Ellie Brümmer

Regional Technology Head
Vale Base Metals

Ellie Brümmer, originally from South Africa, is an accomplished, award-winning leader who is deeply passionate about driving transformation within the mining industry. With a strong focus on new ways of working, process improvement, and technology enablement, she is dedicated to enhancing safety, productivity, and cost performance. With over 25 years of industry experience, across the mining, manufacturing, service, and consumer goods industries, she is at the forefront of building collaborative, innovative and sustainable mines of the future. 

Based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, currently serving as the Regional Technology Head for Vale Base Metals, a Brazilian owned global mining company. She plays a pivotal role in spearheading the regional technology division for the North Atlantic, UK, and Indonesia Vale Base Metals operations. Her primary focus lies in enabling technology, including information technology (IT) and operational/industrial technology (OT/IndT), across the entire mining value chain, from exploration to market. By driving advancements in these areas and data led decision enablement she ensures improvement in safety, productivity, cost, process optimization and people development. She is motivated by a keen sense of purpose to contribute significantly to the creation of a future vision for the sustainable mining industry, with a particular emphasis on the rapidly growing energy transition metals sector. 

In terms of academic achievements, she holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Gordon’s Institute of Business Science at Pretoria University in South Africa, as well as a Bachelor of Technology in Marketing, Strategy, and Finance from the University of South Africa. Her commitment to professional development is evident through her growth mindset, having recently completed her Professional Program Certification for Digital Transformation at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). Currently enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Professional Program for Digital Transformation, she aims to maintain a growth mindset that has played a crucial role in her proven success. She maintains current memberships in prestigious organizations including the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Women in Mining (WIM) across three continents and has recently accepted a Board position with SNOLAB where she looks forward to sharing her experience towards their exciting research endeavors. 

Beyond professional accomplishments, I am driven by a genuine passion for empowering others to unlock their full potential. Guided by the principles of the International Coaching Federation, I offer support and guidance through coaching and/or mentoring individuals from diverse backgrounds around the world. With a firm belief in the power of making positive contributions to society and the world, I strive to make a significant difference each day, aiming to create a sustainable and improved future for all.