Chief Executive Officer
Jean-Sébastien Lavallée has been the Chief Executive Officer of Critical Elements Corporation since 2009. From 2009 to 2017, he also served as President of the Company. Mr. Lavallée has also been the Executive Chairman and Exploration Manager of Canada Strategic Metals (TSX-V: CJC) since 2017, having previously been President and Chief Executive Officer of that company since 2012. Mr. Lavallée has been active in mining exploration since 1994. M. Lavallée sits on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association « AEMQ » since October 2017. He is also Vice President of Consul-Teck Exploration Inc., a Val-d'Or-based consulting firm founded in 2003 that specializes in mining exploration in northern areas, with most of the firm's mandates involving the generation and execution of projects in remote areas. Mr. Lavallée has worked as a geologist for many companies, including Eloro Resources Ltd., Uracan Resources Ltd., Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd., Noranda Minerals Inc., Champion Minerals Inc., Matamec Explorations Inc. and Atlanta Gold Inc. Mr. Lavallée has been responsible for the planning and execution of many exploration programs in recent years and has acquired solid experience in exploration project development.
Dr. Haber is the President of the Company since January 2017. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwood Lithium GmbH when Chemetall GmbH was legally split off in 2012. From 2011 to 2012, he was Managing Director of Chemetall GmbH and since 2007 President of Chemetall’s Lithium business. Prior to joining Chemetall GmbH, Dr. Haber worked in different executive positions for Sanofi-Aventis SA and its predecessor companies, in France. Dr. Haber completed his doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1991 and added one year as a Post-Doc at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. In 1997, Dr. Haber earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from the International School of Management in San Diego, in the United States. Dr. Haber is a fellow of the International Directors Program of INSEAD.
Jean-François Meilleur has been Vice President of Critical Elements Corporation since 2012. He has also been President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Strategic Metals since in 2017. In addition, he is Managing Partner and co-owner of Paradox Public Relations. His many accomplishments include playing a key role in project development, strategic marketing and management leadership. He has been a valuable contributor on various projects to raise funds through the capital markets. Mr. Meilleur has a Bachelor's degree from HEC Montreal, a leading French-language business school, with a specialization in marketing and finance.
Secretary and Chief Financial Officer
Nathalie Laurin has more than 25 years of experience in administration and accounting. During her career, she has held a range of jobs that have gained her experience in the financial industry, project management and the natural resource sector. She has been self-employed since 2006 handling bookkeeping, audit file preparation, and management of legal, regulatory and administrative matters for many public companies.
Richard Saint-Jean is a metallurgist technician with over 28 years of mining experience. He is currently the General Director for BlackRock Metals Inc., a private iron ore, vanadium and titanium mining company. Previously, he was Mill Manager for the Troilus open pit gold/copper mine in Chibougamau, where he worked for over 14 years. He has supervised large groups of employees and managed multi-million dollar operating and investment budgets. He has been managing and developing work teams as a senior manager for some 20 years, and a good grasp of operations, having been involved in four concentrator start-ups and the creation of operating structures.
Mr. Jean-Raymond Lavallée has more than 30 years of experience in mining exploration, as contractor, consultant and manager for several mining companies, such as Louvem, Soquem, James-Bay Development Corporation, Sullivan Consolidated, Cache Explorations Inc., Parquet Resources, Dumont Nickel Corporation, Westminer Canada Ltd, Baribec Management Inc., Exploration Ojibway Inc. and others. He was also controller for Mines Expert Inc., during the construction of the Doyon Mine. Mr. Lavallee is currently president of Consul-Teck Exploration, a consulting firm of Val-d'Or founded in 2003 that specializes in mining exploration in northern areas.
Mr. Marc Simpson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Uracan Resources. Mr. Simpson has worked in the mining and exploration industry for over 23 years. He has worked for Junior, Mid-tier and Senior mining companies on projects both in Canada and worldwide, including Bema Gold (sold to Kinross for CDN$3.5 billion in 2007), B2Gold, and Echo Bay Mines. Mr. Simpson has been involved in exploration and mining projects from grass roots exploration through to mine development and production. Mr. Simpson obtained his B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba and is a member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba.
Matthew Lauriston Starnes
Matthew Lauriston Starnes is a lawyer with over 17 years of experience. Mr. Starnes is currently a Peerpoint lawyer with Allen & Overy in Tokyo specializing in mining law. Prior to this he was legal counsel in Sumitomo Corporation's Mineral Resources Division in Tokyo, Japan. Among other things, he was responsible for legal aspects of Sumitomo's investment in the Sierra Gorda copper project in Chile was also part of the team for the Ambatovy project in Madagascar. Prior to joining Sumitomo, he also was the General Counsel and Deputy CEO for the Ambatovy project. Mr. Starnes has also practiced as a corporate lawyer with major law firms in Montreal.
Mr. Bonneville has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry in Canada. He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Mining Engineering. He was Vice President Operations for Scorpio Mining and Vice President Mines for Cadiscor Resources. He worked for Dumas Contracting as Project Manager at the Lapa and Goldex shaft projects and for Ross-Finlay Ltd., where he held a range of positions, including Project Manager at the Bell-Allard shaft project and the Silidor project, and at Pan American Silver Corp. He has also managed a number of overseas operations.
Dr. Brune was Chief Financial Officer of Rockwood Lithium from 2011 until the acquisition of Albemarle in 2015. He left Albemarle in 2016 once the lithium business was successfully integrated into Albemarle‘s organizational structure. Prior to joining Rockwood Lithium, Dr. Brune had worked in different executive positions in corporate finance and M&A for Rockwood Holdings and its predecessor companies since 2004. Prior to that, he was with McKinsey as a strategy consultant for organizational development and management. Dr. Brune completed his doctorate in material sciences at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, after earning a physics degree