The Copper Club is a leader in fostering the interests of the copper industry. Our members include copper producers, suppliers, fabricators, refiners, dealers, traders and merchants who are committed to advancing the future of mining while honoring the legacy of those who have contributed to its success, past and present.

Future of Copper

As the world embarks on a profound transition to carbon neutrality, copper is the largest enabling material and is essential to this evolution. Attracting talent to the copper industry to drive mining innovation forward is vitally important — not only for the industry, but also for global society.

The Copper Club is focused on promoting a new generation of industry talent who are passionate about sustainability and dedicated to contributing to the energy transition in a responsible manner. Through our educational grants program, we strive to increase our ability to support undergraduate, vocational and postgraduate students interested in the copper industry.

Nearly every growth industry needs copper for applications that range from technology and building materials, to communications and clean energy, to the rapid adoption of electric vehicles. The increasing demand for copper and responsible production practices means students have a unique opportunity to serve the greater good and make a positive impact on society by entering the copper industry.

Read more about Copper and the Clean Energy Transition from the Copper Development Association.

History of the Copper Club

The Copper Club was formed in 1944 to convene all participants in the copper industry.

The original members of the Copper Club were involved with the Copper Division of the War Production Board, which was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to assure that necessary materials were available to the defense establishment. Members of the War Production Board’s Copper Division often gathered for lunch at Union Terminal in Washington D.C., and from these information sessions the Copper Club of World War II was created. After the war, the name was shortened to Copper Club.

The first Copper Club dinner was held in December 1944 at Washington’s Hotel 2400, with about 125 members in attendance. Subsequent dinners were held in New York, which at the time was the center of the metals industry and home to many of the country’s key copper companies.

From inception, the Copper Club has made contributions to causes and educational programs associated with the copper industry. At the Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 16, 1994, it was proposed and voted that all excess funds be used to establish a Grants Program to assist exceptional students preparing for careers in fields related the copper industry.

The Copper Club, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, TIN #13-3869564.

Board of Directors

Stephen T. HigginsFreeport-McMoRan*

Bernie SchilbergPrime Materials Recovery, Inc.*


Christophe AllainNexans
Carlos AlvaradoCodelco*
Greg ChristopherMueller Industries
James Cowley – Ocean Partners USA
Fred DemlerEDHA (Commodities Price Risk Management Services)
Nigel DentoomMetdist Enterprised LTD
Inka GuixaLa Farga
Mike HoustonWieland
Daniel JonesEncore Wire
Andrew Kireta, Sr.Emeritus
Bon Kwon “BK” Koo – LS MnM

David LilleyDrakewood Capital Management Ltd.
Michael LockwoodCommodity Risk Control Inc.*
Mark Loveitt IWCC*
Katsuhiko Masuda – Mitsubishi Materials
Art MieleEmeritus
Charlie MurrahSouthwire Co.
David ReaCaterpillar Inc.
Stephen RowlandGlencore*
Andrew Stonkus*
Clayton WalkerRio Tinto Copper
Alejandra WoodCodelco

*Executive Committee Member