Above, from left to right: Wade Nesmith, Grant Edey, Michael Riley, David R. Demers, Joseph F. Conway, Robert A. Quartermain, and Eduardo Luna (former Director). Not Pictured: Brad Marchant, Patricia A. Fortier
Wade Nesmith is the founder of Primero. He was the Company's CEO and Co-Chair until June 2010 when he assumed the role of Executive Chairman of Primero, a position he held until March 2012. Mr. Nesmith obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977. He was the Superintendent of Brokers for the Province of British Columbia (1989 – 1992), and subsequently a senior partner, specializing in securities law with Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP) (1993 - 1998). Mr. Nesmith was a founding director of Westport Innovations and from 1998 to 2003 he worked for the company, helping to lead their public markets activities and retiring as President, Westport Europe. He was a founding director of Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX,NYSE), serving from 2004 to 2016. Mr. Nesmith has previously been a director of, among others, Geovic Mining, Selwyn Resources, Polymer Group, Inc., Broadpoint Securities and Oxford Automotive.
David R. Demers has been a director of the Company since October 28, 2008. He was one of the founding members of Westport Fuel Systems, a University of British Columbia spinoff company that has grown into the world’s leading alternative fuels automotive systems company, supplying CNG and LNG systems to many of the world’s leading manufacturers of cars and commercial vehicles. Mr. Demers served as CEO and a director of Westport from 1996 until July 2016, when it merged with Fuel Systems Solutions of New York. Mr. Demers has worked as a Director of a number of technology start-ups, including EnWave (TSX:ENW) as it was spun out of the University of British Columbia until it completed its initial public offering, and was Chair of BrightSide which was sold to Dolby. He also served as a Director of Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) through its NASDAQ listing. Mr. Demers obtained a Bachelor of Science (Physics) in 1976 and a Juris Doctor in 1978, both from the University of Saskatchewan.
Patricia A Fortier has been a director of the Company since November 1, 2016. Ms. Fortier is a former Canadian diplomat whose career has focused on political relations, governance, international security, and trade and investment – notably involved with the extractive and defence industries abroad. She most recently acted in the role of Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Security, Consular, and Emergency Management in Global Affairs Canada. Ms. Fortier was the past Canadian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia and the Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. She was also the Minister-Counsellor (Political) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fortier’s past work abroad includes being Senior Advisor to the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Peru and Chief Advisor to the High Level Mission to Peru. In Costa Rica, she worked with international NGOs on climate change (Earth Council) and human rights/democracy (Instituto Interamericano de los Derechos Humanos). Other diplomatic postings included Chile, Canadian mission to the United Nations in New York, India, Kenya and Zambia. She was also a member of the board of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. Ms. Fortier has a Master's degree in Public Administration and a BA (Honours) from Queen's University and was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard University. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
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