First Nations Advisory Board

Noront takes its social responsibility in community consultation very seriously. The Noront First Nations Advisory Board is made up of respected members of the Aboriginal community and the mining industry.

Advisory Board

Phillip “Jerry” Asp

Jerry is one of western Canada's most prominent Aboriginal leaders. He is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Aboriginal people through the creation of new business opportunities and development of skills and capacity in the community. In addition to supporting Aboriginal business development for over the past 40 years, he has applied his leadership skills to serve the public both nationally and internationally.


Roy Whitney

Roy has a long and distinguished career in business and community politics. As a former Chief of Tsuu T’ina First Nation from 1984 to 2001, Roy was instrumental in improving relations between his community, all three levels of government and the non-Aboriginal business community. In the year 2000, Roy was the recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement award for business and commerce along with the Paul Harris Fellow Award for bridging relations and building understanding for Indigenous peoples of the world.

Beyond his work on economic development initiatives, Roy has been instrumental on the political front wherein, he co-chaired the Prime Ministers dinner in Calgary in 2002/03, attended the UN Forum on International Peoples issues, and served as Board member for the G8 Summit in 2002. Roy also sat as Chairperson for the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, retiring in 2003 after eight years of service. Today, Roy continues to promote socio-economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and sustaining relationships with Industry through Wynterose Consulting Group.


Glenn Nolan

Vice-President Aboriginal Affairs, Noront Resources

Glenn began his career in mining in the mid seventies, prospecting throughout northern and western Canada, working for a number of major mining companies before starting his own contracting company, conducting geophysical surveys, staking claims and camp management. Glenn is a strong advocate for sharing information between the mining industry and Aboriginal Communities in Canada and internationally.

Glenn is the first Vice President of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada where he is the co-chair of the Aboriginal Affairs committee.


Leanne Hall

Vice-President Human Resources, Noront Resources

Leanne was Founder, President and owner of Woodland HR Inc., an “achievement company”. Her strategic foresight has attracted the involvement of industry leaders such as Service Canada, Alberta Employment and Immigration, and Alberta Aboriginal Relations. Her vision and ability to build impressive teams has resulted in the development of award-winning HR programs and other groundbreaking initiatives specifically targeting the Aboriginal communities. Woodland HR Inc. began in 1998 out of her desire to contribute to the Northern Alberta, First Nation and Aboriginal communities by providing professional career development, training and employment programs and services. It has since helped thousands of employers, tens of thousands of youth, and many communities to achieve their goals. Leanne obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Paul Semple

Chief Operating Officer, Noront Resources

Paul's 26 year career in the mining industry has focused on feasibility studies, project development and operations of precious and base metals deposits. Much of his time was spent with Kilborn (later SNC-Lavalin) where he was involved in all aspects of global project development from initial studies through to construction and operations. During this time, Paul held various positions including Vice President and General Manager, SNC Lavalin Engineers and Constructors. Recently, Paul was Vice President of Projects for Western Goldfields Inc, and was responsible for the feasibility study and engineering/construction required to restart the Mesquite Mine. Paul holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen's University and is a professional engineer.

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