Jeremie Ryan – President, Chief Executive Officer and Director (4)
Mr. Ryan has worked throughout his career in the forest products industry, in a variety of roles including as union representative. He has worked in the financial sector and has owned and operated local businesses. He has been involved with several non-profit organizations and forged solid relationships with the local community. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ryan’s principal mandate will be to support the Corporation’s growth and assist with the management of community relations in the Pontiac Regional County Municipality where Sphinx conducts exploration activities.
Michel Gauthier – Director (3)
Mr. Gauthier is a consultant and professor of mining exploration at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Mr. Gauthier, recently retired, has extensive knowledge of the mining sector in which he operates since 1970. Over time, Mr. Gauthier has been involved in the generation of mining projects in Canada and internationally. It is for this reason that in 2001 he co-baptized a gold prospect, named Éléonore, in the James Bay region of Quebec. He also acted as an advisor to the Fonds de solidarité FTQ mining portfolio. In the past, he has been, among other duties, a committee member of the mining sector of the Auditor General of Quebec and Advisory Committee of the Quebec Ministry of Energy and Resources-Mines and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SOQUEM. In addition, he was a visiting professor, notably at the University of Concepcion in Chile, the University of Brasilia in Brazil, the University of Western Australia and the University of Liege in Belgium. Mr. Gauthier holds an engineering degree and a Ph.D. in geological engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Lawrence Cannon – Director (1, 2, 3) †
Lawrence Cannon was born in Québec and has a long history of public service at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. He was the Canadian Ambassador to the French Republic from 2012 to 2017. He was an influential member of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, serving from 2008 to 2011 as Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2006 to 2008, he was Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister responsible for Québec in the Government of Canada. In the Quebec government, between 1985 and 1994, Mr. Cannon was Minister of Communications, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of External Trade and Technological Development and also Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism. From 1971 to 1976, he was the executive assistant to Premier Robert Bourassa. At the municipal level, he was Municipal Councillor for the City of Gatineau from 2001 to 2005 and for the City of Cap-Rouge from 1979 to 1985. In early October 2011, he was appointed Chair and Senior Member of the Gowlings Government Affairs Group in Ottawa. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Oceanic Iron Ore Corporation. Mr. Cannon resigned from both these positions when he was appointed Ambassador of Canada to France. From 1994 to 2001, he was Vice President of Government Affairs with Unitel, consultant for Groupe Cannon & Associates. Mr. Cannon holds an M.B.A. from the Université Laval (Québec City) and a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola College in Montréal.
François Biron – Director (1*, 3*, 4*)
Francois Biron has more than 40 years of experience in operational management. He has occupied several senior positions at mine sites with well-known and reputable international mining companies. His expertise includes project evaluation, environmental management and social acceptability for new mining projects which will strengthen the Corporation. Mr. Biron has been involved as General Manager of the Troilus Division of Inmet Mining Corporation, a gold-copper mine in Eeyou Istchee James Bay region about 125 km north of Chibougamau, Quebec, with 260 employees, including 65 from the Cree nation.
Michel Lemieux – Director (1, 2) †
Over more than twenty four years, Michel Lemieux (B. Sc., RI) has gained significant experience in organizational development to elaborate and deploy management and support strategies and programs across a range of manufacturing and service companies. All inspired and guided by the mastery of a combination of concepts and models such as the Toyota model, the German approach and the industry 4.0 concept to optimize the level of performance and the overall performance for sustainable economic and social sustainability.
Ingrid Martin – Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Since 2004, Ingrid Martin works with several mining and exploration organizations in Quebec and has considerable expertise in finance and business acquisitions. From 2001 to 2004, as Molson Canada Regional Accounting Director, she worked on financial reporting, tax compliance and budgeting process. From 1993 to 2001, she worked at Unisource Canada, Inc., a national single-source distributor, performing several accounting and operational functions. Ingrid Martin holds a Bachelor in Business Management from HEC Montreal, Quebec. She is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec since 1990 and started her career working four years as external auditor with the Price Waterhouse firm.
Jean Laforest (2*, 4) †
Jean Laforest has graduated as an Engineer in geology from Laval University in 1987. After working as a geological engineer for various companies including Falconbridge Limited and Anglo-American for 15 years, he founded Les Ressources Tectonic Inc. in 2002 as a geological consultancy provider and private exploration company. Jean has provided geological consultancy over a wide variety of geological environment in more than a dozen countries. In 2017, Mr. Laforest was attributed the Nicolas Denys medal from the AEMQ which recognizes the career of a prospector who, through his work over many years, has made a significant contribution to the development of prospecting and mineral exploration in Quebec.
1. Audit & Risk Management
3. Governance & Nominating
4. Environmental, Health & Safety
* Chair of Committee
† Independent Director