At New Gold, we believe the company should be managed in an ethical manner and in keeping with the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. This commitment is reflected in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and our Health, Safety, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. We also subscribe to the principles, including governance standards, set out by major domestic and international bodies such as the UN Global Compact on Human Rights.
More broadly, the Board’s objectives are to enhance and preserve long-term shareholder value and to ensure the company meets its obligations on an ongoing basis and operates in a safe and reliable manner. In performing its functions, the Board also considers the legitimate interests that our other stakeholders such as employees, customers and communities may have in the company. In overseeing the conduct of business, the Board, through the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, sets the standards of conduct for the company.
Randall Oliphant is Executive Chairman of New Gold and is also Chairman of the World Gold Council. He is on the board of directors of Franco-Nevada Corporation, WesternZagros Resources Ltd. and Newmarket Gold Inc. Since 2003, Mr. Oliphant has served on the boards of a number of public companies and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Oliphant was the Chairman of Western Goldfields Inc. until its business combination with New Gold in 2009.
David Emerson is a Director and Public Policy Advisor. He has served as a minister in the Government of Canada, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Minister of Industry, and has also held a number of senior positions in the public service in British Columbia. Mr. Emerson serves on the board of Stantec Inc., and is Chairman of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
James Estey is the retired Chairman of UBS Securities Canada Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in the financial markets. In 2002, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of UBS Securities Canada, and in January 2008, Mr. Estey assumed the role of Chairman. He serves on the board of Gibson Energy Inc. and is Chairman of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd.
Robert Gallagher is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Gold. Mr. Gallagher has worked in the mining industry for over 40 years, including executive positions with Placer Dome Inc. and Newmont Mining Corporation. Before the June 2008 business combination of Peak Gold Ltd., Metallica Resources Inc. and New Gold, Mr. Gallagher was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peak Gold Ltd.
Vahan Kololian is the founder and Managing Partner of TerraNova Partners LP, which invests in the industrial, services and resource sectors. He was co-founder and President of Polar Capital Corporation. Within his activities in TerraNova Partners, he serves as Chairman of one of TerraNova’s investees, Compact Power Equipment Centers LLC. Mr. Kololian also serves on the board of Lydian International Limited.
Martyn Konig has over 35 years of experience in investment banking and the commodity markets as well as extensive experience in the natural resource sector. He is the Chief Investment Officer for T Wealth Management SA, and has been the Chairman of Euromax Resources Ltd. since May 2012. Mr. Konig was Executive Chairman and President of European Goldfields Limited until its acquisition by Eldorado Gold Corp. in February 2012.
Pierre Lassonde is the Chairman of Franco-Nevada Corporation. He formerly served as President of Newmont Mining Corporation from 2002 to 2006 and was Director and Vice Chairman of Newmont until 2007. Mr. Lassonde also serves on the board of directors of Enghouse Systems Limited. Mr. Lassonde is a Member of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2013.
Kay Priestly joined the Board in June 2015, having spent 24 years with Arthur Andersen LLP, ultimately serving as Managing Partner. From 2006 to 2014, Ms. Priestly held various executive positions with Rio Tinto, and from 2012 to 2014 she was CEO of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. Ms. Priestly currently serves on the boards of Stone Energy Corporation and FMC Technologies, Inc.
Raymond Threlkeld is a Director and consultant on natural resource development, and has over 30 years of mineral industry experience. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rainy River Resources Ltd. until its acquisition by New Gold in 2013. From 2006 to 2009, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Goldfields Inc., until its business combination with New Gold. In March 2014, Mr. Threlkeld was appointed Chairman of Newmarket Gold Inc.