Throughout his 36-year mining career as a professional Engineer and senior entrepreneur, Richard Quesnel has contributed to the successful development of several large gold, copper, nickel and iron ore mining properties around the world. In his capacity for over 5 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Thompson, he was responsible for the successful development of Consolidated Thompson’s Bloom Lake iron ore deposit which came into commercial production in early 2010, just three years after completion of the feasibility study. He was also responsible for successfully developing, commissioning, operating and expanding mining operations, including the Mount Wright and Quebec Cartier mines in Quebec, the Gibraltar mine in British Columbia, the Barrick Gold Meikle mine in Nevada and the Montcalm mine in Ontario.
As part of successful and on-schedule completion of world class mining projects, Richard Quesnel and his team have also raised over CDN$1 billion in financing, negotiated, and concluded multimillion dollars strategic investment by some of China’s largest steel producers, as well as some long-term off-take agreements. Most recently in his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of Colt Resources Middle East and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Colt Resources, he is focused on successfully developing potentially near term world-class production assets in emerging mining markets while exploring and developing its gold and tungsten properties in Portugal. By applying his expertise in mineral exploration, mine development and mine operation, he believes that he can help to enhance the quality of life and support economic independence in regions of the world naturally endowed with economically viable deposits while also enhancing shareholder value.
Richard Quesnel is a professional mining engineer and holds a B.Sc. (Engineering) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec.
Mr. Johnson is an attorney and trade-mark agent specializing in corporate law, commercial transactions, corporate governance and intellectual property. Mr. Johnson has several years’ experience at the senior management and board level in a variety of companies and not for profit organizations. He advises both public and private companies domestically and internationally, advises boards of directors and senior management and frequently acts as general counsel, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Queen’s University, a Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.), Bachelor of Common Law (LL.B.) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) from McGill University. He also completed the Directors’ Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and has been certified at the Institute of Corporate Directors, (ICD.D), the International Executive Program for Mining Leadership at the School of Business, Queen’s University and completed the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and has been certified by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.