Glenn Nolan brings varied and valuable experience and a strong understanding of resource development and Aboriginal communities to his role as Chair of CESO’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Nolan is Vice President, Government Affairs, for Noront Resources, a mining company developing a nickel/copper deposit in the “Ring of Fire” region of Northern Ontario. He is also a board member of a diamond exploration company with active properties in Canada and Africa, and the president of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada — the first Aboriginal person to hold that post.
As a youth growing up in the Missanabie Cree First Nation (from the Bear clan), Mr. Nolan experienced the positive impact that gold mining had for members of his community. Later in life, he would serve nine years as Chief.
Throughout his long and varied career as a prospector, entrepreneur, politician and executive, Mr. Nolan has learned first-hand the importance of working closely with Indigenous communities that were in close proximity to the projects he was working on. He made it a priority to hire and train a local labour force, creating direct benefits for the community and for his company.
Today, Mr. Nolan is considered one of the leading experts in building relations between indigenous communities and exploration companies in Canada and Latin America. He continues to advise many companies on best practices for building positive working relationships with indigenous communities. He is committed to continuing greater dialogue between communities and the mineral industry here at home and internationally.