Aurora Energy Resources Inc.

Aurora Energy Resources Inc.

August 01, 2008 08:55 ET

Chesley Andersen Joins Aurora as Vice President, Labrador Affairs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2008) - Aurora Energy Resources Inc. ("Aurora" or "the Company") (TSX:AXU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chesley Andersen to the newly created position of Vice President, Labrador Affairs.

"In creating the Vice President, Labrador Affairs portfolio, we were seeking to broaden and deepen our understanding of Labrador and of Labrador Inuit and Innu history, culture, communities and relationships," said Dr. Mark O'Dea, Aurora's President and CEO. "Through his very senior experience and understanding of Labrador, Chesley brings this and more to Aurora's management team. His contribution to our communications, policies, agreements and strategies will be a vital part of our community and government relations, and will lend support and direction to the overall progress of the Michelin Project."

Based in Labrador, Mr. Andersen will lead and facilitate the regional and local community consultation process, as well as create policy for Aurora's activities based on community involvement, Inuit and Innu culture, and applicable regional government policies. Mr. Andersen will also have a key role on the recently created Michelin Project Community Panel and will assist with the training program Aurora is currently developing. He will commence working with Aurora on September 15.

Mr. Andersen has over twenty years of experience representing Labrador Inuit both locally and nationally, with extensive expertise in business and resource development. He most recently held the position of Senior Negotiator with the Nunatsiavut Government. Prior to this, Mr. Andersen served as the Secretary to the Executive Council of the Nunatsiavut Government, liaising with senior government representatives and working directly with the President of the Nunatsiavut Government on economic, legal and constitutional matters.

Prior to his governmental involvement, Mr. Andersen spent approximately fifteen years of his career working with the Labrador Inuit Association (LIA), where he made significant contributions to the negotiation of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement. He served as the LIA's Mineral Resource Advisor for ten years, during which time he played a key role in the negotiation of the Impacts and Benefits Agreement with Inco Ltd. (now Vale Inco) for the development of the Voisey's Bay nickel project in northern Labrador.

Mr. Andersen also held posts with the Labrador Inuit Development Corporation, the business arm of the LIA, and worked nationally in coordination with other regional Inuit organizations as Vice President of Inuit Tapirisat of Canada and Coordinator with Canadian Inuit Business Development Council, both based in Ottawa.

Chesley was born and raised in the Inuit community of Makkovik in coastal Labrador and continues to live there today.


Aurora is a uranium development company focused on the Central Mineral Belt in coastal Labrador - one of the world's most promising uranium districts. Aurora is committed to responsible development, which includes community consultation, lasting local benefits and the highest standards of safety, health, and environmental protection. Aurora has no debt and approximately $113 million in cash that is fully liquid and held with a large commercial bank.

Contact Information

  • Aurora Energy Resources Inc.
    Andrea Marshall
    Manager, Government and Media Relations
    (709) 726-2223
    Aurora Energy Resources Inc.
    Dr. Mark O'Dea
    President and CEO
    (709) 726-2223