Canada Lithium Corp. (TSX:
CLQ) (OTCQX: CLQMF) announced today the appointments of Yves Desrosiers as General Manager and Jo�l
Gagnon as Process Plant Manager of the Qu�bec Lithium mine and processing plant
under construction near Val d'Or, Qu�bec. Mr. Desrosiers
assumes operations responsibility for the entire mine and process plant, which
enters the commissioning phase later this year.
most recently was Assistant General Manager for ArcelorMittal's
1,100-employee Mont Wright iron ore complex in northern Qu�bec, 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, Universit� Laval, Sainte-Foy, (Qu�bec).
"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
Qu�bec Lithium mine and plant is anticipated to have close to 200 employees.
Canada Lithium Corp.
The Company holds a 100%
interest in the Qu�bec Lithium Project near Val d'Or, the geographical heart of
the Qu�bec 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.