VANCOUVER, B.C. — Feb. 17, 2022: Pure Gold Mining Inc. is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Terrence (“Terry”) Smith has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer and Bryan Wilson has been appointed Vice President Mine General Manager of the PureGold Mine. Phil Smerchanski has also been promoted to Vice President Exploration & Technical Services.
Troy Fierro, President & CEO of PureGold stated: “We are extremely excited to welcome Terry and Bryan to PureGold. Terry is a talented Mining Engineer, optimization specialist, and innovative leader who will enhance our operational planning and execution capabilities. Terry’s sharp focus on, and deep understanding of, the drivers of long-term value creation in mining and his ability to assemble and lead effective teams make him ideally suited to help shape and execute the Company’s long-term vision for the PureGold Mine. Incoming Mine General Manager, Bryan Wilson, is an exemplary leader who is known for establishing a strong safety culture and leading highly productive operations teams. We are also pleased to promote Mr. Phil Smerchanski to Vice President Exploration & Technical Services. In this expanded role, Mr. Smerchanski will work closely with both Mr. Smith and Mr. Wilson in supporting the Technical Services team at the PureGold Mine site. As we continue to ramp up the PureGold Mine to its full potential, these appointments reflect our commitment to a culture of operational and technical excellence. I look forward to Terry, Bryan and Phil’s leadership in their respective areas.”
Terry Smith, Chief Operating Officer of PureGold stated: “PureGold represents a rare opportunity with all the makings of a long-life, highly profitable gold mine in a world-class gold mining district. I have been continually impressed with the quality of the team in place and with the growth potential of the asset, and I look forward to stepping in to lead the next phase of PureGold’s development. Like so many of the high-grade gold successes in Canadian mining history, success at PureGold will come as the result of deep geological understanding, a commitment to operational excellence, and reinvesting in the operation for long-term returns. I look forward to working with the team at PureGold, the local communities, and all of our stakeholders and partners toward our vision of building a multi-generational Canadian gold mining company rooted in the heart of Red Lake.”
Maryse Bélanger remains on PureGold’s Board of Directors and will work closely with Mr. Smith and Mr. Wilson to ensure a smooth transition in the roles of Chief Operating Offering and Vice President Mine General Manager, respectively.
Maryse Bélanger stated: “When I took on the role of Mine General Manager in November 2021, my mandate was to drive functional leadership through all levels of the organization and to establish a culture that fosters operational excellence. In just over three months the PureGold Mine has undergone significant changes which I believe have set the mine on a path toward long-term success. It is my pleasure today to introduce Bryan Wilson as our new Vice President Mine General Manager. Bryan’s deep operational experience and strong leadership ability make him the ideal person to continue building upon the progress we made toward achieving the PureGold Mine’s full potential. I remain committed to PureGold and to the PureGold Mine and will support Bryan completely both as his predecessor and as a director of the Company.”