Mark Ashcroft, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Mark is currently the President & CEO, and a director, of Aurelius Minerals Inc., a TSX Venture Exchange listed gold exploration company with assets in Nova Scotia and Northern Ontario.
He is also currently a director of Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc. and Maritime Resources Corp.
Prior to this, Mark was the President & CEO and a Director of Stonegate Agricom, a phosphate development company from 2008 until 2014, which was successfully listed, in 2010, on the Toronto Stock Exchange with a $51.75 million initial public offering.
From 1999 to 2008 Mark worked in mining finance at financial instituions in London, New York and Toronto.
Following graduation from Laurentian, in 1996, Mark worked in Mines Technical Services at Inco Limited’s Ontario Division, where he qualified as a Professional Engineer in Ontario. From 1990 to 1996, through his undergraduate studies, Mark was fortunate to work in various operating roles in North and South America and Australia.

Mark holds his Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Laurentian University and a Master of Science (Finance, Regulation and Risk Management) from the ISMA Centre of the University of Reading.

Jon Treen, P.E., MBA Technical Leader, Global Mining Stantec

Mr. Jon Treen’s career has included a wide variety of positions within the mining industry, including safety, engineering, operations, site services, and consulting. Currently as Senior Vice President, Mining Business Line, Mr. Treen oversees a technical staff of over 800 individuals across 5 countries serving the mining industry. In this role, he focuses his team on providing innovative solutions to meet the current challenges mining clients face. Previous to Stantec, he held leadership roles such as General Manager of Operations for one of the largest integrated underground mining operations in Canada, General Manager of Production Services, Manager of Technical Services, and Mine Manager. His previous experience includes direct responsibility for up to six mines and production of 220 million lb of nickel and 312 million lb of copper, along with associated precious metals.

With a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and significant leadership training, Mr. Treen understands how to successfully deliver mining projects on budget and within schedule.

Paul Lévesque, P. Eng. Chief Engineer – PGM – Goldcorp Inc.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from Laurentian University in Sudbury.  Paul began his career in Northern Ontario 2003.  Since the start of his career, Paul has held various positions mining EIT, Senior Engineer, Senior Production Engineer, General Foreman, Chief Engineer, Technical Services Superintendent, Technical Services Manager.  In his career path, Paul has experience in all aspects of short range, long range, geology, geotechnical for underground and open pit mines. Paul also has experience with tailings facility management and design.

Since September 2020, Paul holds the role of Technical Services Manager for Eleonore Mine.

Paul joined Newmont in 2007 as a mine engineer for the Dome Mine, part of Porcupine and worked at assembling the mine plan that took Dome from 2007 to 2017 and led the team that installed screen decks underground to separate the sand fill from the rock at the source.  In 2008 Paul transferred to Hoyle Pond as the Senior Engineer for the site and while there worked on bringing to life the paste plant construction, final construction of #1 Winze phase 2, engineering and construction of #1 Winze Phase 3 and the scoping and Pre-Feasibility of #2 Winze.   In 2011 Paul joined the Hoyle Pond Operations group as the Senior Operations Engineer responsible for ensuring the mine plan is executed and followed in addition to leading all continuous improvement at the mine. Paul also operated as the General Foreman for development at the mine from 2013 to 2014 and in 2014 became the Chief Engineer for all of Porcupine and lead all engineering teams at site.  Paul participated in the purchase of the Borden property as a member of the due diligence team.  Paul was the Qualified Person for the Porcupine reserves from 2014 to 2018 as the Chief Engineer and later the Technical Services Superintendent,  Technical Service Manager and Principal Advisor.

Paul is a Professional Engineer in good standing with the Professional Engineers of Ontario since 2007.

Paul is currently the Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University.

Suzanne Tessier

Sue Tessier, a Sudbury native, holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mineral Processing degree from Laurentian University (1979).  She was the very first woman to graduate from the School of Engineering. In 2016, she was granted an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Laurentian University for her work in the mining industry and her volunteer contributions to the mining industry, females in the engineering profession and the Sudbury community.  Sue has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) since 1985.

Sue spent her early career as a process engineer involved in research and development, and environmental compliance at Inco/Vale’s Copper Cliff Smelter Complex. As her career progressed, she took increasingly senior operating management positions in the Smelter, the Nickel Refinery, the Copper Refinery and Smelter Utilities. She retired in 2013 after 34 years in the mineral industry.

Since her retirement, Sue has continued to be involved with the engineering profession.  She is on the board of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) for the 2014-2017 and 2020-2022 terms.  She is currently the President of the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education which gives scholarships to all Ontario post-secondary institutions who grant engineering degrees.  Since 1996, Sue has been a warden of Camp 22 (Sudbury) Iron Ring Ceremony.  In 2019, she joined the Seven Wardens National board of the Iron Ring Ceremony as an alternate warden for Ontario.

Sue is married to Gilles. Together, they raised 3 sons, Marc, Justin and Eric.  They are now enjoying and spoiling 7 grandchildren. When not spending time with family or with her volunteer activities, Sue loves to travel.

Voting Members 
Darling, GeorgeP.Eng, Senior VP, Sandstorm Gold
Espley, Samantha (Past Chair)Vice President, Bestech
Lévesque, Paul (Chair)P. Eng. Continuous Improvement Superintendent, Newmont Goldcorp
Tessier, Sue (Vice-Chair)Consultant
Treen, JonP.E., MBA Technical Leader, Global Mining Stantec
Ughadpaga, KamalSuperintendent Slabcaster (Operations) Essar Steel Algoma Inc.
Ashcroft, MarkP.Eng-President & CEO, Aurelius Minerals Inc
Bergeron, AnnetteChair of the Board of Directors of Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) of Ontario 
Visser, ChristinaCEO, IONIC Technology Group
Hensher, SimoneProjects and Engineering Manager, Rio Tint

Ex-officio members 
Arsenault, MarcPhD, P.Eng, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator
Hudyma, MartyPhD, P.Eng, Associate Professor, Mining Engineering Program Coordinator
Laamanen, CoreyPhD PEng - Master Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Program Coordinator
Lievers, BrentPhD PEng - Assistant Professor - CO-OP Engineering Program Coordinator
Macleod, TracyBA'95, CFRE Chief Advancement Officer, Laurentian University
Subramanian, RameshPhd, PEng, DIRECTOR
Timusk, MarkusPhD, P.Eng, Past Director