People - August 2017

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Hannes Portmann       Paula Myson

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Peter Woodhouse       Barry O’Shea

As Hannes Portmann, New Gold’s president and CEO, builds out the company’s leadership team, and with Rainy River scheduled to transition into operation beginning in September, Paula Myson will join New Gold in late August as executive vice president and CFO, and Peter Woodhouse will join New Gold as the vice president, projects. Myson held multiple senior roles at Sherritt. Most recently, Woodhouse was vice president, projects, at Centerra Gold. In connection with these management changes, Barry O’Shea, vice president, finance, has been appointed vice president, business development.

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Gonzalo Eyzaguirre, Buenaventura’s vice president of operations, has been designated to serve as interim general manager of the company’s subsidiary, El Brocal. He will maintain his current responsibilities in addition to assuming the role of interim general manager.

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OceanaGold Corp. appointed Scott McQueen to the role of CFO. McQueen joined OceanaGold in 2016. Mark Chamberlain, current CFO, has been appointed executive vice president, corporate development, and will relocate from Australia to Canada following the departure of Darren Klinck, executive vice president, corporate development.

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Glen Koropchuk          Sherry Tunks

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Richard Schryer          Patricia Penny

Fortune Minerals Ltd. announced that Glen Koropchuk has been appointed to the position of technical director and COO to lead development of the NICO Cobalt-Gold-Bismuth-Copper Project. Koropchuk, who is also a director of the company, was most recently COO of De Beers Canada Inc. Fortune also announced that Sherry Tunks has re-joined the company as supply chain manager. Tunks has 15 years of supply chain experience. Richard Schryer has been promoted to the position of vice president of regulatory and environmental affairs. Patricia Penney has been promoted to the position of controller from her previous position as financial and accounting manager since 2013.

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Gonzalo de Losada

Gonzalo de Losada will succeed Felipe Ferraro as CEO and president of Batero Gold and join its board of directors.

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Elisabeth Tremblay

Monarques Gold Corp. announced that Elisabeth Tremblay has been appointed to the position of senior geologist – communications, and Martin Lacaille Dufresne has been appointed a geologist.

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Treasury Metals Inc. appointed Robert MacDonald as vice president, Goliath gold project. MacDonald has worked for Goldcorp’s Musselwhite and Red Lake gold mines and Kirkland Lake Gold’s Macassa Complex gold mine in Ontario. The company also announced that Norm Bush has retired from his full-time role. Bush will continue to assist the company with community affairs and educating the local stakeholders about the Goliath gold project on a consulting basis.

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Barbara Smith             Joe Alvarado

Commercial Metals Co. announced that Barbara Smith will assume the role of president and CEO and become a member of the board of directors. Smith has been the company’s president and CEO since January. Joe Alvarado will continue to serve as chairman.

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Ian W. Pearce

Nevsun Resources Ltd. appointed Ian W. Pearce to the role of board chair. Pearce succeeds R. Stuart Angus, who will retire as a director on September 30. Pearce was appointed to the board of Nevsun at the beginning of 2017. Since 2013, Pearce has been a partner at X2 Resources.

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Michel Chapdelaine

X-Terra Resources Inc. appointed Michel Chapdelaine as vice president, exploration and development.

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eCobalt Solutions Inc. announced the addition of Floyd D. Varley as COO. Most recently, Varley was vice president of operations for TMAC Resources. Robert L. Chapman was appointed vice president of administration for the company’s U.S. operations. Chapman is currently the lead principal in RL Chapman Mining Consulting.

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Philippe Guillemaille

TNG Ltd. appointed Philippe Guillemaille as its titanium business manager. He has held positions as sales manager for Fuji Film, Metallgesellschaft and Monsanto/Exxon Chemicals, among others.

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Anne Marie Toutant

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) announced that Anne Marie Toutant, vice president, Fort Hills Operations, Suncor Energy Inc., has been elected chair of MAC for the next two-year term. Toutant replaced Robert (Bob) Steane, senior vice president and COO, Cameco Corp., who served as chair from June 2015 to June 2017.

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Odd-Björn Kleven

Normet announced that Himanshu Kapadia has been nominated as head of GCCT (Ground Control and Construction Technologies) Business Line, and Odd-Björn Kleven will move to a new role to head Solutions Development. Kapadia is coming from BASF where he managed market operations for BASF Construction Chemicals across Asia and Pacific Region based in Singapore.

