British Columbia

B.C. mining CEO resigns after two executives convicted of involuntary manslaughter

Trevali Mining Corp. says its president and chief executive, as well as its chief operating officer, have both resigned.

Vancouver-based Trevali criticized for death of 8 workers in Burkina Faso

An entrance to a mine with the words that read 'Bienvenue a la mine'.
B.C.-based Trevali Mining Corp. suspended operations at its Perkoa mine on April 16, when heavy rainfall caused flash floods and left eight workers trapped underground. (Information Service of the Government of Burkina Faso)

Trevali Mining Corp. says its president and chief executive, as well as its chief operating officer, have both resigned.

The Vancouver-based miner says Ricus Grimbeek, who has served as CEO since 2019, will step away from the company. It says chief operating officer Derek du Preez will also depart effective Oct. 14.

Trevali also says the Supreme Court of British Columbia has approved the company's application for a sales and investment solicitation process for its wholly owned Caribou Mine in New Brunswick, as well as its 90 per cent interest in the Rosh Pinah Mine in Namibia.

Trevali filed for creditor protection under the CCAA (Companies' Creditor Protection Act) in August.

As a result, the Toronto Stock Exchange has suspended trading of Trevali's shares. The company's common shares will be delisted at the close of the market on Oct. 3.

Earlier this week, Trevali confirmed that two of its executives have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Burkina Faso in the wake of a flooding disaster at the company's Perkoa Mine that killed eight workers.

Eight workers killed

On April 16, workers were trapped more than 500 metres below the surface of the mine after heavy rain caused flash flooding.

Pumping equipment had to be imported from other countries, including Ghana and South Africa, which prompted questions about how prepared for a disaster the company was.

Perkoa mine manager Hein Frey, who is South African and worked for Trevali, received a 24-month suspended sentence.

Daryl Christensen, who is South African and a manager with Trevali's contractor Byrnecut, received a 12-month suspended sentence.

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