People (April 01, 2003)
Radisson Mining Resources of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., has announced the appointment of Donald Lacasse as its new president following the departure of Guy Parent. Lacasse is a civil engineer who was named to Radisson’s board several months ago.
Brad Stewart has been appointed by Oldenburg Group, Inc. as sales manager, Central Canada Region, based in Sudbury, Ont.
Richard Allan has joined Barrick Gold as manager of engineering and development. He was formerly VP of engineering at Manhattan Minerals.
Diadem Resources of Toronto has announced that Paul A. Carroll is now president and CEO. Peter Howe will continue as chairman and Thomas Skimming has been appointed vice-chairman.
Kerry M. Curtis has been appointed to the position of president and CEO of Cumberland Resources. He has been actively involved in the company’s Meadowbank gold project.
Joe Carrabba is the new president and COO of Diavik Diamond Mines, effective May 1. He comes to Diavik from his position as general manager of the Weipa Operations of Comalco Aluminium, and has been with the Rio Tinto Group for 20 years.
Robert Friedland is now president of Ivanhoe Mines. He succeeds Daniel Kunz, who has been appointed as president of Pacific Minerals. Friedland founded Ivanhoe in 1994 and will continue to serve as its chairman.
The new president and CEO of North American Palladium of Toronto is Andr J. Duchane. Duchane and Greg Van Staveren were also named to the board of the company.
Paul Grieco died peacefully on Mar. 03, 2003, at the age of 92. Grieco’s mining career spanned 68 years. Having graduated from the University of Toronto in 1935 as a metallurgical engineer, he worked at the Desantis gold mine near Timmins for 18 months and developed a keen interest in photography. Eventually he became one of the official photographers, capturing images of dignitaries and mine officials at the openings of various new mines. A number of his photographs appeared in The Encyclopedia Britannica, Time, Look and Life magazines.
Grieco continued to work in the mining industry in various capacities. In 1943 he enticed his new bride, Rose, to move to Rouyn-Noranda, Que., where his two sons, Frank and Joe, were born. In 1953 Grieco and his family moved back to Toronto where he eventually took charge of the mining division at The John Inglis Co., a heavy manufacturing facility. When that facility closed in 1965, Paul and Rose Grieco started their own company, P.R. Engineering, on the kitchen table of the family home. The business grew and their two sons, Frank and Joe, joined the company in the early 1970s. In 1977 P.R. Engineering purchased a manufacturing facility in Oshawa, Ont., where it continues to manufacture and repair mining and other large equipment.
Grieco was devoted to his family and business. He continued to make the trek to the Oshawa plant up until the age of 91. As a member of both associations, he enjoyed attending the CIM and PDAC conventions well into his late 80s. He was a very active member of his beloved, legendary University of Toronto Engineering Class of ’35, as well as a long-standing member of the APEO.
Grieco–a man of peace, humility and an uncomplicated nature, who always gave more than he received–is survived by his four children (Rosalie, Joe, Frank and Cathy), eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.