I am very pleased to announce that effective July 17th, 2017, Mr. Nicolas Lazare will join the XPS Management Team as Manager, Process Control.

Nicolas replaces Phil Thwaites who retired earlier this year after 37 years of dedicated service to Glencore, Falconbridge and Kidd. We would like to thank Phil for his many contributions to the organisation and pleased that he will be available in future for on-going support of XPS and Glencore.

Nicolas joins XPS from Koniambo Nickel SAS in New Caledonia, where since 2012, he played a key role in the start-up and commissioning. Nicolas held roles of PCS and Metrology Head and most recently Process Control Department Head where he managed a team of 14 engineers and technicians in commissioning the control and DCS architecture, plant automation, functional safety, instrumentation, metrology, PIMS and CEMS. Prior to joining KNS, Nicolas held roles of increasing responsibility with Society Le Nickel (SLN) Eramet as HMI Project Leader and then Automation Division Head at their integrated ferronickel plant in Noumea, New Caledonia. Nicolas has significant plant operating experience and has demonstrated strong leadership, technical, communication and strategic planning skills that will complement his experienced team of process control engineers and be synergistic with the other technical groups at XPS and at client operations around the world.

Nicolas is a graduate of South Pacific University in Noumea where he received an Associates Degree in Mathematics in 2000 and an Engineering Degree in Automation and Industrial Data Processing from ESIA (now Polytech Savoie) in France in 2003. He has certifications in ABB, Rockwell Automation, iFIX, HIMA, Multiple Industrial Network Protocols and PIMS (OsiSoft) among other relevant skills and training.

Please join me in welcoming Nicolas, his wife Veronique and their 2 children to XPS and Sudbury.

Dominic Fragomeni
Vice President
XPS Consulting & Testwork Services