The management team
Michel Lafontaine is Mine Arnaud's Director of Finance and Administration since September 2012. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in business administration from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 1981 and is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA).
During his career, he has held positions as controller and administrative and financial manager in various manufacturing organizations in Québec, and has also taken part in many company start-ups.
Through his professional experience, he has developed a solid expertise in the analysis of financial results, budget preparation and monitoring, and treasury planning and monitoring. His daily tasks include implementing internal control processes and managing human resources.
Having spent most of his career in the mining and metallurgical industries, Hugo is one of the longest-standing members of the Mine Arnaud team, which he joined in April 2011 and where he has worked on various technical studies for the project.
During his career, he has worked in mines across Québec in Matagami, Amos, Val-d'Or and Troïlus, and at the Goro nickel mine in New Caledonia. He also has some expertise in loading and unloading of bulk ore carriers, rounding out his knowledge and experience regarding the development and execution of mining projects.
Hugo is a mining engineer who graduated from the mining and mineralurgical engineering program at Université Laval in 2001.
Bruno Perron earned his degree in geological engineering from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in 1990 and began his career in a soil and geotechnical monitoring laboratory. He then moved on to the field of mineral exploration, working for SOQUEM for a few years before transitioning into mine production with Inmet Mines at the Troilus project, where he worked as production geologist and senior geologist. From 2005 to 2012, he took part in the start-up of the Rosebel mine (Suriname) as resource geologist, and the start-up of the Meadowbank mine (Nunavut) as geology superintendant.
His experience in the field and his knowledge of the various stages of development of a mining project led Bruno to join the Mine Arnaud team, where he is Director of Geology since 2012.
Alain Dorval is a graduate from Laval University (1983). He is a mining engineer specializing in mineral processing. He has a wide range of expertise in mining, research and development of mineral processing processes and consulting. He has worked with consulting engineering firms as Director of the Metallurgy and Mineral Processing Departments and he participated in numerous studies and engineering for projects located in Argentina, Australia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Côte d'Ivoire, The United States, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Liberia, Mauritania, Mexico and Venezuela. He has provided specialized training programs to students, operators, technicians, geologists and engineers from Burkina Faso, Canada and Mauritania.
On a regular basis, he acts as a mentor for junior engineers as part of the "Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec" registration program. He works constantly with equipment suppliers and reputable international research laboratories.
Since 2010, he has participated, as a consultant, in several studies for the Arnaud Mine project. He will combine his expertise in mining, research and engineering to contribute to the development of Mine Arnaud from its construction to its start-up and operation.
Prior to joining Mine Arnaud’s team, Émilie Paquet was the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sept-Îles. Ms. Paquet has extensive experience in communications and public affairs. She also worked as Communications Coordinator at Côte-Nord Tourism and as Director of Information for the Journal le Nord-Est. A graduate in communication from Université du Québec, Montreal, Ms. Paquet brings to Mine Arnaud her valuable network of contacts as well as her knowledge of Sept-Île.
Additionally, she is very involved with various organizations such as the Club Optimiste, the Chamber of Commerce Sept-Îles and the Fondation régionale Hôpital Sept-Îles.