Silver Winner: Jim Oleson – Fort Knox

Jim Oleson (Chief Metallurgist) stands out for his commitment to Rigorous Financial Discipline. As a leading proponent of the Kinross Way Forward at Fort Knox, he has spearheaded a number of initiatives that have improved production and added millions of dollars in cash flow.

Jim Oleson (Chief Metallurgist, Fort Knox)

Some examples of Jim’s work include:

  • leading the mill recovery team, which added $1.8 million in annual cash flow in 2013
  • driving the carbon in column (CIC) optimization process, which increased the CIC flow rate by 463 gallons per minute and added $350,000 cash flow to the business annually

Mill at Fort Knox.

  • leading the Kewanee boiler improvement project, which significantly reduced the gallons of boiler fuel used and added $285,000 in annual cash flow in 2013
  • driving the grinding media project, which reduced both the cost and consumption of balls used in the semi-autogenous (SAG) mill and ball mills and added a combined cash flow of $994,000 in 2013
  • reduced thickener costs, worth $200,000 in cash flow annually

Jim at Fort Knox.

“Jim’s focus on Rigorous Financial Discipline has had a huge impact on the business, providing financial gains and inspiring others to incorporate this value into their work.”

 

Jim with wife Pamela Oleson at the 2014 Living Our Values Awards (LOVA) gala in Toronto. 

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