Carolyn Chisholm is Director, External Affairs for Rio Tinto Canada. She is actively engaged in environment, sustainability and regulatory affairs, leading advocacy, and engagement strategies for Rio Tinto at the federal and provincial levels. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Carolyn worked for more than 20 years in external affairs and public policy, in the private sector as Vice President of the Natural Resources and Environment Group with a public affairs firm, and as senior advisors to Ministers at the federal and provincial levels.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of her local hospital, is a founding member of Women for Nature, and has served on the Ontario Advisory Board for the Terry Fox Research Institute. She is also an active member of many industry associations on behalf of Rio Tinto, including the Mining Association of Canada, the Aluminium Association of Canada, and the Canadian Steel Producers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honours) in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Master in Public Administration from Carleton University.