Rob McEwen

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Rob McEwen
Born (1950-04-15) April 15, 1950 (age 66)

Rob McEwen, CC (born April 15, 1950) is a Canadian businessman. He is the chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc., Chairman of Lexam VG Gold Inc. and was the founder and former chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc., which is the world’s largest gold producer based on market capitalization. McEwen followed his father into the investment industry and also developed a passion for gold.

In 1990 McEwen stepped into the mining industry, where he transformed Goldcorp from a collection of small companies into a mining powerhouse. Since 1993, when McEwen started re-structuring Goldcorp, its market capitalization has grown from $50 million USD to over $20 billion and Goldcorp's share price has increased at a 31% compound annual growth rate.

There was a scenario in which he was undecided where to mine the gold. In the end, he used the internet to post all the data on the mine, and invite scientists all over the world to take the challenge of helping Goldcorp find its next successful 6 million ounces of gold. His colleagues were horrified that he wanted to share the company's proprietary data with the world. But response was overwhelming and many qualified participants submitted detailed drilling plans to the company.[1]

Rob believes that management should be as personally invested in a company as its shareholders, and as such, he owns 25% of the outstanding shares of McEwen Mining Inc. and 27% of Lexam VG Gold Inc.'s. Rob receives no salary.

A graduate of St. Andrew's College, Aurora, Ontario, Canada in 1969 [1], McEwen later earned a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Rob also holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2]

McEwen is a member of WPO, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Dean's Advisory Board, Schulich School of Business, Toronto.

On July 3, 2007 McEwen was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor.[3]


The R.R. McEwen atrium of the Toronto General Hospital, southwest corner of the site, view from University Avenue.

McEwen's philanthropic efforts are designed to encourage excellence and innovation in health care and education. McEwen has donated in excess of $60 million: McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the Toronto General Hospital; Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, Red Lake, Ontario, Canada; McEwen School of Architecture[4] at the Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; and two museums and a church.[5]


  • November 2014: Weizmann Canada's Leading Man Award
  • February 2013: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award
  • November 2010: Paul J. Hill School of Business Leadership Award
  • July 2007: Order of Canada[6]
  • May 2007: Canadian Youth Business Foundation - Lifetime Achievement Award[citation needed]
  • April 2007: St. George's Society's - Award of Merit For Community Service[citation needed]
  • March 2007: Schulich School of Business - Alumni Recognition Award Outstanding Executive Leadership
  • October 2006: Tiffany & Co. - 2006 Tiffany Mark Award
  • October 2006: Canadian Business magazine's "Most Innovative CEO"
  • February 2005: "Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree", York University[7]
  • February 2005: Significant Sig Award by the Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • May 2004: Canadian Museum Association for "Outstanding Achievement Award" Philanthropy Category
  • January 2003: The Northern Miner's "Mining Man of the Year" Award for 2002
  • September 2002: Ernst & Young 2002 Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Energy Category
  • August 2002: Canadian Business - Annual Board Survey 16th Best Board of Directors in Canada
  • March 2002: Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) - 2001 Viola R. MacMillan Award for Developer of the Year
  • March 2002: Fast Company's "The Fast 50" - Champion of Innovation. - First Annual Global Readers' Challenge
  • February 2002: Investor Relations Magazine 2002 Awards - Best Senior Management Communications in Canada - nominated for three other awards.
  • September 2000: Business Week "Web Smart 50" One of the 50 most innovative companies on the web worldwide.


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