David Strang + Noel Dunn

BC Business Magazine - - Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 - –J.W.

PRES­I­DENT AND CEO+ EX­EC­U­TIVE CHAIR, ERO COP­PER CORP.

They say friend­ship and busi­ness don't mix, but don't tell that to David Strang and Noel Dunn. The two pals had wanted to work to­gether for years, but the right op­por­tu­nity didn't ma­te­ri­al­ize. That changed in 2016, when Brazil­ian cop­per com­pany Min­er­ação Caraíba be­came avail­able for ac­qui­si­tion, just as Strang was step­ping down as pres­i­dent and CEO of Lu­mina Cop­per Corp. after it was pur­chased by fel­low Van­cou­ver com­pany First Quan­tum Min­er­als. Dunn re­signed as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bos­ton-based Liberty Me­tals & Min­ing Hold­ings to raise cap­i­tal, and Ero Cop­per Corp. was born.

Two years into their run with Van­cou­ver­based Ero, the pair have added an­other mine and over­seen a pro­duc­tion in­crease from 16,000 tonnes in 2016 to a pro­jected 28,000 this year, with a fore­cast of 40,000 tonnes in 2019. The key to their suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to Strang, is that he and Dunn are “lit­er­ally yin and yang.” Strang brings the tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, while Dunn has a wealth of knowl­edge in fi­nance and risk man­age­ment. Plus, says Dunn, “We sur­round our­selves with peo­ple who are way smarter than we are.”

What’s one thing that peo­ple would be sur­prised to learn about you? I was a se­ri­ous track ath­lete after I grad­u­ated col­lege, and re­tired after the 1996 Olympic Games

Noel Dunn ( left) and David Strang

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