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Greg Gillian

Norwest Corp. announced that Greg Gillian has been appointed president of Norwest Corp.’s U.S. operations. Most recently, he was vice president responsible for performance of Norwest’s Processing and Industrial Minerals business units.

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Ralph Cutler

WesTech Engineering Inc. appointed Ralph Cutler as president. Cutler currently serves as WesTech’s vice president of Industrial Products and Sales. Rex Plaizier, who has been serving as both chief executive officer and president, will continue in his role as CEO.

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Eugene H. Skinner

Eugene H. Skinner passed away on May 8, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. He was born on March 11, 1930, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He graduated in 1953 from the South Dakota School of Mines. After graduating, he was drafted into the Army where he served two years in West Germany. After returning to the states, he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1960 and became a professional engineer. He worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines for 29 years until retiring in 1994. He was a pioneer in establishing a lightweight concrete for mine stability and the year he retired, he received an award for overseeing the sealing of shutdown coal mines in West Virginia.

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People - July 2017

BHP elected Ken MacKenzie to succeed Jac Nasser as chairman, effective September 1. Nasser will retire as both chairman and a nonexecutive director. The appointment follows a formal chairman succession process led by Senior Independent Director Shriti Vadera. MacKenzie joined the BHP Board as a nonexecutive director in September 2016 and is a member of the board’s sustainability committee.


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Brian Reilly

Cameco appointed Brian Reilly as Cameco’s senior vice president and COO. Reilly will succeed Bob Steane who retired on June 30 after 34 years with Cameco.

Barsele Minerals Corp. announced that Alex Peter Tsakumis has joined the company as vice president of corporate development. Prior to joining Barsele, Tsakumis was the vice president of corporate development at Timmins Gold Corp. for nine years.

Dacian Gold Ltd. appointed Brett Hartmann as general manager at Mount Morgans. Prior to joining Dacian Gold, Hartmann was group operations manager for Independence Group Ltd., where he was responsible for the Long Nickel, Jaguar and Bentley mining operations. Calvin Ferguson has been appointed as chief geologist of Mount Morgans. Previously, he held senior geological and leadership roles at the St. Ives gold mine in Western Australia and the Pajingo gold mine in Queensland. Michael Mulholland has been appointed construction manager at Mount Morgans. His employment history includes senior construction roles with Fluor Australia, URS and Minproc.

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Ryan Weymark

IDMMiningLtd. appointed Ryan Weymark as project director for the Red Mountain underground gold project.

IDM Mining Ltd. announced the passing of Stewart, British Columbia-raised miner, mine-builder and Canadian Mining Hall of Fame inductee Donald A. McLeod. Along with his late brother Ian McLeod, Don McLeod’s legacy and impact on the mining community in northwest British Columbia, the company was inspired to be named IDM Mining in their honor. Born in Scotland in 1928, he was raised in Stewart, and started working as a miner and pack horseman in the early 1940s, including at the historic Hartley Gulch mine on the Red Mountain property. He subsequently worked as a tramp miner at numerous operations, eventually becoming mine manager at the nearby Premier mine in the 1960s. His first big discovery was for Pyramid Mines in the Pine Point camp, eventually sold in 1972 to Cominco. He formed Northair Mines in 1972, which discovered and developed the highly profitable polymetallic Brandywine mine. In the 1980s, he developed two gold-silver mines north of Stewart: Summit and Silver Butte. In the late 1980s, Newhawk Gold Mines discovered high-grade gold deposits at the Brucejack project and was subsequently acquired by Silver Standard Resources in the 1990s. Brucejack was later acquired by Pretivm Resources Inc. The Brucejack mine is currently being commissioned, imminently entering commercial production. After his retirement, he authored the award-winning book, “The McLeod Luck,” and was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, earlier this year.

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Brad Atkinson

Kerr Mines Inc. appointed Brad Atkinson as director of exploration and geology. Previously, he was a geologist for Phelps Dodge Morenci and a corporate project geologist for Newmont Gold. They also announced the addition of Michael R. Smith as a technical advisor of exploration and geology. Smith is currently president of Monarca Minerals.

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Andrew Kaczmarek

Lydian International Ltd. appointed Andrew Kaczmarek as COO. He most recently served as independent technical advisor to Alacer Gold Corp. and Midway Gold Corp., interim COO for Aurcana Corp. and COO of Victoria Gold Corp.

