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Mining Association of Canada names first female chair

The Mining Association of Canada has voted in its first female chair.

Zoë Yujnovich, the current president and chief executive officer of Iron Ore Co. of Canada, took over the board last week, replacing Ian Pearce, former CEO of Xstrata Nickel who retired last month.

It's the first time that the mining association has had a female chief of its board in its 78-year history.

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"Our association has had increasing female representation on the MAC board of directors for many years, but Zoë's appointment to chair is an important milestone and signifies the growing leadership role of women in mining," said Pierre Gratton, the association's president and CEO, in a release.

This isn't the first time that Ms. Yujnovich, an engineer who first started her mining career at Australian giant Rio Tinto Ltd. in 1996, has broken new ground with the mining association.

She was the first woman to serve as the association's vice-chair, a position she has held since 2010.

"It is a privilege to be elected by my industry peers as chair of the Mining Association of Canada," said Ms. Yujnovich in a release. "Given mining's importance to Canadians as a powerful driver of our economy and as a major employer, my focus as chair will be on ensuring the industry can continue delivering these benefits to Canadians by improving the sector's competitiveness and maintaining its reputation for excellence in corporate responsibility."

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