Management and Board of Directors

Normand Champigny 
Chief Executive Officer, Director (1)

Mr. Champigny is a geological engineer with extensive experience with both public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. He has been involved in many facets of the mining industry, including engineering, project evaluation, and project management. Mr. Champigny is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. Until recently, Mr. Champigny was an Executive Committee Member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of Minalliance, an organization raising awareness about the mining industry in Quebec and highlighting its positive contribution to Quebec’s social, economic, and environmental development. Mr. Champigny is a graduate from École Polytechnique in Montreal (B.A.Sc), University of British Columbia (M.A.Sc), and Paris School of Mines (Specialized Diploma in Geostatistics).

Jean-François Meilleur 
President, Director (2, 3)

Mr. Meilleur was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from May 2017 to June 2018. He is also a Managing Partner and co-owner of Paradox Public Relations. His many accomplishments include playing a key role in project development, strategic marketing and management leadership. Also, he contributed successfully for different projects to raising funds through the capital markets. Mr. Meilleur holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the HEC business school (Hautes Études Commerciales) in Montreal, with a specialization in marketing and finance.

Jean-Sébastien Lavallée
Vice President Exploration, Director

Mr. Lavallée, P. Geo. was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 2012 to May 2017. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Critical Elements Corporation, a Canadian mineral exploration company since 2009. He has been also active in mining exploration since 1994. M. Lavallée sits on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association « AEMQ » since October 2017. He is also the vice president of Consul-Teck Exploration Inc., a consulting firm of Val-d’Or founded in 2003 that specializes in mining exploration in northern areas. Most of the firm’s mandates involve the generation and execution of projects in remote areas. Mr. Lavallée has acted as a geologist for many companies, including Eloro Resources Ltd., Uracan Resources Ltd., Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd., Noranda Minerals Inc., Champion Minerals Inc., Matamec Explorations Inc. and Atlanta Gold Inc. Having been responsible for the planning and execution of many exploration programs in recent years, Mr. Lavallée has acquired a solid experience in exploration project development.

Nathalie Laurin 
Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

Nathalie Laurin has more than 30 years of experience in administration and accounting. During her career, she has held a range of jobs that have gained her experience in the financial industry, project management and the natural resource sector. Since 2006, she works with several companies, particularly mining companies, where she held the position of Secretary and Chief Financial Officer.

Jean-Raymond Lavallée
Director (2) †

Jean-Raymond Lavallée has more than 30 years of experience in mining exploration, as contractor, consultant and manager for several mining companies. Mr. Lavallée is currently president of Consul-Teck Exploration Minière Inc., a consulting firm of Val-d’Or founded in 2003 that specializes in mining exploration in northern areas. Mr. Lavallée is also Director of Critical Elements Corporation.

Michel Gauthier
Director †

Mr. Gauthier is a consultant and professor of mining exploration at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Mr. Gauthier, recently retired, has extensive knowledge of the mining sector in which he operates since 1970. Over time, Mr. Gauthier has been involved in the generation of mining projects in Canada and internationally. It is for this reason that in 2001 he co-baptized a gold prospect, named Éléonore, in the James Bay region of Quebec. He also acted as an advisor to the Fonds de solidarité FTQ mining portfolio. In the past, he has been, among other duties, a committee member of the mining sector of the Auditor General of Quebec and Advisory Committee of the Quebec Ministry of Energy and Resources-Mines and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SOQUEM. In addition, he was a visiting professor, notably at the University of Concepcion in Chile, the University of Brasilia in Brazil, the University of Western Australia and the University of Liege in Belgium. Mr. Gauthier holds an engineering degree and a Ph.D. in geological engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.

John W. W. Hick

John W. W. Hick
Chairman (1*, 3*)

John W. W. Hick, B.A., LL.B, has over 37 years’ of experience in the mining industry in both senior management positions and as an independent director, during which he has spent the majority of his time based in Toronto, Canada. He is currently President and CEO of his own consulting company, and acts as an independent director of a number of TSX (or TSX-V) listed companies. Previously, Mr. Hick has held either senior management and positions with a number of publicly listed Canadian mining companies, including Medoro Resources Ltd., Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd, Defiance Mining Corp., Geomaque Explorations Ltd., TVX Gold Inc., Rayrock Resources Inc., and Placer Dome Inc.

François Biron
Vice-Chairman (1, 2*, 3) †

Francois Biron has more than 40 years of experience in operational management. He graduates in 1976 at École Polytechnique de Montréal as mining engineer and he is member of Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. He has occupied several senior positions at mine sites with well-known and reputable international mining companies. His expertise includes project evaluation, environmental management and social acceptability for new mining projects which will strengthen the Corporation. Mr. Biron has been involved as General Manager of the Troïlus Division of Inmet Mining Corporation, a gold-copper mine in Eeyou Istchee James Bay region about 125 km north of Chibougamau, Quebec, with 260 employees, including 65 from the Cree nation. Mr. Biron is also Director of Nemaska Lithium and Sphinx Resources.

1. Audit & Risk Management
2. Human Resources & Compensation
3. Governance & Nominating
* Chair of Committee
† Independent Director