Board of Directors
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
Mr. Tennant has over 35 years of corporate law experience, recognized as an expert in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and securities laws. He has advised on some of Canada's largest transactions, for both private and public companies. From 1990 to 2019, Mr. Tennant was a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault, LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. Mr. Tennant holds a B. Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Keating is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years' experience in the global offshore energy sector. She is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Cahill Group - one of Canada's largest multi-disciplinary construction companies. Prior to joining the Cahill Group in 2013, Ms. Keating held a variety of progressive leadership roles from engineering design through to construction, commissioning, production operations and field development with Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy Inc.). She holds a bachelor of Civil (Structural) Engineering degree, a Master of Business Administration, is a registered member of the Professional Engineering & Geoscientists NL (PEGNL) and holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. In June 2016, she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers.
Ms. Veenman has over 25 years of mining industry experience, both as a public company director and as a senior executive. She currently serves as a director of Iamgold Corporation, Royal Gold Inc, NexGen Energy Ltd. and Noront Resources Ltd. She is also Co-Chair of the Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and services to victims of child abuse. Previously, she was Senior Vice-President and General Counsel and member of the executive leadership team at Barrick Gold Corporation, a large international gold mining company. In that capacity, she was responsible for overall management of legal affairs, extensively engaged in that company’s significant mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions, and was involved in a wide range of operational, regulatory, political and social aspects of the mining business. Ms. Veenman holds a law degree from the University of Toronto and has obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.