May 27, 2014, Toronto: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (the “Company”),is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Laura Mottola as a new member of the Board.
Ms. Mottola is President and CEO of Flow Partners Inc., a management consulting company that provides strategic oversight and tactical execution of technology and business improvement programs to leading global mining and engineering companies. In addition to being highly accomplished academically and professionally, for the last four years Ms. Mottola has acted as a trusted advisor to the leadership team of KGHM International and the Sierra Gorda joint-venture in Chile. Furthermore, Ms. Mottola has held a variety of leadership roles at professional organizations including the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and served as a ofMember of the Board of Directors of PRECARN Inc. (2006-2012), an independent Innovation not-for-profit corporation that supports the pre-commercial development of Canadian leading-edge technologies. Ms. Mottola received a Bachelor of Engineering, Mining degree and a Master of Engineering, Mining Automation degree from McGill University.
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This appointment makes me very happy for the following reasons:
Firstly, because board directors at Great Lakes Graphite were open to a more diverse board and decided to look for a female director.
Secondly, a woman has been given a board position in the mining industry.
Lastly, because I nominated her to be included in the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (Women in Mining UK, Dec 2013). I worked on this project for several months last year with Women in Mining UK. It was great to see a number of my nominees in the book. Laura’s inclusion in the booked catapulted her and others into the limelight.
Not surprisingly a number of them have since joined mining company boards. A recent example is Rachel Rhodes who started at Anglo Pacific Group as Independent Non-Executive Director in April.
This is fabulous news, the book really served a purpose! However, Ladies and Gentleman please don’t forget that not only were there over 400 women considered for the book (many were equally worthy but didn’t make it) there are many senior and experienced women out there capable and eager to sit on your boards!
If you have decided you’d like your next board appointment to be female and need some help or guidance contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org