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Our Philosophy

Our strength comes from our people – combining our broad perspectives and expertise results in novel thinking and practical solutions. This is how we make meaningful progress, everyday, across our operations.

The diversity, integrity, and ingenuity of our people enhance our ability to make sound judgements. We get to know each other and we recognize each other’s contributions. We engage in respectful debate and value each other’s ideas.

We deliver on our commitments by having a bias for action and tangible progress, by caring about the quality of our work, and by always striving for excellence. We believe that by improving the processes of today, we can define the best practices of tomorrow.

Leadership Profiles

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Sylvain Collard, Eng., PMP
General Manager

Côté Gold is a dynamic, challenging, and exciting place to be. I am committed to making the most of the opportunity that a greenfield project offers and building the culture, values, and team spirit that will unite everyone to succeed.

My ultimate goal is to run a predictable mine. Our unique features, such as autonomous haulage, drilling, and other automated systems, will certainly help that. And these features, in addition to our processes at the plant, make this a different and interesting operation, not only within IAMGOLD but also more broadly in mining in Canada.  

Côté is the future of IAMGOLD, and so are its people. I believe Côté will launch many future company leaders on their career journeys. It is my role to coach those future leaders and give the team we are building the tools they need to reach their full potential.

I am a mechanical engineer and have been with IAMGOLD for more than 14 years. Prior to Côté Gold, I was the General Manager at Westwood Mine. I also spent several years at Essakane Mine in Burkina Faso, where I was a Project Manager, Mill Maintenance Superintendent, Maintenance Manager, and Operations Manager.

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Luc-Bernard Denoncourt, ing., PMP  
Project Manager

Côté Gold is a flagship project for IAMGOLD, and it’s a privilege to be leading this team. Greenfield mining projects like Côté are rare, and this one incorporates all the diverse challenges one could expect when building a new mine. I enjoy the teamwork involved in my role. It’s important to me that we problem-solve together. I prefer a team approach to decision making and strive to keep everyone informed and updated.

My consistent focus is always on health and safety. I also believe we can build a sustainable operation that delivers opportunities for the community. We aren’t only building a mine; we are building the team that is going to shape what this operation becomes. Côté will be a part of northern Ontario mining for decades to come, and it’s the Project team’s responsibility to give this mine the best start.

I am a mining engineer with 20 years' industry experience. My focus for the past several years has been project management. I am a Project Management Professional (PMP) and have a master’s certificate in project management. Before joining IAMGOLD, I was a project manager at SNC-Lavalin. Within IAMGOLD, I have managed the plant expansion at Rosebel Mine in Suriname and implemented the project management office at Essakane Mine in Burkina Faso.

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Mathew Wilson, BEng, BCom, MAusIMM 
Mine Manager

Working at Côté Gold, we have the privilege to build a mine the right way from the start. I'm particularly excited about our use of autonomous machinery, which will allow us to mine as safely and efficiently as possible. Autonomous technology has been deployed with excellent results elsewhere, and I’m proud to be involved in delivering those results in northern Ontario.

As a leader at Côté, I value collaboration. Developing a project of this scale requires contributions from a broad range of people and organizations. To use a sports analogy, a good team needs excellent athletes and well-rounded team players, and people aren’t always both.

Recognizing talent diversity and bringing the team together towards a shared goal is important. I also value the willingness and courage to ‘have a go’, improving as we learn.

The support that Côté has received from our First Nation partners, our investors, the local community, and government stakeholders has been vital to our progress so far. It is my hope that our success will also be theirs in the years to come and that we can reward their trust.

In my 17 years in the mining industry, I've held engineering, operations, project, and management roles. I've worked in underground and surface operations in Western Australia, Ontario, Quebec, Tanzania, New Caledonia, and Suriname, in both gold and base metals. I studied at the Western Australian School of Mines – Curtin University and hold bachelor’s degrees in mining engineering and commerce.

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Hugues Bergeron, ing., PMP
Construction Manager

I am excited to be working on a greenfield project, and I find my work at Côté Gold constantly interesting, challenging, and changing. I am a leader who likes team alignment, and I will make the tough calls when needed. Through structure and systems, I am able to empower my team to work consistently and with accountability.

The day-to-day changes at site are very exciting to see; I enjoy monitoring the progress daily. The build in front of us is titanic but, with teamwork and a step-by-step approach, we are up to the challenge.

I graduated in mechanical engineering from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and have worked in chemical plants, oil and gas, and mining and metallurgy, in Canada and abroad.

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Simon Beaulieu, ing.
Construction Manager

I view the Côté Gold Project as the ‘Stanley Cup finals’ of project execution. This is a once-in-a-career opportunity, the largest industrial project in Ontario right now, and a transformational project for IAMGOLD. I am proud to be a part of it, and I am determined to succeed.

Having been involved in mining projects for 20 years, Côté gives me the opportunity to apply all the project management best practices and systems. And having worked overseas for many years, it’s fun to be able to work on something so big in Canada. Another factor in my decision to join Côté was the team – we have the A-team on this project, and we support and learn from each other. We are united in our drive to succeed. 

As a leader on this Project, I aim to set a good example; I am results-oriented with a focus on the logical paths forward. For me, uniting our team around a common goal, making a plan, then executing, is the best process. 

My ultimate goal is to complete the Project with an excellent safety record. I want all workers to go home without getting hurt on our site. I also want to make sure we complete the Project with as few impacts to the environment as possible. Another priority is creating benefits for our local communities and Indigenous partners and ensuring that they can benefit from the training opportunities and infrastructure. 

I have a bachelor's in geological engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and started my career in Sudbury working for INCO. Since then, I have worked in tailings management and then mining project management for SNC-Lavalin. Within IAMGOLD, I have worked at our mines in Africa and Suriname and joined Côté in 2020.

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Jackie Lamothe
Human Resources Manager

I am a northern Ontarian and have been Human Resources Manager for Côté Gold since 2018. Côté Gold is a project I’m excited about because it presents a unique opportunity to build a new mine while benefiting from previous experiences. With more than 20 years in the mining industry, I have seen many ways to operate and I want to bring the industry’s best practices to Côté. We want to build a diverse team that shares our passion and drive to define the future of mining.

My broad HR experience includes leading teams in talent acquisition, talent management, policy development, IBA negotiations, as well as community, labour, and government relations. Côté challenges me to use the skills developed over my career in all these areas and apply them to this new operation.

Previously, I have worked for Vale in Sudbury and St. John’s, Newfoundland, and for Glencore (Kidd Mine) in Timmins. I hold a Bachelor of Law and Justice and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and a post- graduate degree in human resource management from Seneca College.

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Francis Letarte-Lavoie, P.Eng.
Operations Readiness Manager

There’s no other project in Canada right now that is as interesting as Côté. Starting a mine from scratch is one of the greatest adventures you can have. I have been working on Côté since the design phase. I am excited about the scale of the work and also about some of the processes we will be using that are unique to Canada. As the leader of our operations team, I am working to ensure my colleagues participate in the process to develop this mine. We are a stronger team when people’s diverse experiences are shared and used as a foundation to develop our best practices.

Ultimately, my goals are to achieve commercial production and nameplate capacity while remaining on schedule, on budget, and guided by our Zero Harm® vision. The Operations Readiness Team will oversee the commissioning phase of the plant, so we are working on robust plans and ensuring the systems – health, safety, security, and environment – are solid and in place.

I studied metallurgical and materials engineering, specializing in mineral processing, at Université Laval. My career started out in operations, but in the last 14 years I have focused on industrial processes in base, precious, and industrial metals across sites in Canada, Africa, and New Caledonia.


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