Board of Directors
David A. Fennell
David Fennell has been Chairman of Reunion Gold since its inception in 2003. He has over 35 years’ 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 also serves as Chairman of Highland Copper Company Inc., and he is a director of G Mining Ventures Corp., Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. and Torex Gold Resources Ltd.
Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee
Elaine Bennett joined the Board of Reunion Gold in 2017. Ms. Bennett has been Vice President Finance and CFO for Sabina Gold & Silver Corp., an advanced exploration and development company listed on the TSX. Prior to joining Sabina, she was VP Finance and CFO for Miramar Mining Corporation which was acquired by Newmont in 2007. With more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry, Ms. Bennett has experience in financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, mine construction, accounting and information technology. Ms. Bennett has also been director and chair of the audit committee of three junior exploration company listed on the TSXV having activities abroad. Ms. Bennett is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
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.
Lead Director, Chair of the SESR and CN&G Committees
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 and the Compensation, Nominating and Governance 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 Guyana 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.
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
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).
Marian Moroney joined the Board of Reunion Gold in 2019. Ms. Moroney is currently Vice-President, New Exploration Opportunities at Barrick Gold Corporation, where she is responsible for pipeline growth. She has worked in Barrick’s exploration department since 2002. She is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia (Bachelor of Science in Geology). Ms. Moroney brings more than 25 years of experience in gold and copper exploration, having worked on projects at all stages and across most continents. Ms. Moroney served on the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) board of directors from 2014-2017 and was named in the list of "100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining" by Women in Mining in 2015.