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HISTORY

When Great Quest was founded, the company was focused gold exploration in Mali. Its principle asset, the Djambaye II concession was sold to Avion Gold Corporation (now Endeavour Mining Corporation) at the end of 2009. Following this sale, the Malian government encouraged the Great Quest team to explore opportunities in the Malian fertilizer market. The expansive phosphate deposits in northern Mali were widely known but required a team of professionals to develop the resource to international standards. Management recognized great potential to create value for shareholders, realize near term cashflow and make a measurable positive impact on all levels of Malian society.

In 2014, the company honed its focus on phosphate and restructured the management team and Board of Directors to develop a fertilizer company, changing its name to Great Quest Fertilizer Ltd, a reflection of the company's efforts. Great Quest then applied for and was successfully granted permits for the Tilemsi phosphate concession by the Malian Ministry of Mines.

Enter 2021, the global pandemic generates a renewed global market interest in precious metals. Great Quest responds accordingly by returning to its roots in gold exploration. The team announces a refocus on its gold interests in southwestern Mali - the Sanoukou project, followed by new precious metals exploration opportunities in Morocco.


MANAGEMENT

Jed Richardson
President, CEO and Director
Jed Richardson worked at RBC Capital Markets as a Research Associate and at Cormark/Sprott Securities as a Research Analyst. He also worked as a Mining Engineer for Alcan Aluminum after graduating from the University of Toronto. He holds a B.A.Sc in Mineral and Geological Engineering. More recently, he served as the Vice-President of Corporate Development of Amazon Mining (TSX-V: AMZ), a UK-registered company, with potash and gold interests in Brazil. Mr. Richardson, who is based in Toronto, brings considerable expertise to the Management and Board, particularly with his experience in capital markets and his background in the exploration and production of fertilizer. Mr. Richardson joined Great Quest's Board on April 7, 2010 and was appointed President & CEO of the Company on May 13, 2013.


Mohammed Bouhsane
Chief Operating Officer

Mohammed Bouhsane brings to Great Quest 20 years' experience in project management and engineering in the Moroccan mining, hydrometallurgical, and metallurgy industries and a strong understanding of the phosphate industry. His expertise spans the mining, beneficiation and commercial production phases of a variety of ores and he has successfully brought all of the projects under his direction to production. Mohammed is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ), and the Conseil National des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France (CNISF). He holds a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, and a Masters degree (DEA) in process engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Chimiques et Technologiques de Toulouse (ENSIACET) in France. He also completed a DUT degree in chemical engineering technology at Ecole Supérieure de Technologie (EST) in Fès, Morocco. Mohammed was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Great Quest in November 2011.


Paul Bozoki
Chief Financial Officer

Paul Bozoki is a seasoned dual Canadian and U.S. CPA with approximately 25 years of accounting, tax and corporate finance experience. He has served as CFO of several development stage TSX and TSXV-listed companies involved in mining, technology and consumer products. He also has extensive experience working in emerging markets. Mr. Bozoki began his career at EY LLP where he spent six years in the audit practice.  He has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s. Paul is veteran corporate financial executive who draws upon 25 years of experience working on six continents to support his portfolio companies. 


DIRECTORS

John A. Clarke, Ph.D
Chairman

John Clarke brings considerable experience in mineral exploration, corporate acquisition and development in the gold mining sector in Africa. Dr. Clarke has held roles as Vice-Chairman and CEO of Nevsun Resources and, prior to joining Nevsun, he was Executive Director of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited of Ghana. He joined Ashanti in 1982 and contributed to establishing Ashanti's gold exploration program throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He is the Director of several companies which have exploration and development activities in Africa. Dr.Clarke holds a B.Sc. in metallurgy from University College Cardiff, a Ph.D. in metallurgy from Cambridge University and an MBA from Middlesex Polytechnic. Mr. Clarke joined the Board on June 17, 2009.


