The fixer: Names to Know 2017: Duncan Middlemiss, CEO of Wesdome Gold Mines – by Joel Barde (CIM Magazine – July 05, 2017)

Nine years ago Duncan Middlemiss joined St. Andrew Goldfields as vice-president of operations. He ascended to the role of CEO in 2013, and by the time the company was sold to Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016, it was profitable and producing 140,000 ounces of gold annually.

It was a dramatic turnaround that helped cement Middlemiss’s reputation as a “fixer.” Working closely with his team, he dramatically increased production, helped raise money and developed an overarching plan for the company.

His latest challenge began last August when he was named CEO of Wesdome Gold Mines. The Canadian-focused company has three major assets in northern Ontario and Quebec, one of which – the Eagle River Complex – is currently operational.

Since taking over, Wesdome has already showed impressive success, dropping its operating costs while increasing its revenue and production.

“It starts with a team,” he explained. “You have to get in there and understand the team dynamics and optimize them.” And according to Middlemiss, his extensive experience working in both mines and in management helps. “I’m able to understand the resources they require.”

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