Dushnisky doesn’t forget local roots while preparing to take control of South African gold producer
When he was going to high school in Birtle 30 years ago, Kelvin Dushnisky said he would never have imagined that he’d one day be moving to Johannesburg, South Africa, to take over management of the third-largest gold-mining company in the world, AngloGold Ashanti. But that’s exactly what Dushnisky will be doing in a couple of months.
The former president and second in command at Toronto-based Barrick Gold, where he’s risen up the ranks for the past 16 years, said he has never forgotten his Manitoba roots as he’s travelled the globe negotiating complex mineral resource enterprises with local and national governments and workers alike.
In fact, he said his small-town upbringing is one of the valuable assets he is able to bring when negotiating and planning out investments of hundreds of millions of dollars around the world.
After a recent family reunion in Clear Lake (Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO of Sport Manitoba, is Dushinsky’s cousin), he visited Birtle and the small towns his parents grew up in and remembered the distinct lifestyle of a kid who grew up on a small farm in Manitoba.
“In some ways, growing up in a small community prepared me well,” said the senior mining industry executive whose pay scale is now in the millions of dollars. “Sometimes people might presume I grew up on Bay Street or Wall Street. But my upbringing gave me a different perspective. I feel comfortable relating to people at the local level in a way that I may not have otherwise been able to.”
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