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MINING PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Apoquindo, Athabasca Potash, KWG, Lucara, Oroco and Thompson Creek

Bruce Turner, former president of BHP Billiton's Escondida copper mine is the new president and CEO of Vancouv...

Bruce Turner, former president of BHP Billiton’s Escondida copper mine is the new president and CEO of Vancouver-based Apoquindo Minerals. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.


Athabasca Potash of Saskatoon has made Robert T. Boyd its new president and CEO. He is also the lead director of Peregrine Diamonds, chairman of True North Gems and serves on several other corporate and mining association boards. Boyd’s 30 years of experience include corporate management, project development, acquisitions and feasibility studies.


Montreal-headquartered KWG Resources has named Maurice J. Lavigne VP exploration and development of the company and its subsidiary, Canada Chrome Corp. The well-known former Ontario Resident Geologist at Red Lake and Thunder Bay had key roles in expanding North American Palladium’s reserves at the Lac des Iles mine and in the subsequent feasibility study, financing and plant construction. More recently, Lavigne was VP of Galantas Gold and manager of that company’s new gold mine in Northern Ireland.


Eira Thomas has joined the board of Lucara Diamond Corp. in Vancouver.


Oroco Resource Corp. of Vancouver has appointed Craig Dalziel to the roles of president and CEO. Ken Thorsen has given up those roles to become the chairman of the board.


The new COO of Toronto’s Thompson Creek Metals is S. Scott Shellhaas. Former COO Ken Collison resigned the position rather than relocate to the company’s principal executive offices in Denver.

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