James D. Excell is the new president and CEO of Vancouver's Abacus Mining & Exploration. He is a metallurgical engineer whose career includes president and COO as well as chairman of BHP Billiton Diamonds. Excell also managed copper operations in British Columbia, and metallurgical and thermal coal mines in Australia and the United States. A recipient of numerous awards he was nominated Resource Person of the Year by the Alberta Chamber of Commerce, Businessman of the Year from the NWT Chamber of Commerce, and on behalf of BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc., the Viola R. MacMillan Developers Award for outstanding leadership in management and financing for exploration and development of mineral resources. Excell takes over the reins from Douglas Fulcher.
Candente Copper of Vancouver has named Michael Thicke as VP exploration. His 30 years of global experience includes the discovery of the Spence porphyry deposit in Chile. He was also the PDAC's 1998 Prospector of the Year.