AVALON VENTURES of Toronto has appointed Dr. William Mercer to the position of VP exploration. A former employee of Xstrata, Falconbridge and Noranda, he was PDAC president from 2000 to 2002.
Paul Korpi is the new VP and COO of Toronto-based CENTERRA GOLD. He replaces George R. Burns who is leaving the company.
Vancouver-based EXETER RESOURCE CORP. has engaged Paul Cholakos as its COO. He will be initially based in Argentina.
Shareholders of FIELDEX EXPLORATION of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., have elected Jean-Pierre Landry to the board. A graduate of McGill University, he is construction manager for Goldcorps Elonore project.
FOREST GATE RESOURCES of Montreal has separated the roles of chairman and CEO, making the following changes. Former president, chairman and CEO Michael Judson is now the president and CEO. Peter D. Watson, who is also chairman of Blue Note Mining, becomes Forest Gates new chairman, as well.
Leon C. Botham, who directs GOLDER ASSOCIATES Canadian mining activities as an associate, has been elected chairman of the ASSOCIATION OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS OF CANADA (ACEC). The ACEC represents the consulting engineering industry to the federal government.
Warren Bates has joined Toronto-based PELANGIO MINES as its VP exploration. Most recently he held the same position at St Andrew Goldfields.
TRUE NORTH GEMS of Vancouver has elected Robert Boyd to its board of directors. He is a mining executive with more than 30 years experience. Boyd is currently a director of the PDAC and the AME BC. He was formerly the president and CEO of Ashton Mining of Canada and was also VP exploration for Homestake Canada Limited.