Andean American Mining Corp. (TSXV:AAG) has appointed John Bortnak as senior VP of corporate development. Bortnak, a business development professional, brings 36 years in the natural resource sector. Andean is an international exploration and mining company focused on prospects in Peru. Its head office is in Vancouver.
Ventana Gold Corp. has made two executive appointments: Richard Warke becomes chairman and CEO, and Susan Rubin CFO. Bruce Nicol is resigning as CFO, but will be available during the transition. Warke is chairman and founder of Augusta Resource Corp. Rubin has worked as corporate controller for a number of public companies in the high-tech, biotech, and oil and gas industries. Vancouver-based Ventana currently holds exploration property in Colombia.
CY Oriental Holdings Ltd. (TSXV:CYO), a supplier of apparel and fashion products, says Clarence Kwong has resigned his position as CFO to pursue other interests. CYO has manufacturing operations in China and a corporate office in Richmond.
Mission Hill Family Estate, a private wine company in the Okanagan Valley, has engaged Shauna Hansen as VP of sales for wine. She was previously with Fosters Wine Estates as western VP of sales.
Amarc Resources Ltd. (TSXV:AHR) has hired Paul Mann as CFO, replacing Jeffrey Mason, who has resigned but remains on Amarc's board of directors. Mann most recently served as director of finance and reporting for the Hunter Dickinson group. Amarc is a Vancouver-based exploration and development company focused on British Columbia.
Mining engineer John Key has joined Gryphon Gold Corp. (TSX:GGN) as CEO and director. Key, whose career has been largely with Cominco and Teck Cominco, had been a consultant to Gryphon for the past five months. He replaces Tony Ker, who is resigning for health reasons. Gryphon Gold is a mining company whose principal asset is the Borealis property in western Nevada. Its head office is in Vancouver.
Sierra Systems Group Inc., an IT and management consulting services company, has appointed Joe O'Leary as COO. O'Leary joins Sierra from Alvarez & Marsal, where he was managing director and leader (Midwest regional practice). Sierra has 17 offices across North America. It is headquartered in Vancouver.
Tim Petterson has joined Zoloto Resources Ltd. (TSXV:ZR) as president while Bob Maddigan has assumed the CEO role. This follows Petterson's move onto Zoloto's board. Petterson joins Zoloto from Kingsdale Capital Markets, the principal financier and adviser to the company. Maddigan has been a director of Zoloto for 10 years. Zoloto is a Vancouver-based gold exploration company whose primary focus is the Russian Federation.
Lions Gate Metals Inc. (TSXV:LGM) has appointed Laurie Thomson to the position of VP of operations. LGM is a Vancouver-based junior resource company focused on mineral projects throughout British Columbia.
The Silver Recycling Co. Inc. (TSXV:TSR) has hired Kevin Leong as CFO. Most recently, Leong has served as the CFO of Urodynamix Technologies Ltd. Silver Recycling is a consolidator of privately owned silver and other precious-metals recycling companies. Its head office is in Vancouver.
Lignol Energy Corp. (TSXV:LEC), a technology company in the cellulosic ethanol and biorefining sector, has promoted Jeff Charpentier from VP of finance to CFO. He will continue to act as corporate secretary. Charpentier replaces David Turner, who now has additional capacity in his role as executive VP to focus on the specialty chemicals business unit. Lignol has also made Paul Hughes its VP of corporate development. Before joining Lignol, Hughes was interim CFO of Alderox ACA Inc. Lignol's corporate office is in Burnaby.
Golden Predator Mines Inc. (TSX:GP) has engaged Larry Yau as CFO, replacing George Lim. Lim will continue in an advisory capacity during the transition. Yau was previously CFO of Farallon Resources Ltd. Based in Vancouver, GP is active in the junior gold sector in Nevada.
Opawica Explorations Inc. (TSX:OPW) has named Sandra Wong as CFO and member of the audit committee. Wong brings more than 10 years of working experience in financial reporting and company management. She replaces Sylvia McLeod. Vancouver-based Opawica is a junior miner with three active projects in Ontario.
Roger Dowker has resigned as CFO of Golden Dawn Minerals Inc. (TSXV: GOM) to be replaced by David Dobson. Dobson operates a public practice in Timmins, Ont., and was the president of GOM from October 2006 to June 2008. Based in Vancouver, Golden Dawn is focused on properties in B.C. and Ontario.
Effective Jan. 1, 2009, Herbert Wilson, Polaris Minerals Corp.'s senior VP and COO, will succeed Marco Romero as president and CEO in a planned management transition. Romero, the company's founder, will remain a director. Wilson joined Polaris seven years ago. Polaris Minerals (TSX:PLS) produces construction aggregates on Vancouver Island for marine transport to urban markets on the west coast. Its head office is in Vancouver.
Adanac Molybdenum Corp. (TSX:AUA) has a new president and CEO. Paul Nelson, a CA, has been a director of the company since 2006. Since 2001 he has engaged in consulting in corporate finance issues.
Nelson replaces David Stone, who is leaving to pursue other interests. Adanac is engaged in the exploration and development of mines to produce molybdenum and other ferro-alloy metals. Its corporate office is in Surrey.
Strangeloop Networks Inc., a provider of solutions that accelerate dynamic web applications, has appointed Hooman Beheshti as VP of products. He was most recently VP of products and technology at Crescendo Networks. Strangeloop is based in Vancouver.
Nevgold Resource Corp. (TSXV:NDG) has made two additions to its senior management. Nathan Tewalt becomes CEO and Thomas Chadwick becomes president, replacing outgoing president and CEO Richard Graham. Chadwick will also replace Graham on the board. Tewalt, a geologist, is currently a director of the company. Chadwick brings more than 30 years of experience as an exploration geologist. Based in Vancouver, Nevgold is a precious metals company active in Nevada.
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