30-Year Anniversary Keynote Speaker: Mr. Joe Lombard, Vice-Chairman, Hatch

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 and Vice-Chair, Joe focuses on enhancing client relationships, particularly in the Metals sector where he served as a Global Managing Director from 2012 to January 2024. Additionally, he acts as a director at large, taking on specific initiatives and supporting company-wide organizational development. Joe’s 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.

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 multibillion-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 First Robotics and is an avid scuba diver and passionate photographer.


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