VANCOUVER – Ian Telfer, chairman and CEO of WHEATON RIVER MINERALS, has won this year’s Murray Pezim Award for perseverance and success in financing mineral exploration. The BC & YUKON CHAMBER OF MINES will make the presentation at its awards dinner Jan. 26 during its Mineral Exploration Roundup 2005 meeting.
Under Telfer’s leadership, Wheaton River has raised US$450 million in equity, completed six major acquisitions and in fiscal 2004 produced approximately 600,000 oz of gold equivalent at less than US$50/oz. Since his appointment as chairman and CEO in 2001, he has taken the company from a market capitalization of less than $35 million to $2.3 billion, transforming Wheaton River into one of Canada’s most profitable mining companies.
“Ian Telfer is truly a visionary in BC’s mining sector,” said Michael Gray, president of the BCYCM. “His insight and leadership have helped make Vancouver one of the world’s leading mineral exploration and mining centres.”
If our readers wish to attend the Mineral Exploration Roundup 2005 in Vancouver from Jan. 24 to 27, they should visit www.ChamberOfMines.bc.ca.