Michel Champagne

General Manager

Michel Champagne holds a Master’s degree in Science from Université Laval and a B.Sc. from Université de Montréal. 

From 1978 to 1980 and again from 1982 to 1986, he worked in mineral exploration in Québec for SOQUEM, and acquired underground experience with Louvem where he headed the team that discovered the Main Zone at the Chimo Mine. From 1986 to 1995, he worked at the Montreal Stock Exchange, as Chief Geologist and Listing Rep. and thus acquired experience in the securities sector. From 1995 to 2000, he worked first with Freewest Resources Inc. and Murgor Resources Inc, but especially with Pangea Goldfields Inc. as Exploration Manager for Latin America and was head of Pangea Peru S.A. The latter delineated two mineral deposits that are currently at the preliminary scoping study and prefeasibility stages. Since 2001, he has contributed to the establishment of SIDEX and is currently its CEO.

He was a member of the Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee, a group of professionals that represent the Canadian mining industry, charged with monitoring the application of National Instrument 43-101 and advising Canadian Securities Administrators on its application. He also contributes to the National Advisory Committee for the TSX Venture Exchange. He was involved, for many years, in various sector-related activities for organizations such as the Québec Mineral Exploration Association and the Geological Association of Canada.

Isabelle Cadieux

Investment Manager

Isabelle Cadieux holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration (MINEX) from McGill University. She has more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration and financing in the mining sector. Her experience, across Canada and abroad, includes positions with AGIP (1980-1983 in Saskatchewan), AREVA (1988-1992 in Québec, Ontario, and the Northwest Territories), and Channel Resources (1996-1999 in Burkina Faso) and covers a wide range of ore deposit types and mineral commodities, in particular gold, copper, and uranium. From 1992 to 1995, she worked as a consultant, namely for Virginia Mines, providing investor relations and corporate development services. She joined SIDEX in 2001, in its early stages.

Mrs. Cadieux sits presently on the board of Québec Bourse and is co-organizer of the Mining Lunches of Montreal. She served as President of the Ordre des géologues du Québec (OGQ) in 2008, sat on the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2010 and was Director of the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists from 2007 to 2011 where she represented OGQ. From 2011 to 2016, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the UQAT-UQAM Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship. Throughout her career, she has been involved in various sector-related organizations among which the Canadian Institute of Mines and Metallurgy (CIM), the Québec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ), Minalliance and Mine d’Avenir.

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Laurent Eustache

Investment Advisor

Laurent Eustache holds a Master’s degree in Geology from Université d’Orléans (France) and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He also obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Executive M.B.A., option Finance) from École des sciences de la gestion of Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG-UQAM) and Paris Dauphine (France), and he completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI).

Over the past 10 years, Mr. Eustache has held a number of positions in the mining industry, during which time he developed and applied exploration strategies to mineral deposits at the preliminary to advanced development phases. He notably contributed to the discovery of a new mineralized zone (123S) at the Casa Berardi (Quebec) division while serving as Mine and Exploration Geologist for Aurizon Mines.

He then diversified his experience as Project Geologist for Agnico-Eagle Mines by evaluating and managing exploration projects in Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut. In April 2014, he joined the SIDEX team as an Investment Advisor.

Board of Directors


Élaine C. Phénix


Élaine Cousineau Phénix holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, and is a Certified Corporate Director with an ASC degree from the Collège des administrateurs des sociétés. 

She has over 25 years of experience in Canadian capital markets, especially as Senior Vice-President, Syndication, at Lévesque, Beaubien, Geoffrion Inc. (now National Bank Financial Inc.) and as Senior Vice-President, Capital Development at the Montreal Exchange. Since 1999, she is consultant in assets management and President of Phénix Capital Inc. 

Mrs Phénix is currently member of four boards of directors and serves on several audit and governance committees.

Serge Côtes

Senior Investment Advisor
Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Serge Côtes joined the Fonds régionaux from 2000 to 2004 to help set up an investment strategy for public mining companies. Since his return in 2013, he exclusively handles investments in the mining exploration sector for the Nord-Ouest-du-Québec region. From 2011 to 2013, he was CFO of the junior mining exploration company Pershimco Resources, where he concluded major financing agreements and helped manage Pershimco’s largest exploration project situated in Panama.

