People (June 01, 2007)
Acero-Martin Exploration of Vancouver has made two key appointments. Ralph Stricklen has joined the company as vice-president mine development, and Cary Pothorin is now vice-president exploration.
Tony George has become the COO of Toronto-based Aura Gold. Separately, Aura Gold president and CEO Patrick Downey has joined the board of Vancouver’s Novagold Resources.
Bhp Billiton of Melbourne, Australia, says that effective Oct. 1, 2007, South African chemical engineer Marius Kloppers will succeed Chip Goodyear as CEO.
Blackstone Ventures of Vancouver has made Jari Paakki its new vice-president of project development. He recently resigned from Teck Cominco’s office in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Entre Gold has appointed The Rt. Hon. Michael Howard as deputy chairman and a board member. He is the former leader of the Conservative Party in Britain.
Tom G. Schroeter, formerly senior regional geologist for the province of British Columbia, has accepted the job of president and CEO at Fjordland Exploration of Vancouver.
Halifax-based Gammon Lake Resources has named Dave Keough as executive vice-president and COO, effective July 3, 2007. He was most recently director of operations for Goldcorp Brazil.
James Crossland is now senior vice-president of government regulations and corporate affairs at Toronto-based Kinross Gold.
Jacques Perron, formerly vice-president, Canada with Cambior, is now senior vice-president Americas of Toronto’s Iamgold. Denis Miville-Deschenes, has become senior vice-president project development. Janet Wilkinson has been hired as senior vice-president human resources.
Mountain Lake Resources of Port Williams, N.S., has appointed Gary Woods as president and CEO. Allen Sheito will become chairman of the board.
Denver-based Newmont Mining reports that effective July 1, 2007, Wayne W. Murdy will vacate the CEO’s position and Richard T. O’Brien will become president and CEO.
The construction management team for the Tulsequah Chief mine development has been selected. Redcorp Ventures of Vancouver has hired Al Polk as manager of engineering, Len Marcellus as manager of procurement and contracts, and Bryan Lundale as supervisor of occupational health and safety.
Robert Quartermain, president of Silver Standard Resources of Vancouver, has been named the president of the Washington, DC-based Silver Institute.
Tahera Diamond Corp. of Toronto has elected Richard G. Molyneux to its board. He recently retired from the position of president and CEO of De Beers Canada. Vancouver’s True North Gems has nominated Robert Boyd to its board of directors.
Terry A. Lyons is the new chairman of Vancouver’s TTM Resources. He is also chairman of Northgate Minerals and an officer of several other public companies.The new president of Toronto’s Wesdome Gold Mines is Rowland “Rolly” Uloth.
Gary Livingstone will step down from his position as president and CEO of Vancouver’s Western Canadian Coal, but he will remain a special advisor to the company. His replacement is John William Hogg, formerly vice-president and COO for Western.
Wire Rope Industries of Pointe Claire, Que., has announced that Michael Field has re-joined the company as sales manager of the Great Lakes region and that Lon Coley has joined the company as manager of open pit mining for western Canada.
Following its recent takeover by Zinifex Ltd., Wolfden Resources of Thunder Bay, Ont., has replaced its directors. The board is now comprised of Ewan Downie, Anthony Larkin (chair), Anthony Barnes, Jean-Pierre Colin, Steve Filipovic, Stewart Howe and John Pollock.
Joe and Frank Grieco
The principals of Oshawa, Ont., crusher manufacturer P.R. Engineering, brothers Frank and Joe Grieco, were killed on May 17 when their small plane crashed attempting to land at an airstrip in Dunkirk, N.Y. Flight training instructor Max Hudson was also killed in the crash. Frank was 56, and Joe was 60. Frank had served recently as chair of the CIM’s Toronto branch.
Paul Grieco, the late father of Frank and Joe, started P.R. Engineering in 1965 when he secured the Canadian rights to the Pennsylvania-based Birdsboro Buchanan line of jaw crushers. Joe and Frank joined the company in 1973. “We literally started the company at our kitchen table and built an office in the basement,” Frank said after his father had passed away in early 2003.
Frank will be sadly missed by his wife, Linda, and children Tracey, Shannon, Bianca, and Natalie, as well as grandchildren Blake and Aiden. Joe is survived by his partner, Donna, and children Nicole and Mason.
CMJ and its staff extend our condolences to the family.