Directors & Managers
CEO & President
Mr. Morissette has been involved in Canadian mining for over 30 years. He has founded and developed several mining exploration companies. From 1993 to 1996, he held the position of President at Silver Star Resources Inc., which later became Perlite Canada Inc. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Morissette was President of Golden Gram Resources Inc., which became Golden Gram Capital Inc. He also founded Essor Resources, Canaco Resources and Eider Resources.
Martin Nicoletti, CPA, CGA
Mr Nicoletti is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) with more than 31 years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting specialization. Mr. Nicoletti is also president of Corporation Financière SKTM Ltée and chief financial officer of several other mining companies.
Bernard Lapointe, Ph.D, P.Geo
Member of the OGQ and Qualified Person (QP) according to National Instrument 43-101
Bernard Lapointe has extensive business experience, having spent more than 35 years in the resource sector in exploration and project development. He founded Arianne Resources in 1997 and headed the company until 2013 that became Arianne Phosphate. Mr. Lapointe contributed to the discovery and development of the Lac à Paul project located in Quebec, one of the largest phosphate projects in the world. Mr. Lapointe is now a semi-retired geologist, consultant and private investor. He sits on several technical and strategic committees of public and private exploration companies and is a lecturer of exploration funding at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
He holds a B.A. in Geology (Montreal) from a Master’s degree in Structural Geology (Chicoutimi) and a Ph.D. in mineral resources of the Université du Québec (Chicoutimi).
Luc Gervais, Eng.
Mr. Gervais has 35 years of engineering, construction and maintenance experience in the mining and metallurgical sectors. He has held several management positions for metallurgical producers as well as for contractors and consulting engineering firms. He has directed numerous studies for mining companies and worked on various projects in Canada such as the Perseverance mine, extension of Mont-Wright in Fermont, extension of potash factories in Colonsay and Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, as well as setting up the Port Daniel Cement Plant. Abroad, he worked on the design of the incineration gas treatment of electronic components at Micro Metallics, in California, design and installation of a Noranda Reactor at the Daye Corp. foundry, in the Hubei province, China, commissioning and setting-up a lithium pilot plant in Centenario-Ratones in north-west Argentina. Mr. Gervais has a strong business experience, he is a graduate mining engineer from Laval University and a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec (OIQ).
Director & VP. Public Relations
Mr. Plouffe is a former successful VP Senior Investment Advisor with Canadian brokerages firms such as BMO Nesbitt Burns and Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, from which he achieved the Chairman’s Club level for his strong performance during many years. In his 10 years career, he has been involved in financings and transactions valued at over $1 billion.
Mr. Plouffe is President and CEO of Sediamek Inc., a private entity specialized in finding undervalued projects in emerging markets and structuring those projects to make them successful. It brought him to travel all over the world and to develop strong management skills. He co-founded and financed mining projects mostly in Central Africa and South America. He always emphasized the charitable aspects of his projects and he set-up some related organizations and structures worldwide.
Mr. Plouffe was instrumental in the success of several Canadian and International companies, both in private and public sectors, particularly in mining and technology. He is recognized for his management and ability to build and efficiently grow any corporations that he’s involved with. Mr. Plouffe is also a good communicator and speaks multiple languages such as English, French and Spanish.
Mr. Plouffe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Finance and Marketing from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales of Montreal.
Mr. Richard is currently a partner at the Montreal office of Boyden, a global executive recruitment firm. Mr. Richard has extensive experience in sales and business development in the financial communications sector. He was Sales Director, Quebec and Eastern Canada for Donnelley Financial Solutions (previously RR Donnelley- NYSE:DFIN) as well as Vice-President, Sales for Bowne Financial Communications (NYSE:BNE). Mr. Richard also worked as a financial analyst for the Autorité des Marchés financiers («AMF»). Mr. Richard holds an MBA from Cornell Johnson School of Business and is also a member of the “Barreau du Québec” since 1999.
Mr. Hamel is an Associate Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute, an independent public policy think tank focused on proposing reforms based on market principles and entrepreneurship. He is also an invited lecturer at ESG+ UQAM and École des Dirigeants HEC Montréal.
Mr. Hamel has recognized expertise in various emerging markets where he has contributed to several mobile payments and alternative banking projects. A pioneer of the Fintech community in Canada, he has contributed to numerous financial and technological conferences around the world.
Mr. Hamel is a member of the Advisory Committee on Technological Innovation of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) since 2017.
Director & VP. Public Relations - Western Canada
Claytens completed three years of Geology at the University of British Columbia before transferring faculties and receiving his Bachelors degree in Economics in 1984, specializing in resource economics. he completed the Canadian Securities Course in 1985 and became a stockbroker and mining analyst with Yorkton Securities in North Vancouver, B.C.
In 1989, he was hired by a group of mining companies based in Vancouver, B.C., for the position of Vice-President of Finance. During this tenure, he was instrumental in the completion of numerous secondary financings with brokerage firms. In 1991 started my own consulting company, Can Am Equity specializing in taking companies public and managing them on the TSX Venture Exchange. In 1992 he took Vantex Resources public on the TSX Exchange. This junior mining company had a small gold producing property in B.C., and a nickel/iron/cobalt discovery near Sept- Iles, Quebec.
In 1997, he started a public oil and gas company, Mount Dakota Energy Corp., with operations in Alberta, Canada. Over the past 16 years, he has hands on experience in organizing, drilling, and completing oil and gas wells in Alberta. At its peak, Mount Dakota had almost 100bpd of oil production. The company was later sold to a Chinese investment fund.
Since 2014, he started a private oil and gas company with flowing oil wells in Central, Alberta and sourcing mid-sized oil and gas projects for an Chinese investment fund looking for assets in Alberta.