Gavin C. Dirom appointed as President and CEO of Geoscience BC

Vancouver, BC - October 10, 2017- Geoscience BC's Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Gavin C. Dirom as President and CEO. He will take up the position on October 16, 2017.

Commenting on the appointment, Chair of the Board Mike Cathro said: "On behalf of the staff and Board of Geoscience BC, I would like to warmly welcome Gavin to his new position. Gavin's extensive executive experience and passion for public and independent science make him a great fit for the organization at an exciting time."

"It is clear to me that earth science is a foundation for exploration, investment and job creation, as well as helping to address environmental and social concerns of local communities and First Nations," said Gavin C. Dirom. "It is also important that independent earth science remains accessible to everyone and that it enables informed resource management decisions and investments that create opportunity, reduce conflict and inspire hope," continued Dirom.

Mr. Dirom has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industry, with a focus on government policies, First Nations and stakeholder relations as well as environmental management. As President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) from November 2008 to May 2017, Mr. Dirom provided executive leadership to AME's Board of Directors and represented over 400 corporate and 4,000 individual members with interests in mineral exploration and development.

Before joining AME, Mr. Dirom held the role of Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety at the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC). Prior to MABC, he served as Senior Policy Advisor with Natural Resources Canada on permitting, environmental assessment and federal regulatory process issues facing mineral exploration and mining projects in western Canada.

Mr. Dirom holds a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University, a double-major B.Sc. in Physical Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Victoria and he is also a registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) in the Province of British Columbia. His M.Sc. thesis and hydrogeology-related research of the Lynx underground polymetallic mine on Vancouver Island was undertaken with the Geological Survey of Canada.

About Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC is an independent, non-profit organization that generates earth science information in collaboration with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. Our independent earth science enables informed resource management decisions. Geoscience BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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Richard Truman
Geoscience BC
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