Conuma Coal's Team and History
Founded in mid-2016, Conuma Coal Resources is a stand-alone, metallurgical coal producer based in Northeast British Columbia, Canada. Our current surface mine operations at Brule, Wolverine and Willow Creek produce more than 5 million tonnes annually, providing security and more than 900 direct and 3000 indirect jobs for families in the Peace River Regional District.
Conuma Coal Resources was founded to be a contributor, positive influence and supporter to our community. We are committed to earning security for all of our partners, and to unifying resources and people to build a “first class” organization recognized for character and true integrity.
Since formation in September 2016, Conuma has undergone rapid growth in production and jobs while achieving some truly fantastic results, safely and responsibly. This is our story...
Our customers seek security, quality and reliability in supply, our employees and their families deserve security in their careers, and our investors seek security in their investment.
Safety is not a goal to be achieved. Safety is the expectation. It is the inexcusable norm. Conuma’s employees deserve the security of a safe workplace and it is our collective responsibility to reinforce this expectation at all levels. All Conuma employees have accountability for delivering the security that comes from the expectation of a safe workplace.
Like safety, product quality is an absolute expectation. Just as every employee of Conuma is responsible for maintaining the expectation of safety, all employees are empowered to ensure Total Quality Management. The hard work of hundreds of employees is jeopardized by delivering any product that does not meet customer expectations. Conuma is dedicated to Total Quality Management and to working with customers to understand the needs of the global steel industry.
The decision to invest in Conuma and re-open coal production in the Peace River Coalfield (“PRC”) was based on the quality of the products: ultra low volatile coal with the best characteristics found anywhere, and high quality, low sulfur, low phosphorous hard coking coals that are sought by steelmakers on four continents. The coal from the PRC travels by rail on Canadian National Railway, and is shipped via ocean going vessel from Ridley Terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C., one of the deepest natural harbors in the world. Just as important as the mines, rail and port, however, are the people that have allowed Conuma to succeed. When Conuma made the call to re-open, the community answered. Without the dedication and cooperation of our employees, their families, our four First Nations bands and our local communities, Conuma would not be capable of the success we've achieved.
Allow us to introduce ourselves...
Prior to his appointment with Conuma, Mr. Sullivan was managing member of Energy Resource Services, LLC, providing M&A and commercial advisory services to companies in the natural resources sector. He has held senior commercial and legal roles in the coal industry for 18 years in the US and Australia, including with Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., and United Coal Company. Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of Duke University and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, and practiced law with two national law firms before beginning his career in the coal business. He currently serves as an independent director on the board of the general partner of Foresight Natural Resources (NYSE:FELP).
John Schadan, P. Eng. has over 30 years of mining experience gained in the western Canadian and US coal mining regions. John’s experience spans a variety of disciplines including mine engineering, operations, environmental and regulatory approvals, marketing, contract negotiations, establishing joint venture partnerships, and establishing trusting relationships with various stakeholder groups. Mr. Schadan comes to us from KMC Mining and prior to that, Westmoreland Coal Company where he was President and COO. Mr. Schadan is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a mining engineering degree from Queen's University. He currently sits as a Director for the Coal Association of Canada and is a former member of the board of the Alberta Chamber of Resources.
With 30 years of experience across three continents, Hugh has a wealth of financial and commercial experience, holding a wide range of roles, including those of Finance Director, Group Financial Controller, Vice-President Finance for the Anglo plc Ferrous Business. Between 2008 and 2013 Hugh was Chief Financial Officer for Anglo’s Peace River Coal operation in Canada and, most recently, Hugh was based at the Dawson operation in Queensland, Australia
A senior coal industry professional, Peter has over 30 years of well-rounded international experience, including positions with major coal producers in Canada, Australia and Indonesia. His experience includes permitting, exploration, mine operations, technical services, marketing, business development, project development, heavy construction, change management and working directly with indigenous leadership and communities. Peter is a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and Graduate Diploma in Business.
Greg Trout, P.Eng. joins Conuma with over 35 years of open pit mining experience, which includes mine design, operations and maintenance roles at Fording River Coal in BC. Prior to joining Conuma, he provided operations and technical expertise to operating mines and projects throughout North America and Europe for over 20 years. Greg is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Salvatore is a Health and Safety professional with 9 years of mining experience in North-East and Central British Columbia. His project experience covers coal and hard rock mining in both surface and underground applications. He holds a professional designation in Risk Management and has studied Occupational Health and Safety and Business Administration and Management.
A graduate of Royal Roads University Strategic Human Resources Management program, Derek is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with 15 years of progressive HR leadership. He has experience in unionized, non-unionized, public and privately held organizations in the mining and metals sectors internationally. Derek specializes in employee and labour relations, performance management, succession planning, organizational development and recruiting.