Before that, Mr. Côtes worked at Deloitte, where he honed his mining taxation skills, and at National Bank Financial. He holds a graduate degree in business administration from Université Laval and is a member of the province’s order of chartered professional accountants, the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.

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Mathieu Gervais

Direction of Economic Development
Ministère des finances du Québec

Mathieu Gervais has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal and a Master’s degree in economics from Université de Montréal.

Since 2016, Mr. Gervais has held the position of Director of Economic Development at the Ministère des Finances du Québec. In that capacity, he participates in the development of the Québec government’s economic strategies and in the analysis of major economic projects.

In particular, he is responsible for economic projects relating to the mining sector, including those funded through the Capital Mines Hydrocarbures fund, and for the government’s interests in various venture capital funds.

Beginning in 2005, he held various positions at the Ministère des Finances, including that of Director of Corporate Tax Measures between 2012 and 2016. As part of his duties, he helped develop policies with respect to Québec’s mining duties regime and was in charge of tax incentive measures for businesses in the mining sector.

Jean-Pierre Janson

Managing Director – National Wealth Management
Richardson GMP Limited

Jean-Pierre Janson joined Richardson GMP in January 2005 as Managing Director, National Wealth Management. As such, he oversees the development of branches nationwide, and seeks new opportunities to bring some of the industry’s Top Investment Advisors to the firm. In addition, Mr. Janson also serves on the Richardson GMP’s executive committee and in that capacity works closely with the Executive Management Team on the firm’s strategic direction.

Mr. Janson was previously Managing Director of CIBC Wood Gundy Financial Services (Eastern Canada Region) and held senior management positions with both Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and Midland Walwyn Inc. Having built a reputation of trust and respect during more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Mr. Janson continues to demonstrate his involvement through Richardson GMP Limited. He also serves as trustee of BTB Real Estate Investment Trust and as member on the boards of Midland Exploration Limited and Tri-Origin Exploration Limited.

Michel Jébrak

Professor – Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Michel Jébrak holds two Doctorate degrees in Science from Université d’Orléans in France.

Since 1987, he is a Professor at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Vice-Rector of Research and Creation. He is also Associate Professor at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and Invited Professor at the Nancy School of Mines. 

He has held various research and management positions for mineral exploration companies in Europe, in Africa, and in North America.

Recipient of numerous awards in Europe and in Québec, he cofounded the Consortium de recherche en exploration minérale (CONSOREM) and the DIVEX inter-university network for the diversification of mineral exploration in Québec. He is President of Ouranos Scientific Council, Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change and holds the UQAM-UQAT Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship.

Robert Marquis

President & CEO
Institut national des mines du Québec

Robert Marquis holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Earth Science from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and a Ph.D. in Geology from Université de Montréal. He has more than 30 years of experience in geology, essentially in the mining sector. He held various positions at the Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec (MRNQ), namely as Associate Deputy Minister for Mines from 2011 to 2013. Since August 2013, he is now President and CEO of the Institut national des mines du Québec.

He also served as the founding President of the Association québécoise des sciences de la Terre (AQUEST) from 2005 to 2012, and served as President of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) in 2007. 

In 2010, the Ordre des géologues du Québec awarded him the Prix du Mérite Géoscientifique and in 2007, he received the Reconnaissance Award from the Faculty of Science at UQAM.

Marlène Otis

Senior Consultant

Marlène Otis holds a Master’s degree in Earth Science (M.Sc.A.) from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and an MBA from HEC Montréal. She has over 20 years of experience in SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) commercial lending including 15 years as a senior executive, namely serving as Vice-President of the Commercial Banking Division of the Laurentian Bank. 

Since 2007, she has worked mainly abroad, as a senior consultant for African bank executives in credit risk management and financial product development, and in capacity-building in management for chambers of commerce and other SME associations in Africa and in Haiti. These short-term projects are supported by the World Bank and international development agencies and are mostly based in West Africa.

At the beginning of her professional career and for about a decade, Mrs. Otis was an exploration geologist, working mainly in the James Bay region.