Mason Graphite is a Canadian mining and mineral processing company focused on the development of what management believes to be one of the highest grade graphite deposits known in the world. The 100% owned Lac Guéret graphite project is located in northeastern Québec, Canada.
In December 2018, the Company issued the positive results of an updated Feasibility Study (FS) for the Lac Guéret project that featured a long life, low cost operation with an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 27.7% (details of the FS can be found on the PROJECT page). This study considers only a fraction of the total Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources. “In-Pit” Mineral Resources beyond the Project Life of 25 years represent the ore looking to be extracted after the initial 25 years of mine life, providing the Company with the flexibility of extending the mine life far beyond what was presented in the results of the Feasibility Study. Details of those figures can be found in the Corporate Presentation.
The company is also advancing a detailed study for large scale production of value-added graphite products, which was initiated in 2015. Such second transformation includes micronization, additional purification, spheronization and coating, resulting in graphite products suitable for a wide range of technical applications (including carbon brushes, brake linings, plastics and lubricants), electrochemical applications (including alkaline batteries, Li-ion batteries and fuel cells), as well as other specialized uses. Mason Graphite has been working on product development and manufacturing processes with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), COREM and Soutex. The management team has more than 30 years of experience in processing and marketing different types of graphite and other carbon products to the alkaline and Li-ion battery industries.
Mason’s leadership is fully engaged in the realization of a project which respects and even surpasses the recognized standards in sustainable mining development nationally and globally.
At Mason Graphite, our ambition is to become a leading graphite producer, to position ourselves as a profitable and reliable company for all growth pillars (shareholders, employees, suppliers and customers) and to be recognized as a company that benefits community development with which we are partnering. Our growth strategy includes the development of value-added products and acquisitions in our field of activity.
Beyond the ambitious results we aim for, we value processes that enable initiative, creativity and innovation. We agree to do things differently and seek continuous improvement in all our practices. We cultivate the competence of our staff as well as the development and sharing of knowledge and expertise. Thus, we adapt with agility to the opportunities that our partnership environment and our markets offer us.
Consideration and respect for human beings and the natural environment are at the heart of our priorities because our sustainability and growth depend on it. Managing responsibly means that our pursuit of high financial returns in the short, medium and long term is the result of our constant efforts to honor our social license to operate.
We build and maintain relationships of trust and collaboration among members of our organization, the host communities and our other stakeholders by promoting open, transparent and honest communication. The synergy that results from it is both favorable to the development of our business and to the fulfillment of the people and communities with which we work.
We strive to ensure the health, safety and physical integrity of our staff by maintaining a participatory culture of workplace health and safety based on the elimination of hazards at the source. We adopt the same preventive and proactive attitude to manage the impact of our activities on the population and the environment.
FAHAD AL TAMIMI
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Fahad Al-Tamimi is a Saudi-based businessman with global investment activities. Mr. Al-Tamimi is President and Chief Executive Officer of SaudConsult, an engineering firm in Saudi Arabia responsible for many large infrastructure and construction projects in the country. Mr. Al-Tamimi is also the Chairman
Mr. Peter Damouni has over 20 years of corporate and investment banking experience with a focus on Natural Resources. He has served as a director or executive officer of a number private and public companies listed on the TSX, TSXV, and LSE and has been instrumental in developing and executing
He is currently Executive Director of Mason Graphite, Executive Director of Black Swan Graphene, and a Director of Arena Minerals. He also co-founded Chesterfield Resources plc which has Altius Minerals and Polymetal International plc as strategic partners and a Director of Gatling Exploration which is being acquired by MAG Silver Corp. Mr Damouni received his economics and business degree from McGill University. He is a Canadian and British citizen, residing in the United Kingdom.
Co-Founder and Strategic Consultant
Mr. Simon Marcotte is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 20 years of experience with a focus on commodities, including more than 10 years in executive positions for junior mining companies, with a focus on battery materials, mainly in the graphite and lithium sectors.
Mr. Marcotte co-founded the Company in 2012 and held the position of Vice-President Corporate Development until February 2018. Under his leadership, the Company was awarded the “TSX Venture Recognition as Top 10 Performing Stock” in 2013, the “Best 50 OTCQX” in 2016 and 2017, and was nominated for “Best Investors Relations” in both 2016 and 2017. At the end of 2017, the Company reached a peak market capitalization of $365 million, with approximately 35 institutional Shareholders, uncommon for a junior mining company. Mr. Marcotte joined Verena Minerals Corporation in 2010, which was then renamed Belo Sun Mining Corp., as Vice‐President Corporate Development, working alongside the President and Chief Executive Officer on all decision‐making processes and helped to develop and implement a turnaround strategy. Mr. Marcotte was also instrumental in raising approximately $100 million in capital for the company, resulting in an increase in market capitalization from $20 million to a peak of $400 million and a share price appreciation of more than 500% over the same period. Mr. Marcotte has been involved with several other mining companies, either as an officer or a director, including Alderon. Prior to his corporate involvement, Mr. Marcotte was working in senior positions in capital markets with CIBC World Markets Inc., from 1998 to 2006, and with Sprott Securities Inc. and Cormark Securities Inc., from 2006 to 2010, where he also was a member of the board of directors. Mr. Marcotte currently acts as an independent consultant and is actively involved in merchant banking activities in the junior mining industry. Mr. Marcotte is a director of Freeman Gold Corp., which is advancing the Lemhi Gold Project in Idaho, USA.
VP Corporate Development
Mr. Paul Hardy’s career spans 30 years in Capital Markets and private enterprise with CIBC World Markets and as the Managing Director of Institutional Equities for Desjardins Securities overseeing offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver.
More recently, he Co Founded Thorium Power Canada Inc. where he served as Vice President and helped launch the Thorium Small Modular Reactor business worldwide, meeting with government agencies and regulators along with institutional and private investors from the USA, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Chile.
HENRI WILHELM, Ph.D.
Advanced Applications and Products Specialist
Mr. Henri Wilhelm has more than 15 years of experience in R&D and development of graphite-based products for energy storage applications. He worked for major synthetic graphite producers such as
He is active as technical advisor for product development and implementation in battery applications. Henri Wilhelm holds a PhD in Physics and Chemistry of Matter and Materials from the University of Lorraine (France).
Carmelo Marrelli, CPA, CA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Carmelo Marrelli is the principal of Marrelli Support Services Inc., a Toronto firm that delivers accounting and regulatory compliance services to listed companies on
Director Environment and Sustainable Development
Ms. Julie Gravel has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from École Polytechnique de
PASCALE CHOQUET, CPA, CA
Director of Finance and Administration
Mrs. Pascale Choquet CPA, CA, has more than 25 years of experience in operations, finance and human resources (HR). VP clinical operations – Groupe forget, Audio prosthetists
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Tayfun Eldem brings over 30 years of operations, business development and strategic leadership experience in the mining and minerals industry. He is currently the Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation.
Mr. François Perron is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Lucky Minerals Inc., a company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”), as well as Chairman of Northern Superior Resources Inc. and President & Director of Goldstar
Mr. McDowall is a capital markets professional with over 25 years of experience with Canadian‐based boutique and bank owned investment firms, and most recently served as Managing Director, Head of Equity Sales for Macquarie Capital Markets Canada. He also held similar positions with Credit Suisse
Mr. Nav Dhaliwal is a high‐profile mining executive and capital markets expert with a long-running track record of success. Mr. Dhaliwal was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Québec‐based Bonterra Resources Inc., which made the award‐winning Gladiator discovery in Québec.