Jed Richardson
President, CEO and Director

Jed Richardson worked at RBC Capital Markets as a Research Associate and at Cormark/Sprott Securities as a Research Analyst. He also worked as a Mining Engineer for Alcan Aluminum after graduating from the University of Toronto. He holds a B.A.Sc in Mineral and Geological Engineering. More recently, he served as the Vice-President of Corporate Development of Amazon Mining (TSX-V: AMZ), a UK-registered company, with potash and gold interests in Brazil. Mr. Richardson, who is based in Toronto, brings considerable expertise to the Management and Board, particularly with his experience in capital markets and his background in the exploration and production of fertilizer. Mr. Richardson joined Great Quest's Board on April 7, 2010 and was appointed President & CEO of the Company on May 13, 2013.


Gordon Peeling
Director

Gordon Peeling was the President of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) from 1997 to 2011 and brings more than 30 years of mining experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to MAC, he served as Vice President at the International Council on Metals and the Environment and Director General at both the Mineral Commodities Branch and Mineral Strategy Branch at Natural Resources Canada. Gordon has a B.Sc. (Geology) degree from Queen's University and an M.Sc. (Geology) and a B.A. (Economics) from Carleton University. Mr. Peeling joined the Board on May 16, 2011.


David Shaw
Director

Since completing his doctorate 30 years ago, David Shaw has worked both in the technical and financial communities within the resource industry. Seven years were spent with Chevron Resources in Calgary and Vancouver, employed initially as an in-house structural consultant on both metal and hydrocarbon exploration programs and then as a member of a hydrocarbon project financial evaluation team. Upon leaving Chevron, he initiated and developed the Resource Research Group at Charlton Securities Ltd., Calgary before assuming the position of Senior Mining Analyst, Corporate Finance, at Yorkton Securities Inc. in Vancouver. Throughout David's career, he has built strong relationships with European financial institutions and the global mining community with valuable experience in West Africa. Mr. Shaw joined the Board on December 16, 2010.


Jon Karas
Director

Mr. Karas is a major force at the intersection of celebrity and social good. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financing a variety of ventures, packaging and producing entertainment and bringing the best businesses and talents to the global market. He is the President of Akoin, a decentralized blockchain-driven financing platform for Africa and other rising economies, which he co-founded with Akon. He is a founding Advisory Board member of Slate Entertainment Group, creator of disruptive crypto-driven gaming activities and content, streaming and ticketing platforms. He also founded the highly successful talent management company Infinity Management International in 1990, which represents top film and television writers, directors, and producers.


Mama Tapo
Director

Mama Tapo brings more the 40 years of experience in business administration and strategic planning to Great Quest. He has dedicated his life and career to the development of his country and support for his countrymen. Professionally, he has worked as a senior advisor to the Malian government where he oversaw the coordination of its World Bank programs and designed a leadership training development program for USAID. He was formerly the Malian director general of Ashanti Goldfields. Mama Tapo’s extraordinary volunteer service as the Malian governor of Lions Club International has led to recognition as an “Eye Care Hero” for overseeing the administration of health and vision care programs as an optometrist in Mali and other parts of West Africa. Early in his career, Mama Tapo taught financial mathematics and economic at the post-secondary level in the United States and France. Mr. Tapo has completed degrees in Civil Engineering and Management at Amiens (France) at and holds an MBA from Wake Forest University (USA). Mr. Mama Tapo has worked with Great Quest in the capacity of a local liaison in Mali and strategic advisor on the Company’s governmental relations since 2009.


MEMBERS OF COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(Committee Members and Chairman)

  • Audit Committee: David A. Shaw (Chair) / John A. Clarke  / Gordon Peeling 
  • Nominating, Compensation and Governance: John A. Clarke (Chair) / Gordon Peeling / David A. Shaw
  • Environmental, Health & Safety and Social Responsibility: Gordon Peeling (Chair) / John A. Clarke / David A.Shaw