Iron ore company appoints Danny Williams as special adviser

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An iron ore company with a project in Labrador has appointed former premier Danny Williams as special adviser to its chairman.

Alderon Iron Ore Corp. announced the appointment Thursday morning. Alderon, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and St. John’s, is developing the Kami project in the Labrador Trough, near Fermont, Que., and Wabush and Labrador City in Labrador. The company expects to begin commercial production in 2015 and produce eight million tonnes per year at a grade of 65.5 per cent iron. Alderon estimates that the project will create 1,500 full-time jobs over 20 years, including 268 jobs at the mine and concentrator, with the rest provided indirectly through local service and support industries. The company also estimates the project will create more than 750 jobs during construction.

In a statement released today, Williams said, “I am honoured to be joining Alderon as its Kami Project is the first greenfields iron ore project in the Labrador Trough expected to go to development in the last 35 years and will be an important contributor to the economy of Labrador West and Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole for many years to come.”

Organizations: Iron Ore

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Vancouver, Toronto Montreal Fermont

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  • Danny
    January 08, 2012 - 08:42

    To Graham: Alderon's mine is completely in Labrador, not Quebec. So your comment makes no sense.

  • BritneyLover
    January 05, 2012 - 22:31

    WHY, OH, WHY CAN'T YOU ALL JUST LEAVE Danny ALONE!?!!! Everybody is always on him in one way or another! Most of the naysayers make little sense and can't see the forest for the trees. Look, listen. The man is a dynamo, making progress with and at whatever he touches, with the good of his home province, that WE ALL LOVE, to the fore. NOW, he does even more for the big land, in particular. First, he saw the TLH (Trans Labrador Highway) put through under his premiership. It may have been born under the Liberals, or under a general long term plan, it does not matter. He saw that it was executed under him at the first opportunity. It is the Labrador, modern-day equivalent of the railway being put across all of Canada a century or so before and a vital piece of work for developing the big land. Then, he does Muskrat Falls - paving the way for the even bigger Gull Island. Now, he sets out to assist a player in the biggest industry of the area. Hmmm - transportation route in place, surplus power up the wazoo, influence within major mining company. I think that all adds up to being on the verge of major, mining based potential about to be tapped there. This is, of course, on top of all the other good stuff happening. If last century was Alberta/Ontario, this century will be Newfoundland & Labrador/Nova Scotia). The east rises, my friends. If Danny profits, prospers, or even makes more millions and billions, it will mean Labrador blooms and booms, and Newfoundland & Labrador will benefit. It takes money to make money. Danny knows how and I believe he wants to take us all with him. I view him as only trying to make this place better. So what that he becomes well off from his endeavours. No one can argue that is not one of the great motivations in anyone's life. Reward for effort - a bad thing? So what if he has quirks or streaks. The man is human. It makes him an absolute unique character as a person. The vast majority of the greatest people in all of history shared similar fabric. I would put him in there. Graham's comment is funny but I cannot ever be close to negative on the man, Danny. Perhaps we need skeptics to keep things on the straight and narrow. All I can say to him or about him is, thanks for all you have done for the province so far, and GO, GO, DANNY!!

  • Geri
    January 05, 2012 - 20:04

    I think it is all Newfoundlanders in generally that don't like Quebec because basically all they do is judge people from Newfoundland.

  • Territory of Labrador
    January 05, 2012 - 18:54

    Adviser to a company on the verge of being bought out by yet another foreigner out looks good eh Danno? Can you say, Sell-out part Duex. Pretty good at helping others off the backs of the Territory that's for sure.

  • loretta fitzgerald
    January 05, 2012 - 14:40

    Alderon hired a brilliant and honest man--his honesty is that of a true nl person.

  • Graham
    January 05, 2012 - 10:45

    Does this mean that Danny dosen't hate Quebec any more? Just asking.