David Garofalo, senior VP finance and CFO at Toronto-based Agnico-Eagle Mines has been chosen as Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2009. The award is presented annually Financial Executives International Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Caldwell Partners International. It honours and recognizes the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada’s senior financial executives. Garofalo serves on the boards of Agnico and of Stornoway Diamond Corp.
Bravo Venture Group of Vancouver has added veteran mining executive Ken Thorsen to its board of director. He retired as president of Teck Exploration in 2001 and serves as a director of several public exploration companies.
Ignacio Bustamante has joined the board of Toronto’s Lake Shore Gold. He is also COO of Hochschild Mining plc. He holds degrees in business and accounting from Universidad del Pacifico in Peru and an MBA from Stanford University in California.
Calgary-headquartered OPTI Canada will ask shareholders to approve the appointment of Christopher Slubicki as president and CEO at the annual meeting on April 28. Sid Dykstra, who presently holds those positions at OPTI, will be leaving the company.
Jan du Plessis will become chairman of Rio Tinto, effective April 2009. He joined the board as a non-executive director last September. Current chairman Paul Skinner is retiring.