Board of Directors
Laurence (Laurie) Curtis
Director & Chairman
With 40 years of experience in the mining industry and capital markets, Mr. Curtis brings a strong proven track record in corporate development, mine development and project financing to Eastmain.
Mr. Curtis is an economic geologist, geochemist, explorer and developer of precious metals projects, who started his career in Australia and New Guinea. He trained as an explorer and underground geologist and then completed PhD and Post-Doctoral studies in the seventies. In 1978, he discovered and staked what is now Sabina’s George Lake Gold deposit. Mr. Curtis consulted for major mining companies for 20 years in multiple metal commodities including uranium, gold, silver, nickel, copper and industrial minerals before founding Intrepid Minerals in 1996.
As founder of Intrepid Minerals, Mr. Curtis was a key member of the senior management and technical teams, overseeing all aspects from discovery through operations, from 1996 to 2007. While President and CEO of Intrepid, he was responsible for taking the Casposo gold-silver project to full feasibility. The project was later sold to Troy Resources and is still in production. After merging with Nustar Mining Corporation in 2006, Intrepid’s Paulsen Mine produced 70,000 to 78,000 ounces of gold per year for four years, before it was sold to Northern Star Resources in 2010. Later, as Director, Dr. Curtis saw Intrepid transition through merger and acquisition to become a gold producer and developer and, as Intrepid Mines Ltd., ultimately attain a market capitalization in excess of $1.2 billion, due to the discovery of the Tujuh Bukit copper-gold-silver deposit, one of Indonesia’s largest discoveries containing more than 25 M ounces of gold, 80 M ounces of silver and more than 10 billion pounds of copper.
During his distinguished career as an exploration geologist, consultant and director, Mr. Curtis was involved with a number of worldwide discoveries. He led teams to the discovery of several epithermal systems in the Caribbean Basin. He was actively involved as a director on boards of several junior developers with producing mines on several continents, including Wheaton River Minerals, High River Gold Mines, Breakwater Resources and Buryatzoloto. While a director of Breakwater, the Company was sold to Nyrstar for in excess of $700 million.
During the past five years, Dr. Curtis’ 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, including the Tribeca Global Resources Fund.
Mr. Curtis is also currently Director of Toachi Mining Ltd. (formerly Ferrum Americas). He has completed the York University – Schulich School of Business Financial Statement Interpretation course and has experience serving on audit and health and safety committees.
In 2007 Mr. Curtis received the Arbor Award for volunteer work with the University of Toronto and for creating the Explorer Fund, which raises awareness and funding for undergraduate students in the field of Earth Sciences.
Director and President and CEO
Mr. Lemasson is a bilingual Professional Engineer with 30 years of experience in mining construction and operations within Canada, the United States and South America. He graduated from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program, and brings strong leadership, management and team-building skills.
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. His experience spans advanced mineral exploration, technical studies, project development and management, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate development.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Lemasson served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Guyana Goldfields. He led the transition from an exploration company to a developer, moving a major core gold asset, the Aurora Gold Mine, from an early resource-estimation stage to the pre-development phase, through the processes of advanced exploration, resource estimations, preliminary economic assessment and feasibility study.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Lemasson was Goldcorp’s General Manager of Projects for Canada and the United States and was specifically responsible for its subsidiary Les Mines Opinaca’s Éléonore Project, located in James Bay, Northern Québec. In his capacity as General Manager, he was responsible for all project management activities at Éléonore, including administration, logistics, human resources, community affairs, project exploration, environmental permitting, general management, corporate relations, and the scoping and pre-feasibility studies for the project, particularly as they related to geology, mining and processing, infrastructure and economic analysis.
Previously, from 2000-2006, Mr. Lemasson held the position of Mine General Manager at Goldcorp’s Red Lake operations, where he was largely responsible for production growth to 600,000 ounces per year through the development of the mine’s high-grade zone.
Prior to Goldcorp, Mr. Lemasson was Project Construction manager with Merit Consultants International, where he oversaw engineering and construction of the commissioning of Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine in Northern Ontario.
Mr. Lemasson currently sits on the board of Premier Gold Mines Ltd.
Ms. Brown is a mining industry professional with over 20 years of experience in the mining and financial sectors. She is currently the Vice President of Corporate Development for Primero Mining Corp. and sits on the Board of Superior Gold Inc.
