Jim Gowans is a mining executive with four decades of industry experience. He is a professional engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mineral Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He joined Barrick in January 2014 as Executive Vice President and COO, becoming Co-President in July 2014. Previously, Jim was the managing Director of Debswana, a joint venture between the Government of Botswana and De Beers SA, and served as CEO for both De Beers SA and De Beers Canada. He has also held senior management positions with Placer Dome (EVP, Canadian Operations), PT Inco (SVP & COO) and Cominco (Operations Manager). Jim is currently the senior adviser to the chairman at Gedex Inc.