De Beers Group of Companies


The De Beers Group of Companies has been active in Canada for longer than 50 years and has been actively mining diamonds in Canada since 2008. De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company, involved in almost every stage of the diamond pipeline: exploration, mining, sorting, valuing and selling rough diamonds; marketing and selling polished diamonds and jewelry; and developing synthetic diamonds for industrial use.

De Beers has two producing mines in Canada, one mine on extended care and maintenance and targeted exploration strategy:

  • Victor Mine in northern Ontario went into production in 2008 and is on track to conclude its planned mine life in early 2019
  • Gahcho Kué Mine in the Northwest Territories. The mine is a joint venture between De Beers (51% - the operator) and Mountain Province Diamonds (49%). The mine was officially opened in September 2016 and achieved commercial production in March 2017
  • Snap Lake Mine has been on extended care and maintenance since December 2015
  • Our exploration team is focused on greenfield exploration in several areas of the country
  • Calgary Support Centre provides a range of support services to our mines and offices across the country

Over the past two years, De Beers Canada has been recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in a range of areas:

  • 2017 Silver Award – Canada’s Safest Employers, Mining & Natural Resources Division
  • 2017 North American and Global Architecture Excellence Awards in the category of IT Infrastructure for the design of the IT infrastructure at Gahcho Kué Mine
  • 2017 Communications Team of the Year, the North American Excellence Awards

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If you like chasing demanding targets, thrive on making decisions in the pursuit of excellence, and enjoy the support of the world’s finest experts, we have a place for you.

De Beers Canada, owner of Victor and Snap Lake mines and operator/joint venture partner of the Gahcho Kué Mine, is looking for team players who put safety first and value mining with respect for the environment and communities close by.

De Beers is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where every member of the team works collaboratively and respects each person’s unique perspective and contribution.

Gahcho Kué Mine is a fly-in/fly-out operation located about 280 km northeast of Yellowknife, NWT. The mine achieved commercial production in March 2017 and has a mine life of 12 years.

About Gahcho Kué Mine

Located at Kennady Lake, approximately 280 km northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, the Gahcho Kué Mine is a joint venture between De Beers Canada Inc. (51%) and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (49%).

De Beers, as the operator, is committed to operating the mine to high safety standards and with deep respect for the land. Built at a total capital cost of C$1 billion, the mine began the ramp up of production in early August 2016 and was officially opened on September 20, 2016. The mine commenced commercial production in March 2017.

Gahcho Kué is an open pit operation, mining three kimberlite pipes in sequence: 5034, Hearne and Tuzo. About 530 De Beers and contractor workers are required to operate the mine during the approximately 12 year life of mine.

The mine has received numerous awards:

  • Finalist international project of the year, Project Management Institute
  • 2017 Surface Smoke Winner - 13th biennial National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition
  • 2017 Overall Surface Winner - NWT/NU Mine Rescue Competition
  • 2017 Hatch-CIM Mining & Metals Project Development Safety Award
  • 2017 Viola R. MacMillan Award from the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
  • Gold at 11th annual Project Management Institute (2016) awards gala in Montreal
  • 2016 Workplace Health & Safety Award from the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce

De Beers is committed to sustainable development in local communities and has signed six Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA) for Gahcho Kué Mine including:

  • North Slave Métis Alliance (July 2013);
  • Tlicho Government (January 2014);
  • Yellowknives Dene First Nation (February 2014);
  • Lutsel K’e and Kache Dene First Nation (July 2014)
  • NWT Métis Nation (December 2014); and,
  • Deninu Kué First Nation (December 2014).

Victor Mine is a fly-in/fly-out operation located in the James Bay lowlands of Northern Ontario. It began operation in 2008 and is scheduled to conclude its planned mine life in early 2019.

About the Victor Mine

Victor Mine is located in the James Bay Lowlands of northern Ontario, approximately 90 km west of the coastal community of Attawapiskat First Nation. It is Ontario’s first diamond mine and the second in Canada for De Beers.

Victor is an open-pit mine and is one of 18 kimberlite pipes discovered on the property, 16 of which are diamondiferous.

Approximately $1 billion was spent on construction of the mine, with approximately C$167 million spent with Aboriginal businesses or joint venture partners. It is also estimated that De Beers will contribute C$6.7 billion cumulative GDP impact for all of Ontario during the life of the Victor Mine.

The Victor Mine reached commercial production in 2008 (six months ahead of schedule) and the Official Mine Opening took place in July 2008. The mine is scheduled to complete mining and processing activities in early 2019, then move into the formal closure phase.

In October 2009, the Victor Mine was voted “Mine of the Year” by the readers of the international trade publication Mining Magazine.

Over the years, Victor Mine has also received several other awards:

  • 2017 Surface Obstacle Champion - NWT/NU Mine Rescue Competition
  • 2016 National John T. Ryan Safety Award (Select Mines)
  • 2015 National John T. Ryan Safety Award (Select Mines)
  • 2014 Towards Sustainable Mining 'AA' achievement in Aboriginal and Community Outreach (Mining Association of Canada)
  • 2011 Nova Environmental award (Timmins Chamber of Commerce)
  • 2010 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year
  • 2010 Nova President's Award (Timmins Chamber of Commerce)
  • 2009 Nova Awards Business of the Year (Timmins Chamber of Commerce)

De Beers is committed to sustainable development in local communities. The Victor Mine has signed four community agreements for the Victor Mine including:

  • Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with the Attawapiskat First Nation (November 2005),
  • Working Relationship Agreement with the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (May 2005),
  • Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with Moose Cree First Nation (September 2007) and
  • Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with Kashechewan and Fort Albany First Nation (February 2009)

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