Chairman | CEO
Dave B.Gagnon, has been spent the last thirty years of his professional career focused on the areas of natural resources, renewable energy, recycling and finance within both public and private companies. He is currently the principal shareholder and Chairman of CHARBONE BUCKELL Ltd, a private equity firm specializing in investments in the mining and commodities industry. Mr. Gagnon is also co-Founder of CHARBONE 14 Ltd, as well as a Board member of CHARBONE COBALT Ltd. Known for his commitment to sustainable development, and his ability to establish strategic and financial partnerships between parties from different continents, Mr. Gagnon’s focus is to create value for his shareholders and for the local communities in which he operates.
Chief Financial Officer
Kyle has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Tantalex Resources Corporation since March 23, 2015. Since 2007, Kyle has been providing CFO services to a number of public and private companies both domestic and international. He has focused on assisting companies with financial reporting and controls, governance, operations, financing, regulatory compliance and taxation. Prior to 2007, Kyle worked for several public accounting firms in Canada. He is a member in good standing of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Partner of Dunton Rainville LLP, Mr. Lebeuf has an expertise in securities, particularly in the areas of natural resources, institutional and corporate financing, and public and private mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lebeuf represents public companies, securities brokers, buyers, sellers, bankers, and financial advisors. He provides strategic advice on access to public capital markets, securities, and structured products. Over the past years, Michel Lebeuf has worked for many mining projects in Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Angola and ROC) and his services are regularly used by mining developers, mining companies, and investment banking companies eager to develop mining projects in these countries. He also specializes in transactions such as “reverse takeovers ” or RTO’s on various stock exchanges among which in particular the CSE and the TSX venture. Me Lebeuf also has extensive experience in corporate reorganizations, public and private transfers, and institutional funding.
Manager, Investor Relations
Ms. Lalli, graduate in Applied Human Sciences from Concordia University, has over ten years of professional experience in the field of Investor Relations, working primarily in the natural resource sector for both mineral exploration and production focused companies. She has held various positions ranging from Advisor, Analyst and Manager, working closely with Management and Board members, and transacting daily with analysts, shareholders, and stakeholders of various types. Most recently, Ms. Lalli held the position of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Associate for Osisko Mining Corporation, prior to its successfully negotiated friendly takeover by Yamana Gold and Agnico Eagle. She is a long-time member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) and has recently completed the Certified Professional in Investor Relations designation, awarded by Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, allowing her to become one of few Investor Relations professionals in Canada to be a member of this professional Order.
Sylvain Giffard has held various strategic positions within Canadian and European private companies in the natural resource, energy and military sectors. Mr. Giffard is recognized for his government relations strategies in emerging markets such as Australasia, and Eastern Europe. Between 2001 and 2006, Mr. Giffard played a major role in a Canadian renewable energy company. Amongst other things, he participated in the parliamentary committee on energy security held in Quebec in 2005. He was also a speaker on several topics including the Symposium on Water Management in Quebec in 1997, and authored the publication, the White Paper, for the establishment of a water management in Quebec. During the last five years, Mr. Giffard has lived in Windhoek, Namibia to manage African affairs on behalf of the Company. He is a board member of CHARBONE COBALT (PTY) Ltd and Tantalex Mining group (PTY) Ltd.
Mr Scholtz is a geologist with more than 15 years of experience delineating and managing mineral exploration and near production projects in Africa, South America and China. He serves as a Competent - and Qualified Person under the JORC, SAMREC and NI-43-101 codes with sufficient experience in the style, genesis and occurrence of base and precious metals, rare and industrial minerals as well as nuclear fuels, precious stones and fossil fuels in varied geological settings. Nico has experience in managing multiple exploration programs in early and advanced stages as well as using multidisciplinary techniques in mineral exploration. He is proficient in using 2D as well as 3D mineral exploration software for target generation and Resource Estimation modeling. Nico obtained a M.Sc. degree (2003) in Geology at the University of the Free State, South Africa and was subsequently employed as lecturer and research geologist at the same University (2004 to 2006). During this time, he authored and co-authored multiple scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters and presented and co-presented numerous oral and poster presentations at local and international scientific conferences. He has consequently been invited as guest speaker to various Scientific Symposiums in South Africa, Namibia and Europe with emphasis on mineral exploration in Africa. Nico is an accomplished public speaker and has extensive experience in mineral exploration and private event fund raising for various private - and public listed companies in Namibia, Canada and Australia.
