President and CEO
CVG Mining Ltd
A number of personal and business circumstances, some timely and not so timely lead me to be involved in the Wingdam Project and ultimately, overseeing the successful completion of the bulk sample of what was a very rewarding project.
Historically the Wingdam deposit had, for the past 116 years defeated the miners, who had attempted to mine, using conventional underground mining methods, the alluvial gold deposit. The historic record indicated that the orebody was rich but due to sudden cave ins and the infamous “cariboo slum” the ore body remained virtually unmined. Infrastructure such as the “Deep Leed channel was constructed at considerable cost to facilitate gold recovery but the continuous and complete mining of the deposit had not been accomplished prior to CVG taking on the Project.
The sole purpose of the CVG project was to substantiate the grade of the gold bearing ore body. To facilitate this and knowing that conventional mining had not worked in the past CVG introduced and utilized ground freezing to stabilize the ground to be mined. Literature searches found no information that would suggest that this had been accomplished anywhere else in the world for an underground placer deposit.
The frozen ground would allow for the safe drifting and extraction of ore. If successful, the project could then be considered for full production.
The end result was that the freezing technique worked and the grade proved to be as rich as the historical data suggested.
In summary I respectfully acknowledge the contribution of Al Basham, Herb Robertson and Don Bernard to the acquisition and early success of the project. Also, my thanks to the miners, consultants and the many supplies that helped to complete a very rewarding and successful project.
The Wingdam Project is currently owned by Omineca Mining and Metals Inc. Please visit their website for more details. For further information, contact:
Charles (Chuck) Downie, President of Omineca Mining and Metals Inc. at:
- E-mail Omineca Mining
- Telephone: 1-250-426-0749
P.O. Box 4013
Quesnel, B.C. V2J 3J8
Home telephone: 1-250-994-3200
Cell telephone: 1-250-255-3308
Email: Leonard Sinclair
- President and CEO CVG Mining Ltd. and 101136288 Sask. Ltd. Quesnel, B.C.
Responsible for all aspects of corporate and day to day project management of a gold exploration and mining development project in the Cariboo Region of Central British Columbia.
- Manager Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. Saskatoon,
Rescan Office and Projects Manager for BHP Billiton’s Saskatchewan Green Field Potash mine development. Responsible for project co-ordination, budgeting, staff supervision and business development.
- Environmental Consultant, Clifton Associates Ltd
Acting in an expert capacity to the Clifton Team responsible for review, assessment and recommendations on the modernization of existing Province of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Environment, programs delivery.
- Environmental Consultant Continuum Resources Inc.
Manager of Environmental Affairs
Country of Mexico, Oaxaca State
Continuum Resources Inc. responsible for environmental affairs for Silver, Gold and base metal exploration projects in the State of Oaxaca, Country of Mexico.
- Environmental Consultant Shore Gold Inc. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Manager of Environmental Compliance, Community and First Nations Relations
Shore Gold Inc. Diamond Exploration Project Province of Saskatchewan. Responsible for the Administration of the Environmental program, Primary stakeholder’s relations and First Nations relations for the Shore Gold Inc. diamond exploration project.
- Province of Saskatchewan Project, Department of Northern Affairs, Abandoned Mines Decommissioning and Reclamation, Projects Manager; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Department of Northern Affairs, Government of Saskatchewan abandoned Uranium Mines decommissioning and reclamation. Responsible for site characterization, project planning, contract administration, budgeting, licensing and First Nations involvement in the reclamation and decommissioning of abandoned uranium mines in Northern Saskatchewan.
- Province of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Environment, Chairman Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME); Regina, Saskatchewan
Municipal Waste Water Effluent Development Committee responsible for the harmonization of Municipal Waste Water Effluent Regulations in Canada.
- Province of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Environment Regional Environmental Manager; Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Responsible for administration of Environmental Regulations and Compliance and internal and external Department governmental affairs in the following sectors:
- Mineral Exploration - diamonds, uranium, base metals and oil and gas.
- Mining – waste rock and tailings management, site reclamation, acid mine drainage management, reclamation and decommissioning of waste rock and tailings, contaminant transport modeling, abandoned mine site reclamation.
- Forestry - pulp and paper, OSB, plywood, sawmills, wood preservation facilities EIS reviews, regulation.
- Municipal – water and waste water treatment, local and regional waste management, rural and urban recycling initiatives, municipal composting.
- Commercial – responsible for the over site and regulation and compliance of all commercial activities in the Region.
