President, CEO and director
Claude Dufresne, P. Eng., is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the niobium market. Mr. Dufresne was responsible for the sale and marketing of ferro-niobium produced by the Niobec mine in Quebec from 2001 to 2012. In 2007, Mr, Dufresne founded Camet Metallurgy Inc., a company specialized in the sale and marketing of various metals. He participated in economic studies on a number of rare earths, niobium, manganese and bauxite projects and acted as a supplier of various raw material for the steel industry. Prior to that, Mr. Dufresne served as Director of Marketing at IAMGOLD and he worked during 10 years as a metallurgist and mill superintendent for Cambior in Quebec and in Guyana. Mr. Dufresne graduated from Laval University in 1991 with a degree in mining engineering with a specialty in mineral processing and he is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. He has been President, CEO and director of Niobay Metals Inc. since June 2014.
Chief Financial Officer
Alain Krushnisky, CPA, CA, graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Mr. Krushnisky has over 25 years of experience in the mining sector including 10 years with a mid-tier producer in various capacities, including Vice-President and Controller. Since 2004, Mr. Krushnisky has been Chief Financial Officer of various publicly listed mineral exploration companies. He is currently CFO of four mineral exploration companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, including CFO of Niobay Metals since May 2016.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Serge Savard has been a Partner with Thibault, Messier, Savard & Associates since 1993. Mr. Savard is also involved in numerous fundraisers and other activities aimed at promoting and helping the community. A former National Hockey League star, he played on eight winning Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Montreal Canadiens and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
President, CEO and director
Claude Dufresne, P. Eng., is recognized worldwide for his expertise in the niobium market.
Dawn Madahbee Leach
Dawn Madahbee Leach has been General Manager of Waubetek Business Development Corporation since 1988. She graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program and earned a degree in Political Science and Law from York and Laurentian Universities. She has experience in program development and management in the public sector and gained her business experience through operating a small retail outlet in her home community of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation for 12 years and through private consulting with First Nation communities. She currently serves on the boards of Peace Hills Trust, the Northern Policy Institute and is the Vice-Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board. She also served on the boards of the North-East Local Health Integration Network, the Ontario Development Corporation and Innovations Ontario and was the former Chairperson of the Northern Ontario Development Corporation.
Jean-Sébastien David is Chief Operating Officer of Arianne Phosphate Inc., a company working on the development of the Lac au Paul mining project in the Saguenay region. Before joining Arianne Phosphate Inc., Mr. David was Vice President Sustainable Development of Osisko Mining Corporation (2007-2012) where he was instrumental in obtaining the authorizations for the construction and the development of the Canadian Malartic Project. His experience with Arianne Phosphate and Osisko includes project evaluation, consultation and negotiation with regulatory agencies and stakeholders , including First Nations groups as well as the development and implementation of sustainable development policies. He has held various positions in the mining, forestry and environmental operations. After beginining his career with Nutrinor in 1993, he has worked for IAMGOLD, Cambior and Louisiana-Pacific. Mr. David earned a BA in Geology and a Masters in Project Management from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Jacques Bonneau graduated as a geological engineer from Laval University and holds an MSc degree from the same institution. He has more than thirty years’ experience in the mining industry and has been an officer of Soquem, Falconbridge Copper Corporation, Groupe Vior-Mazarin, Minéraux Sequoia Inc and Azimut Exploration Inc. He remains director of Midland Exploration Inc. and Crevier Minerals Inc., special advisor for Eastmain Resources Inc., as well as a consultant for CGE Resources, a Québec flow-through share fund.
Raymond Legault holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Université de Montréal. For eight years (1997 to 2005), he was an investment executive with ScotiaMcLeod, where he offered consulting services to individual investors and small business owners with respect to their investment portfolios. He was also president and general manager of his own publishing company for 14 years and, prior to that, held different senior management positions for 10 years for a major telecommunications company. Mr. Legault is currently a financial consultant.