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 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.
Direction of Economic Development
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.
Managing Director – National Wealth Management
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.
Professor – Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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.
President & CEO
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 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.