Get to know our Canadian leaders

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Get to know our Canadian leaders

Vale’s Canadian leaders reflect our entire workforce. Passionate, intelligent and creative, they have lived and worked here in Canada and abroad, gaining unparalleled experience in all aspects of our business. Above all, our leaders are dedicated to making Vale the best mining company in the world.

Jennifer Maki wearing glasses and a red polka-dot blouse.​Chief Executive Officer, Vale Canada Executive Director, Base Metals
Jennifer Maki​

Jennifer Maki was named Chief Executive Officer of Vale Canada and Executive Director of Vale Base Metals in November 2014.

Ms. Maki has distinguished herself as an astute leader at Vale by taking firm action in cost management and control, implementing funding strategies, negotiating joint venture agreements in Base Metals, resolving pension fund issues for our Base Metals                                                                                   companies, and demonstrating  exceptional commitment and motivational skills. 

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    Previous positions held by Ms. Maki include Chief Financial Officer/Executive Vice-President and Vice-President/Treasurer. She has participated actively in managing our Base Metals businesses outside Canada as a member of the Board of Commissioners of PT Vale Indonesia Tbk (PTVI) since 2007 and currently serves as its President Commissioner.

    Before joining Vale in 2003, Ms. Maki worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for a decade. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and became a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Since 2012, Ms. Maki has served on the Board of Ronald McDonald House® Toronto, which provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families.

Headshot of Andrea AlmeidaChief Financial Officer – Vale Base Metals
Andrea Almeida

Andrea Almeida is the Chief Financial Officer for Vale Base Metals. Andrea oversees all financial activities across the Base Metals business and is responsible for directing the financial strategy, planning forecasts and overseeing investment and equity raising activities. Andrea joined Vale SA as a trainee in 1993. She is a production engineer with a Masters of Business Administration in finance and management. She has held a series of management positions specializing in Corporate Risk Management, and lead the Global                                                                    Risk Management area for the last five years for Vale SA.

Headshot of Robert Morris wearing a black suit and blue tieExecutive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Base Metals
Robert Morris

Robert Morris is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Base Metals business; his role also includes oversight for product flow and logistics.  Joining the company in 2005, Robert has occupied posts in Germany, Japan and now Toronto.


Headshot of Conor Spollen wearing a black suit, grey shirt and red tieChief Operating Officer, Canada and U.K., Base Metals
Conor Spollen

Conor Spollen is Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all of Vale's Operations in Canada and the U.K. He joined Vale in April 2008 as Director of Industrial Project Development.


headshot of Mark Travers wearing a black suit, white shirt and black tie Executive Vice President, Legal and Strategic Projects
Mark Travers

Mark Travers is Executive Vice President, Legal and Strategic Projects. Mark
oversees all law-related activities across the Base Metals business. He joined the company in 2001.