People (July 01, 2002)
Finalists in the Energy/Natural Resources sector of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2002 awards program include David Robson, chair and CEO of Veritas DGC Inc., a provider of integrated geophysical services in Calgary; James Gill, president and CEO of Aur Resources Inc. (Toronto); and Robert McEwen, chair and CEO of Goldcorp Inc. (Toronto). The program celebrates great entrepreneurs and heightens awareness of the economic effect of entrepreneurial ventures. The award recipients for each region will be announced in September and October, and will then compete for the national titles. Visit www.eoy.ca for more information.
Aurora Platinum Corp. of Vancouver has appointed Daniel G. Innes as president and CEO (replacing Don Paterson) and Michael J. Byron as vice-president, exploration (replacing Dan Innes). Innes is directly responsible for designing and implementing the company’s exploration programs in Ontario and Quebec. Byron has been the company’s exploration manager for the last two years.
Eric H. Edwards is the new CFO for Desert Sun Mining Corp. of Vancouver. Edwards is a geologist and MBA with over 20 years of experience in mining and finance. Prior to joining the company, he was vice-president and CFO for two Vancouver-based, TSE-listed mining companies. Desert Sun has appointed Bill Pearson as a consultant and vice-president of exploration, and Godfrey Walton as a geological consultant. Thomas Tough is a director of the company, and will work with Pearson and Walton on the Jacobina project and in evaluating other potential exploration targets.
Vancouver-based Gabriel Resources Ltd. has appointed Robin J. Hickson as president and COO. Since 2000, Hickson has been senior vice-president engineering & project management for the Metals Division of Kvaerner. Prior to that he was president of Cyprus Amax Engineering & Project Development Co. Gabriel has also appointed Trevor A. Moss as vice-president of projects and projects director (Rosia Montana); Bruce Marsh as vice-president of environmental & regulatory affairs; and Andrew Kaczmarek as vice-president and general manager (Rosia Montana project in Romania).
Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd. has appointed Omar Gomez, CPA, as CFO. Gomez joined the company last fall as manager of finance, based at the company’s head office in Salas, Spain. Most recently he held a senior management position with Arthur Andersen in Oviedo, Spain.
Steven Dean has resigned as president and director of Teck Cominco Ltd., and changes have been announced to the senior executive responsibilities. Roger Brain has been appointed senior vice-president, marketing and refining, responsible for marketing activities as well as refining at Trail, B.C. and Cajamarquilla, Peru. Brain was formerly the senior vice-president, marketing and sales. Mike Lipkewich, senior vice-president, mining, assumes responsibility for all of the mining operations including the Red Dog zinc mine and Elkview coal operations as well as the company’s joint venture operations, such as Antamina, Highland Valley Copper and Hemlo. He also assumes responsibility for the company’s new mining projects, Pend Oreille and Pogo. The business development and exploration activities of the company will report directly to David Thompson, the deputy chairman and CEO, who will concentrate on pursuing the company’s growth strategies in its base metals, coal, gold and energy businesses.