Board of Directors


Jean Depatie, P.Geo.

Chairman of the Board

Mining industry veteran and graphite expert, Jean Depatie put the world’s largest graphite mine into production, the Stratmin Lac-des-Îles Graphite Mine in Québec (now Timcal of Imrey’s SA), and for this feat, Mr. Depatie was awarded the Prix d’Excellence by the Government of Québec. After only two years of production, Stratmin Lac-des-Îles was selling graphite in more than 16 countries.

Mr. Depatie has been at the forefront of the mining industry for the past 45 years. He is an internationally recognised expert in the mining world in financing, takeovers, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Depatie is a past director of Glamis Gold Ltd. that was sold to Goldcorp Inc., creating a $21.3-billion entity, a past Director of Novicourt Inc. (acquired by Xstrata plc, now Glencore plc), and a past Director of Consolidated Thomson Iron Mines Ltd. (acquired by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. in a $4.9-billion transaction in 2011). As the Vice-President of Exploration for Sullivan Mines, Mr. Depatie was directly involved in the reactivation of the Win-Eldrich gold mine. As the President and CEO of Louvem Mines Inc. he was instrumental in the discovery of the Louvicourt base metal mine and the development of the Beaufor gold mine in Québec (later sold to Richmond Mines Inc.). In Peru, as a Director of Gold Hawk Resources Inc. Mr. Depatie was involved in the acquisition and reactivation of the Cobre San Juan base metal mine located in San Mateo (later sold to Nyrstar NV, a Dutch Company).

Mr. Depatie has served many public companies at the highest levels — CEO, President and Chairman of the Board. He has also been actively involved in exploration and economic geology, both as an independent consultant and as a senior officer; including, Vice-President of Exploration for SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. for 7 years. He has extensive international experience, having worked in more than 20 countries. Mr. Depatie is also Chairman of Dynacor Gold Mines Inc. and Rio Moche Exploration Inc.

A past President of the L’association professionnelle des géologues et des géophysiciens du Québec (The Professional Association of Geologists and Geophysicists of Québec), Mr. Depatie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Montréal, and both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Geology from Laval University.

Daniel P. Goffaux, P.Eng.

Independent Director

Daniel GoffauxA mining industry veteran and graphite expert, Daniel Goffaux brings more than 40 years of engineering, development, operations, and managerial experience to Alabama Graphite Corp. Mr. Goffaux served as Chairman Depatie’s President and led the construction, certification, start-up, and full-scale production and operations at the Stratmin Lac-des-Îles Graphite Mine in Québec (now Timcal of Imrey’s SA) — the world’s largest graphite mine. After only two years of production, Stratmin Lac-des-Îles — the most important graphite mine in North America — was selling graphite in more than 16 countries.

Mr. Goffaux’s extensive mining experience includes serving as Mine Superintendent and Chief Engineer of the Umex’s (a subsidiary of Belgium-based Union Miniere SA) Thierry Copper Mine, Vice President of Mines at Sullivan Mines, General Manager for all joint ventures at Cambior Inc. (acquired by IAMGOLD Corporation), Vice President of Operations of El Limon Mine at Triton Mining Corporation, and General Manager of the Bougrine Zinc Mine, in addition to Vice President of Latin America for Breakwater Resources Ltd. (acquired by Nyrstar NV, a Dutch Company). Mr. Goffaux is also an Independent Director of Rio Moche Exploration Inc.

Mr. Goffaux holds a Master of Science in Engineering (Mines) degree and a Master of Science in Engineering (Mining and Geology) from the University of Liège in Belgium. A registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Mr. Goffaux is a member of l’Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (The Québec Order of Engineers).

Dr. Gareth P. Hatch, CEng, FIMMM, FIET

Executive Director

Dr. Gareth HatchGareth Hatch is co-founder, President and Director of Innovations Metals Corp. (IMC), a private, Toronto-based company specializing in cost-effective processing solutions for metals vital to high-tech and green energy, such rare-earth elements (REEs) and lithium, nickel and cobalt. Dr. Hatch is the co-inventor of IMC’s patent-pending RapidSX™ separation and purification process for these metals.

Dr. Hatch is also a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC, a well-known advisory and consulting firm operating in the critical-materials sector. He was previously Director of Technology at U.S.-based Dexter Magnetic Technologies, Inc., and holds five patents on a variety of magnetic devices.

During 2014-2016, Dr. Hatch served as Principal Investigator on a multi-million-dollar research program on innovative processes for REEs, funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He has advised the DoD, NATO, the European Commission (EC), the U.K. Parliament and members of the U.S. Congress on threats to the strategic-materials supply chain. Dr. Hatch has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has been cited by reports published by the DoD, the U.S. General Accountability Office, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological Survey, the British Geological Survey, the EC and many others.

Dr. Hatch is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IMMM), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), a Chartered Engineer registered through the U.K. Engineering Council and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). In 2017, he was Director of a NATO-sponsored lecture series on REEs, presented in several locations in North America and Europe. Dr. Hatch is also a member of the Canadian ISO TC/298 Mirror Committee, working to develop international standards for the REE industry.

A two-time graduate of the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, Dr. Hatch holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honours in Materials Science & Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Metallurgy & Materials, focused on rare-earth permanent-magnet materials.