Adam MacMillan

Adam (he/him) is the Director of Research and Innovation at Vale Base Metals (VBM). Adam is responsible for the development of the company’s R&D and Innovation strategy, roadmaps, and initiatives portfolio. Additionally, Adam supports the development of VBMs partnership ecosystem to deliver their vision of being the world’s leading supplier of critical minerals essential for the global energy transition.

Adam began his career with VBM in 2002 as an Engineer-In-Training (E.I.T.) with the Mines & Industrial Engineering department in Sudbury, Ontario, He has since held roles in operations supervision, business planning, and spent seven years with Vale in Brazil leading the Global Strategy Base Metals, Corporate Technology, and R&D teams. Upon returning to VBM in Canada, Adam led nickel strategy development, including entry into the electric vehicle (EV) market with their nickel sulphate plant, and established the Circular Mining & Metals program.

Adam holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Windsor, and an MBA from Schulich, York University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.