SOQUEM’s strength

Highlighting and reconciling the team’s knowledge are important aspects for the organization. The implementation of the 2019-2022 strategic plan requires the commitment and mobilization of the team, because together, we will go further!

Mission and history

SOQUEM is a leader in Quebec’s mineral exploration industry. As a subsidiary of Investissement Québec, its mission is to promote the exploration, discovery, and development of the province’s mineral resources. And through its partnered projects, SOQUEM leverages the Quebec mineral exploration industry.

Since its foundation, SOQUEM has helped maintain a strong economy in Quebec’s mining regions. The company’s exploration work has led to the discovery and operation of numerous deposits.

SOQUEM has managed to reach its objectives throughout the years by designing its own business model. Partnering with various exploration companies and diversifying its portfolio of shareholdings iss the key to overcoming cyclical economic constraints. SOQUEM thus maximizes return on its assets and minimizes risks by joining forces with partners to develop its projects.

2012
SOQUEM becomes a subsidiary of Ressources Québec, which is itself a subsidiary of Investissement Québec.
2006
Relocation of SOQUEM’s head office in Val-d’Or, at the heart of one of the most important mining regions in Quebec.
1996
Creation of SODEMEX by SOQUEM, a development fund for junior exploration companies.
1986
Privatization of many of SOQUEM’s productive assets that led to the creation of Cambior, which then became IAMGOLD.
1965
Creation of SOQUEM by decree by René Lévesque, then minister of Jean Lesage’s Liberal government.

Executive management

Claudine Chan Weng

Director

Claudine Chan Weng was named Investissement Québec’s Director of Financial Information in March 2011. She previously held the position of Equity Investment Director at Société générale de financement du Québec.

Ms. Chan Weng, a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec since 1991, received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Université du Québec à Montréal. She possesses over 20 years of experience in managing accounting services at various multi-sectoral organizations.

Steven Bowles

Director

Mr Bowles was appointed Senior Director of Investment in Mines and Natural Resources at Invest Quebec in early 2020. In his role, Steven manages both equity investment and debt financing in all stages of the resource company life cycle including exploration, project development and operations.

Steven is a business professional in the mining & metals industry with experience in business development, project management and operations management.

Steven holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Steven was previously Project Manager for the $1.3B Côté Gold Project. In his role he provided leadership for the early stages of project development, the establishment of power and environmental permits and the implementation of an impact-benefits agreement with the project’s First Nation partners.

He was also previously Operations Manager at Raglan Mine in Nunavik where he managed its four underground mines and its technical services teams to achieve record-setting safety and production performance for that operation. He also served as Capital Projects Director at Raglan which included the development of two underground mines and concentrator plant growth projects budgeted at $550M. Prior to that, he worked as Project Manager for the $1.2B Cobre Panama concentrator project and led field execution teams in the Middle East on the $5.7B Emirates Aluminium and $4.5B Qatalum Aluminium Smelter projects.

In 2014, Steven received the Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award granted by the Canadian Institute of Mining for outstanding leadership.

Donna Kirkwood

Independent director

Donna Kirkwood est conseillère auprès d’organisations publiques et privées sur le positionnement stratégique, la conception et la gestion de programmes et de politiques scientifiques, technologiques et d’innovation. Elle est active sur la scène nationale et internationale, a siégé à de nombreux comités directeurs scientifiques et universitaires ainsi que des comités consultatifs pour des organismes subventionnaires et réseaux scientifiques. Elle siège sur les conseils du British Geological Survey et d’ArcticNet en tant qu’administratrice indépendante. 

 

Donna a été scientifique en chef à Ressources naturelles Canada de 2016 à 2019 où elle a renforcé les liens entre la science et la politique sur les ressources naturelles et l’environnement, et a fourni des conseils sur les questions transversales en science, capacité et communication. Auparavant, elle a été cadre à la Commission géologique du Canada et première femme DG de 2010 à 2015, positionnant la commission comme une organisation scientifique gouvernementale de premier plan. Avant de se joindre au gouvernement fédéral, Donna a été professeure titulaire de géosciences à l’Université Laval, à Québec, où elle a développé pendant 12 ans des programmes de recherche novateurs, collaboratifs et inclusifs et reçu de nombreux prix pour la qualité de son enseignement. 

