Board of Directors

Michel Baril

Michel Baril


Chairman of the Board
Mechanical engineer, with over 30 years of experience in management. Mr. Baril was a top executive with Bombardier Inc. Presently he acts as director of numerous public and private companies.
François Biron

François Biron


Director
Mr. François Biron is a senior professional mining engineer with 40 years of experience in the mining industry. His extensive experience in mining operations has been developed through acting in several senior site-based positions with well-known international mining companies, and recently he has acquired experience in the executive management of a Canadian industrial minerals company.

Mr. Biron has an entrepreneurial vision oriented towards business development and a perspective of industry growth with respect to the environment. He participate in the management of major open pit mines with the best operating standards to achieve goals and corporate objectives. Mr. Biron elaborate recently a new mining project in introducing the social acceptability concept and public consultations in the local communities where the project will be implement, based on the latest automation mining technologies and to improve the mining process.
Guy Bourassa

Guy Bourassa


Director
Mr. Bourassa is President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium Inc. since the Company’s inception in 2008, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry to this role. Among other things he was instrumental in identifying and negotiating the acquisition of the Whabouchi lithium property and securing over $1.25 billion through different types of financing to develop the Whabouchi project. Through his leadership, the Company brought an historical lithium showing to a world class deposit and has developed new innovative processes of producing high purity lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate, which should allow Nemaska to become a world leader in these lithium salts markets.

Mr. Bourassa is a recognized industry expert on lithium exploration and development and has spoken at numerous national and international conference. Throughout his career, Mr. Bourassa has been involved in exploration and mining companies as President and CEO, legal counsel and in-house corporate counsel and director. These companies were producers of gold, copper, calcite and dolomite. Mr. Bourassa holds a law degree from Université Laval.
Paul-Henri Couture

Paul-Henri Couture


Director
Mr. Paul-Henri Couture has over 35 years of experience as a financial management and investment professional. He has held senior positions at the Caisse de dépôt and placement du Québec and at Sentient Asset Management Canada.

During his tenure at the Caisse, Mr. Couture led a team responsible for a $3 billion investment portfolio with a focus on financial institutions and natural resources sectors. He also launched two innovative mining funds: Groupe Sodémex Inc. and MinQuest Capital. He built and developed a $3-billion portfolio in turnarounds and corporate restructurings. Mr. Couture is President of Minvest Capital, a business providing management and investing consulting services.
Vanessa Laplante

Vanessa Laplante


Director
Ms. Vanessa Laplante has more than 25 years of experience in finance, accounting and taxation, including 12 years in the mining industry. Ms. Laplante is a member of the board of directors of the Quebec Mining Association (QMA) since 2015 and chairs its tax committee.

A leader in her field, Ms. Laplante has developed expertise in mining management and taxation through her experience with major Canadian gold producers. She currently holds the position of Director of Taxation and of the Montreal Office of the Canadian Malartic Partnership, a joint venture between Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Yamana Gold Inc., which operates the Canadian Malartic Mine. She is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.
Shigeki (Sean) Miwa

Shigeki (Sean) Miwa


Director
Shigeki (Sean) Miwa holds several positions concurrently within the SoftBank Group including Representative Director & CEO of SB Energy Corp. (from 2017), General Manager – CEO Project Office (from 2016) at SoftBank Group Corp., Board Member of the Renewable Energy Institute (from 2014), Representative Director & CEO of Bloom Energy Japan Ltd. (from 2013) and Director of Clean Energy Asia LLC (from 2012). Before joining SoftBank in 2011, he worked for Mitsui & Co. Ltd., from 1991 mainly in the natural resources and energy sector, based in Tokyo, Sydney and Brisbane.

Mr. Miwa graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with a B.A. in History, received a Master of Financial Management and an MBA from the Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University in Sydney, and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.
Jacques Mallette

Jacques Mallette


Director
Mr. Jacques Mallette is President and an entrepreneur investor of Raymor Industries Inc., a high technology company specialized in manufacturing advanced carbon materials for batteries and electronics. He is also a seasoned director with considerable experience within international companies.

Mr. Mallette previously served as CFO of Québecor Inc. and Cascades Paperboard International Inc. He also acted as President & CEO of this latter company and of World Color Press Inc. He is a member of the Québec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants and graduated from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal.
Luc Séguin

Luc Séguin


Director
Mr. Luc Séguin is a consultant and a Certified Company Director (ASC). He has 25 years of experience in operational and general management in the industrial sector, including eight years in Europe, as well as twelve years in corporate development and financing.

He was notably Senior Vice President, Mines, Metals, Energy and Environment at the Société générale de financement du Québec, and Vice President at Investissement Québec. He is a member of Québec’s Ordre des ingénieurs, graduated from l’École Polytechnique in Montreal.