Thomas P. Hynes is the former Executive Director of the Canada Mining Innovation Council based in Ottawa, Canada. He has more than 37 years of experience in the Canadian mining industry as a government regulator, in industry operations and in research. From 1993 to early 2011, Mr. Hynes was employed by Natural Resources Canada’s Mining and Mineral Sciences Laboratories, the largest mining research laboratory in Canada where he became Director General. He was previously the Vice President of Environmental Stewardship for the International Council for Metals and the Environment (the forerunner to the International Council on Metals and Mining), and participated in the Secretariat for the stakeholder group that drafted the Cyanide Code. Mr. Hynes holds a Master of Science degree in environmental biology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.