VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2011) - Apella Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:APA)(OTCQX:APAFF)(FRANKFURT:NWN) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gaston Gagnon, P.Eng to the Company's Advisory Board effective August 18, 2011. Mr. Gagnon is registered as a Registered Professional Engineer in Quebec and Qualified Person (QP) under NI 43-101.
Mr. Gagnon, a graduate of Universite Laval, is a professional mining engineer with 37 years of extensive domestic and international experience in the industry; including mineral exploration, mine feasibility, open-pit/underground operations, smelting and refining.
During the last five years Mr. Gagnon has worked with SGS, one of the world's largest engineering/consulting firms. Prior to that, Mr. Gagnon served for 3 years with SNC-Lavelin Inc. as Construction Manager, Mining and Metallurgy Division. Located in Saudi Arabia, his responsibilities at that time included construction of a gold mine for state-owned MA'ADEN Saudi Arabian Company: he served as the SNC-Lavalin site manager for an EPCM Contract involving a concentrator for copper, gold and zinc with all surface services. The Client was MA'ADEN, a state-owned company.
From 2000 through 2004 Mr. Gagnon was a mining consultant providing engineering studies for economic value and development of mining projects located in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. He provided services to Met-Chem Canada regarding engineering work for the design, review, and feasibility of underground mines for the Tamborague Project in Peru and the Tulawaka Project in Tanzania. For Louvem Mines Inc. his responsibilities were to review the underground conditions of the Beaufor Mines in Val d'Or area, Quebec where mining was interrupted in August 2000. He provided a new interpretation and a revision of the shaft and surface pillar systems.
Between 1964 and 2000 Mr. Gagnon worked throughout the world on various projects including:
-- As Vice-President Exploitation, Velardena Mine where he participated in
the exploitation and mechanization of a 450 t/d underground silver and
gold mine in the Velardena Area, Mexico.
-- For CCAD (Comision Centro Americana de Desarollo) he provided technical
assistance for the study of new mining policies in Central America,
related to the sustainable development and the respect of the
environment. This assistance was sponsored by the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA).
-- For Met-Chem Canada he undertook a Feasibility Study of the Niocan
(Niobium of Canada) Project, Oka, Quebec, Canada.
-- As Vice president of Procoloro Colombia he carried out the mining
development and exploration of an underground gold deposit in Antioquia,
totally owned by Val d'Or Procoloro Resources, and was in charge of the
general exploration and diamond drilling in the area.
-- For the Ministry of Mines and Geology he undertook a 2-years contract
with Minorex of Montreal sponsored by the African Development Bank to
work at the Ministry of Mines and Geology of Guinea; 1) for the revision
of their Mining Rules, 2) Revision and publication in a new Mining Code,
3) Creation of a centre for the development and promotion of mines, and
4) Studies and recommendations for gold and diamond small scale
-- As Vice president and Director of Exploration with Aurtec Mining
Development Gaston evaluated various partially developed projects;
primarily the: Bakoudou (Gabon) alluvial gold deposit and the Kodieran
(Mali) primary and alluvial gold deposits.
-- While General Manager of Exploitation with Philips, Baratt, Kaiser of
Vancouver and Sodimiza he represented the owners for all the official
functions with respect to production, sale of the concentrates, and
trade-union negotiation. He coordinated the social services; medical
private clinics, and schools, etc.
-- For Louvem Inc. he served as; Mine Manager (Chimo Mine), and Chief
-- Mr. Gagnon served Minexpert Inc. as a Project Manager.
-- For Atlas, G-M Guest Construction Mr. Gagnon, as Project Manager and
Technical Director was responsible for; 1) the construction of a 200 km,
735-kV power line in the James Bay area, and 2) the excavation of a 5-km
subway contract (Lines 2 and 5) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
-- Served as the General Manager and Chief Engineer for SLC - St. Lawrence
Columbium & Metals Corporation a company that was producing a pyrochlore
concentrate and ferro-columbium alloy from a 2,000-t/d underground mine.
Apella's Chairman Patrick O'Brien, ICD.D, Apella's CEO commented, "We are very pleased to have Gaston Gagnon join our company's Advisory Board at this very important time as the company moves aggressively toward the development of its extensive Lac Dore and Iron-T Vanadium-Iron-Titanium projects situated in Quebec. His experience and expertise will contribute immensely in the success of these exciting endeavours."
Additional information will be contained on the Company's website at www.apellaresources.com or the company can be contacted at 604-683-8990.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF APELLA RESOURCES INC.
Patrick D. O'Brien, ICD.D - Director
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