Coalspur names BHP veteran as new managing director and CEO

Coalspur Mines Ltd. (ASX: CPL and TSX: CPT), the developer of a big coal mine project in western Canada, said May 30 that Gill Winckler has been named as the company’s Managing Director and CEO and a member of the Board, effective July 1, following the resignation of Gene Wusaty to pursue other interests.

Winckler comes from BHP Billiton, where she has worked for the past 15 years in a number of senior executive roles. Winckler was Chief Development Officer of the Energy Coal division where she was responsible for BHP Billiton’s thermal coal business development activities and project growth pipeline around the world. That includes two coal mining operations in New Mexico. During her tenure, BHP Billiton significantly increased its thermal coal presence in Australia and also developed expansion projects in South Africa. Most recently she was Vice President of Strategy and Development for BHP Billiton’s Diamonds and Specialty Products division based in Canada.

Colin Steyn, Chairman of Coalspur, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gill to Coalspur. Her strong credentials with a proven track record in thermal coal, project management, business development, strategy, finance and people management will complement the current management team’s expertise. As the Vista Project enters the last stages of project planning and regulatory approvals ahead of commencing construction in 2013, we believe Gill has the appropriate skills and experience to deliver our outstanding project pipeline and ultimately ensure Coalspur becomes the largest export thermal coal producer in Canada.”

Coalspur is a coal exploration and development company with about 40,600 hectares of coal leases in the Hinton region of Alberta, Canada. Coalspur’s flagship is the Vista Coal Project, which has the potential to be the largest export thermal coal mine in Canada. Vista has the advantage that CN Rail’s main line, located adjacent to Vista, is underutilized and provides access to deepwater ports on Canada’s west coast. Coalspur has also secured a port allocation agreement with Ridley Terminals Inc. which is essential to the logics supply chain necessary to export coal from Vista to the growing demand from the Asia Pacific Rim countries, including China, Japan and Korea.

Coalspur has offices in Calgary and Hinton in Canada as well as in Australia. The company is dual listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol CPT and on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the symbol CPL.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.