Jim Gowans

Board Member

Personal Information

67 |  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.

Key Skills and Experience

  • Capital projects
  • Enterprise leadership
  • International business
  • Mining, exploration and operations
  • Operational excellence


As of April 5, 2019

Jim Gowans is a corporate director. He was president, CEO and a director of Arizona Mining Inc. from January 2016 to August 2018. Prior to that, 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 has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the mining industry, including holding executive positions at Debswana Diamond Company in Botswana, DeBeers SA, DeBeers Canada Inc., PT Inco in Indonesia, and Placer Dome Ltd. 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. He has been a director of the private company, Gedex Technologies Inc. since 2015.

Board and Committee Membership and Attendance

As of December 31, 2018

    2018 Attendance
2018 Voting Results Board and Committee Membership Regular Special Overall
99.3% votes for Board of directors 8 of 8 3 of 3 100%
0.7% votes withheld Audit and finance* 2 of 2 1 of 1 100%
  Nominating, corporate governance & risk* 2 of 2 0 of 2 50%
  Reserves oversight  2 of 2 2 of 2 100%
  Safety, health, and environment (chair) 3 of 3   100%


* Jim joined the audit and finance committee and left the nominating, corporate governance and risk committee in May 2018.

Other Public Company Boards in the Past Five Years

Titan Mining Corporation (TSX)   2018 to present
New Gold Inc. (TSX)   2018 to present
Detour Gold Corporation (TSX)   2018 to March 2019
Arizona Mining Inc. (TSX)   2016 to August 2018
Dominion Diamond Corporation (TSX)   2016 to 2017
NewCastle Gold Ltd. (TSX)   2016 to 2017
PhosCan Chemical Corp. (TSXV)   2008 to 2014

Securities Held

As of December 31, 2018

Year Cameco Shares DSUs Total Shares
 and DSUs
Total Value of
Shares and DSUs
Multiple of 2018
Annual Retainer
Share Ownership
Guidance Compliant1
2018 9,000 64,676 73,676 $ 1,140,504 5.7x Yes
2017 9,000 59,769 68,769 $ 798,412    
Change -- 4,907 4,907 $ 342,092    

1.  For evaluating compliance with Cameco’s share ownership guidelines, Jim’s shares and DSUs held at December 31, 2018 are valued at $1,486,258 and represent 7.4x the board member retainer of $200,000.