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


Sir Richard has served as a Sherritt Director since September 2011, and Chairman of the Board effective June 26, 2019. Sir Richard Lapthorne has served as a Finance Director or as Chairman 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 Chairman from April 1998 until his retirement in 1999. From 1996 to May 2003 he was Chairman of Amersham International plc (now GE Healthcare), joining the board as a non-executive director in 1989. He was Chairman of Cable Wireless from 2003 until 2016. His non-quoted appointments included Chairman 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.

Maryse Bélanger , , , Non-Executive Director, Vancouver, Canada


Ms. Belanger has served as a director of the Corporation since February, 2018. Maryse Belanger has more than 30 years of experience in the global mining sector, with proven strengths in operational excellence, technical services and efficiency. She is currently President & CEO of Augusta Gold Corp., (formerly, Bullfrog Gold Corp.) a role that she anticipates leaving on or before June 30, 2021. Ms. Belanger also sits on the board of directors and the ESG committee, of Equinox Gold Corporation. She is a director of Pure Gold Mining. Previously, Ms. Belanger served as the Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic Gold Corporation until its acquisition by St Barbara Limited. Ms. Bélanger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and a graduate certificate in Geostatistics.

Leon Binedell , , , President and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Binedell was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation effective June 1, 2021. Mr. Binedell is a mining executive with 25 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.

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

Dr. Hancock was named to Sherritt’s Board of Directors effective November 10, 2021. Over his 32-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.

Adrian Loader , , , Non-Executive Director, London, England


Mr. Loader has served as a director of the Corporation since July 2013. Adrian Loader has extensive international experience working for Royal Dutch Shell in energy management, projects, strategy, business development and new market entry. He held regional responsibility for operations in Latin America/Africa, Middle East/ Far East and Europe and was the Royal Dutch Shell Director responsible for Strategy and Business Development, Scenarios, Group Planning, Health, Safety & Environment, and External Affairs. Before retiring at the end of 2007, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Canada, where he was responsible for, among other things, Shell Canada’s oil sands open pit mining activities and their expansion. He has served on the board of directors of Alliance- Unichem, Shell Canada Ltd., Alliance-Boots, Candax Energy Inc. and Compton Petroleum. He joined the board of Candax Energy Inc. in January 2008 and was Chairman until June 2010, and then Chairman of Compton Petroleum until August 2012. Mr. Loader is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a Master’s degree in History from Cambridge University, England.

Lisa Pankratz , , , Non-Executive Director, Vancouver, Canada


Ms. Pankratz has served as a director since November 13, 2013. Lisa Pankratz has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry and capital markets in both executive and advisory capacities, working with multinational and international companies. For over 19 years, she has served as a board member of corporations in the financial services and global media industries. Ms. Pankratz currently serves as Chair of the board of UBC Investment Management Trust Inc. and of the HSBC Independent Review Committee for HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Limited. She previously served on the boards of IA Clarington Investments, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canwest Media, Inc., The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, and was a member of the Accounting Policy and Advisory Committee advising the Ministry of Finance for the Province of British Columbia. From 2006 to 2010, she was the President of Mackenzie Cundill Investment Management Ltd., and from 2002 to 2006 was the President, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Cundill Investment Research Ltd. and the Chief Compliance Officer of The Cundill Group. Ms. Pankratz is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

John Warwick , , , Non-Executive Director, Toronto, Canada


Mr. Warwick has served as a director of the Corporation since June 13, 2017. John Warwick is a special advisor to Paradigm Capital Inc. He was previously the Managing Director, Investment Banking, founding partner and Head of Corporate Finance of Paradigm Capital Inc. where he advised and assisted companies on financing and capital Vice Chairman of Gordon Capital Corporation and previously a mining analyst at Gardner Watson, and at Burns Fry, where he was a top-ranked base metals analyst. Mr. Warwick is a CFA and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto.