Board of Directors

Denis Larocque

Director, President & CEO

Mr. Larocque has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation since September 2015. Prior to that, he was the Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer for nine years, having progressed through a number of roles, including Corporate Controller, since joining the Corporation in 1994. Throughout his roles, Mr. Larocque has consistently had direct involvement in operations, acquisitions and branch set-ups. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laval University. He has served as a director of Assumption Life Mutual and of Louisbourg Investments.

David B. Tennant

Director, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Tennant is a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault, LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. He has been a partner at the firm since 1990, where he provides advice with respect to mergers and acquisitions, and securities laws.

Edward Breiner


Mr. Breiner is the former President and CEO of Schramm, Inc., a manufacturer of mobile tophead rotary drill rigs, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, where he continues to serve as a director. He has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing, marketing and sale of drill rigs and construction equipment. Mr. Breiner holds a Bachelor of Science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas, Texas, and is certified in Production and Inventory Management awarded by APICS, the Association of Operations Management.

Jean Desrosiers


Mr. Desrosiers is retired from the position of Vice President – Mining Operations for Glencore Xstrata, where he was responsible for mining operations and exploration, having held that position 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 40 years’ experience in the mining business.

Fred J. Dyment


Mr. Dyment is an experienced senior executive and Board Director, with over 40 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 Chief Financial Officer, 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. He is currently a director of several public companies.

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 currently a director of several public companies.

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 for several other public and private companies and non-profit organizations.

John Burzynski


Mr. Burzynski holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in geology from Mount Allison University, and a Master of Science in exploration and mineral economics (MINEX) degree from Queen’s University. He is a registered P.Geo. in the province of Québec, and has over 25 years experience as a professional geologist on international mining and development projects. As well as serving as President and Chief Executive officer of Osisko Mining Inc., John has been Senior Vice President, New Business Development and Director of Osisko Gold Royalties since its inception in June 2014. Mr. Burzynski was one of the three original founders of Osisko Exploration/Osisko Mining Corp., and up until 2014 was the Vice President, Business Development. John currently serves as a director with Osisko Mining Inc., Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., and Strongbow Exploration Ltd., and is also a founding member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG, a private resource fund based in Europe.

Louis-Pierre Gignac


Mr. Gignac is Co-President of G Mining Services Inc., a mining consultancy firm located in Brossard, Québec, Canada. G Mining services range from early scoping studies to final feasibility, detail engineering, and project construction. He has 19 years of experience in the mining industry in various engineering and management roles. Mr. Gignac holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University, a Master of Applied Sciences from École Polytechnique de Montréal and is a CFA® charterholder.