Work To Prosper


Why do you work hard in mining?

Do your objectives include:

  • Being at the forefront of the industry?

  • Assisting with your clients’ business success?

  • Getting everyone home safely?

  • Finding & mining effectively the ores the builders of the world require?

  • Achieving your goals with minimal environmental impact?

Northern Prosperity partners with companies that follow these noble objectives as we work passionately to help all of us prosper within the mining ecosystem.

What does Northern Prosperity provide?


Our services are made to measure with a focus on high value – high impact activities.

We partner with mining companies to:

  • Be a technology scout, i.e. to expose and evaluate new innovative solutions

  • Support financing, investor relations and marketing

  • Provide guidance and strategic advice

  • Offer expertise with sustainability, government and First Nations relations

We partner with mining service & supply companies to:

  • Grow new markets and increase exports

  • Drive business development and growth

  • Undertake corporate and business area specific assessments

  • Provide expertise and assistance with marketing strategy, tactics and implementation

  • Advise leadership on business opportunities, human resources and funding

Northern Prosperity works either on a per project or on a retainer basis and concentrates solely on the mining and mineral exploration industry.

Eric Maag, Director of Prosperity

Eric Maag is president and principal for Northern Prosperity Business Partners, a corporation specialized in helping mining-related companies grow and prosper. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce (1994) in Marketing and Management from the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University - Montreal). With nearly twenty years’ experience in a variety of marketing and business management roles related to the mining industry, Mr. Maag brings a broad range of knowledge and connections with the national and international mining community. Eric has lived in mining locations such as Murdochville, Matagami, Timmins and Sudbury; working with a variety of companies including Broadback Resources, SNC-Lavalin, Noranda and DGI Geoscience. Mr. Maag was also a federal trade advisor for Northeastern Ontario assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow through exporting.

A leader in the field of mining innovation, Mr. Maag ran the commercialization department for both the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and its $35-million Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN). Prior to his role with CEMI, he was the service & supply lead representative to the Exploration Innovation Consortium of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC). Eric continues to live out his passion towards applying Canadian expertise with smart business practices to improve the mineral exploration and mining industry.


Josée Lafontaine, BUSINESS ANALYST

Josée Lafontaine is a business analyst and executive administrator for Northern Prosperity. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (2014) in Accounting and Management and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (2019) from Laurentian University. Josée has over twelve years’ experience in bookkeeping and accounting in various industries including public accounting, hospitality, publishing, education, banking and mining. She is bilingual (English/French) and brings a wide range of business acumen to any project. She has participated on multiple boards including the role of treasurer at the Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC), a non-profit organization that supports workers and educates the community on workers rights, ensuring that all workers have a voice.



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David Vitone, Associate

Mr. David Vitone is an associate working with Northern Prosperity, with more than 30 years experience as a director/project manager of projects, engineering director/manager, EPCM, design build work, construction management, commissioning and start-up of facilities. Mr. Vitone earned a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering as well as a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical/Structural Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) with Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

Mr. Vitone has held numerous senior leadership roles in mining, hydro facilities, transmission & distribution systems, process control systems, mechanical & electrical systems, and industrial park & commercial building development. Having worked with Inco/Vale, Anmar and Genivar/WSP, David has a wide breadth of experience with mining and in-depth knowledge of directing, managing, coordinating and administering projects from the conceptual stage through the project delivery process to commissioning and closure.

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Bernie Hughes is an associate working with Northern Prosperity, with nearly 40 years of expertise in a variety of government roles as well as teaching and college administration. Mr. Hughes graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master’s of Education. He is well known throughout Ontario as the past Director of Indigenous Affairs for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. Prior to this, Mr. Hughes spent many years as the Senior Policy Advisor for the federal department of Indian and Northern Affairs and for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Over the last decade, Mr. Hughes took on senior management responsibilities for the ministry’s Indigenous relations program and led the development of the ministry’s policy on a wide range of files predominantly related to mineral resource development. Recently retired from government, Mr. Hughes offers experience and expertise with community, government and Indigenous engagements to the private sector operating in Northern Ontario.



We are a proudly Canadian company located in Sudbury, Nickel Capital of the World.

Northern Prosperity Business Partners Inc.
2140 Regent Street, Unit #6
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5S8
(705) 507-9078


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