Board of Directors

John LeBoutillier , , Chair of the Board , ,

(Director since 2006; independent)

Chair of SEMAFO’s Board of Directors, Mr. LeBoutillier also heads up its Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee. He is a board member of Stornoway Diamond Corporation and of two affiliated companies, Mazarin Inc. and Asbestos Corporation Limited. He was chairman of the board of directors of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. from 2005 to 2017. Between 1996 and 2000, Mr. LeBoutillier was President and Chief Executive Officer of Iron Ore Company of Canada, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sidbec-Dosco Inc. (now ArcelorMittal Montreal Inc.) from 1983 to 1996. Mr. LeBoutillier has a law degree from Université Laval in Quebec City, an MBA from University of Western Ontario (now Richard Ivey School of Business), and is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Terence F. Bowles , , , ,

(Director since 2011; independent)

Mr. Bowles is a member of the Audit Committee and of the Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainable Development Committee. Mr. Bowles has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation since 2010. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada, from 2001 to 2010. Following his graduation from Université Laval in Quebec City with a degree in chemical engineering, Mr. Bowles joined Quebec Iron and Titanium (QIT) where he also served as President. Mr. Bowles completed an MBA at McGill University and obtained an Institute of Corporate Directors designation. A member of the Québec Ordre des Ingénieurs, he serves on the boards of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

Benoit Desormeaux , , , ,

(Director since 2012; not independent)

Mr. Desormeaux became President and Chief Executive Officer on August 8, 2012. Mr. Desormeaux had been our Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer since 2004, and previously held the positions, successively, of Corporate Controller as well as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining SEMAFO in 1997, he was in the employ of Deloitte LLP involved principally in corporate audits in the manufacturing sector. Mr. Desormeaux is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a member of Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agréés du Québec and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA) from HEC Montréal.

Flore Konan , , ,

(Director since 2015; independent)

Ms. Konan is a member of the audit committee. Since 2011, Ms. Konan has served as Director of Internal Controls of Eranove, a holding company involved in the production, transportation and distribution of water and electricity in Africa. Between 1994 and 2011, Ms. Konan held positions of increasing responsibility at the Ivorian Electricity Company (CIE) before becoming General Manager in 2008. Prior to this, she was in the employ of SODECI. Ms. Konan is Chair of the board of directors of ECOBANK Côte d’Ivoire. She holds a B.A. from ESCA (École supérieure de commerce d’Abidjan).

Gilles Masson , , , ,

(Director since 2006; independent)

Mr. Masson was appointed Chairman of SEMAFO’s Audit Committee in 2007 and is a member of the Environmental, Health & Safety and Sustainable Development Committee. He spent 36 years with the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, including 25 years as partner. His clientele included large national and international companies, some of which operated in the mining sector. Mr. Masson is a member of the Board of Directors of RNC Minerals. He obtained a bachelor of commerce degree and a diploma in general accounting from HEC Montréal. A chartered professional accountant, Mr. Masson is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Lawrence McBrearty , , ,

(Director since 2009; independent)

Mr. McBrearty is chair of SEMAFO’s Environmental, Health & Safety and Sustainable Development Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee. His business experience includes a more than 40-year career with the United Steelworkers of America, the largest industrial labour union in North America. Mr. McBrearty began his tenure in 1974 as a staff representative, subsequently holding positions of increasing responsibility that culminated in his election as National Director for Canada in 1994. Mr. McBrearty has been a labour relations consultant since his retirement in 2004. In addition to holding a social sciences degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Mr. McBrearty received a PhD Honoris Causa from Université du Québec in 2003.

Tertius Zongo , , ,

(Director since 2012; independent)

Mr. Zongo is a member of the Environmental, Health & Safety and Sustainable Development Committee and of the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee. From 2007 until 2011, Mr. Zongo served as Prime Minister and Head of Government of Burkina Faso and was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso to the United States of America from 2002 until 2007. Previously, Mr. Zongo held positions of increasing importance within the government of Burkina Faso including as Minister of State for Planning and Budget and Minister of Economy and Finance. Prior to his career with the government of Burkina Faso, Mr. Zongo was an academic at the University of Ouagadougou and the National School of Financial Controls where he taught accounting, business economics and financial management. Mr. Zongo holds a B.A. and a master’s degree in economics – business management – from the University of Dakar, Senegal and a degree of higher studies in business management from the Institute of Business Management of Nantes, France.