- Drainage Basin Management – cumulative effects monitoring and drainage basin management of impacts.
- Hydrocarbon – contaminated site reclamation, decommissioning and permitting of above and below ground storage facilities, transformer sites, creosote, pcp wood treatment facilities.
- Environmental Assessments – Environmental Impact Assessment reviews for major uranium, gold mining projects and heavy industry.
Current Work History
October 3rd, 2012 to Present
Advisor to Omineca Mining and Metals Inc. on aspects for putting the Wingdam Project into full production.
May 15th, 2009 to October 2nd, 2012
President and CEO of CVG Mining Ltd.
President and CEO of 101136288 Sask. Ltd
- CEO and President - responsible for the Corporate legal, financial and day to day Project Management of the Wingdam and Fraser Canyon placer gold projects in the Cariboo Region of British Columbia.
December 1, 2008 to May 2009
Office and Major Projects Manager
Rescan Environmental Services Ltd.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Operations
- Office and Major Projects Manager – responsible for the management of an environmental consulting company which is involved in providing Environmental data collection, report writing, regulatory expertise and consulting advice to the client for a major “green field” potash mine development near Saskatoon Saskatchewan.
Also responsible for the day to day operations of the office and business development.
May 2008 to November 1, 2008
Clifton Associates Ltd
- Consultant – Part of the Clifton Team responsible for the expert review and assessment of the current Province of Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment Regulatory delivery model, operational challenges, staff competencies, identifying programs delivery issues, human resource issues, permitting and approvals analysis, staff interviews, consultations with stakeholders, bench marking with other Provinces.
January 2008 to May 2008
Consultant to Continuum Resources Inc.
Project Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Manager
State of Oaxaca, Mexico
- Consultant – Manager of Environmental Compliance responsible for permitting and approvals for base metal exploration projects in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico. Responsible for the development of Environmental policies and procedure, baseline monitoring programs, operational monitoring plans, inspections, liaison with Regulatory authorities, Public Authorities and Public relations. Hiring of consultants and writing of progress reports. Acting Project Manager as required.
October 2005 to August 2007
Consultant to Shore Gold Inc.
Star Diamond Exploration Project
- Consultant – Manager of Environmental Compliance responsible for obtaining regulatory approvals for the Star Diamond exploration project. Also responsible for the co-ordination of consultants working on various environmental aspects of the project so that the information being collected can be utilized in the writing of the EIS. Responsible for all aspects of the project related to environmental day to day impacts such as potable water, waste water, sampling programs for surface and ground water monitoring, management of hazardous substances and waste dangerous goods, data collection and management, awarding of contracts, contractor supervision and management, employee supervision and reporting to senior management as well as the collection of data to be included in the writing of the EIS such as hydrogeological, geochemical, air quality, weather data, leachability of waste materials, regional groundwater, surface water hydrology, heritage surveys, rare plant surveys and impacts to First Nations traditional hunting, fishing and gathering grounds.
October 2004 to October 2005
Projects Manager – Mineral Sector
Saskatchewan Department of Northern Affairs
- Project Manager responsible for the reclamation and decommissioning of two abandoned uranium sites in Northern Saskatchewan;
- The largest site, located on Crown Land was an abandoned open pit uranium mine, milling facility, tailings ponds, infrastructure support facilities; and
- The other site had been abandoned and had acid generating uranium tailings that have contaminated a lake and the Province has joint responsibility with a private company.
Duties include; hiring of contractors for site characterization of environmental issues related; to water quality, geochemistry, hazmat analysis, radiation health and safety surveys, demolition of buildings assessment, supervision of contracts, review of reports, licensing, communication with local First Nations groups, liaison with other government agencies both provincial and federal, licensing and formal reporting and fiscal management.
Overall estimated cost of the project was 24 million dollars over three years. Result would be to have sites that have significant environmental and health and safety issues decommissioned after being abandoned for nearly forty years.
December 1997 to Oct. 2004
Department of the Environment
Province of Saskatchewan
- Hire, train, supervise and manage 11 staff members who where responsible for regulation of 500 potable water plants and 500 sewage treatment systems for approximately 600,000 people resulting in safer potable water and quality treated effluents. Resulted in increased awareness of the public in the issues related to potable water treatment and distribution and the improvement in the quality of treated water to the public.
- Development and implementation of operations manuals to reduce prescriptive regulation of industrial and municipal clients. The result was the more efficient regulation of clients by removing overlap and duplication of effort between government agencies and the implementation of international standards for monitoring into Provincial regulatory programs.
