Who We Are
As a leader in the Canadian resources sector we take pride in ensuring our products are of consistent, reliable and replicable quality; within cargoes and between cargoes.
Our Executive Committee

IOC is managed by our executive committee of Mike McCann, President and Chief Executive Officer; Chantal Lavoie, Chief Operating Officer; Donald Tremblay, Chief Financial Officer; Heather Bruce-Veitch, Director Communications & External Relations;  Caroline Hands, General Manager Human Resources and Benoit Palmer, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary.





Mike McCann

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mike was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in August of 2021. He brings 30 years of operational business experience built in the mining and processing industry. Mike is a highly experienced and passionate business leader putting people at the forefront of every decision. He has also overseen large and complex mining and processing operations in the North Atlantic region and internationally in the UK, Japan and China.



Chantal Lavoie

Chief Operating Officer

Chantal was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of IOC in late 2018. As COO, Chantal’s mandate is to position IOC as the premier mining organization in North America by engaging and developing our employees, building relationships with key stakeholders and capturing both productivity and capital growth opportunities.



Sylva Bedevian

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Sylva joined IOC in 2020 and has held key managing roles in the Finance Department. She has extensive experience with Rio Tinto, having worked for other business units in the past. Supported by the Senior Leadership Team she is overseeing the continued financial health of our business.



Heather Bruce-Veitch

Director Communications & External Relations

Heather began her career with IOC in 1980 and, following a three-year period, left the business but returned in 1990 and has held various roles within the company in human resources, communications and public relations. Her vast experience and dedication allow her to maintain lasting relationships with various governments, Indigenous communities and communities located near IOC’s activities. Heather has a strong set of personal values that align well with IOC’s, particularly with regards to respect, teamwork and integrity, and she is committed to creating an inclusive working environment for those around her. She received the Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award in recognition of her efforts to encourage the participation of women in the mining industry, most notably through mentorship.



Caroline Hands

General Manager of Human Resources

Caroline was appointed General Manager of Human Resources at IOC in January 2020. Caroline has been with Rio Tinto for 12 years and during this time has performed a number of roles within the HR function throughout Australia and the UK. She is passionate about creating an environment where people can be their best and contribute to the success of the company and the communities in which we live and operate.



Benoit Palmer

Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Ben has been a member of Rio Tinto’s in-house legal team for 18 years. During the early part of his career, he supported Aluminium operations in Canada, Africa, the Middle East and the EU, and spent time as an expat in Paris, France. In 2019, Ben was named General Counsel for Rio Tinto’s Canadian mining businesses, which include the Iron Ore Company of Canada and Rio Tinto Fer et Titane. In 2020, QIT Madagascar Minerals was also added to his scope. He is currently based in Montreal, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.