Board


Paul Parisotto

Chair of the Board
Member, Audit Committee

Paul Parisotto joined the Board of Directors on June 6, 2008. He is currently President and CEO of Calico Resources Corporation as well as President of Coniston Investment Corporation, which provides investment banking and M&A advisory services to small cap public and private companies. He served as Interim CEO of Noront Resources from January to October 2013 and Co-Interim CEO from November 2008 to June 2009. Previously he was President and CEO of both Tamaka Holdings, a private gold exploration and development company and Arizona Star Resource Corporation, which was acquired by Barrick Gold Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Parisotto built and led the mining industry corporate finance business for a Canadian investment dealer. Prior to that he served as Manager, Original Listings at the Toronto Stock Exchange where he was involved in the listing process for over 250 companies. He has an Honours BA in Economics from Laurentian University.

Alan Coutts, P.Geo

Board Member

Alan Coutts was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Noront in October 1, 2013. He has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in mining exploration, feasibility, construction and production across a broad range of commodities. Most recently, Mr. Coutts was with Xstrata Nickel as Managing Director, Australasia based in Perth, Australia and prior to that was General Manager at Xstrata’s Brunswick Mine in Canada. He previously worked with Falconbridge where he held a variety of roles including General Manager, Chief Geologist and Regional Exploration Manager. Mr. Coutts has an Honours degree in Geology from the University of Alberta and Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) status in the province of Ontario.

Tom Anselmi, P.Eng

Member, Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee
Member, Audit Committee

Tom Anselmi was appointed to the Board of Directors on October 19, 2012. He is a Professional Engineer and a Canadian sports executive who most recently served as President and COO for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. He joined MLSE in 1996 as a Vice-President and Project Director, and was named Executive Vice-President and COO in 2004. Mr. Anselmi was instrumental in establishing MLSE as one of the most successful sports and entertainment entities in the world and credited with having the Air Canada Centre completed on budget and on time. Before pursuing a degree in civil engineering at the University of Saskatchewan he studied landscape architecture at Ryerson Polytechnical University. In 2011, Mr Anselmi received the Chief of Defence Staff commendation, which is the highest military honour a civilian can receive.

Ted Bassett, P.Eng

Chair, Sustainability Committee
Ted Bassett was appointed to the Board of Directors on October 12, 2011. He is a Professional Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in mine engineering and project management. Mr. Bassett has a successful track record in the supervision and construction of large capital projects including the Kumtor Gold Project in Kyrgystan, the Goro Nickel Project in New Caledonia and the Voisey’s Bay Nickel Project, the Diavik Diamond Project and the Jansen Potash Project in Canada. Throughout his career Mr. Bassett has held a number of senior management and executive positions worldwide. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

Darren Blasutti, CPA, CA

Chair, Audit Committee

Darren Blasutti was appointed to the Board of Directors on October 28, 2008. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Silver and Gold. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Barrick Gold Corporation, where he held a leading strategic development role for more than 13 years, helping to execute more than 25 gold mining transactions. Mr. Blasutti also led the creation of Barrick Energy, an innovative strategy to hedge Barrick’s exposure to energy prices and protect the company’s operating margins, and was integral to the IPO of African Barrick Gold. Mr. Blasutti began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he managed audits for a variety of clients. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a degree in economics from Laurentian University.

David Thomas, P.Geo

Chair, Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee
Member, Audit Committee

David Thomas was appointed to the Board of Directors on March 28, 2012. He is a Managing Director at Resource Capital Funds (RCF), a Denver-based mining-focused private equity firm. Prior to joining RCF in 2010, he spent 15 years in investment banking initially as a mining analyst and then in institutional sales. Prior to this, he was an exploration geologist for Inmet Mining. Mr. Thomas is a Professional Geoscientist and holds a B.SC. in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo and an M.Sc. from Queens University.

Yuanqing Xu

Member, Health and Safety Committee

Yuanqing Xu was appointed to the Board of Directors on March 22, 2013. He is currently General Manager of Strategy and Planning for Baosteel Resources International. Prior to assuming this position Mr. Xu held several senior roles within Baosteel Resources including Head of the Americas Region, Deputy Manager of Iron & Steel Resources Development and Trading, Director of the Operation Management Department, and Deputy Director of the Assets and Finance Department. Mr. Xu holds a Bachelor Degree of Transportation Economics from Northern Jiaotong University.

Sybil Veenman

Member, Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee
Member, Sustainability Committee

Sybil Veenman was appointed to the Board of Directors on August 25th, 2015. She is a senior mining executive with over 20 years of experience in project operations, sustainability and regulatory aspects. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corporation. Ms. Veenman holds a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Richard Nemis

Chairman Emeritus

Richard Nemis is currently President and CEO of Bold Ventures Inc. He established Noront Resources in 1983 and served for several years as its President and CEO. In 2008 he was named Chairman Emeritus of Noront in recognition of his contributions to the company’s success, which included the discovery of the “Ring of Fire”. In 2010, he was a co-recipient of the Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian discovery for prospecting success by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Prior to founding Noront, Mr. Nemis had a lengthy legal career, practicing corporate, commercial and securities law. Mr. Nemis is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Osgoode Law School.

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