Vanessa Laplante of Canadian Malartic Partnership accepts position as chair of the board of directors

Québec City, June 10, 2021 – For the second time in its history, the QMA’s board of directors will be chaired by a woman: Vanessa Laplante, Tax and Montréal Office Director of Canadian Malartic Partnership. She takes over from Jean-François Verret, Director, Projects, Geology and Exploration at Glencore’s Raglan Mine, who held the position for six years.

Ms. Laplante is a member of the Quebec CPA Order and has worked in the mining industry for over 15 years. A leader in her field, she has developed expertise in mine and tax management after working with major gold producers working in Québec and elsewhere. She is closely involved with the mining community and hopes that her efforts will increase the representation of women within the mining industry.

There is only one new face among the 16 members of the board of directors: Danny Tremblay, Chief Operating Officer at Glencore’s Horne Smelter and CCR Refinery, will replace Marc Bédard, Head of Copper Metallurgical Operations at Glencore.

Ms. Laplante begins her term of office as the chair of the board of directors with a focus on continuity. Among the priorities she will address are the competitiveness of Québec’s tax regime, the ongoing viability of the mining industry in Québec, the industry’s attractiveness for investors, and its reputation among the general population.

The members of the QMA’s Board of Directors are as follows:

Chair of the Board of Directors and Treasurer

  • Vanessa Laplante, Tax and Montréal Office Director, Canadian Malartic Partnership

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • Alexandre Belleau, Chief Operating Officer, Champion Iron Ore

Secretary of the Board of Directors

  • Jean-Baptiste Dromer, Senior Director, Mining and Manufacturing, Windsor Salt


  • Hélène Cartier, Vice President, Environment and Sustainable Development, Falco Resources
  • Mapi Mobwano, President and CEO, ArcelorMittal Mining Canada
  • John Mullally, Regional Vice President Sustainability and External Relations, Newmont – Éléonore (member of the executive committee)
  • Daniel Paré, Vice President Operations – Eastern Canada, Agnico Eagle Mines
  • Jean Quenneville, Director External Affairs – Québec, Rio Tinto
  • Patrick Sévigny, Vice President, Operations, Stornoway Diamond Corporation
  • Stéphane Ste-Croix, Vice President, Canadian Operations, and General Manager, Gold Côté Project, IAMGOLD Corporation
  • Danny Tremblay, Chief Operating Officer of Copper Metallurgical Sites, Glencore, Horne Smelter
  • Guy Tremblay, Director, Human Resources and Health & Safety, CMAC-THYSSEN
  • Jean-François Verret, Director, Projects, Geology and Exploration, Glencore’s Raglan Mine


  • Hélène Lauzon, President, Québec Business Council on the Environment
  • Jean-Marc Lulin, President and CEO, Azimut Exploration
  • Isabelle Verreault, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Quebec, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

« I am starting my work with a focus on continuity, alongside a competent and dedicated team. I am extremely proud to have this opportunity to defend the priorities and concerns of a strong industry as part of a dynamic, credible and constructive association. During a period of massive change, our industry has been able to adapt and will continue to reinvent itself as it ensures that Québec remains a leader in the worldwide mining industry. I am enthusiastic about taking up this challenge as I begin a new period in my involvement with the QMA. »

 – Vanessa Laplante, Chair of the QMA’s Board of Directors

« The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for our industry to be able to rely on a credible association that is able to rally its forces to achieve its objectives. With a board of directors that is well aware of the QMA’s position and issues, we will be able to represent the mining industry effectively and ensure that it is fully recognized and has access to the conditions it needs to continue its development in Québec. »

– Josée Méthot, President and CEO of the QMA

About the Québec Mining Association

The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in exploration, extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 48,006 jobs and total expenditure of $9.9 billion generated by Québec’s mining industry in 2018, based on the most recent data. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.