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
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.
With over 28 years in mining, Marty’s international experience spans multiple disciplines including equipment operations, management and emergency response, both in unionized and non-unionized environments. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, and has extensive knowledge of safety systems, regulatory compliance and incident investigation. A former member of the board of the Alberta Mining Safety Association and the East Central Alberta Fire Training Group, Marty is also a long standing volunteer fire fighter in the communities where he has lived and worked. His outstanding commitment to volunteer fire services has earned him the Alberta Emergency Service Medal from the Government of Alberta and the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada.
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.
Shannon Campbell, P.Eng., has over 24 years of diversified open pit and underground mining experience through progressive roles in Canada and the United States. His experience encompasses safety leadership, technical mine design, production engineering, operations, logistics, stakeholder engagement including First Nations partnerships, environmental and commercial. Shannon is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and is a former Board Member of the Coal Association of Canada.
Dickson M. Atuke joined Conuma in July 2018 and was promoted to Director, Regulatory and Environment in August 2020. Dickson is an accomplished environmental and water quality scientist with over 25 years of progressive experience spanning various fields in academia, industry and government. Dickson is highly effective at building relationships across multi-disciplinary teams to achieve program and project objectives. He possesses strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to evaluate complex problems and deliver viable solutions. Dickson currently oversees all aspects of Conuma’s regulatory and environmental efforts, including, permitting, regulatory approvals, environmental compliance and performance, leading programs and initiatives managing water quality and protection of environmental health, watershed management, strategic planning and corporate responsibility. Before joining Conuma, Dickson worked in the environmental consulting field, for government and in academia. Dickson holds a PhD in Conservation Biology with an emphasis in hydrology and water quality from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.