Chairman of the Board
Mr. York is the Chief Executive Officer of Farm Boy Inc., named one of the best managed companies in Canada in 2011.
A chartered accountant, Mr. York began his professional career with Ward Mallette, Chartered Accountants, before joining Giant Tiger Stores Limited — a regional retail chain which he grew into a national, billion-dollar company. During his 20 years with Giant Tiger, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company for 10 years.
Mr. York is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and has been involved in that executive network since 2002.
As a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Focus Graphite Inc., Mr. York is a director who has an active role in shaping the company’s business growth and development. He graduated from Princeton in 1986 with a degree in Economics and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1989.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Economo has a distinguished business leadership career, serving as Chief Executive Officer for a number of public and private high technology companies during the last 20 years. A former President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynasty Components Inc., Mr. Economo enjoys a long history of graphite marketing and sales for high-tech applications. Prior to joining Focus Graphite Inc., a company he founded with Jeffrey York, he served as Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for Everton Resources Inc.
Over the span of his business career, Mr. Economo has provided strategic consulting and representation services to technology companies in North America and Asia. In particular, he has a track record of success and expertise in building shareholder value when tasked with bringing discovery companies to market. Born in Greece and raised in Montréal, Mr. Economo is trilingual and lives with his family in Ottawa.
Mr. Burtt is President of Chester Burtt & Associates Ltd. (CBAL), a corporate and public affairs advisory firm that specializes in connecting private and public companies with domestic and international opportunities. CBAL also arranges for the provision and supply of financial services in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Working through an international network and associate firms, CBAL has a 25-year history of offering a full range of services to assist companies with strategy development and decisions to best suit their investor and corporate relations.
Mr. Burtt graduated with a BA from Waterloo Lutheran University and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Political Science.
A Civil Engineer, Mr. Pomerleau was born and raised in St. Georges, Québec. He joined the Pomerleau Group of companies in 1991 as an assistant project manager. Currently, Mr. Pomerleau serves as a Director of the Pomerleau Group and is President of Ottawa-based Pomerleau Ontario. He also serves as Co-President of Ébénisterie Beaubois Ltée, an architectural millwork company.
In addition to his day-to-day management responsibilities, Mr. Pomerleau is actively involved with several industry-linked committees and is Chair of the General Contractor Council of the Canadian Construction Association. Mr. Pomerleau holds a civil engineering degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal, and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A geoscientist with three decades of professional experience, Mr. Bernier specializes in exploration geochemistry in support of regional and international mineral development initiatives. A resident of Chibougamau, Québec, Mr. Bernier has directed or managed mining development projects in Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, and South America.
In addition to his work with Focus Graphite Inc., Mr. Bernier also holds the position of Senior Geoscientist with the Table Jamésienne de Concertation Minière (TJCM), a regional development agency dedicated to promoting sustainable mineral development across northern Québec; and as an advisor to Makivik Corporation, the economic and political representative of the Inuit of Northern Québec.
Mr. Bernier is past-president of Majescor Resources Inc.; a director of SIMACT Alliance Copper-Gold Inc. (Canada) and Daraina Exploration SARL (Madagascar); a director and executive vice-president of SOMINE SA (Haiti); Vice President and Director of Chibougamau-Chapais SADC. He remains an active member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and the Ordre des géologues du Québec, as well as a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.