Directors, Management and Qualified Person

Nippon Dragon’s Management team and Board of Directors are comprised of individuals with significant mining and business experience.


Management Team:


Donald Brisebois

Donald Brisebois – President & CEO
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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. Received award for the best mine operation (1983) of the year in Canada.



Jean-Yves ThérienJean-Yves Therien - Vice-president Business Development
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Mr. Thérien holds a Bachelor degree in Administration (specilized in finance) from l'UQAM. He worked for 18 years as investment advisor for multiple brokerage firms. At Nippon, he plays a key role in financing and strategic planing and is also member of the board of directors of Diagnos inc., a TSX-Venture listed company. 







John StellaJohn Stella - Investors Relations
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Mr. Stella is a seasoned IR manager, held a Vice-president's position with a large well known investor relations firm and senior administrative positions over a 15 year period in the banking industry, commercial financing section. An active participant in community activities, for 7 years he was president of the Ride For Dad (Montreal chapter), a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness for the fight against prostate cancer and over the past 10 years he has been a volunteer at a Montreal hospital.






Ken-K.J.-Onoda-SongKen K.J Onoda-Song – International Advisor

Mr. Onoda-Song has extensive experience in international business working with clients and partners around the globe as a successful consultant and advisor and board member of several businesses. Over the past 5 years he assisted the Company in business development and investor relations and has also acted as our Board Secretary. Having studied and lived in both Asia and North America, attending American schools since kindergarten, including Canadian Academy and MCU of California, his embracement and understanding of both cultures has given him the background essential for international business. Mr. Onoda-Song is the key person in establishing and maintaining a bridge between Canada and Asia and his vast business network and personal connections worldwide is a major asset to the Company.





Arihito NishimuraArihito Nishimura – International Advisor

As the CEO of Material Japan Inc. and Material Arctic Inc. and the Senior Vice President of Taniguchi-Gumi Inc., Mr. Nishimura has dedicated his entire career life to manage civil-engineering & construction companies. In recent years he has expanded his business into the renewable energy sector, owning and managing solar power plants and has also ventured into biomass energy operations. By utilizing his vast experience and connections with major civil engineering & construction companies, he is determined to market Nippon’s technology in Japan and to the world. His focus also includes finding strategic partners from Japan and across Asia to fund mining projects using the Dragon. He has hosted thermal fragmentation demos in Japan, inviting representatives of major general contractors, construction companies and heavy machinery manufacturers. He has made great contributions and his commitment to the Company is unquestionable, making him one of our most trusted and reliable partners.






Board of Directors:

Donald Brisebois – PRESIDENT


Nick Vukovich

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.MolgatÉmile 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 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.






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