VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Oct. 18, 2012) – True North Gems Inc. (the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:TGX) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. W. Graham Nicholls as Executive Vice President. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, Mr. Nicholls will concentrate on finalizing the exploitation permit and the rapid commissioning of the Aappaluttoq Ruby Mine in SW Greenland.
Mr. Nicholls has over 25 years of management experience in the resource sector. He is a specialist in strategic planning, gemstone marketing, supply chain management, aboriginal and community relations, and external affairs. He spent 11 years working at BHP Billiton Diamonds where he occupied several senior roles including Vice-President of External Affairs and President of Point Lake Marketing Inc. In the latter role he created, developed and operated BHP Billiton’s CanadaMark™ program for tracking branded polished diamonds from mine to market. He successfully led the implementation of the $687 million acquisition by BHP Billiton of DiaMet Minerals in 2001. He was a key member of the management team that built, commissioned and operated the Ekati™ Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada’s first diamond mine.
Prior to working in the public mining sector, Mr. Nicholls was the Deputy Minister and Director of Policy and Economic Analysis for the Department of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in the Government of the Northwest Territories. His appointment with the Company brings a wealth of experience in government affairs, aboriginal engagement and project development onto the current team. Graham is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Political Science, and a M.A. in Community and Regional Planning.
“Having held senior positions at BHP Billiton and in the Territorial Government, Mr. Nicholls’ understanding and experience within the mining sector is wide-ranging,” stated Nicholas Houghton, President and CEO. “His role in the Company will be multi-faceted, where he can utilize his expertise to benefit both our current team-members and increase shareholder value as we complete the permitting of Aappaluttoq and move towards production and sales.”
True North Gems Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and is engaged in the exploration and development of Greenlandic and North American coloured gemstone prospects. The Company is a pioneer in colored gemstone exploration and, currently in Greenland, has the rights to earn 100% interest in the Aappaluttoq ruby and pink sapphire project, holds a 100% interest in the Tsa da Glisza emerald property, Yukon, and the Beluga sapphire property located on Baffin Island, Nunavut. True North’s prime focus remains the commercial advancement of the Aappaluttoq Ruby Project in Greenland.
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