Canada Lithium Appoints General Manager; Process Plant Manager

31 May, 2012, 10:37 ET from CANADA LITHIUM CORP.


TORONTO, May 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada Lithium Corp. (TSX: CLQ) (OTCQX: CLQMF) announced today the appointments of Yves Desrosiers as General Manager and Joël Gagnon as Process Plant Manager of the Québec Lithium mine and processing plant under construction near Val d'Or, Québec. Mr. Desrosiers assumes operations responsibility for the entire mine and process plant, which enters the commissioning phase later this year.

Mr. Desrosiers most recently was Assistant General Manager for ArcelorMittal's 1,100-employee Mont Wright iron ore complex in northern Québec, an open-pit mine that supplies as much as 40% of Canada's iron ore production. Mr. Desrosiers managed key facets of ArcelorMittal's mining operation, including mine production, mine engineering and maintenance oversight of the large mobile equipment fleet.

During his career with Arcelor Mittal, Mr. Desrosiers was previously Mining Manager, Plant Manager and Kiln Coordinator. Earlier, he worked as Plant Superintendent for a graphite mine and as metallurgist for gold plant operations in Abitibi.

The veteran mine manager holds a Bachelor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Université Laval, Sainte-Foy, (Québec).

"We were seeking a general manager with across-the-board operating experience, from mining through to the finished marketable product. Mr. Desrosiers more than qualifies in every respect," said Canada Lithium Chief Operating Officer Charles Taschereau.

Mr. Gagnon was most recently Plant Manager of IAMGOLD's Essakane mine in Burkina Faso and, prior to that, Plant General Superintendent of Semafo's Samira Hill operation in Niger. Mr. Gagnon brings over 25 years of experience in operation, maintenance and optimization of mineral processing plants.  In total, he has been involved, or in charge of, six process plant start-ups, several of which were in northern Quebec.

At full production, the Québec Lithium mine and plant is anticipated to have close to 200 employees.

About Canada Lithium Corp.

The Company holds a 100% interest in the Québec Lithium Project near Val d'Or, the geographical heart of the Québec mining industry. The Company is in the midst of building an open-pit mine and processing plant on-site with capacity to produce approximately 20,000 tonnes per year of battery-grade lithium carbonate annually. Metallurgical tests have produced battery-grade lithium carbonate samples. The Company trades under the symbol CLQ on the TSX and on the U.S. OTCQX under the symbol CLQMF.

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