President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
Judith T. Mazvihwa-MacLean, CMA, MBA, MSc, BSc
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Mazvihwa-MacLean has nearly two decades of experience in mineral exploration, mining, management, and corporate finance. Prior to joining Focus Graphite, Ms. Mazvihwa-MacLean was the Chief Financial Officer for Golden Harp Resources, Logan Resources and Acme Resources (formerly, International KRL Resources Corp.). She also served on the Board of Directors for both Logan Resources and Acme Resources.
Ms. Mazvihwa-MacLean has a significant academic background. She holds a B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Zimbabwe, an M.Sc. from Brunel University in England, and earned her MBA at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She was accredited as a Certified Management Accountant by the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia.
Jeff Hussey, P.Geo., BSc
Vice President, Project Development
Mr. Hussey earned his BSc in Geology from the University of New Brunswick and is a consulting geologist with 30 years experience in open pit and underground mine operations, and more recently, as a mining project developer. While working with Noranda/Falconbridge, the corporate culture developed values in safety, sustainability, and optimization. Operational experience includes Brunswick No. 12 and Gaspe Copper underground base metal mines, open pit operations include the Antamina Mine start up in Peru, and Raglan in Northern Quebec, Mr. Hussey’s responsibilities included general foreman of open pit operations, site services, water treatment, including optimization projects in the Concentrator and Site Services Departments. He was certified in project scoping and management, integrating quality control, continuous improvement for process optimization gains.
Since 2007, Jeff Hussey and Associates has supported various other junior mining companies in exploration, mining, and geo-metallurgy, including Puma Exploration, Champion Iron Mines, and Starcore International.
Dr. Joseph E. Doninger, MSc, BSc
Director of Manufacturing and Technology
Dr. Doninger is the developer and co-developer of a number of U.S., European and Canadian patents related to carbon processing methodologies and processing equipment.
Also, a chemical engineer, Dr. Doninger is the author and co-author of some two dozen technical papers and studies related to graphite composite anodes; carbon-based materials for electrochemical energy storage systems; advanced graphite for Lithium-ion batteries and other related publications. He also is a co-editor of a NATO Science Series book titled New Carbon Based Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems.
Dr. Doninger’s academic background includes an Honorary Professorship at the Department of Chemistry, Kiev National University of Technologies and Design; a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering and Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, and; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois. As a consulting engineer, Dr. Doninger served as President of Dontech Global, Inc. During his 17-year career with Superior Graphite Co., he held the posts of Senior Vice-President, Technology, Vice-President, Engineering and Product Commercialization, Vice- President, Manufacturing, and Vice-President, Technology. His corporate background also includes that of Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Minerals Group, Applied Industrial Materials Corp, of Deerfield, IL; and General Sales and Marketing Manager, International Minerals and Chemical Corp., of Libertyville, IL.
Dr. Lamontagne is a civil engineer with a PhD in mine engineering specifically regarding the dynamics associated with waste rock management and associated acid mine drainage. Over 25 years of experience in environmental and geotechnical aspects of mine engineering has helped to develop several mine closure concepts to address various issues regarding contaminated neutral drainage, and/or acid mine drainage. Dr. Lamontagne participated in annual water and tailings management facility inspections. Since 2007, Dr. Lamontagne has worked on the mining project authorization process including environmental baseline studies and Environmental and Social Impacts Assessments (“ESIA’s”). Dr. Lamontagne has worked at various levels within the process of filing the Project Notice with governmental authorities and the public hearing process at both the provincial and federal levels. Dr. Lamontagne has worked on several projects including Goldcorp’s Eleonore mine start up, Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi project, Blackrock Metal’s iron project, and Osisko’s Canadian Malartic mine.