Liberty Gold Appoints Jon Gilligan as Chief Operating Officer
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Liberty Gold Corp. (TSX:LGD; OTCQX:LGDTF) ("Liberty Gold" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Gilligan as Chief Operating Officer effective July 16, 2021.
Dr. Jonathan Gilligan is a senior mining executive with over 35-years of multi-commodity, international experience across technical services, capital projects, open pit mine construction and operations. Prior to joining Liberty Gold, he held senior technical and projects roles with both Torex Gold Resources Inc. and SSR Mining Inc. (“SSR”). During his tenure at SSR, he was directly involved with the acquisition and integration of the Marigold open-pit heap leach operation in Nevada, USA and ran SSR’s Argentina operations during the permitting and construction of the Chinchillas open pit mine. Previously, Dr. Gilligan pursued a 17-year career at BHP, serving as Vice President, Special Projects in the Copper/Uranium Group with responsibility for the development of autonomous open pit mining systems, Deputy Project Director for the Olympic Dam Expansion Project, South Australia and as Operations Manager, Escondida Mine in Chile, responsible for the build of the Escondida Norte open pit copper mine. Dr. Gilligan holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from University College London, UK and obtained a Ph.D. in gold mineralization in Archean rocks from the University of Southampton, UK.
“We are delighted to welcome Jon to our executive team,” said Cal Everett, President and CEO of Liberty Gold. “Jon brings a significant breadth of technical and operating experience into Liberty Gold and with his large-scale open pit, heap leach background, he will spearhead the next phase of growth for us. In particular, his familiarity with Great Basin oxide gold deposits together with his capital projects and mine-building experience makes him an invaluable asset to our impressive management team. With the Black Pine first resource estimate pending release and a PEA pending in Q3, Jon’s skillset will be applied to the next stage of studies at Black Pine and Goldstrike, as Liberty Gold de-risks these two key projects at the same time, moving them rapidly forward in our development pipeline, towards construction and operations.”
Mr. Jim Lincoln will be stepping down as Chief Operating Officer of Pilot Gold USA but will remain as an advisor to the Board. “Jim and I have worked together for over 15 years and he has been an integral part of all project development strategies and deliverables at Liberty Gold, Fronteer Gold and Aurora Energy. I look forward to continuing to work with him as an advisor and wish him all the best as he steps into semi-retirement. On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank Jim for his long standing contribution, excellent strategic guidance, and friendship,” said Mark O’Dea, Chairman of Liberty Gold.
ABOUT LIBERTY GOLD
Liberty Gold is focused on exploring the Great Basin of the United States, home to large-scale gold projects that are ideal for open-pit mining. This region is one of the most prolific gold-producing regions in the world and stretches across Nevada and into Idaho and Utah. We know the Great Basin and are driven to discover and advance big gold deposits that can be mined profitably in open-pit scenarios. Our flagship projects are Black Pine in Idaho and Goldstrike in Utah, both past- producing open-pit mines, where previous operators only scratched the surface.
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