Three New Members Join Canadian Metals Board of Directors
May 7, 2016 (Source) — Canadian Metals Inc. (The “Corporation”) (CSE:CME) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Claude Rousseau Chairman of the board, also, Mr. Pierre Renaud and Mr Dany Paradis as directors of the company.
I’m associated to Canadian Metals since with years as an advisor. Now, I’m thrilled to guide the board of directors of Canadian Metals thru a next business life step based on a solid governance and diversified people experience commented Claude Rousseau, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“I joined Canadian Metals because I believe in the tremendous potential of our mission to improve the well-being of present and future generation by producing silicon metal needed for making, in particular, solar panels, aluminium-silicon alloy and silicones. Today, as a society, we need to focus on sustainable development and that makes me more confident in our future” commented Pierre Renaud, member of the Board of Directors.
“The potential of Canadian Metals to build a sustainable business and to play an important role in our economy is exactly what we need as a society. I believe in this potential of a strong company for present and future generation by producing silicon metal that can be used, among other things, in green energy” commented Dany Paradis, member of the Board of Directors.
Claude Rousseau is a businessman with a national and diversified experience. He followed a career of more than 33 years within companies in the area of telecommunications during which he held several senior executive key positions. Mr. Rousseau then joined, in January 2015, the Alithya family as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
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Over 6 years, Mr. Rousseau was President of the Quebec Remparts Group, managing the following activities: Banque Nationale Cup, the Blizzard of Seminaire St-François, local sports radio and, of course, and the Quebec Remparts hockey team. Furthermore, he was in charge of many projects and he serves on the board of several companies, namely Induspac, the Port of Quebec, Norda Stelo, Centre des Congres de Quebec, Pro Hockey Life, Boomerang and Equipe Quebec.
Visionary by nature, he firmly believes in the importance of being actively involved in his community. According to him, it is by being involved that we can grow our pride and our sense of belonging to the region, and thus, go further together as a community. That is why he was appointed to lead a committee to assess the state of winter sports infrastructures in the region to attract major international activities in Quebec City.
Mr. Renaud, counsel and head of the Environmental Law Group for the Quebec region at McCarthy Tétrault, has 29 years of experience in environmental law. He acts as a strategic advisor to clients and provides guidance from the earliest project stages on matters such as the environmental authorization process, sustainable development, social acceptability, consultation and public participation processes, including Quebec’s Environmental Public Hearings Office (Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement – BAPE). As former president of the BAPE from 2007-2012, he was in charge of appointing and monitoring over 40 commissions of inquiry (public hearings/mediation), in addition to managing and tabling reports with Quebec’s environment minister on a variety of specific initiatives, including La Romaine hydroelectric complex, the Canadian Malartic gold mine, the Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 as well as more diversified mandates (commuter train, shale gas, wind power, small hydroelectric plants and landfill sites).
As Vice President of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Quebec from 2001-2007, he played a key role in the planning and development of strategic land conservation projects. He was also a member of the Government of Quebec’s Conservation and Environmental Council (1990-1993). Early in his career, he was a legal counsel for the Quebec Ministry of the Environment and Hydro-Québec. In parallel with his professional activities, and for more than 10 years he taught in the master’s program in environmental law at Université de Sherbrooke and the bachelor’s program at UQAM. In addition to co-authoring two books on mediation, he has written several articles and reports and given more than 100 talks and presentations on topics related to the environment. Admitted to the Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar) in 1987, Mr. Renaud has a master’s degree in public administration. Mr. Renaud has also participated as an executive board member of several non-profit organisations. In 2014, he received the Pierre-Lachance tribute award, given by Quebec’s Council of Environmental Technology Companies (Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec), in recognition of his achievements in sustainable development and his commitment to promoting a green economy.
Mr Paradis is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Mr. Paradis was appointed to this position in June 2014 and is responsible for leveraging the strengths of the HR team, managing internal communication and change management teams. He is responsible of the evolution of Yellow Pages’ workforce while developing strategies that will instill an overall digital culture within the organization. He is also part of the team in charge of transforming Yellow Pages from a print to a digital company.With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Paradis has an accomplished career having worked with a number of high-profile companies in the natural resources, athletics and professional services sector.
He has worked as a pension actuary for an international actuarial firm. He has leaded human resources teams with Domtar and also public affairs and communication teams with Reebok Canada and Fibrek. He was in charge of sourcing/procurement and operations team at Reebok/CCM hockey. He was part of the leadership leading the transformation that Domtar had initiated in the early 2000s and was a member of the M&A and the integration team. Most recently, he was Vice-President, Change Management and Supply Chain at Fibrek, a pulp and paper company where he was also responsible of the fiber resources procurement and logistic teams. During his tenure at Fibrek, he was part of the leadership team dealing with an unsolicited take-over.
Dany Paradis demonstrated his leadership and ability to innovate and drives change in challenging and high-pressure times.
Dany holds a Bachelor of Actuarial Sciences degree from Laval University and is an Associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries. He also completed an Advance Leadership Program from McGill University and is certified from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has obtained the ICD.D designation.
He has held several board of directors positions with foundations, associations and public company. He currently sits on Supremex board of directors where he was also the interim CEO until the succession was in place. He was also recently nominated to the Board of directors of YMCA Quebec and finally sits as an advisory member of consulting firm specializing in governance. He is socially engaged and is involved in fund raising for supporting the research to fighting against pediatric cancer since 2012 with Foundation Charles-Bruneau.
Commenting on the nomination of Mr. Rousseau, Chairman of the board, president Stephane Leblanc said: “We are privileged to have the benefit of Claude’s leadership skills. He is also known for his managerial and corporate governance experience, as well as having a vast network contacts
“Also, we are very pleased to welcome Pierre Renaud to the board of directors, his experience and expertise in the environmental authorization process, sustainable development, social acceptability, consultation and public participation processes, including Quebec’s Environmental Public Hearings Office (Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement – BAPE). will significantly enhance our team and be a major benefit to the company in all future development steps,” stated Stephane Leblanc, President of the company.
“Also, we are very pleased to welcome Dany Paradis to the board of directors, for his leadership skills and ability to innovate. Mr Paradis is a seasoned executive with many years of experience with both private and public company experience. His vast knowledge in human resource, managerial, and financial experience will bring much benefit to the Canadian Metals team” stated, Stephane Leblanc, President of the company.
Also, the company announced that the Board of Directors approved the granting of a total of 600 000 stock options to directors of the Company under the Stock Option Plan of the Company, each option being exercisable at a price of $ 0.37 per share for a period of five years.
About Canadian Metals
Canadian Metals Inc. is focused exclusively on the development of its Langis Project, a high-purity silica deposit located in the province of Quebec. The Company is rapidly positioning itself to eventually become a North American ferrosilicon and silicon metal producer.
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