Benoit La Salle, FCPA, FCA, MBA – Director and 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.
Marc-Antoine Audet, BSc, MSc and Ph.D (Geology), P.Geo – Director and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. 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.
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.
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
Ms. Kathleen Jones-Bartels – Corporate Secretary
Ms. Jones-Bartels has over 25 years experience in the TSX Venture Exchange industry working as a senior securities paralegal, as well as providing regulatory and corporate services to both public and private companies. Ms. Jones-Bartels has also served in the capacity of Corporate Secretary for companies listed on both the TSX Venture Exchange and NYSE MKT.