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TACORA is led by seasoned mining experts with deep insight into the industry. We promote a flat, team-based organization that empowers our team members to take initiative as problem solvers. We believe in hard work, dedication, creativity, efficient execution and a One Team mindset all while maintaining safety as our top priority. These principles define what drives our business.

Management Team

Thierry Martel
Chief Executive Officer

Thierry Martel has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of plant engineering, mineralogy, mining, plant optimization, project development, project and asset performance recovery programs, business transformation, mining innovation and executive management.

Mr. Martel’s prior experiences include work as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President at Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada, General Management roles in Alcan and Rio Tinto between 2005 and 2019, Engineering consulting and project delivery between 1993 and 2005. Mr. Martel has a Civil Engineering degree from UNB

Joe Broking
Chief Financial Officer

Joe Broking has more than 23 years of combined experience in the areas of corporate finance, treasury, capital fundraising, investor relations, compliance, risk management, accounting, audit, operations management, human resources management and information technology management. As Chief Financial Officer of Magnetation LLC., Mr. Broking helped raise over $1.0 billion in capital and helped build world-class finance systems capable of meeting rigorous financial reporting requirements to support the build-out of three iron ore mines and a pellet plant.

Mr. Broking’s prior experience includes work with several large multi-national corporations, international assignments, manufacturing management as well as economic development, including Chief Financial Officer of Magnetation LLC., President and CEO of Itasca Economic Development Corporation, Director of Operations at Bucyrus, Director of Finance at Terex, and Director of Financial Accounting, among other positions at Stora Enso.

Hope Wilson
Chief Accounting Officer

Hope Wilson has more than 23 years of combined experience in the areas of certified public accounting, SEC compliant reporting, corporate finance, compliance, audit, corporate tax, information technology and financial system implementations.

Mrs. Wilson’s prior experiences include work as Accountant at Laserex Systems, Ceridian Employer Services and Boyum and Barenscheer. Mrs. Wilson has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a CPA.

Marie-Andree Morin
Marie-Andrée Morin
Vice President, Projects

Marie-Andrée has over 25 years of providing engineering and construction-related services to support project development in the mining and minerals industry. She has worked on projects within North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East, and ranging in size from smaller million dollars projects to those exceeding several billion dollars in capital expenditure.

She has gained significant experience with industry leaders during her extensive career, including SNC-Lavalin and Ausenco Engineering Canada, and has overseen projects for clients such as Lundin, Royal Nickel, Sydvaranger, and many more. Her experience includes general management, business development, engineering management, process engineering, and development of standard processes.

Sylvain Lessard
Vice-President, Mining Operations

Sylvain Lessard has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry, progressing through more demanding roles in all aspects of open pit and underground mining operations.

Mr. Lessard prior to his appointment, held various engineering and managerial role including General Manager (Mt-Wright and Fire Lake Mine) at Arcelor Mittal, General Manager (Fabie Mine) at First Metal, Mining Superintendent (Bloom Lake Mine) at Cliffs and Project Manager (IOC’s Expansion) at Kiewit. Earlier in his career, he worked as a blasting specialist in a variety of mining operation (Gold, Copper, Zinc and Diamond). Sylvain is a mining engineer, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique of the University of Montreal.

Achille Njike
VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

Achille has more than 17 years of experience in the mining industry, progressing through more demanding roles in integrated Operations, Asset Management, Business transformation & Operations Excellence.

Mr. Njike’s prior experiences include Senior Leadership Role AT Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper mine where he successfully led the integrated Maintenance Operations, Asset Management, Automation, Electrical & Control Systems and Operations Infrastructure across the entire value chain of Kennecott’s mining and processing operations. Achille has succeeded in other senior leadership roles within Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada, resulting in the achievement of business full potential. Prior to Rio Tinto, he worked at ArcelorMittal Mines Canada in the Asset Optimization and Operational Excellence.

Mr. Njike holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a MSc in Industrial Engineering, an Executive MBA, and PhDs in both Reliability & Maintenance Engineering and in Mineral Economics from McGill University.