BHP chief calls Canada ‘really attractive’ market as he hopes to invest beyond potash – by Naimul Karim(Financial Post – October 18, 2023)

Mike Henry says political stability, abundant stores of critical minerals and talent make country a good place to invest

BHP Group Ltd. chief executive Mike Henry doesn’t shy away from trying new things. Just last week, he decided to take a leap of faith and went parachute jumping for the first time while visiting Montreal. “It was incredible,” he said.

Perhaps not so incredible, though, that the head of the world’s biggest miner will be making a hobby of it. Henry, a native of Vancouver, said he will be sticking with more relaxing pastimes to give his mind a rest from running a company with operations in more than 90 locations.

He spent a few years learning Spanish and is now brushing up on his French. And around the time he was appointed to lead BHP in 2019, he hired a teacher to help him learn to play guitar. “I am never going to be a great player,” he said at BHP’s Toronto office on Oct. 17. “It’s always good to have something other than work too, right?”

Right. But work has also been a source of new learnings for Henry, who is overseeing one of the biggest capital investments in BHP’s 138-year history.

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