Toronto-based BREAKWATER RESOURCES has named George Pirie its new president and CEO. A graduate of Laurentian University, he held increasingly senior positions at Placer Dome since 1985. Pirie serves on the Mining Association of Canada board, is chair of the John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy Committee and of MIRARCO as well as being co-chair of the Mineral Cluster Initiative sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
J. Christopher Mitchell has stepped down from the position of president at FIRST POINT MINERALS of Vancouver. Dr. Peter M.D. Bradshaw, who is also executive chairman of the company, will assume his duties.
DYNATEC CORP. has tapped Dean R. Chambers for the position of senior VP and CFO, effective July 1. Previously, he was treasurer at Falconbridge.
A team has been assembled for the prefeasibility study of the Star diamond project belonging to SHORE GOLD of Saskatoon. Pieter du Plessis is project leader and AMEC Americas will provide engineering services. Du Plessis is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, with a masters degree in geology. He was employed by De Beers for 15 years, and his last position was mineral resources manager at Jwaneng diamond mine. In this position he was part of the executive management of one of the world's most valuable diamond mines where he was responsible for production control in addition to all geological, geotechnical, hydrological, mine survey and mineral resource integration. Du Plessis and his family moved to Canada in November 2004 and joined Shore in early January 2005.
WESTERN SILVER of Vancouver has added Cameron Brown to its management team as project development manager. He was a senior project manager and director at Bechtel Corp. and worked on projects around the world, including the Goro nickel project. Brown has a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.
Yani Roditis, holder of two masters of science degrees from the University of Arizona and a bachelor of science degree from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece, is the new VP of projects for GABRIEL RESOURCES in Toronto. He comes to the company with international mining and development experience gained during 11 years with Barrick Gold.