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Sir Richard Lapthorne , , , Chair, Non-Executive Director, London, England


Sir Richard has served as a Sherritt Director since September 2011, and Chair of the Board effective June 26, 2019. Sir Richard Lapthorne has served as a Finance Director or as Chair of various FTSE 100 and non-quoted companies in United Kingdom since 1986. He was Finance Director of Courtaulds plc from 1986 until 1992 as well as Finance Director of British Aerospace plc from July 1992 and Vice Chair from April 1998 until his retirement in 1999. From 1996 to May 2003 he was Chair of Amersham International plc (now GE Healthcare), joining the board as a non-executive director in 1989. He was Chair of Cable Wireless from 2003 until 2016. His non-quoted appointments included Chair of PWC’s UK Public Advisory Board, McLaren and New Look, and positions with Flemings Bank and JP Morgan. A keen gardener he was a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1998 until 2004, of which from 2004 until None 2009 he served as the nominee of Her Majesty the Queen. Sir Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Liverpool University, England.

Leon Binedell , , , President and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Binedell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation since June 2021. Mr. Binedell is a mining executive with 26 years of industry experience in leading global mining companies and adjacent joint ventures. Prior joining the Corporation, Mr. Binedell was Chief Financial Officer of Guyana Goldfields Inc. a Canadian-based gold producer focused on gold deposits in Guyana. Mr. Binedell has also served in a variety of senior leadership roles at leading mining companies, including nickel and other base metals businesses. Prior to joining Guyana Goldfields Inc., he served as Finance Operating Executive with Resource Capital Funds, a leading private equity fund focused on the mining sector and the commercialization of mining innovation. Additional sector experience includes his time as National Leader of Finance Consulting in Mining & Energy at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, General Manager of Business Services at Xstrata Nickel (now Glencore) and Chief Financial Officer at Koniambo Nickel SAS.

Louise Blais , , , Non-Executive Director, Quebec, Canada


Ms. Blaise was named to Sherritt’s Board of Directors on March 21, 2024. Ms. Blaise was Canada’s Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2017 to 2021. During this time, she also served as Vice President to UNICEF’s Executive Board. As a senior diplomat, she has worked closely with Canadian companies in foreign markets, specializing in trade policy, investment attraction and export promotion. Currently, she is an Associate at the Atlanta-based Pendleton Group and Senior Advisor to the Business Council of Canada and has served abroad in Washington, Tokyo and as Minister-Counsellor in Paris. She was Consul General in Atlanta, representing Canada in six U.S. states, before being named Ambassador to the UN in 2017. Ms. Blais is currently an Associate at the Pendleton Group and Special Senior Advisor, International Affairs, to the Business Council of Canada and the QG100 in Quebec. Ms. Blais holds a B.A. from McGill University.

Steven Goldman , , , Non-executive Director, Toronto, Canada


Mr. Goldman was named to Sherritt’s Board of Directors on March 21, 2024. Mr. Goldman is a founding member of the Toronto law firm of Goldman Hine LLP which he retired from in January 2021. He is currently President, CEO and director of Comstock Metals Inc. and a director and audit committee member of Select Sands Corp. Mr. Goldman was formerly a director and audit committee member of Tribute Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a director of Allegro Health Corp. Mr. Goldman received his B.A. (President’s Medal) from Carleton University and his JD from Queen’s University.

Peter Hancock , , , Non-Executive Director, Halifax Canada


Dr. Hancock has served as a director of the Corporation since November 2021. He is currently advising companies in the mining and metals sectors. Over his 36-year career, Dr. Hancock has held several senior leadership roles at leading mining companies around the world, including overseeing Glencore’s nickel assets in Australia, serving as President of Koniambo Nickel SAS in New Caledonia, and overseeing Technology and Business Development at Noranda’s Zinc Business in Canada. Dr. Hancock earned a Ph.D in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University in 1995. Dr. Hancock is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Anna Ladd-Kruger , , , Non-Executive Director, Vancouver, Canada


Ms. Ladd-Kruger has served as a director of the Corporation since February 2023. Ms. Ladd-Kruger has held key executive positions at several Canadian publicly listed mining companies, including roles supporting the transition from exploration to production and raising substantial debt and equity. She is currently an Independent Director and the Audit Chair on the Board of SilverCrest Metals Inc. and Integra Resources; she also serves on their technical, sustainability and governance committees. Most recently, Ms. Ladd-Kruger was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of McEwen Mining Inc. where she was brought in to lead financial and operational turnaround strategies and was key to the McEwen Copper Asset spin-out, including serving as its CFO and director. Ms. Ladd-Kruger previously served as the CFO and VP Corporate Development for a number of mining companies. Ms. Ladd-Kruger holds both a CPA and CMA designation, a Masters of Economics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. She also holds the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors designation.

Chih-Ting Lo , , , Non-Executive Director, Vancouver, Canada


Ms. Chih-Ting Lo has served as a director of the Corporation since March 2022. Ms. Lo is the founder and President of EELO Solutions, a management consulting firm specializing in the development of strategic plans and technical solutions focused on reducing net greenhouse gas emissions for the industrial sector. Over the past 20 years, she has advised mining companies, public utilities, and governments globally to innovate and to improve their carbon footprint and sustainability practices. She is currently Board Vice Chair at the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre, a federally seeded impact investment fund to catalyze, accelerate and scale climate action innovation. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of several climate tech companies in minerals and mining space.  Ms. Lo holds a Professional Engineer designation from Engineers and Geoscientists BC, a Masters of Science, Chemical Engineering degree from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.