Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sean Roosen is the Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. Mr. Roosen was a founding member of Osisko Mining Corporation (2003) and of EurAsia Holding AG, a European venture capital fund. Mr. Roosen has over 30 years of progressive experience in the mining industry. As founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Osisko Mining Corporation, he was responsible for developing the strategic plan for the discovery, financing and development of the Canadian Malartic Mine. He also led the efforts for the maximization of shareholders’ value in the sale of Osisko Mining Corporation, which resulted in the creation of Osisko. Mr. Roosen is an active participant in the resource sector and in the formation of new companies to explore for mineral deposits both in Canada and internationally. He serves on the board of directors of Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd., Falco Resources Ltd. (“Falco Resources”) and Osisko Mining, as a representative of Osisko in investee companies.
Mr. Roosen has been recognized by several organizations for his entrepreneurial successes and his leadership in innovative sustainability practices.
Mr. Roosen is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines.
Joanne Ferstman, CPA, CA
Ms. Joanne Ferstman is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a corporate Director. She has over 20 years of progressive experience in the financial industry, where she was until 2012 officer of Dundee Capital Market Inc., a full service investment dealer with principal businesses that include investment banking, institutional sales and trading, and private client financial advisory. She has held several leadership positions within Dundee Corporation and DundeeWealth Inc., where she was responsible for strategic development, financial and regulatory reporting and risk management.
Ms. Ferstman holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate degree in Public Accountancy from McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Françoise Bertrand, O.C., C.Q.
Ms. Françoise Bertrand has held leadership roles in public and private organizations. She was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, President of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC), President and Chief Executive Officer of Société de radio-télévision du Québec (Télé-Québec), and Dean of Resource Management at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She also serves the Board of Directors of various government and charitable organizations.
Ms. Bertrand holds a Bachelor of Arts – Major in Sociology from Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She is a graduate from the Directors Education Program sponsored by the Institute of Directors of Canada and the Rotman School of Management – McGill.
Ms. Bertrand’s outstanding career achievements have led her to be appointed as a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Victor H. Bradley, CPA, CA
Mr. Victor H. Bradley brings over 50 years of leadership experience in the mineral industry. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Mr. Bradley has played financial leadership roles early in his career and has founded several mining companies. He is the founder of Yamana Gold Inc. (1994), where he held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Lead Director. He is a former Chairman of Osisko Mining Corporation (2007-2014) and has held several directorships of emerging mining companies.
Educated in England, Mr. Bradley is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec since the 1960s.
John F. Burzynski, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Mr. John Burzynski is President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Osisko Mining, an investee company of the Corporation. He was Senior Vice President, New Business Development of the Corporation until August 31, 2016. Mr. Burzynski has over 30 years of international experience in exploration and development of mining projects. He also has experience in developing strategy, financing and marketing of emerging companies. He is one of the three founders of Osisko Mining Corporation (2003) where he held various positions, including Vice President Exploration, Vice President Corporate Development and Director of the Corporation. He is also a founding member of EurAsia Holding AG, a European venture capital fund.
Mr. Burzynski holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in geology from Mount Allison University, and a Master of Science in exploration and mineral economics from Queen’s University.
Pierre Chenard, LL.B.
Since 2011, Mr. Chenard has been the Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel, Aluminium at Rio Tinto Aluminum. Mr. Chenard has held progressive roles in both the corporate development and legal areas, including General Counsel, Rio Tinto Global Aluminium and Canada (2007-2011), Vice President and General Counsel at Alcan Inc. (2000-2007) and Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Cambior Inc. (1988-2000). Mr. Chenard earned Civil and Common Law degrees from McGill University and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1984.
Christopher C. Curfman
Mr. Christopher C. Curfman is a retired senior executive of Caterpillar Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers to the mining industry. During his 21 year career with Caterpillar, Mr. Curfman has held several progressive positions in Asia, Australia and USA, including Senior Vice President of Caterpillar and President of Caterpillar Global Mining from 2011 to his retirement at the end of 2015. Mr. Curfman also held senior positions with Deere & Company prior to joining Caterpillar. He has extensive international experience and a customer focused legacy at Caterpillar. His global leadership was key to Caterpillar’s success in the mining industry. He also served as a board member at various organizations, including the Canadian Institute of Mining, the National Mining Association, the World Coal Association and several universities.
Mr. Curfman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northwestern University, and has completed certificate programs in accounting and finance from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 1991, a three-year executive program from Louisiana State University in 1997 and the executive program of Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2002. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Mining Engineering from the University Missouri-Rolla in 2013.
