Teck Cominco Ltd. is bidding farewell to two veteran executives.
On Oct. 31, Jon Collins, vice-president for exploration business development, retired after 40 years of service to the company. Roger Brain, senior VP for marketing and refining, will retire on Nov. 30 after 30 years with Teck.
As of Dec. 1, Teck is making the following executive promotions: Mike Agg becomes VP of refining and metal sales. Agg has been general manager responsible for the company's zinc and lead refinery in Trail.
Andrew Stonkus becomes VP of concentrate marketing. Stonkus is currently the GM of concentrate marketing.
John Thompson becomes VP of technology. Thompson has been the company's chief geoscientist.
Teck Cominco (TSX:TEK.MV.A, TEK.SV.B) is a diversified mining company headquartered in Vancouver with assets totalling approximately $8 billion.
NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG; AMEX:NG) has made three executive appointments.
Peter Harris is NovaGold's new senior vice-president and chief operating officer. The company says Harris has been involved in mine development and operation on four continents in his 30-plus years in the industry.
Alberto Chang joins NovaGold as chief mining engineer. He comes from Newmont, where he spent seven years at the Yanacocha mine in Peru.
Kevin Francis joins as resource manager, where he will oversee the company's resource and reserve estimation and auditing. Most recently he worked for AMEC.
NovaGold is a precious-metals company focused on mineral properties in Alaska and Western Canada. Its administrative office is in Vancouver.
Capital Alliance Group Inc. (TSXV:CPT) has appointed Troy Rice as COO for its subsidiary, CIBT School of Business & Technology Corp.
Rice is a financial and operational executive with more than 20 years of experience. Currently, he serves as senior VP of business development at Universal Technical Institute, Inc. and will move into his new position over the next few months.
Gerald Harper has been appointed VP of exploration for Western Prospector Group Ltd. while Wayne Roberts has assumed the position of senior VP of the company.
Harper has spent the past 18 months as a geological consultant for the company's exploration programs in Mongolia.
Roberts has served as a founding director and VP of exploration for the company since 1998.
In his new capacity as senior VP, he will oversee all exploration aspects of Western's activities in Canada and Mongolia.
Vancouver-based Western Prospector (TSXV:WNP; OTCBB:WEPGF) is focused on the Saddle Hills uranium project in Mongolia.
Jim Maier, president and CEO of RailPower Technologies Corp. (TSX:P), is stepping down due to health problems as soon as a new CEO can be appointed.
The company said he will continue as a director and has agreed to assist RailPower as required for an extended period of time.
RailPower, headquartered in North Vancouver, produces hybrid and multi-engine low-emission, high-efficiency yard and road switcher locomotives.
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