Mr. Allard is a geological engineer with 15 years’ experience in project and operations management in exploratory mining, oil & gas and construction engineering. Mr. Allard was Operations Manager for MagMinerals from 2006 to 2010 in the Republic of Congo and managed all field and drilling operations leading to successful completion of a Bankable Feasibility Study and NI 43-101 Reserve Report. He has worked internationally in Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, China and France. Since 2010, Mr. Allard has continued providing technical and managerial consulting services for mining and oil & gas exploration projects throughout Africa and Canada. Mr. Allard’s experience prior to moving to the Republic of Congo in 2006 included management and engineering for the construction of bulk storage facilities, logistics management and international telecom projects. He has participated in all levels of company management from sales and business management to technical project management. He is a member in good standing of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.
VP Corporate Affairs | Head CSR
Laetitia Fiere, MBA is a committed manager with over 15 years of experience in communications, marketing and development of Corporate Affairs. She knows the business cultures in Europe and North America, which has enabled her to successfully develop business partnerships, strategic acquisitions and technology transfers overseas. Ms. Fiere has held strategic positions such as Director of Strategic Analysis, Vice President of European Operations, Vice President Marketing/Communications and President for companies in energy, mining and philanthropy. Imbued with the values of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, she has also created and managed the Sustainable Development Committee for a manufacturing company in the energy sector. Laetitia has an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor's Degree from Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Montréal. As someone continually striving to improve her management skills, Laetitia also completed a Specialized Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development Management at HEC Montréal.
VP Business Development
Samuel Boudaux, born in France has more than 25 years of experience in management, strategic procurement, business development and sales, within the energy and mining sectors. He has an in-depth working knowledge of the business cultures in Europe, the Americas and Africa, which has allowed him to successfully develop commercial and supplying partnerships overseas. He has held strategic positions such as Director of Strategic Procurement worldwide at the manufacturer Wind Turbines, as well as Head of International Markets at several mining companies. Mr Boudaux is an active member committed to sustainable business practices in mining, as well as to the promotion of mining non-conflict resources.
VP Global Metals Markets
Mr. Devaney has spent his career specializing in the fields of chemicals and industrial minerals. Since 2014, he has been working as an independent consultant in the field of refractory metals and inorganic chemicals, most recently occupying the position of Vice President of Sales at Great Lakes Graphite, focusing on the Lithium-Ion battery market. Prior to that, Alan served as Sr. Director Tantalum Supply Chain Business Unit at Kemet, a leading global supplier of electronic components, where his responsibilities included overseeing the start-up of the Kemet K Salt plant in Mexico, as well as overseeing the process improvements of the Tantalum powder plant in Nevada. Working in Germany, Japan and Thailand, Alan was an integral part of the sales team at H.C. Starck, a leading supplier of advanced, strategic metals. Alan also served for several years as Product Manager for Materion Advanced Chemicals where he was responsible for specialty inorganic chemicals and played a key role in the inorganic chemicals business in the battery and LED markets.
Director of Operations
Eric Kaseka, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a mining engineer with over 20 years of professional experience in mine development and operations. During his career, Mr Kaseka was Manager of Planning and Mine Site Development at Bureau d’Études Minière de la Générale des Carrières et des Mines (GECAMINES), one of the DRC’s largest exploration and mining companies producing copper, cobalt and zinc. He has held important technical positions at both Mining Minerals Ressources Sarl and Société d’Exploitation de la Cassitérite du Katanga, and also at Societe d'exploitation de la cassiterite des Malembasarl companies focused on the production of tantalum and tin. He has also acted as a consultant to companies offering counsel in the areas of mining, metallurgy, geology, civil engineering and environmental services, whereby one of his last experiences was participating in the dewatering of the Piana Mwanga hydroelectric dam in the province previously referred to as Katanga.