Léveillée, who has served as the company's community relations representative since April, is tasked with helping formulate and lead Falco's community outreach and stakeholder engagement strategy.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the field, of which 26 years were spent with Agnico Eagle Mines, where he was corporate director of human resources. According to Falco, Léveillée played a lead role in developing Agnico's policies and procedures for local and international operations and was a representative and spokesperson at both regional and provincial levels.
"Falco is committed to developing an organizational culture that is accountable, transparent and respectful of the interests of the people of Rouyn-Noranda," said president and chief executive officer, Trent Mell.
"Claude brings extensive experience in community relations and human resources and he will play an important role on the senior leadership team."
Falco also said it has hired Vera Janakievski as its director of investor relations, based out of its Toronto office. She has seven years of experience in the field in the gold mining industry.
Falco is one of the largest claim holders in the province of Quebec, with extensive land holdings in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. It owns 72,800 hectares of land in the Rouyn-Noranda mining camp, which represents 70 percent of the entire camp and includes 14 former gold and base metal mine sites.
The claims include the former Horne Mine, which was operated by Noranda from 1927 to 1976 and produced 11.6 million ounces of gold and 2.5 billion pounds of copper. Falco is hoping to replicate this with its Horne 5 deposit, the largest undeveloped deposit in the region.
The company's strategy has been to compile historic data from previous operators and digitize the results. It recently announced a total of 15 new gold targets and one base metal target near its prized Horne 5 deposit, which were not included in the initial inferred resource estimate, with an updated resource expected shortly.
Falco has been steadily advancing its operations and bolstering its team as it works to unlock value for shareholders.
Just last month it nominated three mining industry veterans to stand for election as part of its board of directors at its annual shareholders meeting this month. The three new director nominees include Claude Ferron, the former COO of Xstrata Copper Canada, Luc Lessard -- previously the COO of Osisko Mining --- and Rene Marion, the former president and CEO of AuRico Gold.
Chairman Sean Roosen, the former CEO of Osisko Mining, joined Falco in September.