- Developed, implemented, participate and administer ecosystem health monitoring activities, cumulative effects monitoring assessments and drainage basin management projects. Resulted in more cost effective and a risk based approach to environmental management.
- Directed a Satellite Imagery Project (GIS) in participation with Ducks Unlimited; a $1.1 million study of 13 million square kilometers of Boreal Forest which measured and monitored environmental impacts due to human activity and climate change. Resulted in a more long term cost effective way in which to monitor environmental impacts.
- Redesigned the Provincial Spill Response Program which resulted in the reduction of specific program personnel from 22 to 3 and resulted in the training of all department staff to be first responders. Results was a more efficient and cost effective program.
- Responsible for 10 rural and urban municipalities and 2 First Nations groups forming a regional waste management corporation with the following results; Construction and operation of the Regional Municipal Refuse Management Facility, closure of non-compliant landfills and increased public awareness to recycle.
- Contaminated site remediation of creosote and hydrocarbon contaminated sites.
- Chairman of the local work place occupational health and safety committee. Resulted in the awareness training of staff in health and safety issues.
December 1984 to December 1996
Senior Project Officer – Uranium, Base Metal, Potash Mines Section
Province of Saskatchewan
- Advisor to senior management and junior staff members on issues regarding air quality monitoring, surface and groundwater chemistry, geochemistry, hydrology, modeling, acid rock drainage, waste rock management, tailings management, related to existing operational and proposed mining operations.
- Developed, utilizing mineral block modelling, computer software, tools to assess the potential impacts to, and the environment costs of, waste rock management by assessing the insitu grades and concentrations of minerals prior to their being mined.
- Provincial Representative to the National Mine Environment Neutral Drainage Program (MEND) Prevention and Control Committee for the study and assessment of acid mine drainage from waste rock and tailings.
- First to determine, utilizing electromagnetic geophysics, that acid rock drainage was causing ground water contamination at uranium operations in the Province; resulting in a less expensive and more effective method of determining contaminant concentrations and migration from waste rock and tailing areas.
- Recommended to the Minister of Environment upon review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed McLean Lake Uranium Mine that the project should proceed. The result was the proponent was granted approval to proceed with the construction of the open pit mine, milling, tailings, waste rock containment facilities.
- Studied and authored a paper on the physical and chemical characteristics of the Flooded “D” open pit mine at Cluff Lake that assessed the mobility and concentrations of contaminants, in particular arsenic and nickel, in the Pit water column. Information was used to design for decommissioning the pit and adjacent waste rock dump.
- Formed and Chaired a joint management committee comprised of mining companies, provincial and federal government regulatory representatives and consultants that dealt with the problem of acid mine drainage at uranium mines.
- Commissioned and participated in the publication of the “Saskatchewan Mine Rock Guidelines” which was written as a “how to manual” to assist industry and interested stakeholders in mine rock evaluation and management. The result was the distribution of over 500 copies worldwide.
October 1978 to March 1983
Eldor Mines (Cameco)
Rabbit Lake Uranium Mine, Saskatchewan
- Initiated, performed and coordinated company and government environmental monitoring programs at the operating Rabbit Lake Uranium Mine in Northern Saskatchewan.
- Conducted field trials and initiated the reclamation of borrow pits, tailings areas and waste rock dumps.
- Trained to operate heavy equipment and various aspects of the mill tailings management circuit operation.
- Elected President of the employee’s recreation club.
June 1975 to October 1978
Keith Consulting Engineers
- Resident construction engineer for irrigation canal construction supervised survey crews responsible for construction and topographical surveys, field testing of concrete and soils and evaluation of ground water aquifers for irrigation purposes.
- Head Draftsman responsible for the drafting of topographical, construction and as-built drawings.
1983 – 1984 1st Year Environmental Studies
University of Saskatchewan
1975 Engineering Technologist Diploma
Water Sciences Technology - Kelsey Institute
Community Service Positions Held
- Member of the Economic Development Committee, City of Quesnel, Province of British Columbia.
- Municipal Councillor – R.M. of Buckland #491 – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (elected to 2 terms).
- Director – Prince Albert Victoria Hospital Board – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
- President – Buckland Community Recreation Centre – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
- President – Employees Club – Rabbit Lake Uranium Mine – Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan.
- Coach – minor league hockey and baseball.
Interests and Hobbies
- Restoring cars
- Spending time with family and friends
- Physical fitness
- Languages, English, French and Spanish