Board of Directors
Mr. La Salle, FCPA, FCA, has 17 years of experience in the development and operation of mining projects in West Africa. In 1995, he founded Canadian based SEMAFO Inc. (TSX, OMX: SMF), a successful gold producer in West Africa. In October 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of The Canadian Council on Africa. In 1980, Mr. La Salle founded Grou, La Salle and Associates Inc., Chartered Accountants. He has served on the boards of several public companies and is the former Chairman of the Board of Plan International Canada, one of the world's largest non-governmental organizations. Mr. La Salle is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. La Salle holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration degree from IMEDE, Switzerland.
Mr. Audet has over 27 years of geological experience in international nickel laterite exploration and development with major mining companies such as Xstrata Nickel and Falconbridge. His project experience includes the Falcondo laterite nickel operation, the newly discovered Serra do Tapas and Vale dos Sonhos deposits in Brazil and New Caledonia's Koniambo nickel cobalt laterite project. Dr. Audet was the Manager of Resource Estimation and Mine Development, and the Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist for Falconbridge in New Caledonia. He also served as the Senior Project Geologist and Director of Operations for Falconbridge International Investments Limited in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.
Marc Filion is a certified board director and company executive. He currently sits on a number of boards as chairman of the board or as an active audit and compensation, nominating and corporate governance committee member. A geological engineer by training, Dr. Filion exercised his technical skills in Canada and abroad while at the employ of SOQUEM, SNC-Lavalin and CHIM International for over 40 years. He was also the Chairman of SOQUEM from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Filion served as President and Chief Operating Officer of SGF Mineral Inc. from 1998 to 2004 and also as Senior Vice President, Investments for Mines, Minerals and Materials for SGF from 2004 to 2006. Recent assignments involved his expertise in bringing a graphite deposit into production in Asia and the development of an eco-friendly extractive metallurgical technology for nickel deposits. Dr. Filion has been active on numerous boards of small and large mines and metals companies and offers in-depth experience in the development and management of capital intensive world-class industrial projects in joint venture with international business partners.
Mr. Hilditch has over 15 years experience in the natural resource sector and has held the position of President, CEO and Director of numerous TSX Venture listed companies including Salares Lithium Inc. (TSX.V: LIT) which merged with Talison Lithium Inc (TSX: TLH) to become the world’s largest producing lithium company in a $340 million merger. Mr. Hilditch has been President and CEO of Terraco since inception in 1995 and manages all aspects of the day to day business of Terraco. Mr. Hilditch graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, majoring in Finance.
Mr. Quesnel served for over 5 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines of Montreal. He has over 32 years of senior mine management and engineering experience at large gold, copper, nickel and iron ore mining properties in Canada and the Western USA. He has successfully developed, commissioned, operated and expanded mining operations, both open pit and underground. Since 1979, he has also worked as a mine manager or mining engineer of several mining companies including Ledcor CMI Limited, JS Redpath Limited, Les Mines McWatters, Barrick Goldstrike, Quebec Cartier Mining and Placer Dome. Mr. Quesnel is also a director of Colt Resources Inc. He is a Professional Mining Engineer in Quebec and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University.
Mr. Aubut has been a corporate lawyer for more than 30 years. Renowned for his involvement in professional hockey, Mr. Aubut was President, CEO and co-owner of the Québec Nordiques. Mr. Aubut was President of the Canadian Olympic Committee until 2015. He is the founding President of Québec Metro High Tech Park. Mr. Aubut has been involved with numerous companies and boards including, among others, Atomic Energy of Canada, Olymel L.P. (Olybro), Æterna Zentaris Inc., Boralex Power Income Fund, Whole Foods Market Canada, Hydro-Québec (Executive Committee), Purolator Courier Ltd., Tremblant Resort, Cinar Inc., Investors Group Inc., Transforce Inc., Intra Continental Insurers Ltd., Boréal Assurances Agricoles Inc., Entreprises Premier CDN Ltée, Les Industries Amisco Ltée, Donohue Matane Inc., Innovatech Québec, Textile Dionne. Mr. Aubut is also Chairman of the Board and a director of Century Iron Mines Corporation. He has also presided over the establishment of numerous industrial projects in the greater region of Québec City. Mr. Aubut received the Medal of the National Assembly of Québec in 1981 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1986. In the same year, he became a Member of the Order of Canada and was elevated to the rank of Officer in 1993. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Ryan is a geologist with more than 25 years' international experience in the mineral exploration industry. He has managed exploration projects in Australia, Africa, China, India, Russia, Fiji and Indonesia and spent 3 years in the venture capital industry as an Investment and Business Development Manager for an international venture capital group. Mr. Ryan is the Executive General Manager - Exploration of MMG Limited ("MMG"), a mid tier global resources company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1208). He was appointed to the Executive Committee of MMG on its formation in June 2009 in the capacity of Executive General Manager -- Exploration. Mr. Ryan is also a director of a number of MMG's subsidiaries. He has held various positions with OZ Minerals Limited, the Zernike Group of companies and Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Limited.