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.
Dr. Audet has over 30 years of geological experience in Base Metals exploration and development, including international nickel sulphide and laterite exploration and development with major mining companies such as Xstrata Nickel and Falconbridge. During his career, he specialized in Project Management in foreign countries as well as in Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimations and reporting. He has been actively involved in exploration projects for Falconbridge/Xstrata Nickel in Canada, Africa, South America and in Caribbean.
In addition to having discovered the Samapleu Ni-Cu-PGE suite of deposits in Côte d’Ivoire and the Lola Graphite deposit in Guinea, his project experience includes the New Caledonia’s Koniambo nickel cobalt laterite project, the Falcondo nickel laterite operation in Dominican Republic, the discovery of Serra do Tapas and Vale dos Sonhos nickel cobalt-scandium deposits in Brazil and more recently the discovery of the Gogota nickel cobalt-scandium laterite in Guinea. Dr. Audet was the Manager of Resource Estimations and Mine Development, and the Exploration Manager for Falconbridge in New Caledonia. In the 90s, he was the Director of Operations for Falconbridge International Investments Limited in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.
Quentin Markin – Director
Mr. Markin is the Executive Vice-President, Business Development and Strategy Execution at Ivanhoe Electric Inc., a position he has held since January 2023. He is a seasoned mining lawyer with 24 years’ experience, all with the Canadian firm Stikeman Elliott L.L.P., where he was a partner from 2008 till December 2022. Mr. Markin’s practice focused on M&A, project development and financing matters for mining companies globally and has been recognized by international legal consultancy Chambers for 11 years as a mining law expert. Mr. Markin has acted for Ivanhoe Electric since its inception, as well as other Ivanhoe Group companies, including Ivanhoe Mines, but also senior producers, junior exploration companies and investment banks. His notable transactions outside of the Ivanhoe group include the 2007 C$1.2 billion IPO of Franco-Nevada and the 2015 acquisition by OceanaGold of Romarco Minerals and its Haile Gold Mine located in South Carolina for around C$856 million. Mr. Markin received his Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada and holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Ottawa, Canada.