Directors, Management and Qualified Person
Nippon Dragon’s Management team and Board of Directors are comprised of individuals with significant mining and business experience.
Donald Brisebois – President & CEO
Mr. Brisebois graduated as mining technologist from the Abitibi-Temiscamingue Rouyn-Noranda college. Until recently, Mr. Brisebois was the CEO of Rocmec Mining (2005-2012). He has been the General Manager (2001-2004) of Rocmec International Inc. and is credited with having developed and invented the “Thermal Fragmentation Process” for narrow vein precious metal extraction. Prior to that, he has held the positions of Executive VP and COO for McWatters Mines (1997-2000); General Manager for Placer Dome Inc. (1981-1997); supervisor (1977-1981) for Falconbridge, Teck, Ross-Finlay. He acted as Chairman of the Quebec Mining Association Board; is a member of Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; Board Member of Soredem (Quebec Research Group) and numerous research teams to develop innovating mining methods focused on narrow vein orebodies.
Jean-Yves Therien - Vice-president Business Development
Mr. Thérien holds a Bachelor degree in Administration (specilized in finances) from l'UQAM. He has worked for 18 years as placement advisor for multiple brokerage Companies. His team spirit, entreprenership, perseverance and dynamism allow Nippon Dragon to establish a niche in the industry and to exploit markets never developed before.
Dr. Michael M. Avedesian, Ph.D., Eng., FCAE, FCIC - Senior Advisor
Former President, Noranda Magnesium and Magnola Metallurgy, Dr. Avedesian has over 33 years of operations and business management experience in the metals and minerals sector. He holds a bachelor's degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, and a Ph.D. in engineering from Cambridge University. In 2001, he culminated a 21 year career with Noranda Inc. having held responsibilities in several roles including technical, operations, business management and executive management. He also worked 6 years with Domtar Corp. as Director, Corporate Development in the 1980s primarily in the Chemicals Division which at that time was a vertically integrated mining company in industrial minerals including salt, gypsum and limestone products. Dr. Avedesian also had two successful start-up companies for which he was the founding CEO. One start-up had a successful IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Upon retirement from his corporate career, he was invited to join McGill University in 2003 where he currently teaches courses in strategic management, technological entrepreneurship and launching new enterprises at the MBA and graduate level in both the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Engineering. Recently, Michael also served as a Director and CEO of Tawsho Mining Inc., a junior gold exploration company publicly traded on the TSX Venture exchange. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Directors of TM4, a company which designs and manufactures electromechanical drive train systems for hybrid and electric vehicles. In addition to his teaching duties at McGill University and his Board responsibilities, Dr. Avedesian also runs an active consulting business in the mining and metallurgical industries with major projects currently underway in Abu Dhabi and China.
Michael is a member of Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec, Professional Engineers of Ontario, and the C.S.Ch.E. (for which he was President in 1992-1993). He was elected Fellow of the CIC in 1993. In 1998 he was inducted as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
John Stella - Investors Relations
Mr. Stella is a seasoned IR manager and has been with the Company for a number of years. Prior to joining Nippon Dragon, Mr. Stella held the Vice-president's position with a large well known investor relations firm and has held various positions over a 15 year period in the banking industry, commercial financing section.
Board of Directors:
Donald Brisebois – PRESIDENT
Nikola Vukovic – INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER
With 30 years in the mining business, Mr. Vukovic has extensive global experience in a range of mining functions; including projects evaluation, financing, development and operations. He was successful with strategic planning, business development and in implementation of leading business practices for sustainable or event based value creation, re-engineering, optimization and process automation.
Prior to joining Nippon, Mr. Vukovic held various senior leadership positions where he budgeted, constructed, commissioned and turned over large capital open pit and underground projects with major mining companies like BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Freeport McMoRan. Mr. Vukovic has an Honours BSc in Geology from Tuzla University and an M. Eng. in Mining from McGill University. In 2012, he received the Qualified Professional designation from the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America.
Émile P. Molgat – INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER
Mr. Molgat brings to Nippon Dragon his broad experience in the mining industry and since 2001, he is a consultant for mining companies. Former President and General Manager of Explonor Ltd, a company which specializes in selling explosives to mining companies (1984 to 1992); Regional Manager for ICI (1992 to 1997), Manager for Canada of the underground mines division of Orica (1998 to 2001).
Paul-A. Girard – INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER
Paul-A. Girard obtained a Communications degree from the University of Montreal in 1975 and a degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières in 1981. He has been active in the mining field for more than 30 years and occupied various positions in such field. From 1985 to 1990, he was the financial editor for Les Affaires newspaper, in charge of mining and forestry sectors. From September 1991 to 1994, he acted as Vice-President of business relations for Gestion Corpomin Inc., where he was in charge of internal and external communications regarding mining companies. From 1994 to 2009, he occupied various positions within MDN Inc., namely President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Since 2009, he acts as a senior consultant in management and communications in the mining field.