Kirkland Lake Gold with great sadness has noted the passing of board member S. Paul Kostiuk.
Kostiuk, a graduate from Queen's University in mining engineering, had been a member of the board since the company's founding in 2001. He enjoyed an extensive mining career working in underground mines in several Canadian companies. In 1970 he joined Molycorp Inc. in New York, assuming responsibility for its mining activities as VP mining and exploration. He then joined Vulcan Materials, a Fortune 500 company and the world's foremost producer of construction aggregates, as president of its Southeast Division in 1974. He was promoted to executive VP in 1977 with responsibility for all construction materials divisions, and in 1980 he was elected to Vulcan's board of directors. Kostiuk was appointed president and COO of Quintette Coal in 1985, serving a seven-year period as a director, as well as on the board its major shareholder, Denison Mines. In 1992 he joined the board of Jordex Resources, and two years later was appointed president and CEO, during which time he was responsible for the project negotiations with Anglo American and the commercialization of the Loma de Hierro nickel project.
Regrettably, Paul passed away on Sept. 4, 2010, after a brave battle with cancer.