Local Leadership

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.

  • Fabio Schvartsman

    Chief Operating Officer – Canada, U.K. and Asian Refineries​
    Ricus Grimbeek

    Ricus Grimbeek was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Operations and Asian Refineries, based out of Sudbury, Ontario. In this role, Ricus oversees all operating activities for Canada and the UK, and refineries in Asia.

    Ricus most recently worked for South 32 – a global mining company – in roles including Chief Technology Officer as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also worked for BHP Billiton and Lonmin in a variety of senior level safety and operational positions in Australia, South Africa and Canada. A native of South Africa, Ricus is a mining engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry.​​

  • Andrea Almeida

    Chief 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.

  • Robert Morris

    Executive 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.​

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    Vice President, Technology and Development
    Conor Spollen

    Conor Spollen is Vice President, Technology and Development. In this role, Conor is overseeing Vale's technology and development portfolio in Base Metals. He joined Vale in April 2008 as Director of Industrial Project Development.

  • Headshot of Mark Travers

    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.