Returning to live in Sudbury in January of this year was a homecoming of sorts for Stuart Harshaw. He took over Jan. 1 as vice-president of Ontario operations for Vale Ltd., a company he has worked for since 1990 after graduating from Queen’s University as a metallurgical engineer.
Harshaw would go on to complete a master’s of business administration at Laurentian University in the early days of his quarter century with the nickel giant, 25 years in which he progressed through the ranks of the former Inco, which was purchased by Brazil-based Vale a decade ago.
In late 1999, Harshaw said he got “pulled into” marketing. He worked at what was then Inco’s corporate office for six years before going to London to run the company’s Middle East-Africa business for a time.
He returned to Toronto and served in many capacities at the company’s corporate office. His last stop with Vale, before coming back to Sudbury, was in Singapore, where he worked for two years in operations and marketing.
The move from marketing to operations with Vale’s Ontario operations — six mines, a mill, a smelter and a nickel refinery in Sudbury, and a cobalt and precious-metals refinery in Port Colborne — wasn’t as great a leap as you might think. When the opportunity presented itself for him to return to the Nickel Capital at the helm of Ontario facilities, he jumped at it.
“I love Sudbury,” Harshaw said in an interview at Vale’s corporate office in Copper Cliff last week. Aside from the promotion, he has family here and owns a cottage not far from Sudbury where he enjoys spending time.
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