Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Sean Roosen is Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Osisko since June 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Roosen was the President and CEO of Old Osisko. He has led the transition of Old Osisko from a junior exploration company to a leading intermediate gold producer. He was responsible for leading the strategic development of Old Osisko and was instrumental in securing the necessary financing to fund the development of the $1 billion Canadian Malartic Mine. Among other awards, Mr. Roosen was a co-winner of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s “Prospector of the Year Award” for 2007, and was named, together with John Burzynski and Robert Wares as “Mining Men of the Year” for 2009 by the Northern Miner. Mr. Roosen is a Supervisory Board member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG – a European based venture capital fund – and a director of EurAsia Resource Value SE. Mr. Roosen also sits on the Board of Directors of the following publicly listed companies: Astur Gold Corporation, Bowmore Exploration Ltd., Condor Petroleum Inc., Dalradian Resources Inc., Falco Resources Ltd. and NioGold Mining Corporation. Mr. Roosen is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and has had various progressive positions in the mining industry both domestically and internationally.
Joanne Ferstman, CPA, CA
Joanne Ferstman is a corporate director, sitting on both public and private company boards. From 2013 to 2014, Ms. Ferstman was a Director of Old Osisko. Ms. Ferstman was until June 2012 the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Capital Markets Inc., a full service investment dealer with principal businesses that include investment banking, institutional sales and trading and private client financial advisory. Prior to taking this position on January 31, 2011, Ms. Ferstman was Vice-Chair and Head of Capital Markets of DundeeWealth Inc., a diversified wealth management public company that managed and advised over $75 billion of assets under management and administration, including the Dynamic Funds family, at the time it was sold to the Bank of Nova Scotia in early 2011. Prior to 2009, Ms. Ferstman was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DundeeWealth Inc. and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Dundee Corporation. In these senior financial roles, Ms. Ferstman was intimately involved in all corporate strategy, including acquisitions and financings, and had ultimate responsibility for all public financial reporting. Additionally, Ms. Ferstman was regularly Dundee’s nominee on investee company boards and audit committees in both the resources and real estate sectors.
Over the past 18 years, Ms. Ferstman has held a variety of executive positions with the Dundee group of companies until her retirement in June 2012 and in early 2009, assumed leadership of Dundee Capital Markets. Prior to joining the Dundee Group of companies, Ms. Ferstman spent four years as Chief Financial Officer for a national securities firm and five years at a major international accounting firm. Ms. Ferstman currently serves as the Chair of Dundee Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust, serves as a director of Dream Unlimited Corp. and as Chair of its Audit Committee, a director of Dundee Real Estate Investment Trust, and a director of Aimia Inc., where she is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Françoise Bertrand, O.C., C.Q.
Françoise Bertrand was appointed to the Board of Directors of Osisko in November 2014. Recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Ms. Bertrand is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ). She sits on numerous boards of directors of profit and non-profit organizations, including Valeurs mobilières Desjardins and Concordia University. Ms. Bertrand was also a former Chair of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
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. She is also a Chevalier of l’Ordre national du Québec.
Victor H. Bradley, CPA, CA
Victor Bradley brings over 50 years of experience in the international mining sector. A Chartered Accountant, he began his career with positions such as Controller and Chief Financial Officer at a number of mining companies. In 1994, he founded Yamana Gold Inc. and worked as CEO, Director, Chairman and Lead Director. Mr. Bradley was a director of Rio Verde Development Corp. (formerly known as EM Resources Inc.) until March 2013 and currently serves as Lead Director of Nevada Copper Corp. From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Bradley was Chair of the Board of Directors of Old Osisko. Mr. Bradley was a Director of mining companies including AIM Resources Limited (now Blackthorn Resources Limited), Aura Minerals Inc., Castillian Resources Corp., Frontier Pacific Mining Corporation, Meridian Gold Inc., Nevoro Inc. and Nortec Minerals Corp.
Educated in England, Mr. Bradley began his professional career as a member of the Québec Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1960.
