Directors and Committees

Brian D. MacEachen, C.A., Non-Executive Board Chair

Brian D. MacEachenMr. MacEachen is a business owner as well as the Chief Financial Officer of Zonte Metals Inc.  Mr. MacEachen previously served as President and CEO of Linear Metals Corporation from January 2008 to April 2012 as well as Executive VP of its sister company, Brigus Gold Corp. (formerly Linear Gold Corp.) from October 2009 to June 2012.  Mr. MacEachen also served as Chief Financial Officer of Linear Gold and Linear Metals from January 2004 to January 2008 and July 2006 to January 2008, respectively.  A Chartered Accountant, with over 25 years of experience in the strategic and financial management of publicly-traded companies, Mr. MacEachen's involvement in the mining industry has spanned over 30 years, including senior positions with Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation and Aur Resources Inc. Mr. MacEachen has been a director of Avalon since 1998 and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University (1986).

  • Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee

Donald S. Bubar, M.Sc., P.Geo, President and CEO

Don Bubar

Don Bubar is a geologist with 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and development in Canada. Mr. Bubar is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc., 1977) and Queen’s University (M.Sc., 1981). From 1984 to 1994, he worked for Aur Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager and later VP, Exploration. Mr. Bubar has been President and CEO of Avalon since 1995.

Mr. Bubar served as a Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) for nine years and Chair of its Aboriginal Affairs Committee from its creation in December, 2004 until retiring from the PDAC Board in March, 2013. Throughout his career, Mr. Bubar has been an advocate for increased Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry, first through the PDAC and later through the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. Mr. Bubar serves on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Science of McGill University and on the Board of Directors of Mining Matters.

Alan Ferry, B.Sc., CFA

Allen Ferry Mr. Ferry has been an independent businessperson since 2007, following a 28 year career in the investment industry as a mining analyst and mining corporate finance specialist. Mr. Ferry holds a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from Queen's University (1977) and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation (retired). Mr. Ferry has been a director of Avalon since 2000, and is also Chair of Plateau Energy Metals Inc.

  • Chair of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee

Naomi Johnson, BA, LL.B.

Naomi Johnson A global CSR executive, international development specialist and lawyer, Ms. Johnson lends a diverse and holistic perspective to approaching stakeholder risk and impact management. She has extensive experience leading on-site teams in challenging jurisdictions, including projects in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. Ms. Johnson has held the position of VP, Community Relations at Titan Mining Corporation since 2018. Previously, she was with Barrick Gold (2008-2017), ultimately serving as Partner & Senior Director – Community Relations.

Ms. Johnson is a graduate of King’s College University (BA International Development) and Ottawa University (LL.B, 1998). She is called to the Bar in Ontario (2000). Ms. Johnson joined Avalon’s Board of Directors in September 2019.

Jane E. Pagel, B.Sc., D.Bact., M.Sc.

Jane E. PagelThroughout her career, Ms. Pagel has held significant leadership roles in environmental, energy, cleantech and sustainability organizations in government and the private sector. A graduate of the University of Toronto, where she received a B.Sc., D.Bact. and M.Sc. in microbiology, she has served on a number of boards and currently chairs the board of BluMetric, an Ottawa-based TSX Venture Exchange listed cleantech company that delivers sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues; and sits on the boards of Walker Industries, a fifth generation family-owned company with three business line - aggregates and construction, emulsions and environmental; Pure Global Cannabis Inc, a TSX.V listed innovation-based company that will produce products for the medical, pharmaceutical and wellness markets; and Kleinschmidt, a U.S.-based employee-owned company providing engineering, regulatory and ecological services to the hydroelectric, renewable power and water resources markets. Until her retirement in 2014, Ms. Pagel was President and CEO of the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), which operated 800 water and wastewater treatment plants in Ontario. In 2014-15, Ms. Pagel was interim President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC): a $1 billion federal fund that supports the development and demonstration of new technologies that address issues related to climate change and the quality of air, water and soil.

  • Member of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee

Board Committees

Audit Committee

Avalon's Audit Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities to the Company. The Committee provides an avenue of communication among the independent auditors of the company, management and the Board. Read Avalon's Audit Committee Charter here.

Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee

The Compensation, Governance & Nominating Committee of Avalon acts on behalf of the Board of Directors in all matters concerning compensation, benefits and performance its executives and any senior management.  It also makes recommendations with respect to the remuneration of the Board and oversees the share option plan and any other like plan. Read the Charter of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee here.


Management Advisory Committees

Sustainability Advisory Committee:

Avalon management has established a Sustainability Advisory Committee to provide input and advice on issues related to community, environment, health and safety. 

  • Jean Cinq-Mars: International Committee Chair - National Forest Strategy Coalition of Canada; Canadian Coalition on Integrated Landscape Management
  • Denis Kemp: Member, Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Member, Canadian Institute of Mining; Member, American Institute of Mining Engineers
  • Glenn Nolan: VP, Government Affairs, Noront Resources Ltd.; Past President of the PDAC; CIM Distinguished Lecturer; Former Chief of Missanabie Cree First Nation
  • Jane Pagel: Board Member, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC); Board Member, Canadian Mining Innovation Council; Board Member, BluMetric; Board Member, Kleinschmidt; Former CEO, Ontario Clean Water Agency; Former Interim CEO, SDTC; Board Member, Avalon Advanced Materials
  • Mark Wiseman: VP, Sustainability at Avalon Advanced Materials