Management team

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Benoit La Salle, FCPA., CPA.

Position: President and CEO
Mr. La Salle is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Commerce Degree and a Masters of Business Administration. In 1980, Mr. La Salle founded Grou, La Salle & Associates, Chartered Accountants. In 1995, Mr. La Salle founded SEMAFO Inc. and held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization until August 2012. Mr. La Salle is the former Chairman of the Board of Plan International (Canada), one of Canada’s leading NGOs. Today Mr. La Salle is President and CEO of Windiga Energy Inc. a Canadian based Independent Power Producer focused on renewable energy assets in West Africa, Chairman of Algold Resources Ltd (TSX: ALG), a gold exploration company with assets in Mauritania and Burkina Faso, Chairman of Sama Resources Inc. (TSX: SME), a base metal exploration company with assets in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea and Chairman of the Canadian Council on Africa.
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Ugo Landry-Tolszczuk

Position: Technical Director
Mr. Landry-Tolszczuk has worked for Windiga Energy since its inception in 2010. Until 2017, he was acting as Director of Operations. Since 2018, Mr Tolszczuk has joigned SRG Graphite Inc as CEO, while maintaining the directorship of the technical aspects at Windiga Energy. Prior to joining Windiga Energy, Mr. Landry-Tolszczuk held several positions in related fields, including Product Manager for peripherals and Web Controllers for Distech Controls, a building automation and energy management solutions company. Mr. Landry-Tolszczuk holds an honors bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
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Elie Justin Ouedraogo

Position: General Manager Windiga SA
In 1982, Dr. Ouedraogo earned his PhD in Economics at Jules Vernes de Picardie-Amiens University, France. In 1990, he became the general manager of the society for mining research and exploitation of Burkina. Given his deep knowledge of the mining sector, Dr. Ouedraogo was called upon by the Government to become Minister of Mines and Energy. A position he held from 1995 to 2000. After his government work, he went on to accrue international experience as an administrator of the Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques, in Cameroon. Since 2007, he has served as National Director of SEMAFO. In 2011 he founded and was elected as Burkina Faso’s president of the Chamber of Mines. Along with his position at SEMAFO, Dr. Ouedraogo holds the position of General Manager of Windiga Energy Burkina Faso S.A. and Windiga S.A., the public-private partnership responsible for the development of the first solar power plant in his country. For his numerous contributions to the nation of Burkina Faso, Dr. Ouedraogo has been awarded with the honorary distinction of Commander of the National Order.
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Elias J. ELIAS, LL.B. , LL.B.

Position: Director of Legal Affairs
Elias J. Elias joined Windiga Energy in December 2013. Mr. Elias oversees the legal framework for business operations, maintaining and optimizing corporate structure, corporate governance, in addition to acting as Secretary. In 2018, he joined SRG Graphite as Vice president of Legal and Corporate affairs while maintaining his role in Windiga Energy. Having articled with the H. Judge Otis of the Quebec Court of Appeal, Elias practised in mergers and acquisitions in a national Canadian firm and then acted as legal counsel responsible for the wholesale and international divisions at Gildan Activewear. Mr. Elias also acted as legal advisor for SEMAFO. Elias holds both a civil law degree (summa cum laude) and a common law degree (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec.
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Simon Parent-Pothier

Position: Director of Operations
M. Parent-Pothier is responsible for managing the company since early 2018. He first started at Windiga in 2013 as a project manager in charge of structuring pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for all the greenfield projects, while ensuring that they properly respond or even exceed senior lenders requirements. Since 2016, he acted as Director of Project development, being responsible for the selection and development of the new project opportunities and overseeing the management of different advanced projects within the company’s pipeline. In the past, Mr. Parent-Pothier has conducted various investigation projects in Latin America on land tenure and infrastructure. He also sums up his experience in urban planning, economic development and institutional and political relations.
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David Vilder

Position: Health, Safety, Environment & Community Manager
Mr. David Vilder, B.A, M.Env, with degrees in Political Science and Environmental Assessment, is the Health, Safety, Environment and Community Manager at Windiga Energy since early 2017. Mr. Vilder has previously worked as a consultant on several mining projects throughout West Africa since 2013. Mr. Vilder specializes on Environmental and Social Management System implementation, Resettlement and Livelihood Restoration planning, and Impact Assessment, and has comprehensive knowledge of IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principles. Mr. Vilder has since joined SRG Graphite as CSR Manager in 2018 but remains involved in Windiga Energy's operations.
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