward, Mr. Downie aims to contribute to significant environmental management projects or assume an executive role in a mining company, leveraging his expertise and experience while remaining open to new opportunities and challenges in diverse sectors.

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