Board of Directors

Laurence (Laurie) Curtis
Director & Chairman

Mr. Curtis, a director of Eastmain since September 2015, held positions of CEO, COO and director of Intrepid Minerals, which transitioned through merger and acquisition to become a gold producer and developer. He was actively involved as director on boards of several junior developers with producing mines on several continents, including Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., High River Gold Mines Ltd., Breakwater Resources and Buryatzoloto. During the past five years Laurie’s career shifted into the financial sector where he was Research Analyst Mining for Clarus Securities then subsequently was Vice President, Senior Analyst Global Resources for Dundee Capital Markets. Most recently he has become Technical Advisor, Capital Markets for a number of funds. Laurie is also currently a Director of Toachi Mining Inc and Excellon Resources.

 

Claude Lemasson
Director and President and CEO

Mr. Lemasson became a director of Eastmain in 2015 before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. Throughout his career, Mr. Lemasson has been responsible for the design, construction, implementation, management and supervision of multiple aspects of both open-pit and underground gold mining operations. Claude previously held senior mine development and operational roles with Goldcorp Inc., where as Mine General Manager for the Red Lake Mine, he was largely responsible for production growth to 600,000 ounces per year through the development of the mine’s high-grade zone. Later, as Goldcorp Inc.’s General Manager of Projects for Canada and the U.S., Claude was responsible for the management and advancement of the Éléonore Project. Claude served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Guyana Goldfields Inc., where as a key member of the leadership team, he was directly involved in the strategic direction of transitioning from an exploration company to a developer, moving a core asset from an early resource-estimation stage to the pre-development phase. Claude is also currently a Director of Premier Gold Mines Limited.

 

Michael Hoffman
Director

Mr. Hoffman, a director of Eastmain since March 2016, is an experienced mining executive with over 30 years of practice in the mining industry including engineering, mine operations, corporate development,  projects and construction. He has direct experience in a number of commodities including coal, precious metals, base metals and potash.  Mr. Hoffman also has direct northern Canadian mining experience including operations and projects.  In addition to being a director of Eastmain, he is also a director of Trevali Mining Corporation and of Havilah Mining. He has experience serving on audit committees, sustainability committees, nominating and governance and compensation committees.

Mr. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

 

Maura Lendon
Director

Ms. Lendon, a director since July 2018, is a seasoned, internationally-experienced general counsel with over 20 years’ experience in the mining and telecom industries gained after initially practicing with top Bay Street law firms. Ms. Lendon was Chief General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Primero Mining from 2012 to 2018. Ms. Lendon was Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Hudbay Minerals from 2008 to 2011, and prior to that was Chief Counsel, Canada and Chief Privacy Officer (Canada) of AT&T. Ms. Lendon is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program and has previously served on other not-for-profit and public boards.

She holds a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Laws from University of Western Ontario. 

 

Blair Schultz
Director

Mr. Schultz, a director since April 2016 and brings over 20 years of experience in financial, operational, project finance and capital markets experience. Mr. Schultz served as Interim CEO of Havilah Mining from June 2018 to January 2019. He is Chairman of Board of Directors for Havilah Mining (from March 2018) and Ring the Bell Capital Corp (CPC launched February 2018) and formerly for Klondex Mines Ltd. (from June 2012 to September 2018), OK2 Minerals (since August 2016 to September 2018), and VMS Ventures Inc. (from July 2015 to April 2016). His board duties have included Chairman, Audit Committee Chair, Special Committee Chair and members of Compensation, Governance, Health and Safety and Nomination committees. From October 2016 to September 2017, Blair became interim President and CEO of Langhaus Financial, a firm that designs customized wealth and capital planning structures and lends capital through debt and private equity for Canada's leading mid-market entrepreneurs. He served as Chairman of Klondex from June 2012 to September 2014. As Chairman, Mr. Schultz played a vital role in restructuring the Company and later took a temporary role with the executive at Klondex from September 2014 to August 2015. Prior to his time at Klondex, Mr. Schultz spent 13 years from 2001 to 2014 with K2 and Associates Investment Management Inc. He was Vice President and held various positions most notably, Head of Special Situations, Portfolio Management and Trading.

Mr. Schultz holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo with a Business Administration option from Wilfred Laurier University.

 

Herve Thiboutot, BSc., Eng.
Director 

Mr. Thiboutot, a director since April 2017, and has been a major contributor to the co-discovery of more than 20 million ounces of gold during his 34-year career working for major, mid-tier, and junior mining companies. He brings to Eastmain Resources, a wealth of experience in all aspects of exploration from generating, negotiating and managing projects, to corporate, community and governmental relations, and in liaising with project and mine development engineers. He was most recently Senior Vice President at Integra Gold, where he led the team that discovered the multi-million ounce Triangle and No. 4 Plug gold deposits in the heart of the Val-d’Or district. While Alamos Gold’s Vice President of Exploration in Mexico and Turkey, he was instrumental in doubling the global gold resources and reserves to more than five million ounces of gold in less than three years.  He was also the Project Manager for Goldcorp’s Éléonore Mine. He was responsible for overall project management and geological portion of the feasibility study of Goldcorp’s Éléonore Project in northern Québec. While at Placer Dome, he held various senior positions including Project Geologist, Project Manager, Country Manager and Exploration Manager.

Mr. Thiboutot is a geological engineer graduating from Laval University, Québec City, QC, and is a member in good standing with the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.