Len Lindstrom (right), president and CEO of Liberty International Mineral Corporation., stands with his son and vice-president, Michael Lindstrom, with an 1890s era mining ore car in front of their new offices on Lawrence Avenue.
The Head of Liberty International Mineral Corporation wanted his head office in Kelowna to reflect positive outlook for current exploration efforts.
When Len Lindstrom, president and CEO of Liberty International Mineral Corporation, renovated his company's headquarters on Lawrence Avenue, he wanted to send a message.
"I wanted it to look like it has muscle, like a real exploration mining company," he said.
"I wanted to carry that theme through the yard and the decor. We basically spared nothing. I wanted it done up right."
What was once a white house with roses in front, has been transformed into a post-modern monument to mining.
Lindstrom brought an old ore cart and rails from the Kootenays and put in front of the building.
"Everything is rustic and original," said Lindstrom. "Muscle, rustic, historic, and the same time very avant garde and kind of a statement that says Liberty is here to stay.
"We're a serious exploration company and we plan to move up to be like the big boys."
"I wanted it to look like it has muscle, like a real exploration mining company.
Liberty got its start in mid-2004, when Lindstrom decided to secure exploraton rights in the West African country of Liberia, which had only recently come out of a civil conflict.
"There is a term in the industry that is called first mover, and that literally says when a country opens up, if it has a great mineral potential, try to be the first one in and get everything that you can," he said.
Over two trips, Lindstrom and Liberty secured almost 22,000 square kilometres of territory. "That gave us 20 percent of the country of Liberia under license," he said.
Those parcels of land were narrowed to 9,050 square kilometers and eventually led to 20 gold projects, two of which are almost ready for drilling in search of the precious metal.
"They both look like that are very serious world class gold deposits which will put Liberty on the map all over the world," said Lindstrom.
A year ago Liberty shifted its sights closer to home and began entering into mining option agreements on properties in the West Kootenays.
"We have developed to where we are the largest holder of mineral tenure in the province of British Columbia, by far, with over 13,000 square kilometers of territory under license," said Lindstrom.
Liberty is working on 12 projects in the Kootenays, looking for Gold, Silver,Copper, Lead, Zinc, Molybdenum and possibly Tungsten.
Between Africa and Canada, Liberty has more than 30 projects on the go.
"Any one of them hits a bingo, we're in the driver's seat. With that many highly potential properties, we should be laughing, so we're very, very excited about where we're at now," said Lindstrom.
Should any of Liberty's projects lead to the discovery of substantial deposits, the company would then enter into partnerships to set up mines to extract the ore.
"We really believe that we're going to find, not one but many, substantial economic deposits," he said.
"We've been working day and night for four years to get the company to this stage."
by Adrian Nieoczym / Kelowna Capital News
September 3rd 2008