John F. Burzynski, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Senior Vice President, New Business Development and Director
John F. Burzynski has been Senior Vice President, New Business Development and Director of Osisko since June 2014. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. F. Burzynski was the Vice President, Business Development of Old Osisko. 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. He is a registered P.Geo. in the province of Québec, and has over 25 years experience as a professional geologist on international mining and development projects. Among other awards, Mr. Burzynski was a co-winner of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s “Prospector of the Year Award” for 2007, and was named, together with Sean Roosen and Robert Wares as “Mining Men of the Year” for 2009 by the Northern Miner. He currently serves as a Director with Condor Petroleum Inc. and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oban Mining Corporation. Mr. Burzynski is also a founding member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG, a private resource fund based in Europe.
André Gaumond, M.Sc., Eng.
Senior Vice-President, Northern Development and Director
André Gaumond has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Northern Development and Exploration and Director of Osisko forthwith upon closing of the Virginia Arrangement. Prior to this, Mr. Gaumond had been has been President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Virginia since November 2005 and was President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Old Virginia from June 1996 to March 2006. He was President and Director of Virginia Gold Mines Inc. (Old Virginia’s predecessor) from 1992 to 1996 and of Exploration Diabior Inc. from 1993 to 1996 (these companies merged to form Old Virginia in June 1996). Mr. Gaumond is a geological engineer with a master’s degree in geological economics. He worked as a geological engineer for several organizations and as a mining analyst for several institutions before reorganizing Virginia and becoming its president. Over the past 16 years, Mr. Gaumond received, on behalf of Virginia, no less than 16 awards such as Québec Prospector of the Year (twice) bestowed upon important work carried out in the James Bay region. In 2005, he received the “Entrepreneur de l’année du Québec” award for the discovery of the Éléonore deposit and was named “Mining Man of the Year in Canada” by The Northern Miner. In 2006, he was presented with the “Canadian Prospector of the Year” award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Mr. Gaumond also received the e3 Plus award (Environmental Excellence in Exploration) in Québec (2007) and in Canada (2008), for his participation in the creation of Fonds Restor-Action Nunavik. In 2011, he was introduced to the “Casey Hall of Fame Explorers’ League” in the United States and received, in 2013, the “Green CEO of the Year in Québec” for its direct contribution in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He is a member of Ordre des géologues du Québec and of Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.
Pierre Labbé, CPA, CA
Pierre Labbé has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Osisko forthwith upon closing of the Virginia Arrangement. Prior to this, Mr. Labbé had been a Director of Virginia since April 2008 and was the Chairman of Virginia’s Audit Committee. Mr. Labbé has been serving as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Québec Port Authority since October 2013. From May 2008 until the completion of the privatization of Medicago Inc., following the acquisition by Mitsubushi Tanabe Pharma Corporation for an enterprise value of $357M, he was Chief financial officer and secretary of Medicago Inc. Mr. Labbé was also acting Chief Financial Officer of Plexmar Resources Inc. from May 2007 to November 2012. He was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Medicago Inc. from July 2004 to May 2007. Before joining Medicago in 2004, he was Vice President and Chief financial officer and Secretary of Sequoia Minerals Inc. from December 2003 to June 2004, and of Mazarin Inc. from March 2000 to December 2003, while both companies were listed on the TSX. Prior to March 2000, he held management positions in accounting and finance notably with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) where he was involved in many acquisitions and public financing projects. Mr. Labbé holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Chartered Accountants Degree from Laval University, Québec City. He is a member of Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and the Association of Certified Corporate Directors. He is also Director of Agility Health Inc., a rehabilitation services company.
Charles E. Page, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Charles E. Page was appointed to the Board of Directors of Osisko in June 2014. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Page was a Director of Old Osisko after holding the President and Chief Executive Officer positions of Queenston Mining Inc. until its acquisition by Old Osisko. He has over 30 years experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. Mr. Page also sits on the Board of Directors of Unigold Inc., and also served as a Board member of Thundermin Resources Inc. until May 2011 and Alexandria Minerals Corporation until February 2014. Mr. Page is a Professional Geologist who graduated with a Master Science degree from the University of Waterloo.