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NEWS - PEOPLE IN THE NEWS 8 E&MJ • OCTOBER 2018 New Gold Inc. appointed Renaud Adams as the new president and CEO. Adams replaces Raymond Threlkeld, a director of New Gold who stepped in and led the company since his appointment in May. Adams was the president and CEO of Richmont Mines Inc. from 2014 until the sale of the company to Alamos Gold in November 2017. Alamos Gold Inc. appointed Chris Rockingham as vice president, exploration. Most recently, he served as vice president, exploration, at AuRico Metals. South32 appointed Simon Collins as chief development offi cer. Collins is currently the head of corporate development. Compass Minerals named Angela Jones senior vice president, people and culture. Jones joined Compass Minerals as vice president, human resources, in January, bringing to the company more than 13 years of human resources experience and more than 16 years in operations. Detour Gold announced that Alan Edwards, James Gowans and Judy Kirk have joined the board of di- rectors. Edwards is a highly experi- enced mining executive and director with a career spanning 35 years. Edwards' current directorships in- clude Entrée Resources Ltd. where he is also the chairman of the Tech- nical Committee. Until its recently closed acquisition by South32 Ltd., Gowans served as president and CEO of Arizona Mining Inc. Kirk has been at the forefront of strategic communications, public consulta- tion and engagement specialization for policy, planning and infrastruc- ture projects. It also appointed Dale Ekmark as vice president, mine general manager. Ekmark served as CEO and chairman of OKD in the Czech Republic. Bluejay Mining appointed Dr. Bo Møller Stensgaard as general manager. Stensgaard will also join the subsidi- ary boards as executive director of Dundas Titanium A/S and Disko Exploration Ltd. and will join the executive team currently developing the Dundas Titanium Project in Greenland. Most recently, Stensgaard worked as a senior advisor within the fi eld of Exploration & Resource Assessment at the European Institute of Technology & Innovation's consortium, EIT RawMaterials GmbH. Royal Gold announced that Daniel Breeze will join as vice president, corporate development, of its interna- tional business based in Zug, Switzerland and will over- see all global business development functions. Breeze has a unique blend of 18 years of technical and commercial experi- ence across international markets. erde appointed Eric Noyrez to CEO. Previously a member of the MSV Board of Directors, Noyrez was instrumental in many of the project's recent milestones including achieving industrially representa- tive piloting and product acceptance. Kolberg Pioneer, Johnson Crushers International Inc. and Astec Mobile Screens Inc. promoted Darren Kirby to North America sales director, East. Kirby has been em- ployed at KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens since 2007, most recently as regional sales manager, Southeast. Motion Industries promoted Pamela Sims to vice president of market- ing. Sims joined Motion Industries in 2004, starting in market research. Her career quickly evolved, and she most recently served as the company's director of marketing since 2013. Heikki Harri has retired. He got in- volved in the rock and minerals sector when joining Tam- rock in 1976. He later worked for another business op- eration that was initially called Nordberg and is today's Metso Minerals. For the last 15 years, he has run his own communications agency, serving clients in mining, con- struction and rock crushing. J. Burgess Winter, an industry icon passed away on Sep- tember 17, 2018. He began his mining career in 1959 in Kitwe, Zambia (Rhodesia at the time), working in the laboratories of Rhokana Corp. (a subsidiary of Anglo American). His fi rst assignment was in the R&D Hydro- metallurgy Section, but he was quickly promoted to plant metallurgist at the cobalt plant, and then to assistant superintendent of the smelter. He resigned from Rhokana mine (Zambia) in 1972 to become operations director for a local fi rm contracting to the industry, but in 1973, he went to South Africa and rejoined Anglo American at its head offi ce in Johannesburg, working in the New Mining Business Department. He was involved in consulting roles in South Africa, Swaziland, Brazil and the USA. Signifi cantly, Anglo's Toron- to-based operation (headed by Peter Gush) had at that time acquired a con- trolling interest in Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co, Arizona, and he was seeking technical and operating assistance from Johannesburg. Burgess was transferred in late 1976 to be assistant superintendent of the smelter opera- tions; and this was the beginning of his outstanding North American career. He progressed through smelter superintendent and manager, and by 1979 he was vice president and general manager of Inspiration Copper. In 1983, Burgess moved to the Kennecott, Utah, Copper Division of Standard Oil of Ohio (SOHIO), as senior vice president operations. This important appointment included re- sponsibilities for Utah, and copper operations at Chino, Ray and Ely, plus gold operations at Barney's Canyon and Alligator Ridge. He guided the company through the diffi cult period of the 1985 temporary closure and he remained in his senior vice president until 1988. Late in 1988, Burgess was hired by Mag- ma Copper Co as president and CEO, following the sudden death of the incum- bent Magma offi cer, Brian Woolfe. At Magma, he was universally credited with turning around the Magma Copper Co., which at the time was the third largest copper company in the USA. He achieved this by a combination of improve- ments, expansions and acquisitions, the last-mentioned referring to the 1994 purchase of the Tintaya mine, in Peru, and the Robinson project in Nevada. The improvements within Magma included the upgrading of plant technology and increases in worker productivity, leading overall to a drastic reduction in pro- duction costs. The key to these improvements being made possible was, how- ever, the success of the negotiations by Burgess and his management team, with the strongly-unionized labor force. These negotiations resulted in the 1991 signing of a 15-year labor contract with a seven-year no-strike clause. This was followed in 1992 by the formation of a 140-person cross-section of the entire staff of 5,000, who then thrashed out a vision for the future of the company, a vision that included worker participation in management, and a system that Burgess called "People Technology." This organization was called the "Voice of Magma" and functioned for the remainder of Magma's life, with quarterly three-day meetings. In January 1996, Burgess negotiated the sale of Magma Copper Co to Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) of Australia. As part of the agreement, worked for one year leading BHP's Copper Division. He retired from BHP in 1997. He continued with some private consultancy work for a number of companies, including for Lonmin and Minorco. In 1994, he was inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame, and in 1995, he received the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal Award and the Daniel C. Jackling Award. Renaud Adams Chris Rockingham Simon Collins Angela Jones Alan Edwards Judy Kirk James Gowans Dale Ekmark Dr. Bo Møller Stensgaard Darren Kirby Pamela Sims J. Burgess Winter Daniel Breeze Eric Noyrez Heikki Harri

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