Former Pike River, Rio Tinto manager joins Compliance

CANADIAN coal company Compliance Energy has chosen underground mining veteran Stephen Ellis as its new vice president of operations.

Donna Schmidt

Ellis, who has more than three decades of industry experience, started his career in the United Kingdom in underground operational and technical roles.

He moved to Australia in 2006 to join Rio Tinto's Kestrel operation. By late 2010, he was production manager – and later mine manager – at the Pike River Coal mine in New Zealand.

Ellis has his First Class Mine Manager certificate of competency in all three countries.

“[Ellis’] extensive experience in underground coal mining operations in multiple jurisdictions is a rare commodity,” president and chief executive officer John Tapics said.

“We will be able to draw on his experience and knowledge to begin to build and train a team of other professionals as we advance the Raven project.”

Compliance Energy holds a 60% interest in the Raven coal complex on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

The remaining 40% is owned by I-Comox Coal, a subsidiary of Japan firm Itochu Corporation and LG International division LG International Investments (Canada).

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