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
Mr. Anthony Glavac has over 15 years of experience in financial reporting, including over 10 years in the mining industry. He most recently held the positions of Director-Financial Reporting and Internal Controls at Dynacor Gold Mines and Interim Chief Financial Officer at Alderon Iron Ore Corp. Anthony was a Senior Manager at KPMG, working with both public and private companies, providing audit, taxation, strategic advisory and public offering services.
Jacquelin Gauthier P.Geo
Jacquelin Gauthier is a geologist with over 40 years of mining exploration and geology. He graduated from Université du Québec at Chicoutimi in applied science in 1975 (geological engineering). His experience includes senior positions with Kinross Gold Corp., Bema Gold Corp., Cambior Inc., Azimut Exploration Inc., Geomega Resources Inc., and Noranda Inc. He worked in Canada, Russia, Central Asia, Africa, and Mexico and has been directly responsible for three gold discoveries. He is a member of the Mining Advisory Committee of the Quebec Autorité des Marchés Financiers and the Ordre des Géologues du Québec.
Vice-President, ESG & Indigenous Communities
Respected executive with an extensive background in resource development from permitting through to operations. Leadership roles in permitting and building the $1 billion DeBeers Victor Mine and the $1.2 billion Detour Gold mine. Proven track record of building government, employee and Indigenous partners’ engagement and support. Strategic leader with a keen understanding of public policy leading to reduced regulatory burdens, while maximizing opportunities to reduce costs. Trusted problem-solver known for getting the deal done. A recognized leader and frequent speaker on corporate social responsibility, communication and Indigenous relations.
Marc Pothier, LL.B
Vice-President, Legal & Corporate Secretary
Marc Pothier focuses primarily on securities, corporate finance, and mining law. He has participated in numerous initial public offerings, exchange listings, private placements, mergers, arrangements, spin-offs, reorganizations, takeovers, and qualifying transactions conducted by many issuers. Marc is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in the mining and natural resources law sector. He is included by the Best Lawyers in Canada Directory since 2008 and in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory since 2012. Marc Pothier was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Montreal. Marc’s expertise was instrumental in the successful sale by Virginia Gold Mines Inc. of its Éléonore gold project to Goldcorp Inc. for a total consideration of US$420 million.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Serge Savard has been a Partner with 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. 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.
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. Ms. Madahbee Leach also participates on several Federal and Provincial economic advisory committees.
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.