Kalev Ruberg has played an influential role at Teck since 2006, when he joined the organization as the Chief Information Officer and VP. His responsibilities included the overall digital systems, services and projects for this global mining company. His most recent promotion to the VP Future and Chief Innovation Officer, sees him defining the future of mining at Teck. And in addition, in 2020, Kalev was also appointed adjunct Professor at the Keevil School of Mining Engineering at UBC. He serves on advisory Board of the National Research Council’s Energy, Mines and Environment Division and on the board of UBC’s Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining. As vice-chair of the Global Mining Guidelines group he brings vision and leadership to this international mining technology organization.
Kalev has been active in the information systems arena for over 45 years. As a BSc and Masters graduate from MIT, he studied at the Architecture Machine Lab (now the Media Lab) before carrying out digital simulation research at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in Washington DC, University of California Berkeley Labs, and then at Georgia Tech, as an assistant professor.
In 1982 he joined Canada’s National Research Council in Ottawa, as a Senior Research Scientist where he developed a number of machine learning algorithms in the artificial intelligence field. Joining IBM Global Services, he designed and deployed large machine learning, AI and advanced control systems for IBM Manufacturing and clients worldwide.
Building on his experience, in 1998, Kalev was appointed the CIO and Deputy Minister to the Finance Minister, at the Government of Manitoba, where he was responsible for the government’s Information Services. Subsequently, he led development at a B2B e-commerce company, and then became a VP at TELUS, where he was responsible for Application Development, Business Development, and development of the IT strategy and offerings for TELUS’ Healthcare vertical.
Before moving to Teck, Kalev was the CIO and Executive General Manager for Information Services at Placer Dome, formerly the largest gold mining enterprise in the world here he led the restructuring of technology services worldwide.
Kalev has published more than 30 papers in proceedings and journals. In 2018, he was named to CIM Magazine’s 2018 Names to Know.