Winckler will take over the role on July 1 following the resignation of Gene Wusaty to pursue other interests.
She joins Coalspur after 15 years with BHP Billiton, where she was most recently vice-president of strategy and development for BHP Billiton’s diamonds and speciality products division based in Canada.
Previously she was also chief development officer of the energy coal division with responsibility for thermal coal business development activities and project growth pipeline around the world.
During her tenure, BHP Billiton significantly increased its thermal coal presence in Australia and also initiated and advanced various expansion projects in South Africa.
“We are delighted to welcome Gill to Coalspur,” chairman Colin Steyn said.
“Her strong credentials with a proven track record in thermal coal, project management, business development, strategy, finance and people management will complement the current management team’s expertise.
“As the Vista project enters the last stages of project planning and regulatory approvals ahead of commencing construction in 2013, we believe Gill has the appropriate skills and experience to deliver our outstanding project pipeline and ultimately ensure Coalspur becomes the largest export thermal coal producer in Canada.”
Coalspur said outgoing CEO Gene Wusaty turned Coalspur from a junior explorer into a major thermal coal development company on the cusp of production, built a strong management team and delivered value to shareholders.