Andrew Czornohalan

Operations Director – Power, Services & Wharves, Rio Tinto

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Andrew held various leadership roles in iron ore, copper and gold mining sectors, as well as technical roles in power generation and automotive manufacturing. In 2008, Andrew joined Rio Tinto in an operational readiness role at the Boyne smelter in Queensland, Australia. He was then appointed as Project Director of the ISAL Production Upgrade project in Iceland. In 2014, he moved with his family to Kitimat and took the role of Site Manager for the Kitimat Modernization Project.

In his current role at BC Works, Andrew touches on every element of the operations and oversees activities at the aluminum smelter, power generation at Kemano and environmental and economic management of the Nechako watershed, as well as establishing and strengthening relationships with First Nations, community partners and federal and provincial regulators.

Building sustainable and respectful partnerships with Rio Tinto’s host communities, stakeholders, First Nations and employees is the top priority for Andrew in all his endeavours, with a focus on delivering high value enhancements to the environment, employee health and safety and optimum business performance.

Andrew, his wife and two children have embraced life in northwest British Columbia, and are active members of the community. Andrew is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending weekends and vacations at his family cabin on Hudson Bay Mountain.