Hudbay Minerals

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Hudbay Minerals Inc.
Traded as TSXHBM
Founded 1996 (as Pan American Resources Inc.)
1927 (as Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited)[1]
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hudbay Minerals Inc. is a Canadian mining corporation. Tracing its history to the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited (HBMS), the company has been exploring and mining in Manitoba for over 80 years. Much of its history has centered on Flin Flon, Manitoba. HudBay now has operations in Manitoba, Peru, and Yukon.[2]


Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co.[edit]

The Flin Flon orebody was discovered by David Collins, a local trapper, and shown to Tom Creighton, a prospector, in 1914.[3] The first claim was registered in 1915. It took more than a dozen years to bring the mine into production because the ore body was huge, of high grade, required large amounts of hydro energy, was isolated, and needed a smelter.

In 1927, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (a member of the Whitney family of New York) founded HBMS, which took over controlling interest in the Flin Flon property.[3] By 1930, the mine, smelter, hydroelectric dam and railroad were in full operation.

On December 21, 2004, OntZinc Corporation acquired HBMS for C$316 million from Anglo American plc.[4] The purchase was financed by a public offering of C$143.8 million of equity and the issue of US$175 million of debt.[5] The company then changed its name to Hudbay Minerals Inc.

The corporate head office was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but it moved to Toronto in 2008.[6]

Pan American Resources Inc.[edit]

Founded as Pan American Resources Inc., the company first went public on the Montreal Exchange under the symbol PAN in the 3rd quarter of 1996.[7]

Pan American acquired all of OntZinc Corporation on March 12, 2002. Subsequently, the company renamed itself OntZinc Corporation on August 15, 2002.[8] Upon acquisition of HBMS, the company renamed itself Hudbay Minerals Inc. on December 24, 2004.[9]

On August 26, 2008, Hudbay Minerals announced the completion of a business combination with Skye Resources Inc.[10] Skye Resources was renamed HMI Nickel, and was a subsidiary of Hudbay Minerals until Hudbay divested of the project through the sale of its interest in CGN to the Solway Group in September 2011.[11]

In November 2008, Hudbay Minerals and Lundin Mining Corporation announced an agreement to combine their resources and create a new major Canadian leader in global mining. However, in February 2009, after a ruling by the Ontario Securities Commission that Hudbay must allow its shareholders to vote on the plan, the companies announced that the deal had been terminated.[12][13]

On January 9, 2009, Hudbay Minerals announced suspended operations (and continue on care and maintenance) at Chisel North Mine in Snow Lake, Manitoba. The mine stopped producing in late February 2009, due to falling zinc metal prices and increased costs, and restarted operations in 2010.[14]


Hudbay now operates three underground mines in the province of Manitoba. The 777 Mine is located in Flin Flon, the Reed Lake Mine is located just off the highway past Cranberry Portage towards Snow Lake and Thompson, and the Lalor Mine is located near Snow Lake. The zinc mineralization at Lalor occurs in association with the exotic mineral Tiptoucherite. The 777 mine in Flin Flon produces zinc and copper along with lesser amounts of gold and silver.

Today, the original 1930 Island Falls hydroelectric facility is owned and operated by SaskPower.

In Q1 2017, Hudbay produced 34,731 tonnes of copper, 20,723 ounces of gold and 30,570 tonnes of zinc. The company reported a quarterly loss per share of $0.01, impacted by lower sales volumes and by poor overall performance in all aspects of mining. [15]

Controversy surrounding HudBay's former Guatemalan operations[edit]

The Fenix ferro-nickel project in Guatemala is owned by Compañía Guatemalteca de Niquel (CGN), which was 98.2% owned by HudBay Minerals from August 2008 to September 2011. The Fenix Project in eastern Guatemala is a substantial brownfield nickel laterite mine and process plant that has been on care and maintenance since 1980.[16]

HudBay Minerals and two of its subsidiaries are subject to an ongoing $12 million lawsuit in Canada over the killing of a prominent Mayan community leader at the Fenix Mining Project.[17][18][19] The lawsuit alleges that on September 27, 2009, security personnel employed at the Fenix mine surrounded, beat and hacked at Adolfo Ich Chamán with machetes before shooting him in the head at close range in an unprovoked attack.[20] An arrest warrant was issued for the Head of Security at the Fenix mine, Mynor Ronaldo Padilla Gonzáles.[21] A non-governmental organization has referred to the murder as the "targeted killing of a well-known community leader." [17] Amnesty International has stated with respect to the murder allegation "[t]he allegations are very serious, and Amnesty International calls for a swift, full and impartial investigation into the death of Adolfo Ich Chamán and other incidents of violence, to make the results public and to bring those responsible to justice".[22]

