Continental Gold Inc. has appointed James Gallagher, chief executive officer of North American Palladium Limited, to its board of directors. The long-time industry professional is coming on board at the start of a year when the firm is looking to further develop its Buriticá mine in central Colombia.
In November, the Toronto-based mining company received an environmental permit that will allow it to expand its current small-scale operations into a larger mining and milling operation in line with plans announced in March.
Photo: Officials explore underground at Continental Gold’s Buriticá mine in central Colombia. (Credit: Loren Moss)
“I am very pleased to be joining the Continental board as the company enters the next exciting phase of its growth, with the pending development and operation of the Buriticá mine,” said Gallagher. “I look forward to contributing my expertise and experience to help the management team execute a successful project.”
Before joining North American Palladium, Gallagher worked for Hatch Ltd. as a global director and served in various roles during 24 years at Falconbridge Ltd. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Laurentian University in Sudbury in Canada.
In announcing the appointment, the company noted Gallagher’s experience in both mining and tunneling operations along with his vast knowledge of rapid development methodologies, deep mining, and the practical application of technology.
“We are pleased to welcome Jim to the Continental board of directors,” said Leon Teicher, chairman of Continental Gold. “His extensive experience in operations, technical services and project development, and specific underground experience, will greatly add to our board’s capabilities as we work towards construction and operation of a large, competitive underground gold mine adhering to strict international standards at Buriticá.”
Continental Gold’s Buriticá holding includes a project area with 24 concessions covering 29,812 hectares in the department of Antioquia, with another 40 concession applications totaling 31,937 hectares. The company also has another mining project in Colombia nearby in Berlin. It was added to both the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Index in 2016.