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Detour Gold announces new chair

Patrice Merrin takes on the role effective immediately
Patrice Merrin has been appointed the new board chair for Detour Gold.

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.