Jim Gowans

Board Member

Personal Information

65 |  Independent 

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Director since: 2009

Citizenship: Canadian

Jim brings strong experience in the resource sector to Cameco’s board through an extensive career as a senior executive with several major mining companies and his role as past chair of The Mining Association of Canada. He serves on three of our board committees including as chair of the safety, health and environment committee.


  • CEO experience
  • Mining and exploration
  • Executive compensation
  • International


As of March 10, 2017

Jim Gowans has been president and CEO and a director of Arizona Mining Inc. since January 2016. He was senior advisor to the chair of the board of Barrick Gold Corporation from August to December 2015, co-president from July 2014 to August 2015 and executive vice president and COO from January to July 2014. He served as managing director of the Debswana Diamond Company in Botswana from 2011 to 2014. He has extensive experience as a senior executive in the mining industry, including holding executive positions at DeBeers SA, DeBeers Canada Inc. and PT Inco in Indonesia. Jim is the past chair of the Mining Association of Canada.

Jim received a bachelor of applied science degree in mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management. He has extensive mining knowledge and perspective on the importance of corporate social responsibility and brings human resources experience as a former vice president, human resources at Placer Dome.

Jim was a director of the public company PhosCan Chemical Corp. from 2008 to June 2014, and he served on its compensation committee for the full tenure. In addition to the public company boards listed below, Jim is a director of the private company, Gedex Technologies Inc., since 2015.

Board and Committee Membership and Attendance

As of December 31, 2016

    2016 Attendance
2016 Voting Results Board and Committee Membership In Person Teleconference Overall
95.6% for Board of directors 5 of 5 5 of 5 100%
4.4% withheld Nominating, corporate governance & risk 3 of 3   100%
  Reserves oversight  2 of 2 1 of 1 100%
  Safety, health, and environment (chair) 4 of 4   100%

Other Public Company Boards and Committee Memberships1

Arizona Mining Inc.


Dominion Diamond Corporation


1 See page 29 of the 2017 Management Proxy Circular for more information about Jim's capacity to serve on Cameco's board.

Securities Held

As of December 31, 2016

Year Cameco Shares DSUs Total Shares & DSUs Total value of Shares & DSUs Meets share ownership targets
2016 1,000 58,057 59,057 $ 829,167 Yes (197%)
2015 1,000 56,381 57,381 $ 979,502  
Change –– 1,676 1,676 $ (150,335)  

For share ownership compliance, Jim's shares and DSUs held at December 31, 2016 are valued at $1,257,988.