Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on developing its existing projects in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, one of the world's most prolific gold and base metal regions, and by increasing its asset base through accretive transactions. Aurizon shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "ARZ" and on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol "AZK". Additional information on Aurizon and its properties is available on Aurizon's website at http://www.aurizon.com.
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David P. Hall CA
Mr. Hall, a Chartered Accountant, has been involved with Vancouver based Aurizon Mines Ltd. since its creation in 1988 and has been involved with the management of mineral exploration, development and operating companies, including Aurizon’s predecessor companies, since 1981. Mr. Hall has been instrumental in securing significant project debt and equity financings for a number of mining projects, including the Golden Giant Mine, in Hemlo, Ontario; and the Sleeping Giant, Beaufor and Casa Berardi mines in Quebec. From 1970 to 1981, Mr. Hall worked for Cooper & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Scotland, Bermuda and Vancouver, B.C., and is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and Scotland.
George N. Paspalas
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Paspalas joined Aurizon as President and Chief Executive Officer as of August 15, 2011. Mr. Paspalas has been involved in the mining industry for 26 years, including fourteen years in senior management positions, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer at Silver Standard Resources Inc. Before joining Silver Standard, Mr. Paspalas held senior management positions with Placer Dome Inc., including Executive Vice-President and Senior Vice President Projects - Technical Development and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Placer Dome Africa. During his career, Mr. Paspalas has been responsible for constructing and operating complex open pit and underground mines in South Africa, Tanzania, Australia, South America and Canada; evaluating and negotiating project acquisitions; communicating operational performance and development plans and progress to the investment community; mitigating mining project risk and improving safety and site environmental performance; developing strategic community partnerships; managing government affairs relating to permitting or operating activities; negotiating commercial concentrate contracts; and improving operational performance. Mr. Paspalas earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales in 1984.