Ms. Brown was previously Vice President, Investor Relations for Primero from 2010 to 2015 and Director of Investor Relations for IAMGOLD Corp. from 2009 to 2010. Formerly, Ms. Brown was an investor relations consultant for several junior exploration companies, partner of a boutique investment banking firm and a professional engineer in the mining industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Curtin University in Australia and has completed the Chartered Business Valuator course at York University.
Mike Hoffman is an experienced mining executive with over 30 years of practice in the mining industry including engineering, mine operations, corporate development, contracting, consulting, projects and construction. He has direct experience in a number of commodities including coal, precious metals, base metals, uranium and potash. In his past duties as CEO, he was directly involved in numerous financings.
Mr. Hoffman started his career in the Canadian mining industry, working his way through engineering and mine operating roles for a number of mines across Canada, including the Arctic. In the late 1990’s, he moved to Toronto with Rio Algom and worked on both the Antamina and Spence projects in Peru and Chile, respectively. He worked for Goldcorp as Vice President, Projects and oversaw both feasibility and construction of the #3 shaft mining complex, and was responsible for the due diligence and integration of Goldcorp with Wheaton River Minerals. He worked as Vice President, Projects for Desert Sun Mining on the expansion of the Jacobina Mine in Brazil and stayed with Yamana as an executive after the merger with Desert Sun Mining. After Yamana, Mr. Hoffman then became President and CEO of Kria Resources, which acquired a number of base metal projects in Canada and later merged with Trevali Resources. He was founder and CEO of Crocodile Gold, which acquired a number of gold assets in Australia and subsequently, after he left, merged with Newmarket Gold. Since his time with Crocodile Gold, Mr. Hoffman has been active as Principal of M Hoffman Consulting Ltd. which provides advisory services to the mining industry. He has assisted on a number of projects including Belo Sun Mining, Brazil Potash and African Thunder Platinum.
Mr. Hoffman’s northern Canadian experience includes operating roles, contracting experience and construction experience in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northern Manitoba and northern Ontario.
In addition to being a director of Eastmain Resources, he is also a director of Trevali Resources and Kombat Copper. He has experience serving on audit committees, sustainability committees 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.
Mr. Schultz currently serves as an independent director on the Board of Directors for Klondex Mines Ltd. (since June 2012) and sat on the Board of Directors of VMS Ventures Inc. prior to its sale to Royal Nickel Corporation. From June 2012 to September 2014, he served as Chairman of Klondex Mines. As Chairman, Mr. Schultz played a vital role in restructuring the corporation out of insolvency, and to attract and hire new key management. As Executive Director from September 2014 to June 2015, he focused on finance, capital markets and business development. Mr. Schultz’ role was integral in multiple capital raises totalling over $200 Million through the equity, structured debt and royalty markets as Klondex made the acquisition of a complementary mine and mill to their flagship Fire Creek mine. Since then, the company has expanded into Canada with the purchase of a past producing mine and mill in Manitoba, and continued its expansion within Nevada with the purchase of the Hollister Mine and Esmerelda Milling facility. Over the past few years Klondex progressed from an insolvent exploration company into a one of the TSX’s great mining success stories during a difficult gold cycle.
At VMS Ventures Inc., he was an independent Director, Chair of the Special Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. As Chair of the Special Committee he oversaw a process to maximize shareholder value, and successfully announced a public sales transaction with Royal Nickel Corporation.
Mr. Schultz previously spent 13 years with K2 & Associates Investment Management Inc. He was Vice President and held various positions most notably, Head of Special Situation, Portfolio Management and Trading. He is currently part owner and director of RYR Sports Inc., a private hockey equipment manufacturer based in Toronto, Canada. He also manages his family office, Blair Schultz Investco Inc. and consults for various private and public companies through his corporation, Schultz Capital. 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.
Mr. Thiboutot has been a major contributor to the co-discovery of more than 20 million ounces of gold during his 35-year career working for major, mid-tier, and junior mining companies. He brings to Eastmain Resources, as an expert advisor, 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.
Mr. Thiboutot has a comprehensive exploration and mining background. He was formerly 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 (Mulatos Mine) and Turkey (Agi Dagi Mine), 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 in northern Québec where he was responsible for overall project management and the geological portion of the feasibility study of Éléonore. While at Placer Dome, he held various senior positions including Project Geologist, Project Manager, Country Manager and Exploration Manager; worked on multiple advanced stage projects in diverse countries such as Canada, USA, Tanzania, Niger, Venezuela, and Mexico, amongst others during his 24 years with the company.
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.