Additional Team Leaders Added
VanGold Mining Corp. (TSX-V:VGLD) is pleased to announce that Robert Sedgemore has joined the VanGold team in Guanajuato, Mexico as Director of Mill Commissioning.
As VanGold moves swiftly to placing its recently purchased El Cubo mill back into production, the Company has identified and retained a number of key personnel who will help lead our team on the ground. These three important hires are just some examples that exemplify VanGold’s desire to attract top talent from all mining disciplines, with an emphasis on hiring locally wherever possible and appropriate.
Robert Sedgemore – Director of Mill Commissioning
Robert is a process engineer with 25-years of international experience in the mining industry involved in the design, construction, commissioning, and optimization of mineral processing plants in multiple jurisdictions worldwide including extensive experience in South America. He has held various senior management and technical roles with major mining companies and investment banking groups including BHP (Escondida), Placer Dome, Outokumpu, and IFC – The International Finance Corporation, a division of The World Bank.
Robert was introduced to VanGold by a potential financing group when he was chosen by them to evaluate our plans for restarting El Cubo. His excitement regarding putting the mill back online using material from both El Cubo and El Pinguico, as well as additional growth opportunities in the Guanajuato area fuelled his desire to join our team immediately.
James Anderson, VanGold Chairman and CEO said: “Rob has worked for some of the biggest and best companies and mine operations on the planet. He has chosen to relocate from his home in Chile to join our team in Guanajuato – and it cannot be overstated how excited we are about that prospect.”
Robert studied Instrument Engineering at the Haileybury School of Mines and has also been a Marine Engineer with the Royal Canadian Navy.
VanGold’s Advisor Tookie Angus commented: “VanGold’s ability to attract high quality mining talent to its El Cubo / El Pinguico recommissioning is very impressive. It’s the start-up of these operations that is so critical, and VanGold is well on its way to putting the people in place that can execute a seamless recommencement of mining operations.”
Monica Seleme – Environmental Services Manager
With a degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Durango, Monica joins VanGold after six years with First Majestic Silver Corp. There she was part of a team that managed all aspects of environmental strategy and compliance. Monica designed and implemented an environmental testing program that included air quality, water quality and tailings. Monica was also involved in plant wastewater operation and maintenance. Other recent activities were to prepare and execute an in-house environmental training program and to conduct reforestation projects, designing and executing plant and soil conservation programs. Monica will be instrumental in leading VanGold’s ongoing efforts to comply with and exceed all Mexican local, state, and federal environmental standards.
Pedro Delgado – Mine Manager – El Cubo
Pedro has a degree in Mining Engineering from the Faculty of Mines, Metallurgy and Geology at the University of Guanajuato. Pedro is a natural leader with an abundance of experience in both underground and open pit mining operations in different states within the Mexican Republic. Pedro is particularly expert in project commencement and the re-starting of operations. As an example, while in charge of the preparation and start-up of the El Castillo Mine in the state of Durango for Castle Gold Corp., Pedro lead teams of from 50 to 400 mine workers with different skills sets – effortlessly leading both unionized and non-unionised workers toward a successful mining operation.
Most recently, Pedro worked with Fresnillo PLC as the General Superintendent of their ‘New Guanajuato Project’ comprising their Las Torres, Peregrina, San Cosme and San Gregorio assets in the Guanajuato region, and including the rehabilitation of the Las Torres processing plant.
About VanGold Mining Corp.
VanGold Mining is an exploration and development company engaged in reactivating past producing silver and gold mines near the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. The Company’s El Cubo and El Pinguico projects are significant past producers of both silver and gold located in close proximity to Guanajuato city, and to each other. The Company is currently focused on refurbishing the El Cubo mill and commencing production from the combined El Cubo / El Pinguico operation, as well as delineating additional silver and gold resources through underground and surface drilling on its projects located in this 480-year-old mining camp.
Hernan Dorado Smith, a director of VanGold and a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
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