Board of Directors
Jean Depatie, P.Geo., Chairman of the Board, Donald Baxter, P.Eng., Executive Director, Daniel P. Goffaux, P.Eng., Independent Director
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.
Donald K. D. Baxter, P.Eng.
Donald Baxter is one of the premier graphite mining experts on the continent, having helped define three graphite deposits and having built one of only two producing graphite mines in North America. A graphite industry veteran, Mr. Baxter is the only CEO in the graphite development space with demonstrated graphite mining and processing experience, in addition to expertise in specialty Coated Spherical Graphite (CSPG) for lithium-ion batteries.
As president and Chief Operating Officer of Focus Graphite Inc., Mr. Baxter led Focus Graphite to wide recognition in the graphite industry, updated the company’s PEA and advanced the company to a completed Feasibility Study. He was also responsible for rapidly advancing the development of value-added graphite products, namely coated spherical graphite for the lithium-ion battery sector.
Prior to Focus Graphite, Mr. Baxter served as President of Northern Graphite Corporation and was responsible for all technical aspects relating to the Bissett Creek graphite project, including the Northern Graphite’s Feasibility Study, metallurgical test work, environmental and mine permitting, as well as developing battery-related graphite products.
Mr. Baxter also served as Mine Superintendent at the Kearney Graphite Mine when it operated in the 1990s, providing true operational experience in graphite mining and processing. Additionally, Mr. Baxter served as Director of Mining at Ontario Graphite Ltd. and has worked for Inco Limited (now Vale SA) and Noranda Inc.’s Noranda Minerals, as well as on numerous consulting projects for both base and precious metals.
Mr. Baxter holds a degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and is a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (N.I. 43-101) guidelines.
Daniel P. Goffaux, P.Eng.
A 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
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 doctorate in Metallurgy & Materials, focused on rare-earth permanent-magnet materials. Dr. Hatch is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) 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). He is also a member of the Washington, DC-based Strategic Materials Advisory Council.
Dr. Hatch is Co-Founder, President and Director of Innovations Metals Corp., a private, Toronto-based company, specializing in cost-effective processing solutions for many metals vital to high-tech and green-energy, including battery-grade nickel and cobalt, and rare-earth elements (REEs). Dr. Hatch is also a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC, a consulting firm that develops market intelligence and analysis on the critical materials and technology metals sector. Dr. Hatch was previously Director of Technology at U.S.-based Dexter Magnetic Technologies, Inc., and holds five patents on a variety of magnetic devices.
Since 2014, Dr. Hatch has served as Principal Investigator on a multi-million-dollar U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) research program on innovative rare-earth elements processes. A world-renowned expert on critical materials and global supply chains, Dr. Hatch has advised the DoD on threats to the United States and allied strategic materials suppliers, as well as the U.K. Parliament and members of the U.S. Congress on critical materials. Dr. Hatch has contributed to and has been referenced by reports published by the U.S. General Accountability Office, the U.S. Geological Survey, the British Geological Survey, the DoD, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), and many others.