André Gaumond, M.Sc., Eng.
Mr. André Gaumond was Senior Vice President, Northern Development and Director of the Corporation until he retired from his executive position in November 2016. A geological engineer by training, Mr. Gaumond has been recognized by several organizations for his entrepreneurial and geological achievements. Mr. Gaumond has been the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Gold Mines Inc. which discovered the Éléonore deposit, and was later sold to Goldcorp Inc. He continued his geological work in the James Bay area through Virginia Mines Inc. (“Virginia”) which had retained a royalty on Éléonore, and concluded a merger transaction with Osisko in February 2015. He has extensive experience in the strategic development, financing and execution of search programs for new mineral deposits. He has also been recognized for his leadership role in various sustainability initiatives, including the recognition for the creation of Fonds Restor-Action Nunavik. Mr. Gaumond was a nominee to Osisko Board by Virginia as part of the Osisko-Virginia business combination.
Mr. Gaumond holds a Bachelor of Geological Engineering from Université Laval and a Master degree in Geological Engineering from École Polytechnique.
Pierre Labbé, CPA, CA
Mr. Pierre Labbé is Chief Financial Officer of Immunovaccine Inc. and was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Leddartech Inc. from April 2015 to March 2017. He has more than 25 years of progressive financial leadership roles in various industries. He was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Québec Port Authority (October 2013 – April 2015), and has experience in the resource sector, having served as Chief Financial Officer of Plexmar Resources (2007-2012), Sequoia Minerals (2003-2004), and Mazarin Inc. (2000-2003). Mr. Labbé, in his role as senior financial officer, has participated in the development of strategic plans and in mergers and acquisitions (over $1 billion in transactions). Mr. Labbé was a nominee to Osisko Board by Virginia as part of the Osisko-Virginia business combination.
Mr. Labbé holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a license in accounting from Université Laval, Québec City. He is a member of Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Oskar Lewnowski, BS/BA, MBA
Mr. Oskar Lewnowski is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Orion Resource Partners. Prior to Orion, Mr. Lewnowski was a founding partner of the Red Kite Group and the Chief Investment Officer of the mine finance business. Before this, Mr. Lewnowski was a Director for Corporate Development at Varomet Ltd, a metals processor and merchant firm in excess of $1 billion in revenues formed to purchase certain of Enron’s metals and mining assets. While at Varomet, he was responsible for seven acquisitions and divestitures totaling over $130 million and business operations (offtake agreements, mining and processing) with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. He was also responsible for structuring metal offtake agreements and other physical market transactions. Before this, Mr. Lewnowski was a Vice President for Credit Suisse First Boston in London, where he was responsible for preparing growth companies for public distribution of their securities. Until 1993, he held various positions in trading as well as mergers and acquisitions at Deutsche Bank both in New York and Frankfurt culminating in his founding membership of the Deutsche Capital Markets Division. Mr. Lewnowski earned a BS/BA in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Leonard Stern School of Business (New York University).
Charles E. Page, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Mr. Charles E. Page is a Professional Geologist and has more than 40 years of experience in the mineral industry. During his career, Mr. Page has held progressive leadership roles in developing strategies to explore, finance and develop mineral properties in Canada and internationally. Mr. Page worked at Queenston Mining Inc. in various capacities, including President and Chief Executive Officer, from 1990 to its sale to Osisko Mining Corporation in 2012.
Mr. Page holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Science from Brock University and a Master of Science degree in Earth Science from the University of Waterloo. He is a Professional Geologist registered in the province of Ontario and Saskatchewan, and is also a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada.
Jacques Perron, P.Eng.
Mr. Jacques Perron joined the Board of Directors of the Corporation in December 2016. He has worked in the mining industry for more than 32 years and has extensive technical and operations experience. Mr. Perron was President and CEO of Thompson Creek Metals where he oversaw the start-up and ramp up of Mount Milligan mine, the transformation of the molybdenum business, the significant improvement of the safety culture and lead the process to address the debt situation that resulted in the transaction with Centerra Gold. Mr. Perron held a variety of increasingly senior management positions with St Andrew Goldfields Ltd., Cameco Inc., Placer Dome Canada Limited, Breakwater Resources Ltd., Cambior Inc., JS Redpath Ltd. and Noranda Inc. He has also been a director of the Canadian Mineral Industry Education Foundation since 2007.
Mr. Perron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.