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.
Jean Paul Gladu, BScF, MBA, ICD.D
Member, Audit Committee
Chair, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu was appointed to the Board of Directors on April 7, 2017. JP is currently the President of A2A Rail and previously served as the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) from September 2012 until April 2020. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP has over 25 years of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada. JP sits on the Board of Suncor Energy, Canada’s leading integrated energy company, and is the Chair of Mikisew Group of Companies, a leading oil sands partner specializing in site services, maintenance, logistics and construction. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto.
Bo Liu was appointed to the Board of Directors on April 7, 2017. Mr. Liu is the Global Investment Director of the Resources Development Center with Baosteel Resources Holding (Shanghai) Co. Previously, Mr. Liu held several positions within Baosteel Resources International Co. Ltd and Baosteel Resources Co. Ltd, including Senior Manager of Global Resources Development (November 2010 to August 2017), Senior Manager of Resources Planning and Developing Department (August 2008 to October 2010) and Senior Manager of Alloys Trading and Developing (August 2006 to July 2008). Mr. Liu joined Baosteel in 2001. Mr. Liu currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. Mr. Liu graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai, China with a Master Degree of Business Management.
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.
John Pollesel, CPA, CMA
Chair, Audit Committee
Member, Compensation, Governance and Nomination Committee
Member, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee
John Pollesel was appointed to the Board of Directors on June 7, 2017. Mr. Pollesel is currently CEO for Boreal Agrominerals Inc. and has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He has been a member of several executive teams responsible for operations, engineering/projects, finance/administration, strategic planning and leading organizational transformation. 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. Prior to Vale, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Compania Minera Antamina in Peru. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of First Cobalt Corp. (Chair), and North American Construction Inc and chairs/participates on Audit, Operations, HSE, Governance and Compensation Committees. He has previously held Director positions at Northern Superior Resources, Calico Resources Corporation and numerous Not-for-Profit organizations including the Coal Association of Canada. He holds an Honours BA in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Waterloo and Laurentian University respectively. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of CPA Ontario.
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.