April 27, 2018
Copper Mountain Mining Corporation today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer James C. O’Rourke will be retiring on June 1, making way for the current President and CEO and Director of Brio Gold Inc, Gil Clausen.
“On behalf of the Board I am pleased to welcome Gil to drive our company’s growth forward in a fiscally prudent manner,” said O’Rourke. “His proven leadership skills and track record of value creation will unquestionably be an asset to the company as we launch into our new phase of growth.”
Clausen will complete his current obligations, including the closing of the acquisition of Brio Gold Inc., prior to joining Copper Mountain, and O’Rourke will remain as non-executive Chairman and Director of the company.
Clausen is a mining executive with more than 30 years experience in the areas of management, finance, development and operations in the base and precious metals industry, and has served most recently as President, CEO and Director of Brio Gold Inc., since its inception in 2014 until its current acquisition by Leagold Mining Corporation.
Previously, Clausen was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Augusta Resource Corporation from its inception in 2005 until Augusta was taken over by HudBay Minerals Inc. in 2014. He was Executive Vice President, Mining at Washington Group International, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and served as Vice President of Operations at Stillwater Mining Company from 1995 to 1999.
Prior to 1995, Clausen was a mine general manager at several precious and base metal operations at Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Clausen is a Professional Engineer with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University.