Silver Predator Corp. announced that Scott McLeod joined the board of directors as an independent director and member of the audit committee. He has held executive positions at Merrill Lynch in the CICG Technology finance department.

Michael X. Schlumpberger has been named CEO and managing director of American Pacific Borate & Lithium. Prior to this appointment, he was the executive general manager of operations for Highfield Resources in Spain.

Millennium Minerals announced two key appointments including Dean Will as COO. Will has held a senior executive position with Anglo American as head of mining service contracts since September 2014. Millennium has also appointed Asareh Mansoori as general manager of operations. Previously, Mansoori was mining manager at the Nullagine project.

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David Whittle

Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. announced that Patrick Evans, its president and CEO, have reached a mutual decision and he will depart the company. David Whittle was appointed interim president and CEO. Evans will continue as a director of the company. Whittle is currently the lead outside director of the company.

Codelco’s general manager of the Division Minister Hales, Carlos Caballero D., has submitted his voluntary resignation. The company said it will proceed to appoint the successor in that position.

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Charles Beaudry

Orefinders Resources Inc. appointed Charles Beaudry as its vice president of exploration and to the board of directors. He previously held the position of general manager of new business opportunities with IAMGOLD Corp. from 2008 until 2009.

Orex Minerals Inc. announced that Alex Peter Tsakumis has joined the company as vice president of corporate development. Previously, he was the vice president of corporate development at Timmins Gold Corp. for nine years.

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Scott Stogsdill

ALLU Inc. announced Scott Stogsdill as its new territory sales manager for the western United States. Prior to joining the company, he served for four years as sales manager, western U.S. and Mexico, for Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology’s Conveyor Products Division.

PolyMet Mining Corp. appointed Patrick Keenan as CFO. Keenan succeeds Douglas Newby, who has served as CFO for nearly 12 years through a period of great transition and progress for the company. Newby will continue to advise the company as president of Proteus Capital.

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John Starkey

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum awarded the CIM Fellowship for outstanding continuous contributions to CIM and/or the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries to John Starkey, awarded for his “outstanding contribution to the mineral processing field.” He also became a CSM distinguished lecturer, in recognition of his “remarkable contribution to comminution design and practice,” and as such will speak at CIM branch and student chapter meetings across Canada.

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Humberto Gonzalez

Humberto Gonzalez joined Hawk Measurement as a sales director. Gonzalez has been in the instrumentation and control world for more than 30 years with companies such as Milltronics, Magnetrol and Robert Shaw.

Seaport Global Securities LLC announced that Kurt Oehlberg joined its investment banking department as managing director, mining and metals, and Chad Jennings has signed on as vice president, mining and metals. Oehlberg’s has more than 30 years of experience with firms including Rothschild Inc., Chase Securities, and FBR Capital Markets. Jennings has held positions with Contura Energy, Alpha Natural Resources and FBR Capital Markets.

People - May 2017

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Klaus Klienfeld           David P. Hess

Arconic announced that Klaus Kleinfeld has stepped down as chair and CEO. David P. Hess, a current Board member, has been appointed as interim CEO of Arconic. Kleinfeld led a complex and highly successful transformation of Alcoa Inc. that culminated in the launch of two standalone companies — Alcoa Corp. and Arconic. The board said Kleinfeld showed poor judgment with correspondence to a senior officer of Elliott Management. Elliott’s central objective — a CEO change — has been realized at Arconic.

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Igor Gonzales

Igor Gonzales has accepted the position of president and CEO, Sierra Metals. He has served on the company’s board since September 2013. Prior to his three years with Minas Buenaventura as vice president of operations, he worked for Barrick Gold for 15 years, first as vice president and general manager of the Pierina mine in Peru, then president of Barrick South America, and most recently as COO for Barrick Gold.

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Raul Benavides

Raul Benavides, vice-president of business development, has been appointed to serve as interim vice president of operations for Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., Peru’s largest publicly-traded precious metals mining company.

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Peter Tomsett

Silver Standard Resources announced that Peter Tomsett has decided to retire from his role as chairman and return to Australia. A. E. Michael Anglin will assume the role of chairman. Anglin has served as a Silver Standard board member since 2008 and currently serves as the chair of the safety and sustainability committee and a member of the compensation committee. He spent 22 years with BHP Billiton Ltd., most recently serving as vice president operations and COO of the base metals group based in Santiago, Chile, before retiring in 2008.

