Chair of the Board
Member, Audit Committee
Chair, Compensation, Governance and Nominating 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 Raglan, Chief Geologist Kidd Creek and Regional Exploration Manager for Northern Ontario. Mr. Coutts has an Honours degree in Geology from the University of Alberta and Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) status in the province of Ontario.
Gregory Honig, ICD.D
Chair, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee
Gregory Honig joined the Board on February 27, 2020. Mr. Honig has over 15 years of experience in the mining industry with extensive capital markets, M&A, and corporate development experience. Prior to joining RCF, Gregory worked for Xstrata Nickel as Director – Business Development and for Orion Securities as Senior Analyst – Mining Investment Banking. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Drilling LLC and received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Honig has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.
Jean Paul Gladu, BScF, MBA, ICD.D
Member, Audit Committee
Member, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee
JP Gladu was appointed to the Board of Directors on April 7, 2017. He is currently the CEO of Bouchier, Alberta’s largest Indigenous-owned integrated site service company. He is the former 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. 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.
John Pollesel, CPA, CMA
Chair, Audit Committee
Member, Compensation, Governance and Nomination Committee
John Pollesel was appointed to the Board of Directors on June 7, 2017. Mr. Pollesel has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry and is currently the CEO of Boreal Agrominerals Inc. In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer and Director for Vale’s North Atlantic Operations, John was responsible for one of the largest mining and metallurgical operations in Canada. He is also a former senior Vice President, Mining for Finning (Canada). He has chaired Finance, Audit, HSE, Compensation and Advisory Committees in addition to holding Director positions at Northern Superior Resources, Calico Resources Corporation and numerous Not-for-Profit organizations. He holds an Honours BA in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Waterloo and Laurentian University respectively. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and a Fellow of CPA Ontario and the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario.
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 graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai, China with a Master Degree of Business Management.
Sybil Veenman, LL.B, ICD.D
Special Advisor to the Board
Sybil Veenman was appointed to the Board of Directors on August 25th, 2015 and ceased being a director on February 27, 2020 and commenced her new role as Special Advisor. Ms. Veenman is a corporate director serving on four public company boards. She has over 20 years of mining industry experience, most recently as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corporation. In addition to her role at Noront, she sits on the board of directors of IAMGOLD Corporation, Royal Gold Inc., NexGen Energy and Major Drilling. Ms. Veenman holds a law degree from the University of Toronto and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors, Director Education Program.