Benoit La Salle, FCPA, FCA, MBA – Director and Executive Chairman of the Board
Mr. La Salle, FCPA, FCA, has 20 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.
Ugo Landry-Tolszczuk – President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Landry-Tolszczuk was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of SRG in January 2018. Since joining SRG in 2017, Mr. Landry-Tolszczuk held roles of increasing responsibility within the organization including Head of the Technical Committee. Prior experience includes his tenure as Director of Operations at Windiga Energy Inc., a Canadian-based independent power producer, where his responsibilities included corporate operations, financing and project development. Mr. Landry-Tolszczuk holds an honors bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a CFA® charterholder.
Elias J. Elias, LL.L., LL.B. – Vice President Corporate and Legal Affairs
Mr. Elias joined SRG in January 2018 as Vice President Corporate and Legal Affairs. Elias has extensive experience in West Africa in both the mining and the energy sectors. Before joining SRG, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Windiga Energy Inc., a Canadian-based independent power producer. Previously, Mr. Elias was Legal Counsel at SEMAFO, a TSX-listed gold producer with significant presence in West Africa as well as at Gildan Activewear, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated manufacturers of apparel. Mr. Elias holds a civil law degree (summa cum laude) and a common law degree (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa and is a recipient of the Canada SSHRC Graduate Scholarship. He articled with the H. Judge Otis of the Quebec Court of Appeal and is a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2007.
Bakayoko Bouake, Geologist Exploration Manager, West Africa
Mr. Bouaké obtained his geological degree from Institut National Polytechnique F.H.B. of Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire. He joined Falconbridge International Investments Limited in Côte d’Ivoire in 1994 as field geologist for the Touba-Biankouma nickel laterite project where he gained expertise in project management. From 1998 to 2000, he made several visits to the Koniambo nickel laterite project in New Caledonia to assist the local team with setting up their exploration program. Subsequently, Mr. Bouaké was involved with Falconbridge’s nickel sulphide exploration program in the Cape Smith belt and spent time at the Raglan nickel mine in Quebec, Canada. He made several working visits to the Falcondo nickel laterite mining operation in the Dominican Republic and, from 2004 to 2008, was a geological consultant at the newly discovered Serra do Tapas nickel laterite project in Brazil.
Raphaël Beaudoin, P.Eng. – Director of Operations
Raphaël Beaudoin graduated from the McGill University in 2010 with a degree in materials engineering. Raphaël worked as a plant metallurgist at the Minto Mine in the Yukon before joining the Nunavik Nickel Project for Canadian Royalties Inc. in 2012. Raphaël participated in the implementation of the Nunavik Nickel concentrator as a plant metallurgist, and later secured the position of chief metallurgist, where he oversaw many strategic projects of the concentrator. Before he joined Sama Resources, Raphaël worked as the concentrator superintendent also for Canadian Royalties Inc., overseeing the operations, metallurgy, maintenance and power generation of the concentrator. Through his strong mineral processing experience, Raphaël brings valuable expertise to the project for the continuous and efficient development of the Sama projects.
Isabelle Gauthier, CPA, CA – Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Gauthier, completed a B.A. in Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and has been a member of the Ordre des Comptables Agréés du Québec since 1998. She held the position of Senior Director within the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for which she worked as an Auditor from 1996 to 2006. Mrs. Gauthier has over twenty years of accounting experience. She has developed an expertise in consolidation, consolidation of foreign subsidiaries and foreign currency transactions. Through her involvement in various assignments, she acquired a solid experience in management and financial reporting