Detour Gold’s board of directors has a new chair.
The company announced on June 17 that Patrice Merrin has been appointed to the role.
Merrin is an independent non-executive director of Glencore; Kew Media Group Inc., a producer and distributor of multi-genre content worldwide; and Samuel, Son & Co., a producer and distributor of metals and industrial products.
Her executive roles in the resource sector have included president, CEO and director of Luscar Ltd., Canada's largest thermal coal producer (2005-2006), and COO of Sherritt International Corporation, a Canadian diversified miner (1999-2004).
Merrin has served on a number of other public company boards, including Arconic Inc., Stillwater Mining Company, Novadaq Technologies Inc., CML HealthCare Inc., and Enssolutions Group Inc. She also served as a director of the Crown corporation the NB Power Group, and a non-profit organization, Ornge (Ontario's air ambulance service), where she led a strong focus on governance and reshaping the culture of the organization.
She also served as an appointee to Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (2009-2014), Canada's National Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology (2005-2006), and Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (2003-2006).
“We are very excited to have Patrice as chair given her breadth of experience as well as her solid reputation in the capital markets,” said Detour’s president-CEO, Mick McMullen, in a news release.
“She brings a wealth of expertise to the board and is recognized as a strong proponent of corporate governance.”
Detour Gold has steadily been rebuilding its ranks following a December vote to replace key members of its board.
The company operates the Detour Lake gold mine, located 300 kilometres northeast of Timmins.
The operation has a mine life of approximately 23 years with an average gold production of 659,000 ounces per year, and includes the development of the West Detour project, which is currently being permitted.