VANCOUVER, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI) is proud to
announce that Ron Thiessen, President & CEO of HDI, has been named
Business Person of the Year by the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of
Business. The award, presented at a gala dinner on November 9, 2011,
recognizes an individual resident in Canada who has contributed
significantly to business development between Canada and Southern
Mr. Thiessen has been a leading figure for Canadian mining investment
and mine development in South Africa. Through the efforts of Mr.
Thiessen and his colleagues at HDI, the new Burnstone gold mine in the
Eastern Rand was acquired, financed and brought to production by Great
Basin Gold Ltd.; Rockwell Diamonds Inc. was acquired, financed, and
re-structured, and the company has recently expanded its diamond
production in the Kimberley area; and Anooraq Resources Corporation,
recently renamed Atlatsa Resources Corporation, was established as a
Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) company and became a producer through
the acquisition of the Bokoni platinum deposit from Angloplats.
He was instrumental in bringing Canada-originated business structures to
South Africa, which were used in innovative acquisitions of resources
in South Africa including gold, platinum group minerals and diamonds.
The development and re-development of mines has brought investment,
technology, high levels of employment and new sources of revenue to
South Africa. Notably, he led the team that devised and innovatively
brought Canadian corporate finance to BEE by bringing the first
empowerment corporation (Pelawan Investments) to the Canadian and North
American public markets, enabling it to finance and acquire 51%
ownership (well in excess of the minimum 26% ownership required by law)
in platinum projects in the Bushveld. These investments include the
Bokoni mine complex as well as the Ga-Phasha and Boikgantsho
development projects, through which Anooraq now controls the third
largest platinum metals resource in the world.
Mr. Thiessen has been recognized with a number of awards by industry and
business for his exceptional contributions to the international and
Canadian minerals industry. He was awarded the EA Scholz Award for
excellence in mine development from the Association for Mineral
Exploration British Columbia in 2008. Other achievements include being
presented, alongside fellow members of the HDI team, with the Thayer
Lindsley International Award for the Pebble East deposit discovery from
the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in 2007 and the
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2004 Pacific award. Mr.
Thiessen and the HDI team have completed in excess of 20 project
acquisitions, raised over $1.4 billion in equity financings, and built
an impressive portfolio of advanced mineral exploration, development
and mining projects in locations around the world.
About Hunter Dickinson Inc.
Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI) is a diversified, global mining group with
more than 25 years of mineral development success. From its head office
in Vancouver, Canada, HDI applies its unique strengths and capabilities
to acquire, develop, operate and monetize mineral properties that
provide consistently superior returns to shareholders.
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