Reunion Gold drilling in Guyana

Board of Directors

David A. Fennell

Executive Chairman

David Fennell has been Chairman of Reunion Gold since its inception in 2003. He has 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He received a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1979 and practiced law until he founded Golden Star Resources Ltd in 1983. During his term as president and CEO, Golden Star became one of the largest and most successful exploration companies. While at Golden Star, he was instrumental in the discovery and development of the Omai Gold Mine in Guyana and the Gross Rosebel Mine in Suriname. In 1998, Mr. Fennell became chairman and CEO of Hope Bay Gold Corporation. He held this position through the merger of Hope Bay and Miramar Mining Corporation and remained as executive vice-chairman and director for the combined entity until its takeover by Newmont Mining Corporation in 2008. Mr. Fennell is currently a member of the board of directors of G Mining Ventures Corp. and Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

Elaine Bennett

Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee

Elaine Bennett joined the Board of Reunion Gold in 2017.  Ms. Bennett is a chartered professional accountant and has 30 years of experience as financial executive in the mining industry including experience in financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, mine construction, accounting and information technology. From 2008 to 2021, Ms. Bennett was Vice President Finance and CFO at Sabina Gold & Silver Corp., an advanced exploration and development company listed on the TSX. Prior to joining Sabina, she was VP Finance and CFO at Miramar Mining Corporation which was acquired by Newmont in 2007. Ms. Bennett has also been director and chair of the audit committee of three junior exploration company listed on the TSXV having activities abroad. 

Pierre Chenard 

Independent Director and Chair of the CNG Committee

Pierre Chenard joined the Board of Reunion in 2022. Mr. Chenard is an experienced, accomplished and well-rounded international business executive. He has held progressive roles in both the corporate development and legal areas over the past 35 years. Mr. Chenard is currently Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy at Allied Gold Corp, a privately-owned gold mining company. From April 2019 to February 2021, he was Executive VP, Corporate Development & Strategy at AngloGold Ashanti. Prior to that, Mr. Chenard spent 12 years with Rio Tinto Aluminum including 8 years as Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel, Aluminium. From 1988 to 2000, Mr. Chenard was Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Cambior Inc., a Canadian mining company who had mining operations in various countries including Guyana and Suriname. Mr. Chenard earned Civil and Common Law degrees from McGill University and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1984.

Richard Cohen

Independent Director 

Richard (Rick) Cohen joined the Board of Reunion Gold in 2020. He has worked in the investment industry since 1983, the first 15 years as a mining analyst and subsequently as an investment banker. Mr. Cohen has been managing director of Dundee Goodman Merchant Partners, a division of Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel Inc. since November 2018. He previously served as managing director of Dundee Securities Inc. from April to November 2018 and prior thereto he was managing director of Primary Capital Inc., an exempt market dealer, where the focus was on financing and M&A advisory work from 2011 to March 2018. During his career, he has reviewed numerous mineral projects from exploration through to producing mines. Mr. Cohen has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mineral Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Western University.

Adrian Fleming

Lead Director and Chair of the SESR Committee

Adrian Fleming joined the Board of Reunion Gold in 2020. He is an independent director. In addition to being Lead Director, he chairs the Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility Committee. Mr. Fleming is a professional geologist with over 40 years of experience with exploration and development stage mining companies in North and South America (including in the Guiana Shield region) and in Australia. He was the co-founder and president of Underworld Resources from 2006-2010. Mr. Fleming led the team which made the discovery and defined the maiden resource of the million-ounce White Gold deposit in Yukon. The project was subsequently acquired by Kinross in 2010. Mr. Fleming was also involved with gold discoveries and/or developments at Porgera in PNG, Big Bell in Western Australia, Gross Rosebel in Suriname and Hope Bay in Nunavut. He was a founding Director of Northern Empire Resources which was acquired by Coeur Mining.  Mr. Fleming holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology from University of Newcastle. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Réjean Gourde

Director 

Rejean Gourde has been a director of Reunion Gold since 2011 and he was President and CEO from 2017 until he retired in June 2021. Mr. Gourde has more than four decades of experience in the mining industry. From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Gourde was Senior VP of the Guiana Shield Division at Cambior Inc. (now IAMGOLD). In that role he was responsible for the operations of Omai Gold Mines in Guyana, Rosebel Gold Mines in Suriname and other projects in the Guiana Shield. Since 2007, Mr. Gourde has worked as a mining consultant on several mining projects including the Essakane and Bomboré projects in West Africa, and other projects in Guyana and Peru. Mr. Gourde holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and is a registered Professional Engineer in Quebec. 

Vijay N.J. Kirpalani

Independent Director

Vijay Kirpalani has been a director of Reunion Gold since its inception in 2003. He has served on the Board of directors of Hope Bay Gold Corp. and Ariane Gold Corp., both listed on the TSX. Mr Kirpalani is the executive director of Kirpalani's N.V. a private company based in Suriname. He is a graduate of the University of Suriname (law) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (corporate finance).

Fred Stanford

Director

Fred Stanford joined the Board in 2022. Mr. Stanford is a mining executive with 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He is currently CEO and a director of Rhyolite Resources Ltd. Mr. Stanford previously served as President and CEO of Torex Gold Resources  from 2009 to 2020, and as Executive Chairman from mid-2020 to mid-2021. He started his career at Vale Canada Limited (formerly Vale Inco and Inco Limited) in 1981 as a software designer and then moved into operations management as an underground mine foreman. He progressed through senior roles in mines operations, processing plant operations, engineering, environmental, health and safety, human resources, and production services operations. In 2006, he was appointed to the role of President of Vale’s Ontario operations, a position he held until June of 2009. Mr. Stanford graduated in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He is also a certified director with the Institute of Corporate Directors.