John B. Gammon has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI). Dr. Gammon is President of John Gammon Associates, Inc., a consultancy based in Toronto, Canada, which advises governments, industry, and multilateral institutions on policy and management matters. From 1988 until his retirement from government service in 2005, Dr. Gammon was Assistant Deputy Minister of Mines and Minerals for the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Gammon was a member of the international committee of stakeholders appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Council on Metals and Mining in 2000 to draft a code of best practice for the use of cyanide in gold mining, which resulted in the International Cyanide Management Code.
Born and educated in England, Dr. Gammon holds undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in geology, and he undertook three years of postdoctoral research at Princeton University and the University of California at Riverside as the recipient of a Senior Visiting Fulbright Fellowship. For the following twenty years, he was employed by New Jersey Zinc and Falconbridge in successively senior positions in mineral exploration management.
Dr. Gammon serves on the Boards of Directors of several resource and mineral exploration companies, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University in 2005. The Ontario Geological Survey library was renamed the John B. Gammon Geoscience Library uopn his retirement from government service. Dr. Gammon was a Founder and Co-Chair of the World Mines Ministries Forums, Toronto 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
ICMI has been established to administer the International Cyanide Management Code for Gold Mining, and promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process. A list of the signatory companies, along with the full text of the Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are at www.cyanidecode.org.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010