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Project Manager, Mining Services Announced for the CEDC


June 13, 2011 - The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Mason as Project Manager, Mining Services. The appointment follows an extensive search.

Mr. Mason has 36 years of service with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and has published numerous geological reports. He is well known for his in-depth knowledge and skills in the Ontario and Canadian exploration and mining sector and for his exceptional ability to market Ontario’s vast mineral potential. Mr. Mason is a Registered Professional Geoscientist with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from Lakehead University. He will assume his official duties at the Thunder Bay CEDC on Monday, June 13, 2011.

"John's mining expertise dramatically contributes to the bench strength of the CEDC, the strategic importance of the mining resource sector and to the goals of the CEDC's Strategic Plan to realize the full economic investment potential and job creation for the region and for the Province of Ontario," said Steve Demmings, CEO of the CEDC.

Thunder Bay, in concert with regional municipalities, is ideally positioned to capitalize on the emerging exploration and mining sector in the area and Northwestern Ontario, with exploration expenditures forecast to exceed $475 million in the region for 2011.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to assist in the growth of the exploration and mining sector as well as the service and supply businesses that feed into the mineral sector. Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario are destinations of choice for exploration investment, for Canadian and international mining companies. Gold, palladium, platinum, copper, nickel, zinc, chromite, iron, rare earth elements, and industrial minerals are the commodities sought in this mining supercycle,” said John Mason. “The CEDC has been very proactive in growing business and economic development in Thunder Bay. The mining portfolio addition is a natural step in that continuing vision.”

For more information on the CEDC, visit www.ThunderBayCEDC.ca