Patrick Godin, Eng.
Mr. Godin has beenthe COO and VP of Stornoway Diamond Corporation since May 2010. Stornoway is Canada’s premier growth oriented diamond exploration company, developing 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 led 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 and GéoMégA Resources and previously sat on the board of Orbit-Garant Drilling.
Mario Spino, M.Sc
Mr. Spino is currently an independent consultant in risk management. From 2008 to 2011, he held the position of principal advisor with KPMG’s consulting services where he advised asset managers and Canadian banks in financial market risk management and on the evaluation of derivatives. From May 2004 to November 2008, Mr. Spino served as advisor in market risk management at Caisse Centrale Desjardins.
Mr. Spino became a director of GéoMégA in May 2010 and contributed significantly in the success of the company’s Initial Public Offering.
Mr. Spino holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in financial engineering from the Hautes Études Commerciales business school in Montreal.
Denis Hamel, Eng.
Mr. Hamel is currently executive general manager of the Zinc project of Mount Isa Mines, in Australia and a former manager of the Hackett River base metals project in Nunavut. Both projects are held by Glencore. He was, from 2007 to 2013, plant and concentrator operations manager at Xstrata Zinc – Brunswick Mine. From 2005 to 2007, he was processing manager at CBJ-CAIMAN S.A.S., a subsidiary of Cambior Inc. and subsequently of IAMGOLD Corporation, in French Guiana. Between 1993 and 2005, he held various executive positions within Noranda Inc., Cambior Inc. and Xstrata Zinc. While holding these positions, he gained a vast 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 . 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 holds a diploma from the McGill Executive Institute.
Mrs. Lavoie, M.Sc is president and founder of Nexolia Bioénergie Inc., a company founded in 2011 which focuses on project development in the renewable energy sector and investments in the natural resources sector. Nexolia Bioénergie Inc. puts emphasis on sustainable, social and economic development of the remote regions of Québec by implementing projects that create jobs, offer services and provide resources through concrete, transparent and respectful actions towards the communities and the environment.
On July 27, 2016, via its subsidiaries, Nexolia Bioénergie Inc. completed the acquisition of the site and the assets of a pulp and paper plant located in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec, with the objective of transforming it into a cogeneration plant using forestry generated biomass. The entirety of the electricity produced by the plant will be sold to Hydro-Québec Distribution according to a long term supply contract.
Mrs. Lavoie holds a Master’s degree in business management from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
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 to 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.