Global Managing Director, Business Practices
Director since: 2005
Nils Voermann has executive responsibility for Hatch’s Business Practices globally, including Technologies, Systems, Consulting, Environmental Services and Operational Performance. These groups serve clients across the Mining & Metals, Energy, and Infrastructure sectors.
He joined Hatch in 1989 as a Mechanical Engineer. In 1995 he was appointed leader of Hatch’s Metallurgical Furnace Design Group. Through a string of innovative and successful projects in Canada, USA, South Africa, Colombia, and Korea, he expanded Hatch’s metallurgical furnace design team more than four-fold. The Furnace Group achieved global scope, and became recognized as a world leader in its field. In 2003, Nils took on broader responsibility for development of Hatch’s proprietary know-how, as Global Managing Director, Business Practices. Under his leadership Hatch maintains a strong pipeline of technologies in progressive stages of development and commercialization.
From 2009 to 2013 Nils was based in Brisbane, Australia to provide leadership for Hatch’s expanding business in the Asia-Pacific region.
Nils is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he received his BSc in Engineering. He also earned his MBA from INSEAD in France. Nils is an award-winning author, having published and presented over 30 technical papers, with a focus on new technology implementation and management. He holds several patents and has received various awards including the Natural Resources Canada, CANMET Technology Transfer Award and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Extraction and Processing Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Medal for Engineering Excellence by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
Nils is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). An airplane pilot in his free time, Nils enjoys sharing his passion for flying with aspiring young aviators.