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September 07 Businessexcellence 71 mostly of dark, iron- and magnesium-rich minerals), indicating a sizeable ore body. Callinan’s Pine Lake and Phillips Lake properties are located in that belt (on the same system of mafi c and ultramafi c folds that contains INCO’s Thompson, Soab North, Soab South and Birchtree mines, and Falconbridge Mines’ Bucko Lake Deposit). The fi rst phase of the diamond drilling program located mineralized zones that represent prime targets for followup exploration in 2007. The company’s Echo Lake Claims, a smaller property, is in eastern Saskatchewan (near the recently closed Konuto Mine); originally discovered in the 1960s, mineralization on these claims includes copper and silver, as well as some gold and zinc. In June this year, Callinan added to its uranium prospects with an option on 1,581 acres (640 hectares) of property near Snow Lake, MB. The company will also begin an exploration program on its wholly-owned uranium claims in the Gunterman township of northern Ontario. Airborne spectrographic data from the Canadian government, as well as analysis of satellite imagery, has indicated the possible presence of uranium bearing structures. With the nuclear energy industry poised to make a comeback in the US and Canada, as well as overseas, the price of uranium has been gradually climbing. Muzylowski is a man of few words who cautiously notes that “there has been an abundant amount of work done on (some of) the uranium claims, but not nearly enough drilling. The assessment fi les clearly show promising work that has yet to be followed up. Once we’ve confi rmed our theories about the system and its orientation, we will be very aggressive in following up the considerable body of work that already exists.” Callinan Mines

Bureau Veritas North America has grown by acquiring some of the leading names in testing and certifi cation. Now is the time to establish a strong corporate identity Businessexcellence September 07 72 Back in the early 1820s, when shipping was the major means of transporting goods, catastrophic storms in Europe caused some 2,000 shipwrecks and 20,000 deaths. It was a disaster for insurance companies. Thanks to the activities of companies like Bureau Veritas, we are now much better informed about risk of all kinds, so the occasional tsunami or hurricane Katrina does not wipe out the whole sector. Founded in Antwerp, Belgium in 1828 as the Information Offi ce for Maritime Insurance, the company provided information to underwriters about the condition of ships and their equipment. It changed its name to Bureau Veritas a year later, adopting as its offi cial insignia an emblem of the female fi gure of Truth emerging naked from a well—the aim being “to seek the truth and tell it without fear or favor.” A branch offi ce was opened in Paris, France, in 1830, which did so well that the company’s headquarters moved there in 1833. In the last two centuries, the global economic environment has evolved beyond recognition, and Bureau Veritas has taken advantage of the opportunities offered by a growing focus on quality, health, safety and environmental issues, not to mention a proliferation of new regulations. The company now has eight global businesses employing over 26,000 people in 700 offi ces and laboratories in 150 countries around the world. These businesses are: Marine, Industry, Inspection and In-Service Verifi cation (ISV), Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Construction, Certifi cation, Consumer Product Services, and Government Services and International Trade. A simple shopping list of the company’s activities would take more space than this article permits. Bureau Veritas has pursued a vigorous policy of acquisition over the last ten years, bringing over 50 organizations under its umbrella, several of which are in the United States. The acquisition of two well-established US fi rms with testing labs in Asia—ACTS (Acts Testing Labs) in 1998, and MTL (Merchandise Testing Laboratories) in 2001—added consumer products testing to the company’s portfolio. But the acquisition of San Diego-based US Laboratories Inc. in 2002 is perhaps the most signifi cant. Founded in 1993 by Dickerson Wright, US Laboratories had nationwide recognition for its quality control specialty services to the construction, energy, public works, defense, aerospace and related engineering and architectural design industries for private commercial, public interest and public sector clients. The company provides geotechnical, structural, environmental engineering, project management, construction quality control, building inspection and materials testing services. Other acquisitions have followed, notably, in early 2004, Berryman & Henigar and Graham Marcus, whose services include code compliance, program and construction management, asset management and environmental services. The Group also acquired, in early 2005, Linhart Petersen Powers Associates (LP2A), specializing in services to US municipalities, particularly for construction code compliance. Later, the acquisition of OneCIS, the inspection division of the OneBeacon insurance group, gave Bureau Veritas access to inspection and assessment of pressure equipment to ASME standards. And in 2005, the acquisition of Clayton and NATLSCO reinforced Bureau Veritas’ QHSE capabilities. US Laboratories and the others continued to offer their services to customers under their own names for some time after being acquired, but Truth emerging