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Sudbury mine research institute seeks new CEO

Vic Pakalnis retiring after seven years leading industry innovation group
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Vic Pakalnis, CEO of MIRARCO Mining Innovation in Sudbury, will retire on July 31 after a seven-year run.

The organization’s board of directors made the announcement on March 29.

The mining engineer and McGill University graduate was appointed to the post in the summer of 2012.

In a news release, Pakalnis is attributed to having played a “critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss him and his enthusiastic leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his retirement and his new ventures.”

Laurentian University, a MIRARCO shareholder, will participate in the search for a successor.

“During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization.”

MIRARCO (Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation) was established in 1998 as an institute for advanced study, research, innovation and instruction in mining, mineral exploration and processing, and environmental rehabilitation. It’s since expanded into the related fields of rock mechanics, software, safety, climate and energy.

“He will be greatly missed by the staff, board, members and partners alike,” said the release.

“We look forward to following the success of his life and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of MIRARCO as we continue to support the mining industry, its service providers and the community.”