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Sean Masse

AuRico Metals has further strengthened its project management team with the recent hiring of Sean Masse, P. Eng., as mining project manager, and Mike Padula, PMP, as surface construction project manager for the Kemess Underground Project. Working for both owners and contractors, most of Masse’s experience is in mining project delivery. He was a senior member of the team that brought New Gold’s New Afton panel cave mine into production. More recently Masse had been working to build Cementation Canada’s business in Western Canada. Padula most recently worked as the project manager for Victoria Gold for the Eagle gold project in central Yukon and the manager of mining wastes and water for MMG Ltd.’s Izok Corridor Project in Nunavut.

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Monica Quinteiro

Monica Quinteiro has been appointed as the new general manager of Boliden Rönnskär. Previously she was a general manager at LKAB in Svappavaara. When Monica takes up her new position at Boliden Rönnskär during August, the current general manager, Åke Roos will switch to a new role as product manager for by-products, with technical responsibility for both existing by-products and the development of new ones.

Teck Resources appointed Fraser Phillips as senior vice president, investor relations, and strategic analysis. He succeeds Greg Waller, who will retire in mid-2017. Phillips most recently held the position of managing director, global mining research, with RBC Capital Markets. Teck also promoted Jeff Hanman to vice president, corporate affairs. In addition to his work with Teck, Hanman serves as treasurer and vice-chair of the Mining Association of British Columbia and as Co-chair of Mining for Miracles, the B.C. mining industry’s charity of choice in support of B.C. Children’s Hospital.

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Bryan Cox                    Karina Briño

The Mining Association of British Columbia announced that Bryan Cox has been selected as the association’s incoming President & CEO. Cox joined MABC as vice president of corporate affairs in 2014. Cox replaces Karina Briño, who left MABC to take on a challenging new assignment in her native Chile in early May 2017.

Golden Peak Minerals named Wesley C. Hanson president, CEO and director. Hanson was the president and CEO of Noront Resources Ltd. from 2009 through 2013, tripling the mineral resource for that company and completing the pre-feasibility study for the Eagles Nest nickel/PGM deposit.

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Claudio Ciavarella        Martin Kostuik

Kerr Mines appointed Claudio Ciavarella as CEO and Martin Kostuik as president and director effective immediately. Ciavarella, a CPA, is Kerr’s second largest shareholder. Kostuik, a mining engineer, joins Kerr from Luna Gold where he was senior vice president of operations and development. Chris Hopkins will relinquish his interim president and CEO roles and resume his role as CFO. Kerr hopes to bring the Copperstone mine in Arizona back in production.

Orinoco Gold recently named Craig Dawson as COO. Mark Papendieck has resigned as managing director.

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Patrick "Doug" Linehan

Compass Minerals, a multi-national salt mining company, appointed Patrick “Doug” Linehan as CFO.

Energy Fuels, a leading US uranium producer, promoted Mark S. Chalmers to president. He will also retain his current responsibilities as COO. Stephen P. Antony, who is currently the president and CEO, will continue in his role as CEO after July 1, 2017.

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Jeffrey Dawes

Jeffrey Dawes, former leader of Komatsu Latin America has been tapped to head the new Komatsu Mining Corp.

Anaconda Mining appointed Robert Dufour, CPA, as CFO.

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Clint Byington

Clint Byington has been appointed business line manager for Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation in the US Byington transitioned to Atlas Copco in 2005 after serving as worldwide product manager, marketing specialist and application engineer with Ingersoll Rand.


People - April 2017

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Jan Du Plessis

Rio Tinto Chairman Jan du Plessis intends to retire after the completion of an orderly succession process. A successor is expected to be announced before the end of 2017, with du Plessis retiring as chairman by no later than the 2018 annual general meeting in Australia. Rio Tinto has also appointed Philip Richards as group executive, legal.

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Phillips S. Baker Jr.

Hecla Mining President and CEO Phillips S. Baker Jr. was presented with the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal Award from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) at the SME 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. This award recognizes Baker’s “exceptional leadership by positioning Hecla Mining Co. with the highest silver reserves in its 125-year history and his significant contribution to the mining industry.”


