About Us
Board of Directors
  • David B. Tennant
    Director, Chairman of the Board
    Mr. Tennant is a senior partner and former co-head of the national business law group at McCarthy Tétrault, LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. Mr. Tennant is a former lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and has been a partner at McCarthy Tétrault since 1990, where he practices corporate and securities law and provides corporate governance advice to several corporations.
  • Francis P. McGuire
    Director/President & CEO
    Prior to joining Major Drilling, Mr. McGuire served as Vice President, Business Development of MITI Information Technology Inc. from 1998 to August 2000, identified by Profit magazine in 1999 as the fastest growing company in Atlantic Canada. Mr. McGuire has also served as Deputy Minister of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism of New Brunswick. Mr. McGuire holds a Masters of Arts in International Studies, Trade and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, a diploma in European Politics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University.
  • Edward Breiner
    Mr. Breiner is President and CEO of Schramm, Inc., a manufacturer of mobile tophead rotary drill rigs, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. He has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and sales of drill rigs and construction equipment. Prior to joining Schramm in 2000, Mr. Breiner held several positions with Ingersoll-Rand Company in New Jersey, Texas and Pennsylvania culminating in his role as Vice-President & Branch Manager of Ingersoll Rand Equipment Sales located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to his role on the Schramm board, Mr. Breiner serves as a director on the board of the American Ground Water Trust, a non-profit organization that provides public education concerning the hydrologic, economic and environmental significance of ground water. Mr. Breiner holds a Bachelor of Science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration form the University of Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) awarded by APICS, the Association of Operations Management.
  • Jean Desrosiers
    Mr. Desrosiers has been Vice President – Mining Operations for Xstrata Zinc Canada responsible for mining operations and exploration since the acquisition by Xstrata Plc. of Falconbridge Ltd. in 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Desrosiers was Vice President Zinc for Falconbridge and Noranda responsible for Zinc mining operations since 1998. Mr. Desrosiers graduated as a mining engineer in 1971 from Ecole Polytechnique in Montréal and has over 35 years experience in the mining business. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors of COREM, a research consortium in mineral processing based in Quebec City.
  • Fred J. Dyment
    Now an independent businessman, Mr. Dyment is an experienced senior executive and Board Director, with over 35 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industries. From 1978 to 2000, Mr. Dyment held increasingly senior positions with Ranger Oil Limited, including CFO, and President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dyment also held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Maxx Petroleum Company from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Dyment is currently Chairman of Western Zagros Resources Ltd., an international natural resources company engaged in acquiring properties and exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Tesco Corporation, ARC Resources and Transglobe Energy Corporation.
  • David A. Fennell
    After graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1974, Mr. Fennell combined a career as a professional football player with a career in law. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1978 and was called to the bar in 1979. He practiced law primarily in the natural resources area until 1984 when he founded exploration company Golden Star Resources Ltd. In 1998, Mr. Fennell left Golden Star to become Chairman and CEO of Cambiex Explorations Ltd., which became Hope Bay Gold Corporation. He held this position until the merger of Hope Bay and Miramar where he continued as Executive Vice-Chairman and Director for the combined entity until 2007. He is currently a director and Chairman of the Board of Reunion Gold Corporation.
  • Catherine McLeod-Seltzer
    Mrs. McLeod-Seltzer has enjoyed a broad and successful career in the mining industry, including co-founding and/or directing numerous successful mining ventures such as Arequipa Resources, Francisco Gold, Miramar Mining, Peru Copper, Bear Creek Mining, Pacific Rim Mining, and Kinross Gold. She brings extensive knowledge of mining finance and public relations as well as her exceptional reputation and network of industry contacts to Major Drilling’s Board of Directors.
  • Janice G. Rennie
    Ms. Rennie is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BComm.) and a Chartered Accountant. She was Sr. Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness for Epcor Utilities Inc. from 2004 to 2005. Prior to 2004 she was Principal of Rennie & Associates, which provided investment and related advice to small and mid-size companies. She is a director of Teck Resources, Methanex Corp., Capital Power Corp. and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
  • Jo Mark Zurel
    Mr. Zurel is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University. From 1998 to 2006 Mr. Zurel was Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of CHC Helicopter Corporation. Mr. Zurel is currently President/Owner of Stonebridge Capital Inc., a private investment company that invests in a variety of businesses, including Atlantic Canadian start-up and high-growth companies. In addition to his role with Major Drilling he is a director of Highland Resources Inc., chair of Newfoundland Power, vice-chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and director of Dr. H. Bliss-Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, as well as being past chair of the St. John's Board of Trade and Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is an active angel investor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network (NLAN) and is a director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a director with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and member of the founding executive of the ICD's Newfoundland and Labrador affiliate.