Directors and Committees

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

Brian D. MacEachenMr. MacEachen is a business owner and previously served as President and CEO of Linear Metals Corporation from January 2008 to April 2012 as well as Executive VP of 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

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 Advanced Materials Inc. 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 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

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 is a director of four listed junior mining companies including Lead Director of Guyana Goldfields Inc. He holds a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from Queen's University (1977) and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation (retired). Mr. Ferry has been a director of Avalon since 2000.

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

Patricia Mohr, BA, MA Economics

Patricia MohrMs. Mohr is the former Vice President, Economics and Commodity Market Specialist at Scotiabank's Executive Offices in Toronto, before retiring in 2016 after 31 years with the bank. At Scotiabank, Ms. Mohr worked closely with Corporate and Investment Banking, including the Mining team, with Commercial Banking and Global Risk Management. Ms. Mohr prepared the metal and oil & gas price forecasts for credit evaluations at Scotiabank. During this time, Ms. Mohr developed the 'Scotiabank Commodity Price Index' - the first Index designed to measure price trends for Canadian commodities in export markets. She maintains a close interest in national and international economic and financial market developments. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Ms. Mohr worked with Alberta Energy Co. Ltd. (now EnCana Corp.) in Calgary and with CP Ships and Canadian Pacific Bermuda in London, England as Corporate Economist. She began her career as a mineral economist with Energy, Mines and Resources (now Natural Resources Canada) in Ottawa. Ms. Mohr holds an Honours B.A. Degree and a Masters Degree in Economics from The University of British Columbia. She joined Avalon’s Board of Directors in 2017.

  • Member of the Audit Committee

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

Jane E. PagelMs. Pagel, was, until recently, 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. Throughout 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 sits on the boards of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, the Canadian Mining Innovation Council, BluMetric, an Ottawa-based TSX Venture Exchange listed Cleantech company that delivers sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues 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, Canada.

  • Member of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee

Kenneth G. Thomas, P. Eng., F.C.I.M.

Ken ThomasDr. Thomas is President, Project Development and Metallurgy, at Ken Thomas & Associates Inc., consulting to the mining industry. Until July 2012 he was Senior Vice President, Projects, at Kinross Gold Corporation. Previously, for 6 years, he was a Global Managing Director and Board Director at Hatch, a leading international engineering and construction firm headquartered in Canada. From 1987 to 2001 he progressively served in senior roles at Barrick Gold Corporation, from Vice President, Metallurgy, to Senior Vice President, Technical Services. At Barrick, he had direct responsibility for the research and development, engineering, construction and commissioning of mine surface plants and infrastructure, including the development of large scale gold autoclave and roaster facilities at Barrick Goldstrike. He also served as Chief Operating Officer for Crystallex International Corporation where he managed mine exploration, operations and projects in Venezuela and Uruguay. In addition he worked for 10 years, in Zambia and South Africa, with Anglo American Corporation, gaining experience in copper, cobalt, gold and uranium.

In addition to his doctorate in Technical Sciences (Project Implementation) from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands, 1994), he has several industry awards including Mill Man of the Year in 1991, Airey Award in 1999 and the Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal in 2001, awarded by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum for advances internationally in the mining and metallurgical industry. Dr. Thomas joined the Avalon Board of Directors in 2014.

  • Member of the Compensation, Governance and Nominating 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 Committee

Sustainability Advisory Committee:

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

  • Jean Cinq-Mars, B.Sc., MPA: National Forest Strategy Coalition of Canada -International Committee Chair; Canadian Coalition on Integrated Landscape Management
  • Denis Kemp, B.Sc.: 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, B.Sc., D.Bact., M.Sc.: 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 since February 2016
  • Mark Wiseman, B.Sc. (Hon), MBA: VP, Sustainability at Avalon Advanced Materials