Cia Minera Paramount, the South American subsidiary of Ottawa-based PARAMOUNT GOLD MINING, in alliance with TECK COMINCO of Vancouver, have recruited a full geological team, which has commenced exploration on five key, high potential properties in Chile and Argentina. In addition to Alain Vachon and Mark Slauenwhite (both former senior geologists at BARRICK GOLD, Paramount's staff now consists of six experienced geologists: Roly Alva, Hector Cannalez, Guillermo Placensia, Victor Leon, Hector Carrizalez and David Guerrero.
JINSHAN GOLD MINES of Vancouver has appointed Calvin McKee as chief operating officer as well as CSH 217 general manager. McKee joined Jinshan in 2005 and has more than 35 years' of experience in mining and exploration. He was the general manager at the Zarafshan-Newmont heap-leach gold mine in Uzbekistan from 2001 to 2004. Jinshan plans to begin commercial mining operations at the CSH 217 heap leach gold project in China by the end of 2006 or early 2007.
Reuben Brant has been appointed as chairman of Toronto-based WIN-ELDRICH MINES and Perry D. Muller, a director of the company, has succeeded Brant as president. The company's joint venture partner has begun mining at the Ashdown molybdenum project, and has nearly completed construction of the flotation mill, which it plans to test in July.
The chief financial officer of Vancouver's PERU COPPER, Thomas J. Findley, will be leaving the company for health reasons at the end of July. The search for a successor has begun. Findley will continue to work with Peru Copper in a consulting role until the transition is complete.