Turning Talk Into Action

Ministerial Roundtable: 14 January 2025

Conference and Exhibition: 15 - 16 January 2025

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Turning Talk Into Action


Joe is one of the world's foremost authorities on the design, construction, and operation of aluminum smelters, with more than 35 years of experience in the development and expansion of metallurgical facilities across the globe.

As Board Member & Global Managing Director of Metals, Joe is responsible for strategy project planning, costing and technology assessments for the sector. His extensive smelter project and operating experience has been central in directing and managing project teams. He has authored several technical papers related to best practices in smelter design and construction. In addition to leading our Metals sector, Joe also provides strategic planning and development leadership for Hatch’s presence in Europe, China, the Middle East, and Brazil. 

Joe was previously President and CEO of Aluminerie Alouette, the largest aluminum smelter in the Americas. At Aluminerie Alouette, Joe was responsible for the very successful multi-billion-dollar expansion of its facility in Sept-Îles, Québec. 

Joe is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, where he earned a BEng in Mechanical Engineering as well as a BComm Hons from the University of South Africa. Outside of work, Joe serves as a board member on the Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC) and is an avid scuba diver and passionate photographer.