The Hon. R. John Efford, Minister of NATURAL RESOURCES, has resigned from the federal cabinet. He cited health problems leading to an inability to maintain a busy travel schedule. Efford will retain his responsibilities as Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador. He hopes his health will improve and he will be able to resume his duties at NRCan, but in the meantime they will be carried out by the Hon. John McCallum, Minister of National Revenue.
David C. Dingwall, president and CEO of the ROYAL CANADIAN MINT, has tendered his resignation in accordance with his decision to pursue a number of other projects. He has been under fire recently for his efforts on behalf of two technology companies seeking investment from Technology Partnership Canada and for his office expenses and salary, which reportedly topped $1 million in 2004.
CRESCENT RESOURCES of Vancouver has appointed Michael Hopley its new president and CEO.
Toronto’s WIN-ELDRICH MINES has named one of its directors, Fern Ferreira, as VP. He is also a director of the company and is joined on the board by Perry Muller.
J. Steven Zuker is now senior VP of Vancouver-based ESPERANZA SILVER CORP. He is an experienced exploration geologist with a degree in earth sciences from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and an MSc in geology from the Colorado School of Mines.
GEMCOM SOFTWARE has added Dr. Andrew Robertson and his nearly 40 years experience to its board of directors. He holds a BSc in engineering and a PhD in rock mechanics. A co-founder of Steffen Robertson and Kirsten (from which Gemcom was spun off), he is currently president of Robertson GeoConsultants and the founder of www.InfoMine.com.