Pure Gold Mining Inc. (CVE:PGM) (LON:PUR) has appointed Maryse Bélanger, who has over 30 years of experience with senior gold companies globally, to its board of directors with effect from February 14.
In a statement, the dual Toronto and London-listed explorer noted that, most recently, Bélanger was president and COO of Atlantic Gold Corp, where she successfully guided the company in taking its Touquoy Mine in Nova Scotia from construction to commissioning, ramp-up and full production, through to its eventual acquisition by St. Barbara Limited for $722 million.
Pure Gold pointed out that she previously served as CEO and managing director of Mirabela Nickel Ltd. where she is credited with the successful turnaround of the Santa Rita mine in Brazil during a period of extremely low metal prices.
Graeme Currie, Pure Gold’s chairman commented: “Her impressive track record, expertise in mine design and planning and recent experience in bringing Atlantic Gold’s Touquoy Mine into production, strengthens our approach at the right time, as we move our Pure Gold Red Lake Mine into production and take our place as the next major Producer in the prolific Red Lake Camp.”
He added: “Her tremendous experience in mine operations management will provide invaluable assistance and bring further technical depth to the Pure Gold team during this period of rapid growth and expansion.”
From 2011 to 2014, the company said, Bélanger was a senior executive with Goldcorp, ultimately as senior vice president, Technical Services overseeing the global geology, mine planning and design, metallurgy, hydrology, tailings dam and geotechnical engineering functions.
Prior to joining Goldcorp, she was director, Technical Services for Kinross Gold Corporation for Brazil and Chile.
Bélanger is also an active board member of Sherritt and Plateau Energy Metals.
She was recently recognized by the Women in Mining UK 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining Project as one the most inspirational Global Women in Mining.