Global Graphite Industry & Mining Expertise

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Our Board

Gregory B. Bowes, B.SC. (GEOLOGY), MBA, P.GEO.
Chairman

Mr. Bowes has over 30 years of experience in the resource and engineering industries. He holds an MBA from Queen’s University and an Honours B.Sc., Geology degree from the University of Waterloo. In January 2023 Greg was appointed Chairman of the board. From June to December 2022 he as the Executive Chairman.

As CEO he lead Northern Graphite for over 13 years, a role which culminated in the financing and acquisition of Imerys’ natural graphite division. He was previously Senior Vice President of Orezone Gold Corporation (ORE:TSX-V) and Chief Financial Officer of its predecessor, Orezone Resources Inc.  Mr. Bowes also served as President, CEO and a director of TSX listed San Anton Resource Corporation.

Cam Birge, B.A., B.ED., M.SC.
Director

Mr. Birge has over 20 years of experience advising public and private companies specializing in the resource, real estate and cannabis industries in Canada, the United States and Mexico. He also has over 20 years of experience in public and private education, including five years as Adjunct Professor of Business and twice elected Head of the Graduate Business Department at United States International University, Mexico City campus. He was the founder of Industrial Minerals Inc., the original owner of the Bissett Creek graphite project, and was responsible for the management change that led to the formation of Northern Graphite Corporation.

Mr. Birge previously was the Vice-President of the Trust for Sustainable Development and was instrumental in successfully negotiating the $3 billion Loreto Bay development project with the Mexican federal government. In addition, he previously served as CEO, President and Director of Industrial Minerals Inc.; CEO, President and Director of Ammex Gold; and, CFO and Director of Wind Works Power Corp.

Donald H. Christie, CPA
Director

Mr. Christie is the President, CEO and a Director of Rockcliff Metals Corporation (RCLF:TSX-V), the CFO and a Director of Nevada Zinc Corporation (NZN:TSX-V) and a Director of Digihost Technology Inc. Mr. Christie is a Chartered Professional Accountant – Chartered Accountant. Mr. Christie formerly held the role of Chief Financial Officer Solvista Gold Corporation as well as Continental Gold Limited (CNL:TSX). Prior to his involvement with Continental Gold Limited, Mr. Christie co-founded Ollerhead Christie & Company Ltd., a privately held Toronto investment banking firm which sourced, structured and syndicated debt private placements and provided financial advisory services to a client base comprised primarily of colleges, universities, schools boards and provincial government agencies.

Prior to founding Ollerhead Christie & Company Ltd., Mr. Christie served as a Managing Director of Newcourt Credit Group (then listed on the TSX and the NYSE), which subsequently combined with the CIT Group, Inc. While at Newcourt, Mr. Christie was involved in the structuring and syndication of over $1.5 billion of transactions. Mr. Christie holds an Honours B.Comm. degree from Queen’s University.

Samantha Espley, P.ENG., MASC, FCAE,
Director

Ms. Espley is a visionary business executive with over 30 years of mining industry experience in corporate strategy, operations, and capital projects, and a leader in health and safety, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. She is an independent board member of Paramount Gold Nevada Corp., a board member and Industry Chair with the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and past President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

She is a Senior Advisor at Stantec and author of The Whole Mine approach as a core platform for engineering work and guiding safe, sustainable, and engaging mining practises. She is a licensed professional engineer with degrees from the University of Toronto and Laurentian University.

Hugues Jacquemin, BSC HONS. DIPL. ESP.
Director

Mr Jacquemin is the CEO of Northern Graphite. He has over 30 years of senior management experience growing Specialty Materials businesses for listed Fortune 500 (AVY, OC, NK.PA) and Private Equity (Platinum Equity) held companies in a broad spectrum of industries including graphite mining and processing, lithium ion and other battery materials, fuel cells and hydrogen production, graphene and carbon nanotubes, synthetic graphite and carbon materials as well as carbon and glass fiber composites.

He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Northern Graphite in June 2022 after providing his services as an independent Special Advisor to the board from February to May 2022. From April 2014 to September 2018, Hugues was Chief Executive Officer of the Graphite and Carbon Division of Imerys S.A. where he led the development of the Namibian Graphite mine as well as spearheaded a large investment program to develop a full line of Li Ion battery materials for the fast-growing EV market.

From September 2018 to April 2020 Hugues was the CEO for the Americas for OCSIAL a leader in the Carbon Nanotube industry. From February 2021, he acted as an independent expert for NINE58 Advisors, an arm’s length investment advisory firm based in the United Kingdom which advised Northern on the acquisitions of the Lac des Iles and Namibian Graphite mines from Imerys. Hugues is a Belgian citizen and fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Frank O’Brien-Bernini, B.SC., M. ENG
Director

Mr. O’Brien-Bernini is the Chair of the Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) and Nominating Committee of Northern Graphite. He is a retired, long-time employee and executive of Owens Corning.  Mr. O’Brien-Bernini served as Owens Corning’s Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer in which capacity he was responsible for its global corporate sustainability strategy development and execution including environmental, health and safety, medical/wellness and product stewardship. 

