SYNCRUDE CANADA has announced that Eric Newell, chairman and CEO, will be retiring on Dec. 15. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and the 2003 Energy Person of the Year. Charles Ruigrok will replace Newell as CEO. Ruigrok is current VP of oil sands development and research for Imperial Oil Resources.
The law firm FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN of Toronto has named John Turner as the new head of the global mining division. He is not the former prime minister, but an expert in negotiating international mergers and acquisitions and in domestic and cross-border public offerings. He is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., and Cambridge University in Britain.
John Steele is the new president and a board member of CELTIC MINERALS of Calgary. He brings to the position broad experience in all aspects of mining finance and a distinguished 36-year career in mining exploration.
DESERT SUN MINING of Toronto has named John Carlesso to the position of VP corporate development. He is an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario.
Toronto-based GOLDSTAKE EXPLORATIONS has announced that former president John P. Steele is no longer associated with the company.
L. James Porter has been named the new CFO and a director of FIRESTONE VENTURES of Vancouver. He has worked in both Canada and the United States dealing with corporate finance and a variety of businesses, including senior mining companies.
TAN RANGE EXPLORATIONS of Vancouver has named Rosalind Morrow of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Ulrich Rath of Chimera Gold Corp. to its board.
Two new independent board members have joined Vancouver-based QUANTUM MINERALS. They are Robert A. Watts (who sits as board leader) and Peter St. George. The Quantum board now consists of four independent and three executive directors.
From Reno, Nev., MERIDIAN GOLD announces the appointment of Gerard E. Munera as a director. He previous served as president and CEO of Minorco USA, as senior VP of corporate planning and development at Rio Tinto, and as CEO of Union Miniere (Brussels). Munera is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and an officer of the French Legion of Honour.
CASTLEWORTH VENTURES of Vancouver now has fixed its board at five members. Harold Gershuny, John Watson and Wayne Yang were re-elected. William Sheriff and Paul Roberts are new directors.
Vancouver's BCMINERALS has named Ian Smith a director, president and COO. He brings with him international experience in coal as well as base and precious metals. Smith was president and a founding partner of MRDI, one of North America's largest mining consultancies.