Jean-Marc Lulin, PhD, P.Geo., based in Montreal, Quebec
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Lulin is a senior mining executive and professional geologist with more than 30 years of experience in North America, Africa and Europe. Since June 2003, he has served as President, CEO and Director of Azimut Exploration. Mr. Lulin designed the mineral potential targeting methodology that constitutes the cornerstone of the Company's activity.
Prior engagements include President and COO for Channel Resources (1996-2001), Vice President West Africa for Channel Resources (1995-1996), Chief Geologist for SOQUEM (1992-1995) and the Vior-Mazarin Group (1986-1992), and Geologist for the BRGM (1981-1984).
Mr. Lulin was a director of the Australian company West African Resources (WAF) from 2014 to 2015, following WAF’s acquisition of Channel Resources for which he was a director from 1996 to 2014.
His field of expertise covers prospective mineral resource analysis, risk analysis and global challenges related to the mining industry. At SOQUEM, Mr. Lulin initiated and led a predictive mineral resource assessment program covering the province of Quebec. He has visited more than 190 mines and advanced mining projects in 16 countries, and was very active in strengthening the initial wave of exploration in Burkina Faso during the 1990s.
Mr. Lulin was instrumental in the discoveries of several important deposits:
- In Quebec: Douay (gold), Rex & Rex South (gold, copper, tungsten), North Rae (uranium) and Lac Knife (flake graphite)
- In Africa: Burkina Faso with Channel Resources – Bombore (gold), Bouroum (gold), Goulagou (gold) and Tanlouka (gold), for a total resource of 2.5 million ounces in 2001 (now standing at 10 Moz in 2016); and Mozambique – Meponda (uranium, niobium, tantalum, rare earths).
Mr. Lulin was also President of the Mineral Exploration Association of Quebec (AEMQ), co-founder of the Burkinabe Mining Association and president of the Technical Commission of the World Bank-MIGA 6thAfrican Mining Symposium. He currently sits on the Mining Committee for the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec, and on the Geosciences Committee for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Mr. Lulin was also Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1992-1995) and was a consultant for The World Bank.
Mr. Lulin holds a Doctorate in Economic Geology from the Université d'Orléans (1984), and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Mineral and Energy Resources (1981), a Master's degree in Applied Geology (1980) and a Licence in Earth Sciences (1979) from the Université de Paris VI, France.
Jean-Charles Potvin, B.Sc. (Honours), MBA, based in Toronto, Ontario
Mr. Jean-Charles Potvin is currently Chairman of Vaaldiam Mining Inc and President of Flemish Gold Corp. He is also the CEO of Flemish Gold, a company focusing on gold exploration in sub-Saharan Africa, and a director of Gold Reserve Corporation, a public natural resource company.
Until January 1994, Mr. Potvin was a director and Vice-President of Burns Fry Limited (now Nesbitt Burns Inc) where he evaluated worldwide mining investment opportunities. He had also been involved in securing financing for a number of North American gold producers. From 1994 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Pangea Goldfields Inc, which had extensive holdings in Tanzania, until its acquisition in July 2000 by Barrick Gold Corporation for $204 million.
Mr. Potvin holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Carleton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.
Louis P. Salley, B.A., LL.B., based in Vancouver, British Columbia
Mr. Salley is Managing Partner of Salley Bowes Harwardt Law Corporation, a corporate and securities law firm that focuses on corporate finance, business and corporate law, with particular expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors. He has 40 years of Canadian and international practice as a barrister and solicitor.
Mr. Salley has served as a member of the Board of Directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit national organizations and is currently a Director of several publicly listed issuers.
Mr. Salley holds a B.A. (History & Economics) and a LL.B. from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Law Societies of Alberta and British Columbia.
Jacques Simoneau, PhD, Eng., based in Montreal, Quebec
Jacques Simoneau is a Corporate Director with a comprehensive experience in investment, venture capital and technology. He has been recently appointed President and CEO of Univalor, a limited partnership founded in 2001 whose mission is to accelerate the transfer to industry of the results of research undertaken by researchers from the Université de Montréal, its affiliated schools and most of its affiliated hospitals. Mr Simoneau is a director of Transat A.T. and of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. He serves on the scientific committee of the Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l’aluminium and on the advisory committee of the Université de Montréal’s faculty of medicine.
Mr Simoneau was Executive Vice President Investments at the Business Development Bank of Canada (“BDC”) from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Hydro-Québec CapiTech Inc, Senior Vice-President of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and CEO of Société Innovatech du sud du Québec. He also held executive positions at Advanced Scientific Computing and Alcan.
Mr Simoneau is a mechanical engineer. He holds an MSc from Laval University and a PhD from Queen’s University. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Professional Engineers Ontario, and is certified ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors.