Tom Paddon - Expedition Team

Tom Paddon

Expedition Team

Tom Paddon is a Northerner whose career has involved leading large-scale natural resource development projects on Indigenous lands in the Arctic.

Tom is from North West River in Labrador. He currently serves as the Chairman of Baffinland Iron Mines, Ltd. The company has been developing Canada’s newest and northernmost iron ore mine, the Mary River Project, located at 68ºN on Baffin Island in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut. The operation began shipping ore to European markets in the fall of 2015; Tom is now focused on the company’s growth.

Tom’s experience in building and operating projects in Canada’s north has involved successfully reconciling the commercial interests of developers with the rights of Indigenous peoples and strict environmental performance standards. His personal background and career have provided him unique insights into the risks and rewards of large-scale industrial developments in the North. He is the founding Chairman of the Arctic Economic Council, an Honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, an ArcticNet board member, and an ardent supporter of the Arctic Inspiration Prize.