MINING PEOPLE IN THE NEWS – AMEC, BASF, Gold Hawk, Hard Creek Nickel, Orex Exploration, Rio Tinto Alcan, Uranium One and Yorbeau

Senior biologist John Sferrazza has joined AMEC's MINING SECTOR and the Earth & Environmental Division in Brampton,...
Senior biologist John Sferrazza has joined AMEC's MINING SECTOR and the Earth & Environmental Division in Brampton, Ont. His specialty is in aquatic environmental monitoring studies and designs.

BASF UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION of Cleveland, Ohio, has appointed Mike Rispin as the global head of mining. He is a graduate of McGill University and an expert in the application of wet sprayed concrete for ground support. He will be based in Zurich, Switzerland.

The new executive chairman of Vancouver's GOLD HAWK RESOURCES is Colin Benner. He is a previous president of Breakwater Resources. Former Gold Hawk chairman Gordon Bub will remain with the company as vice-chairman.

HARD CREEK NICKEL of Vancouver has named Ed Beswick its environmental director for the Turnagain nickel project 70 km east of Dease Lake. He is also active in industry as District 6 VP for the CIM as well as serving as vice-chair of the environment committee for the Mining Association of British Columbia.

There is a new management team at OREX EXPLORATION of Montreal. The new officers include Ali Abbas Ali Al-Hazeem as president and CEO and Jean Lafleur as chairman. Other directors are Mark Billings, Louis Lapointe, David Hatchette and Claude Poulin.

RIO TINTO ALCAN has invited Sandeep Biswas to join its executive team as director of business development. He will be based at the company's headquarters in Montreal. He was previously Rio Tinto Aluminums director of smelting in Australia.

New appointments at Toronto's URANIUM ONE include Dr. Dennis Stover as executive VP Americas, Donna Wichers as senior VP ISR operations, and Paul Clarke as senior VP and branch chief in Kazakhstan.

YORBEAU RESOURCES of Montreal has named Dr. Thomas L. Robyn as president and CEO effective immediately. George Bodnar will retain his role as director and provide consulting services to the company.


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