Richard Boudreault, M. Eng., MBA, Adm. A.
President, CEO and director
Serving as President since 2007, Richard Boudreault came to Orbite with an impressive list of accomplishments with start-up and growth companies in the new materials sector. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University, an MBA from Université de Sherbrooke, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Over the years he has worked in technology-related positions for numerous companies, including Sofinov (at the time a subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) as venture capitalist in material, energy and industrial technology, Oerlikon Aerospace and the Canadian Space Agency.
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Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Jacques Bédard is a senior executive officer with over 25 years of international financial management experience in the high technology, multimedia and medical device sectors. In particular, he has engineered numerous mergers and acquisitions, in addition to ensuring a variety of related financing. He has brought several products and services into production and overseen the Canadian and overseas public offerings of many of the businesses he has worked with. His resumé includes terms as Vice-President Finance and CFO for publicly traded companies such as Softimage and ART, and he has also held senior financial management positions with Microsoft, among others. Jacques Bédard is a member of the Ordre des CGA du Québec and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. He also holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (accounting) from Université du Québec à Montréal.
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Denis Primeau, Eng., MBA
Denis Primeau is a seasoned executive with more than twenty years’ experience in the chemical and petrochemical industries as well as other mining-related industries. In particular, Mr. Primeau was involved in the construction, commissioning and optimization of various types of chemical processes and, among others, was a key player for Rio Tinto during the construction and commissioning of a plant for the enrichment of minerals and in the recycling of hydrochloric-based materials. Member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, he holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a master of business administration (MBA) from University of Sherbrooke.
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Yves Noël, Eng., MBA
Chief Marketing Officer
Yves Noël is a senior executive with over twenty years’ sales and marketing experience in the field of high value-added, specialized fine chemicals, particularly high purity products, with companies such as Akzo Nobel, Sandoz and Clariant . His diverse background in mining and manufacturing industries has enabled him to cultivate exceptional expertise and success in negotiating trade agreements with major clients such as AbitibiBowater, Gildan, Dow, and Rio Tinto, as well as with various global distribution partners. Member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, he holds a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering and a master of business administration (MBA) from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
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Marc Johnson, CFA
Vice-President Corporate Development
Marc Johnson brings over 15 years of experience in equity research, investment banking, and business management in the natural resources and technology sectors. Most recently he was a Mining Analyst at M Partners, an Investment Bank, where he regularly followed Orbite for more than two years. As Vice President of Corporate Development, he will be responsible for implementing a cohesive strategy and managing relationships with institutional investors. Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Concordia University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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Jonathan Labranche, LL.B.
Director Legal Affairs
Mr. Labranche was called to the Bar of the Province of Quebec in 2000 and holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Université de Montréal. Having built an impressive practice in corporate law, securities, and regulatory affairs, he has represented a range of large businesses at various stages of their development, providing consulting services in financing, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations, to name just a few. As Director, Legal Affairs with Orbite, Mr. Labranche will act as an advisor to the management team and will handle all legal affairs for the Company, including the analysis of industry regulations applicable to the Company.
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Guy-Louis Boucher, LL.L, B.B.A
Guy Boucher is a senior executive with extensive experience in legal affairs and sustainable development, particularly within the natural resources domain. Prior to joining Orbite, Mr. Boucher spent a number of years with Domtar in top executive positions that included Vice-President, Sustainable Development and Vice-President, Legal Services and Environmental Affairs. As such, he was responsible for sustainability issues as well as many legal aspects of the company’s commercial activities. Mr. Boucher holds a license in civil law (LL.L.) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.
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André Lemieux, Ph. D.
Director for Community Relations
André Lemieux is Director for Community Relations and works with host communities in the Gaspé region. His mandate is to assure the harmonious integration of the project in the region. Mr. Lemieux raises awareness about the company and ensures that the project is well understood by local communities; he focuses on the expectations and needs of the region; and he apprises regional stakeholders of the socio-economic benefits of the project. He holds a PhD in Urban Studies with a specialization in regional and local development from the Université du Québec à Montréal and Institut national de la recherche scientifique. With more than 15 years’ experience in this sector, Mr. Lemieux has advised and guided a number of MRCs and municipalities in Quebec in their efforts to revitalize their territories. He has also worked in certain economic ministries and has taught at the Université du Québec à Rimouski.
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Marc Filion, Eng., Ph.D., MBA
A veteran technical expert who holds a Ph.D., MBA and engineering degree, Marc Filion advises Orbite in key strategic areas. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of SGF Mineral Inc. from 1998 to 2004, and Senior Vice President, Investments for Mines, Minerals and Materials, for the Société Générale de Financement du Québec (SGF) from 2004 to 2006. He was also actively involved in promoting the development, financing and construction of Phase II of the Alouette aluminum smelter, where he served as Chairman of the Board. He therefore brings in-depth knowledge of the alumina/aluminum industry to Orbite. Marc Filion obtained a B.Sc. in geology from École Polytechnique at Université de Montreal, a Ph.D. in economic geology and geostatistics from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, England, and an MBA from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal, Québec.
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Pierre Després, LL.L.
A seasoned public affairs and communications expert, Pierre Després holds a law degree from Université Laval and advises Orbite on public affairs issues, while enhancing the Company’s presence and reputation in the community and among key business and community leaders, decision makers and stakeholders. Over the years, Pierre Després has garnered extensive executive and consulting experience with leading Canadian firms, and has served as Vice-President, Communications, Alcoa Global Primary Products. He is very active in the business community and has served on various boards of directors of business associations such as the Conseil du Patronat du Québec and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.