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A WA Business News 40under40 award winner in 2005, Ian Junk of Donegal Resources is again in the headlines, this time with his brother, Leigh, following the sale of their quarter share in Lanfranchi, a former WMC nickel mine. Brilliant Mining, a small Canadian-listed company, paid $21 million for the share, realising a $16 million profit for the brothers in only 19 months. Ian Junk has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the WA School of Mines in Kalgoolie and began his career in Kambalda, as mine manager for several WMC sites. Leigh Junk is a surveying graduate of the University of Ballarat, and started his professional career in 1992 as a surveyor, progressing to the role of senior mining engineer with several WA mining companies. He is currently studying a masters in mineral economics, an MBA from Curtin University and is a non-executive director of the Goldfields Credit Union. Meanwhile, Ian is a non-executive director of Reed Resources Ltd and a director of Committee Bay Resources Ltd. In 2004, Ian was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and in 2005 he won the citizen of the year award for his local district.

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