TSX: CLQ; U.S. OTCQX: CLQMF
TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Lithium Corp. (TSX: CLQ) (OTCQX: CLQMF) announced today several executive and Board appointments as it completes the transition of its Québec Lithium mine and process plant near Val d'Or, Québec, from the construction and commissioning phase to producer status.
The appointments are as follows:
- Peter Secker will assume a key strategic role as the Company's new Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors; he continues as Chief Executive Officer;
- Chief Operating Officer Charles Taschereau has been appointed President of Canada Lithium Corp.;
- Halina McGregor, a former VP, Finance, and CFO of Goldcorp and, prior to that, Senior VP, Finance, and CFO of Sherritt International Corp., has been appointed Canada Lithium's Vice President, Finance.
- Ernie Eves, a former Premier of Ontario, will become a member of the Canada Lithium Board of Directors.
Commenting on the senior management appointments, Chairman Kerry Knoll noted that, with the Québec Lithium mine and plant nearing production, the Company is preparing for the next stage in its growth.
"We anticipate the Val d'Or operation holds the potential to provide a stable, long-term platform enabling the Company to capture growth opportunities. In the near term, these include the potential to produce downstream value-added products such as lithium hydroxide and lithium metal."
Mr. Knoll added that "Mr. Secker will increasingly focus on implementation of the Company's strategic goals of expanding the product offering and, given his considerable experience in China and the Far East, nurturing strategic relationships and partnerships in the lithium sector."
Mr. Taschereau, who joined Canada Lithium in September 2010, has been responsible for the development of the $207-million Québec mine and plant. He will oversee the transition from mine development to mine and plant operations. First production of lithium carbonate is expected late in the first quarter of this year and full production at an annual rate of 20,000 tonnes is anticipated to be achieved by late 2013.
Prior to joining Canada Lithium, Mr. Taschereau was Vice President of IAMGOLD, in charge of the development and operation of the US$450-million Essakane Project in Burkina Faso. Mr. Taschereau has more than 20 years of experience in operations and project development for various mining companies, including positions as Plant Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager and VP Operations. Mr. Taschereau has a Masters degree in Mining Engineering and an MBA.
The Company appointed Ms. McGregor as Vice President, Finance, to the senior management team. Ms. McGregor, a Chartered Accountant, has been Vice President, Finance, and CFO with such major companies as Goldcorp Inc., a North American-based gold producer listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges; and Sherritt International Corp., a diversified natural resource company listed on the TSX with businesses in nickel/cobalt, oil and natural gas, power and coal. More recently, Ms. McGregor served as CFO of Calyx Transportation, a 1,000-employee logistics and transportation firm that operates a network across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. A McGill University graduate, Ms. McGregor is fluently bilingual.
Mr. Knoll also welcomed Mr. Eves to the Board of Directors:
"Mr. Eves is a very timely addition to our Board as we approach the production phase of our Québec Lithium Project," Mr. Knoll said. "He has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, a seasoned understanding of Canadian capital markets, coupled with a background in law."
Mr. Eves was a member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario for nearly 24 years, and served in numerous legislative capacities including Minister of Finance, Deputy Premier, and Ontario's 23rd Premier.
A lawyer by profession, Mr. Eves is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in 1972. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1983.
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. It has completed construction and is in the commissioning phase of an open-pit mine and on-site processing plant with estimated capacity to produce approximately 20,000 tonnes of battery-grade lithium carbonate annually. Metallurgical tests have produced battery-grade lithium carbonate samples. A five-year off-take agreement for a minimum of 12,000 tonnes per year was recently signed with Tewoo-ERDC, one of China's largest commodities traders. A second off-take for up to 5,000 tonnes per year was recently signed with Marubeni Corp., a major Japanese commodities trading company. Lithium carbonate is used in lithium-ion batteries that power consumer electronics (laptops, tablets, etc.), power-grid storage facilities and electric and hybrid vehicles. The Company trades under the symbol CLQ on the TSX and on the U.S. OTCQX under the symbol CLQMF.
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SOURCE Canada Lithium Corp.