Frank also served as Owens Cornings’ Vice President and Chief Research & Development Officer where he was responsible for new product and process development, new application development, manufacturing productivity, and customer technical support for all business units.  Mr. O’Brien-Bernini holds Bachelor of Science and Masters in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Our Management

Hugues Jacquemin, BSC HONS. DIPL. ESP.
Chief Executive Officer

Mr Jacquemin has over 30 years of senior management experience growing Specialty Materials businesses for listed Fortune 500 (AVY, OC, NK.PA) and Private Equity (Platinum Equity) held companies in a broad spectrum of industries including graphite mining and processing, lithium ion and other battery materials, fuel cells and hydrogen production, graphene and carbon nanotubes, synthetic graphite and carbon materials as well as carbon and glass fiber composites.

He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Northern Graphite in June 2022 after providing his services as an independent Special Advisor to the board from February to May 2022. From April 2014 to September 2018, Hugues was Chief Executive Officer of the Graphite and Carbon Division of Imerys S.A. where he led the development of the Namibian Graphite mine as well as spearheaded a large investment program to develop a full line of Li Ion battery materials for the fast-growing EV market.

From September 2018 to April 2020 Hugues was the CEO for the Americas for OCSIAL a leader in the Carbon Nanotube industry. From February 2021, he acted as an independent expert for NINE58 Advisors, an arm’s length investment advisory firm based in the United Kingdom which advised Northern on the acquisitions of the Lac des Iles and Namibian Graphite mines from Imerys. Hugues is a Belgian citizen and fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Guillaume Jacq, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Jacq has 20 years of international finance experience. Guillaume’s extensive experience includes more than ten years in various business & corporate finance roles, as well as internal audit functions at Imerys SA in France, Austria and Switzerland. He was the Finance Director of Imerys Graphite & Carbon between 2016 & 2019 before assuming the role of Group Controlling Director of Imerys in 2020.

He most recently held the position of Global Head of Finance for the Construction & Consumer Business Unit of Bostik, a division of Arkema Group, with sales of over US$1 billion. Both Imerys and Arkema are multibillion euro companies listed on Euronext Paris, formerly known as the Paris Stock Exchange.  His career also includes financial controlling roles with Nestle and General Mills. Guillaume holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky, USA. He is a French citizen, based in Paris.

Kirsty Liddicoat, M. MINING ENG., B.SC. (HONS) GEOLOGY
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Liddicoat is a mine geologist with a Masters in Business, Implementation Management and a Masters in Mining Engineering, Mining Geomechanics. She has more than 18 years of global mining experience. Kirsty was most recently the General Manager of Red Lake Operations for Evolution Mining in northwestern Ontario.

She was previously the General Manager, Geoservices and Mine Planning for Suncor Energy and held management positions with BHP Coal, Copperchem Limited and Focus Minerals. Kirsty started her career in Australia with Rio Tinto. She is a member of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in the inaugural 2013 list, and the 2018 recipient of the Chief Executive Women scholarship to INSEAD.

Dave Marsh,B.SC.
Chief Technical Officer

Mr Marsh has worked in the mining industry for over 40 years and has extensive experience developing new mining projects – from conceptualization, through feasibility studies, construction, and operations. He worked in Southern Africa for over 25 years with engineering groups, junior mining companies and multi-national producers in both technical and executive management positions. He also spent 5 years in Australia with Paladin Energy developing operations at both their Langer Heinrich and Kayelekera uranium mines.

He has previously held Executive Management level positions within EPCM companies, Junior Mining Companies, Owners Project Teams and Independent Engineering Consulting Groups as well as sitting on the Board of several Junior Mining Companies. For the past 10 years he has lived in Canada working initially for Avalon Advanced Materials before forming his own independent consultancy company providing processing and project management services. Dave is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He graduated from Leeds University, England in 1980 with a BSc (Hon’s) in Mineral Processing.

John McNeice, CPA, CA
Corporate Secretary

Mr. McNeice provides financial consulting and chief financial officer services to emerging private and junior public companies in the resource sector. Currently, Mr. McNeice is CFO of Gold79 Mines Ltd. (AUU:TSX-V); C3 Metals Inc. (CCCM:TSX-V); and, Lahontan Gold Corp. (LG:TSX-V) where he is responsible for financial and regulatory reporting as well as day-to-day financial management. From September 2004 to May 2007, Mr. McNeice was CFO of Ur-Energy Inc. (URE:TSX/URG:NYSE American), a uranium exploration and development company now a US based producer of uranium. He was a key member of the management team directly involved in the initial public offering on the TSX.

During Mr. McNeice’s tenure, Ur-Energy raised an aggregate of $150 million in a series of private placements, the IPO and several significant secondary financings. From 1990 to 2003, Mr. McNeice worked in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where his primary focus was providing audit and regulatory reporting advisory services to Canadian and US publicly listed clients. Mr. McNeice holds an Honours B.Comm. degree from McMaster University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario).

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