Management Team

Claude Lemasson, P.Eng, MBA
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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.

 

Joe Fazzini, CPA, CA, CFA
CFO and Vice President Corporate Development

Mr. Fazzini graduated from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management with a Bachelor of Commerce and followed up his education earning both the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. Mr. Fazzini spent the first half of his career in PwC’s Toronto Audit practice, overseeing the audit of consolidated financial statements and MD&A disclosures. More specifically, his responsibilities entailed key risk assessment via impairment analysis, financial covenant testing and reviewing consolidated audit work with an emphasis on high-risk Canadian and U.S.-listed mining issuers.

Subsequent to his audit experience with PwC, Mr. Fazzini joined Dundee Capital Markets where he most recently served as Vice President, Senior Mining Analyst covering Precious Metals Equities. While at Dundee, he modeled, analyzed and advised global institutional investors as well as mining companies ranging from junior gold explorers to intermediate producers. Through his work as a publishing mining analyst, Mr. Fazzini will bring deep relationships across the capital markets community as well as an in-depth background in financial statement analysis, project finance and investment valuation.

 

William McGuinty, P.Geo
Vice President Exploration

Mr. McGuinty has worked in Canada and internationally for mineral exploration companies since 1981. Most recently he served as VP Operations at Globex Mining Exploration. Prior to that he was VP Exploration at Queenston Mining Inc. until its acquisition by Osisko Mining in 2012 and VP Exploration in South and Central America for Intrepid Mines until its takeover in 2008. His work experience spans all aspects of exploration management through to completion of environmental and feasibility studies in Canada and Latin America. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec. He has served as Co-chair of the Advisory Panel to Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor and is a member of the PDAC CSR Committee.

 

Alison Dwoskin, CPIR
Manager Investor Relations

Mrs. Dwoskin has more than 10 years of experience in investor relations and corporate communications for publicly traded companies. She began her career at a Toronto-based investor relations firm where she was responsible for the development and implementation of investor relations programs. Most recently, she held the position of Manager Investor Relations at Klondex Mines Ltd and was responsible for the development of the company's marketing and investor relations programs. From early 2013, she played a key role in supporting the transition of Klondex from exploration and development, into a low-cost gold producer.

Mrs. Dwoskin graduated with an Hons. BA, and a Marketing Management Certificate. She followed up her education with by earning the Certified Investor Relations Professional designation, by IVEY School of Business and CIRI.

 

George Duguay, FCIS, CPA, CGA
Corporate Secretary

Mr. Duguay is a Certified General Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. He has been the President of G. Duguay Services Inc. since January 1989, a partner of Duguay and Ringler Corporate Services, a provider of corporate and financial administrative services to public companies, until February 2006. In addition, Mr. Duguay was a co-founder of Equity Financial Trust Company, a provider of transfer agent and corporate trust services. G. Duguay Services Inc. continues to act as a consultant in this area. He presently is Corporate Secretary of three public companies in the resource sector, and a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Intrinsyc Software International, Inc.