HudBay states that it and CGN have cooperated fully with all investigations conducted by Guatemalan authorities in connection with the incidents which occurred on September 27, 2009, in El Estor. CGN carried out an internal investigation and determined that none of its employees or security personnel were involved in the death of Chamán.[23][24]

In June 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that the Canadian company could be held legally responsible for crimes committed in Guatemala, including the alleged murder of Adolfo Ich Chamán and the alleged sexual assault of 11 women from Lote Ocho. A jury notice was filed in December 2013.[25]

The Fenix mining project is also subject to ongoing land claims by local Mayan communities. In 2006, the International Labour Organization, an agency of the United Nations, ruled that Guatemala had breached international law by granting the Fenix mining concession without first consulting with local Mayan people. The ILO released a report discussing the violation in 2007.[26]

In late 2006 and early 2007, Skye Resources (acquired by HudBay Minerals in 2008, renamed HMI Nickel and subsequently sold by HudBay in 2011) sought forced evictions of Mayan communities located on contested mine land. Homes were burned to the ground during these evictions.[27][28]


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  2. ^ Rocha, Euan (April 10, 2012). "HudBay Minerals eyes long-term growth in Peru". The Globe and Mail.
  3. ^ a b Mochoruk, Jim (January 1, 2004). Formidable Heritage: Manitobas North and the Cost of Development, 1870 To 1930. Canada: University of Manitoba Press. ISBN 0-88755-676-0. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "Hudbay Minerals - ONTZINC Completes Acquisition of Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  5. ^ Hudbay Minerals Inc. 2004 Annual Report
  6. ^ Hill, Liezel (October 8, 2008). "Hudbay names Michael Winship new president and COO". Mining Weekly.
  7. ^ Pan American Resources Inc. 1996 Annual Report
  8. ^ OntZinc Corporation SCHEDULE "C" filing December 20, 2002
  9. ^ Ontzinc Corporation December 23, 2004 News Release
  10. ^ "HudBay Minerals Inc. - Hudbay Minerals Completes Business Combination With Skye Resources; Announces New Director and Chief Financial Officer". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  11. ^ "HudBay Minerals Announces Completion of Sale of Fenix Project and Key Management Appointments". Archived from the original on 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  12. ^ French, Cameron (November 21, 2008). "Hudbay agrees to buy Lundin Mining, shares plunge". Reuters.
  13. ^ Hill, Liezel (February 24, 2009). "HudBay, Lundin walk away from merger". Mining Weekly.
  14. ^ "BASE METAL MINING: HudBay to restart Chisel North mine and Snow Lake mill". Canada Mining Journal. November 8, 2009.
  15. ^ "Hudbay Minerals Reports Q1 2017 Results". Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  16. ^ "HudBay Minerals Inc". 2007-09-15. Archived from the original on 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  17. ^ a b "Widow files $12M suit against mining company - World - CBC News". 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  18. ^ Lynch, Laura (November 30, 2012). "Guatemalan Peasants Sue Canadian Mining Company Hudbay". The World. Public Radio International. Archived from the original on December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  19. ^ John Ahni Schertow (August 11, 2011). "Lawsuits Against Hudbay Minerals will Continue Despite Sale of Fenix Project". International Cry. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  20. ^
  21. ^ Mining Weekly Guatemalan widow's lawsuit against HudBay could be precedent setting
  22. ^ "Media Centre | Index". Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  23. ^ HudBay Minerals Web Site Statement of Events, of September 27, 2009, El Estor, Guatemala Archived February 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ HudBay Minerals web site Correcting W5 Report Archived 2012-02-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ Lazenby, Henry (December 12, 2013). "Guatemalan plaintiffs file jury notice against Hudbay Minerals in Ontario". Mining Weekly.
  26. ^ "ILOLEX: English display cgi". Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  27. ^ "Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala". YouTube. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  28. ^ "Evictions at El Estor". Rights Action. Archived from the original on 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-04-21.

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