Aurizon Mines Ltd is a gold producer with operations and development activities in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of a number of gold properties in North America. It owns 100% of the producing Casa Berardi Gold Mine and also owns a 100% interest in the Heva-Hosco (Joanna) properties which host a development-stage gold project. In addition, the Company has staked mineral claims, and/or entered into agreements with junior exploration companies to acquire interests in several early stage exploration projects. At December 31, 2012, the Company had 514 employees and an additional work force of 44 under contract through several contractors.