Trailblazing the Path: Catherine "Cassie" J. Boggs

Cassie Boggs has been a force in the world of mining and international development. A trailblazer and a true leader, Cassie’s legacy is one of remarkable achievements and lasting impact.

Cassie retired in 2019 as the Vice President and General Counsel of Resource Capital Funds (RCF), a private equity group based in Denver that invests only in the mining sector. Before joining RCF in January 2011, Cassie served as Senior Vice President-Corporate Development for Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold mining company. During her time at Barrick, she also served in Pakistan as President and CEO of Tethyan Copper Company Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, a joint venture of Barrick and Antofagasta plc, and acted as the interim President of Barrick’s African Business Unit and as the acting General Counsel and Company Secretary of African Barrick Gold plc, a subsidiary of Barrick listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Cassie did not exactly retire after her retirement from RFC. Cassie was elected the first woman Chair of the Board of Hecla Mining Company in 2022, after first being appointed to Hecla’s Board in 2017. Since November 2019, she has been serving as an international expert in mining with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program, traveling the world to assist developing countries with commercial legal reforms in the mining sector. Previously, she was named by UK Women in Mining as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.”

Cassie also broke down barriers at The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (the “Foundation”). In 2012, she was elected only the third woman President of the Foundation after serving as the Vice-President, the Secretary, a Board member, and a long-time member of the Trustees Council. In addition to her Board roles, over the course of her career, Cassie has served on at least 18 Foundation committees, including as the Program Chair of the 50th Annual Institute, and authored or co-authored nine papers.

All the while, Cassie has tirelessly advocated for advancing opportunities and leadership roles for women at the Foundation and in the mining industry. As a result of the efforts of Cassie and a few of her contemporaries, the Foundation has become a more diverse and inclusive organization. Her leadership, commitment, and passion continue to inspire those who follow in her footsteps.