Chair of the Board
Member, Audit Committee
Paul Parisotto joined the Board of Directors on June 6, 2008. He is 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 Tamaka Holdings, Calico Resources Corporation 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
Alan Coutts was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Noront in October 1, 2013. He has more than 30 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.
Jean Paul Gladu
JP Gladu was appointed to the Board of Directors on April 7, 2017. He is currently President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, Mr. Gladu is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon in Ontario. He has more than two decades of experience in the natural resource sector, including work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental NGOs, industry and governments. In his current capacity at CCAB, Mr. Gladu speaks extensively across Canada and internationally sharing the challenges and successes of Canadian Aboriginal businesses. He received an Executive MBA from Queens University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and a Forestry Technician diploma from Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology.
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 Americas Silver Corporation. 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.
Hon. Greg Rickford, BScN, MBA, LL.B, B.C.L.
The Honourable Greg Rickford was appointed to the Board of Directors on April 7, 2017. A practicing lawyer and advisor, Mr. Rickford specializes in natural resources, Indigenous & health matters, and has lived and worked in Indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario and across Canada. He served for seven years as the Member of Parliament for Kenora, Ontario, with additional responsibilities as the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Minister of State for Science & Technology, Minister of State for Federal Economic Development Northern Ontario Region (FedNor) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Mr. Rickford has degrees in common and civil laws from McGill University, an MBA from Université Laval, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Nursing from Mohawk College.
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 and partner 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.
Bo Liu was appointed to the Board of Directors on April 7, 2017. Mr. Liu has held the position of Senior Manager of Global Resources Development with Baosteel Resources International Co. Ltd. since November 2010. Previously, Mr. Liu held several positions within Baosteel Resources Co. Ltd., including Senior Manager of Resources Planning and Developing Department (August 2008-October 2010) and Senior Manager of Alloys Trading and Developing (Aug 2006-July 2008). Mr. Liu graduaded from Tongji University in Shanghai, China with a Master Degree of Business Management.
Sybil Veenman, LL.B, ICD.D
Member, Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee
Member, Sustainability Committee
Sybil Veenman was appointed to the Board of Directors on August 25th, 2015. Ms. Veenman is a corporate director serving on three public company boards. She has over 20 years of mining indisutry experience, most recently as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corporation. In addition to Noront, she sits on the board of directors of IAMGOLD Corporation and Royal Gold Inc. Ms. Veenman holds a law degree from the University of Toronto and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors, Director Education Program.