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Sam Pazuki, BEng '02

Mechanical Engineering | Showing them the money

Sam Pazuki jokes that he grew up watching the television show Dallas and thought he’d end up as an oil tycoon living on a ranch.

Turns out his real penchant is not for finding oil but for raising money, leading him to a role as senior VP with multinational gold and copper mining company OceanaGold.

Over the last nine years, the 2002 mechanical engineering grad has helped the Australian-based company establish itself in the North American capital market and more than double its business to become a global company.

“I am a proxy to the CEO and the primary point of contact with our investors, which include some of the largest fund managers in the world,” says Pazuki.

Living in Toronto but chasing time zones around the world, he says a typical day might see him on early morning phone calls with investors in London, Paris, Zurich and Munich followed by mid-day calls with North American investors before ending the day on calls with Asian and Australian investors.

After starting his career with Enbridge, where he worked in business development and asset management, Pazuki moved to Ernst & Young, where he spent several years helping to build a climate change advisory practice.

While he had no prior investor relations experience before starting with OceanaGold, Pazuki says his previous jobs gave him crucial technical and business development experience.

“Being an engineer has helped me understand the technical side of our business – our bread and butter – and I coupled that with the finance and business experience gained through the years, and formalized it with a master’s degree in finance,” he says.

The role also demands marketing and writing work that satisfies his creative side.

An avid creative writer, Pazuki is currently writing a full-length feature film and also has aspirations for a children’s book and a musical.

A member of the varsity baseball team while at McMaster, he urges students to “put your head down, learn as much as you can, work as hard as you can but also play at almost any opportunity that you can.”

“While at Mac, my friends and I played nearly every team intramural sport, allowing us to have some fun while enjoying competition,” he says. “Every job I’ve held had a major teaming aspect – it’s important to understand how to appreciate the value each member of a team offers and how to work together to achieve a common goal.”

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