Patrick Godin, Eng.
Mr. Patrick Godin is Stornoway Diamond Corporation COO and VP since May 2010. Stornoway is Canada's premier growth oriented diamond exploration company, developping its Renard Diamond Project, on track to becoming Quebec’s first diamond mine.
Prior to joining Stornoway Diamond, Mr. Godin acted as VP, Project Development for GMining Services, focused on the development of mining projects in the Americas and West Africa. Before that, he acted as VP of Operations for Canadian Royalties. He was also President and General Manager of CBJ-CAIMAN S.A.S., a French subsidiary of Cambior / IAMGOLD, holder of the Camp Caïman gold mining project located in French Guiana. For many years, he progressed with Cambior’s various Canadian properties in Abitibi-Témiscamingue; through progressive management positions, he lead a gold extraction operation and contributed greatly to the implementation of Cambior’s sustainability program.
Mr. Godin holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Université Laval in Québec. Mr. Godin is a member of the “Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec”, of the Certified Directors College and of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). He sits on the board of Stornoway Diamond Corporation, of Orbit-Garant Drilling and GeoMegA Resources.
Mario Spino, M.Sc
De 2008 à 2011, Mr. Spino, Msc., occupait le poste de conseiller principal au sein de la pratique de services-conseils KPMG où il conseillait les gestionnaires d’actifs et banques canadiennes sur la gestion des risques de marché financier et l’évaluation de dérivés. De mai 2004 à novembre 2008, M. Spino a occupé le poste de conseiller en gestion des risques de marché à la Caisse centrale Desjardins.
M. Spino s’est joint au conseil d’administration de GéoMégA en mai 2010 et a grandement contribué au succès du premier appel public à l’épargne de la société.
M. Spino détient un bac en administration et une maîtrise en ingénierie financière de l’école des Hautes Études Commerciales à Montréal.
Since 1973, Mr. Talbot works within the financial services sector. Following 17 years with Desjardins as general manager, he created an independent wealth management firm (1991) now called Talbot, Olivier, Côté and Associés.
Mr. Talbot distinguished himself during his association with Dundee Wealth and is a former member of the President’s Club gathering Canada’s top 50 advisors. He is proud to be associated again with Desjardins (2009) under the SFL Placements banner.
Mr. Talbot holds the titles of Financial Planner and Certified Life-Insurer.
Denis Hamel, Eng.
Mr. Hamel is currently manager of the Hackett River base metals project in Nunavut. He was, from 2007 to 2013, plant and concentrator operations manager at Xstrata Zinc – Brunswick Mine. From 2005 and 2007 he was processing manager at CBJ-CAIMAN S.A.S., the Cambior, and subsequently IAMGOLD, subsidiary in French Guiana. Between 1993 and 2005 he held successively senior positions with Noranda Inc., Cambior Inc. and Xstrata Zinc. With his positions he gained great expertise in the development and optimization of metallurgical processes.
Mr. Hamel is a mining engineer specialised in mineral processing with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of mineral processing at the production stage.
Mr. Hamel is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, a member of the Canadian Mineral Processors Society (“CMP”) and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (“CIM”).
Paul-Henri Couture, CFA.
Mr. Couture is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 35 years of experience as a financial manager and investment professional.
Mr. Couture is currently president of Minvest Capital, a Management and Investment Consulting Services company. Between 2009 and 2013, he joined as president and director and subsequently chairman of the board of directors, Sentient Asset Management Canada, a subsidiary of The Sentient Group, an important manager of private equity funds in the mining sector. From 1983 to 2009, he held various positions at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“Caisse”). From 1995, as Senior Vice-President, he built and led a team responsible for the management and development of a CA $3 billion investment portfolio in the Financial Institutions and Natural Resources sectors. He was, among others, a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee where he evaluated hundreds of transactions. Mr. Couture put forward innovative projects that included the launch of two mining funds: Groupe Sodémex Inc., involved with mining exploration companies and MinQuest Capital, a $225 million private equity capital development mining fund seeking investment opportunities worldwide. He also offered strategic support to the formation of insurance and leasing companies.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal and is a CFA. He has been a member of over thirty boards of directors and Private Equity Investment Funds advisory committees. He is currently a member of the Board of directors of Strateco Resources Inc. and Nemaska Lithium Inc.
Gilles Gingras, CPA, CA.
Mr. Gingras was an audit and advisory services partner at Deloitte LLP, a global professional services firm, from 1987 to 2013. As managing partner of the Québec City audit department from 1994 to 2002, Mr. Gingras was involved in numerous audit and tax and financial planning mandates for private and public companies. He also participated in many initial public offerings (IPO), financing mandates, restructuring mandates and due diligences in connection with mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Gingras sat on Deloitte’s Canadian board of directors and its finance, risk management and governance committees from 2002 to 2010.
Mr. Gingras holds a BA in Business Administration from Laval University in Québec City. He is a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and is in the process of earning a diploma from the McGill Executive Institute.
Mr. Vezina is a member of the Business Law Group at Lavery’s Montreal office. His practice includes the area of mergers and acquisitions, namely of publicly held and privately held companies as well as public and private financings. In addition, Sébastien is skilled in the negotiation of various commercial agreements and regularly advises the firm's clients on issues of a general nature in corporate law.
Sébastien has acted as lead counsel for numerous publicly held mining companies and institutional investors.
Throughout his years of practice in Mining Law, Sébastien has acquired in-depth knowledge of the activities and operations of mining companies. Through this experience, he has developed the ability to manage the legal aspects of any mining transaction, including the preparation, structuring and drafting of the documents necessary to bring the transaction to a successful conclusion. Among his recent accomplishments, Sébastien played a key role with some key players in the development of the Northern Territory. Currently Chair of Lavery’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, Sébastien assists as lead advisor major players active in Northern Québec. Lavery’s group, is sailing full speed ahead with many of the firm’s clients’ projects aiming to promote the mineral and energy potential of an immense area of land located north of the 49th parallel.