 

Donna détient un doctorat en géosciences, est formée en leadership, gestion de la fonction publique et gouvernance et est membre de l’Ordre des Géologues du Québec. Elle supporte avec vigueur les causes liées aux femmes en STIMs.

Danielle Giovenazzo

Independent Director

Member of “l’Ordre des géologues du Québec”, Danielle Giovenazzo has nearly 30 years of mining exploration experience where she was responsible for several exploration projects at various stages. She has experience in Canada as well as abroad (Argentina, Australia, West Africa, Finland, Brazil and Greenland) working for various mining exploration companies such as Goldcorp Inc., Newgenco Pty Ltd, Castillian Resources Corporation, XStrata Nickel, Falconbridge Ltd.

Danielle Giovenazzo holds a BSc in geology from the University of Montreal, a doctorate in geology from the University of Québec in Chicoutimi and is currently president of Salda Geosciences Inc., a private geological and mining exploration consulting company.

Since 2018, Mrs Giovenazzo has been president of “l’Ordre des géologues du Québec”.

Robert Marquis

Independent Director

Robert Marquis is an associate professor at the Mine and Environment Institute of the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (IRME / UQAT). Member of « l’Ordre des géologues du Québec », M. Marquis holds a doctorate, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree. His professional career is marked by partnership and networking at the junction between the mining and education sectors.

Marquis began his professional career at SOQUEM. Subsequently, he held various positions at the Ministry of Natural Resources; first as a geologist, then as a department manager, and lastly as director and general manager of « Géologie Québec ». In 2011, he was appointed Associate Deputy Minister for the Mining Sector and in 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute of Mining. He left this position in December 2018.

Marquis has been on the board of SIDEX for more than 10 years and, more recently, at Tata Steel Minerals Canada. He also chairs the Board of Directors of the Center of Excellence on Strategic Metals Elements 08, which brings together three institutions of teaching and research; the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), the CEGEP of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Industrial Waste Technology Center (CTRI).

 

Board of directors

Tony Brisson

CEO

Détenteur d’un baccalauréat en géologie de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, M. Brisson a occupé plusieurs postes de direction au sein de compagnies d’exploration et d’exploitation au Québec et en Afrique du Nord.

Membre de l’Ordre des géologues du Québec, M. Brisson compte plus de 25 ans d’expérience en exploration pour les métaux précieux et pour les métaux de base. Il a entre autres œuvré pour Goldcorp, Focus Metals, Ressources Cogitore, Ressources Breakwater et Cambior. En 2009, l’équipe de Ressources Cogitore dont faisait partie M. Brisson a reçu le Prix du Prospecteur de l’année remis par l’Association de l’exploration minière du Québec pour le projet Scott Lake.

Depuis 2015, il agissait à titre de consultant en exploration pour des sociétés minières juniors et majeures au Québec et en Ontario.

Brisson a siégé aux conseils d’administration de Ressources Opus One inc. et de Ressources minières Radisson. Il est un membre actif du conseil d’administration de l’Association de l’exploration minière du Québec depuis 2020 où il avait également siégé de 2008 à 2012.

Angélique Beaudin

Deputy Manager

Mme Beaudin détient un baccalauréat spécialisé approfondi en géologie de l’Université d’Ottawa. 

Avant de se joindre à l’équipe de SOQUEM en mai 2011, elle a occupé des emplois d’assistante en géologie et d’auxiliaire de cours pour la Commission géologique du Canada et pour le département des sciences de la terre de l’Université d’Ottawa respectivement.

Elle est membre de l’Ordre des géologues du Québec ainsi que Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

Gabrielle Rochefort

Deputy Manager

Mme Rochefort détient un baccalauréat en génie géologique de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

Avant de se joindre à l’équipe de SOQUEM en janvier 2013, elle a occupé des emplois d’assistante en géologie pour le Ministère de l’Énergie et des ressources naturelles, ainsi que pour Services techniques GéoNordic.

Elle est membre de l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec du Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada et présidente du conseil d’administration de l’ICM section Chapais-Chibougamau.