General Manager, Andy Cole
Andy Cole has more than 20 years of experience in permitting, building and operating major gold mines in North America. He comes to Donlin Gold from Barrick, where he was most recently Executive Director, U.S.A., responsible for permitting, energy, communications, community relations and corporate social responsibility. Prior to that position, he served in a variety of senior operating roles, including General Manager of both the Goldstrike mine, one of Barrick’s largest operations, and the Ruby Hill mine, both located in Nevada.
Andy is well-known for his active involvement in mining-education programs and serves on the advisory boards of a number of university engineering and mining programs. He has an engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration. As General Manager of Donlin Gold, he reports directly to the Board of Donlin Gold LLC, equally represented by the owners, Barrick and NOVAGOLD.
“Advancing through permitting and preparing for the development of a unique asset like Donlin Gold is a rare opportunity and I’m excited to take on this role,” Andy says. “The project has a track record of engineering excellence and a strong culture of safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement, all values that will remain constant. We believe Donlin Gold can be a model of responsible mine development with the potential to generate meaningful benefits for our Native corporation partners, Calista Corporation and The Kuskokwim Corporation, and communities throughout Alaska for many decades to come.”
NovaGold Resources Alaska Inc. is a subsidiary of NOVAGOLD RESOURCES Inc. NOVAGOLD Resources Inc. is a well-financed, precious-metals company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties in North America. The company is focused on permitting and developing its 50%-owned flagship property, Donlin Gold, one of the world’s largest known, undeveloped gold deposits.
NOVAGOLD is also committed to maximizing value of its non-core assets and is currently exploring opportunities to sell its interest in the Galore Creek copper-gold-silver project in British Columbia, Canada.
Barrick Gold U.S. Inc. is a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation. Barrick Gold Corporation is the world’s largest gold-mining company in terms of output. It engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Zambia, and Saudi Arabia. It primarily explores for gold, copper and nickel deposits.
The company’s principal properties include Cortez, Goldstrike, Pueblo Viejo, Lagunas Norte and Veladero. As of December 31, 2016, it had proven and probable gold reserves of 85.9 million ounces; and proven and probable copper reserves of 11.1 billion pounds.
The Kuskokwim Corporation is an Alaska Native corporation formed by merging 10 village corporations from the Kuskokwim region in 1977.
The corporation owns and operates several subsidiary companies with the goal of providing jobs, dividends and other benefits to its Alaska Native shareholders and their descendants. In the 2016, the corporation announced record dividends.
Calista Corporation is one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) in settlement of aboriginal land claims. It represents about 25,600 Alaska Native shareholders primarily of Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Athabaskan descent. As part of ANCSA, Calista received 6.5 million acres of land entitlement as well as approximately $80 million, making it the second largest corporation established under ANCSA. The Calista region covers Alaska’s Bethel and Kusilvak census areas and includes 56 villages.
Calista owns more than 35 subsidiaries, providing a variety of services, including rural camp services; heavy-equipment sales, rental and service; both rural and urban construction, including heavy civil and Arctic construction; environmental remediation, range reclamation and natural-resource development; ocean and shallow-draft river marine transportation; real estate investments; telecommunications, cyber security and cloud technology; military defense contracting; and much more.