Nouveau Monde Appoints Bernard Perron as Chief Operating Officer in Preparation for the Scale Up of its Anode Material Production

MONTRÉAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$NMG–Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (“Nouveau Monde” or the “Company”) (NYSE: NMG, TSXV: NOU) announces the appointment of Bernard Perron to the position of Chief Operating Officer starting Monday, January 17, 2022. Mr. Perron will oversee Nouveau Monde’s engineering, procurement, construction, operations, as well as environmental, health and safety (“EH&S”) management for its integrated mine-to-battery-material business model.

A senior executive with over 25 years of experience in the energy infrastructure sector, Perron has successfully completed over $8 billion in projects in the last ten years with industry-leading EH&S performance. Prior to joining Nouveau Monde, Mr. Perron acted as Senior Vice President, Project Development & Operations Services, at Inter Pipeline Ltd., where he led the construction of a $4.1 billion industrial complex and oversaw a team of over 450 employees. Mr. Perron cumulates hands-on project management experience for large facilities and infrastructure across Canada, Africa, and South America. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Queen’s University and an Engineering Degree, Materials and Metallurgy from École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Eric Desaulniers, Founder, President, and CEO of Nouveau Monde, commented: “As the world transitions from fossil fuels to cleantech, I am delighted to see talented minds and skilled project managers come back to Québec, America’s green battery preparing to power global electrification. Bernard will contribute his immense construction and operational expertise in sophisticated energy industrial settings to execute our vision for an advanced battery material production and a responsible mining complex. In ever-changing business and stakeholder landscapes, Bernard has delivered complex projects on schedule and on budget with an excellent EH&S track record; I am confident that he will support the next stage of our growth and elevate our practices. Bienvenue Bernard!”

Bernard Perron, COO of Nouveau Monde, reacted: “I am thrilled to be joining Nouveau Monde, a company that shares my values of safety, environmental stewardship, and community partnership. In leading strong teams and high-value capital projects, I have learned tremendously from hard-working individuals, highly technical developments, and quality-driven markets. I look forward to advancing Nouveau Monde’s roadmap to drive the transition to a green future.”

Mr. Perron’s nomination coincides with Nouveau Monde’s advancement to the execution of the phase-2 development of its Matawinie mining project for which early works started in 2021 and its Bécancour battery material plant, in respect of which work is underway to complete a feasibility study. Projected to be the largest and most advanced natural graphite operation in North America, Nouveau Monde is carrying out its de-risked phased development plan to build a localized, turn-key, and carbon-neutral alternative to Chinese supply.

About Nouveau Monde

Nouveau Monde is striving to become a key contributor to the sustainable energy revolution. The Company is working towards developing a fully integrated source of carbon-neutral battery anode material in Québec, Canada for the growing lithium-ion and fuel cell markets. With low-cost operations and enviable ESG standards, Nouveau Monde aspires to become a strategic supplier to the world’s leading battery and automobile manufacturers, providing high-performing and reliable advanced materials while promoting sustainability and supply chain traceability.

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