Goldcorp will be name a mineshaft at its Éléonore project near Wemindji after the acclaimed exploration geologist and mining industry icon responsible for the Éléonore discovery, André Gaumond.

“We are naming this Andre Gaumond because Andre had been instrumental in the discovery of the Éléonore project. We see this as the opening of a new gold district mining camp much like Rouyn Noranda, Timmins or Val d’Or and it was Gaumond that led us to can really be considered a world class discovery,” said Goldcorp’s Guy Belleau.

Gaumond is the President and CEO of Virginia Gold Mines Inc. In 2004, he was awarded the title of Quebec Prospector of the Year in recognition of the Coulon and Éléonore projects. Gaumond was also named Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 for the Éléonore.

Goldcorp will be developing two mining shafts on the Éléonore. The second shaft will be named with an as-yet unidentified Cree theme that would be reflective of the historic development the company has struck with community of Wemindji.