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Clayr Alexander

Clayr Alexander, vice president and general manager of Hecla’s Lucky Friday mine in northern Idaho, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the M&E Division Miner of the Year Award from SME. The award recognizes Alexander for his “success at pioneering tunnel boring and his successful career in leadership in underground mining.” The award recognizes significant contributions of a mine site leader who is able to manage production, people, community, safety and be a good steward of the environment.

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Keith Malone

Keith Malone was appointed vice president-general manager of the Hecla Ltd.’s Greens Creek mine in Alaska in January. Prior to that, he was the Greens Creek mine manager from March 2014 to December 2016.


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James W. “Jim” Simpson

Suncor announced the retirement of James W. “Jim” Simpson, chair of the company’s board of directors. His retirement will take effect at the end of April. Michael Wilson, a current member of the board and its governance and human resources and compensation committees, will become chair.

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Alex Bates

Newmont Mining named Alex Bates to lead the company’s business in Australia. He has been serving as acting regional senior vice president since mid-January. Bates joined Newmont in 2015 to lead the company’s Boddington operation which has made significant progess. Prior to joining Newmont, he was the General Manager of Rio Tinto’s Brockman Iron Ore Region, accountable for three mining operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.


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Hilmar Rode                Frank Rittner               Sebastião Balbino

Nyrstar NV appointed Hilmar Rode CEO in December. He most recently led the successful transformation of Minera Escondida in Chile. Frank Rittner was appointed COO in January. Most recently, he was COO at Kazzinc. Sebastião Balbino, previously vice president commercial at Nyrstar, was appointed as chief commercial officer in January.


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Tim Reyes

Tim Reyes, President of Alcoa Cast Products since 2015, which produces differentiated aluminum products, has been appointed President of the new Alcoa Aluminum. Since joining former parent company Alcoa in 1999, Reyes has led several commercial functions.

Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. appointed Perry Ing to the position of CFO. Previosuly, he was CFO of Kirkland Lake Gold.

 Highland Copper Co. announced that Denis Miville-Deschênes has joined the company as president and CEO and a member of the board of directors of the company. He was senior vice president at Iamgold, responsible for development, project construction and technical services from 2006 to 2014. David Fennell who has been acting as president and CEO on an interim basis will continue as chairman of the company.

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Peter Cash

Millennium Minerals named Peter Cash CEO. He has held the position of general manager, corporate development at Millennium for the past two years. Cash replaces Glenn Dovaston, who resigned.

 IDM Mining has appointed Natalie King as project manager and David Green as mine manager for the Red Mountain project. King has been involved with IDM and the Red Mountain project since 2014. Green has several decades of underground experience throughout the north and around the world, primarily for Procon Mining.

International Lithium appointed Patricia Fong as CFO. For 11 years, she held the role of controller for the Lundin Group and since 2009, has served as CFO and corporate secretary for several public resource companies. Nancy La Couvée has joined the management team to assist in all aspects of corporate development, including corporate compliance, administration and shareholder communications.

Tiger Resources Ltd. appointed Brad Sampson as CEO and managing director. Current CEO and Managing Director Michael Griffiths will remain on the board as a nonexecutive director.

Dr. Peter Lightfoot, a nickel expert, has joined the Garibaldi Resources’ Advisory Board as the company moves to unlock the potential of the first magmatic nickel-copper-rich massive sulphide system in the heart of British Columbia’s Eskay mining camp.

Perseus Mining announced Reg Gillard retired from the roles of chairman and director. Gillard has served Perseus since its incorporation as a private entity in October 2003. Sean Harvey, who has served as a nonexecutive director of Perseus since September 2009, will assume the role of non-executive chairman.

Rusoro appointed Jessica Van Den Akker as CFO. Van Den Akker is a chartered professional accountant with more than 11 years of experience in the resource sector. The board accepted the resignation of CFO Harpreet Dhaliwal.

Lithium X Energy Corp. appointed Timothy McKenna as vice president, investor relations, U.S. government relations and corporate communications.

Al Clayborne is the new regional director for the Mid-Continent Region of the US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

 Eddie D. Turner P.E. has joined Weir International as vice president. Turner is a civil engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry.

 SRK Consulting welcomed Stuart Munroe, a structural geology expert and exploration project and study manager, back to its Sydney office. Munroe worked for SRK for 11 years until 2007, before leaving to develop his career in a range of technical and corporate roles.

Maptek appointed James Moncrieff as general manager of Maptek. Until recently, he was managing the Maptek I-Site reseller distribution network in Asia.



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