David A. Fennell
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.
Rick Howes, P.Eng.
CEO, President and Director
Rick Howes joined Reunion Gold as CEO and President in January 2023 after joining the Board in November 2022. Mr. Howes is a seasoned mining executive with over 39 years of experience in the mining industry, most recently as CEO of Dundee Precious Metals. He has extensive operating, technical and project development experience in both underground and open pit mines throughout Canada and internationally. He has a track record for leading transformational change and operational excellence wherever he has worked. His passion for safety was instrumental in leading Vale’s North Mine to win the National Ryan Award for the safest mine in Canada in 2006. In 2009, Mr. Howes joined Dundee Precious Metals, where as VP and General Manager he led the transformation of the Chelopech Mine in Bulgaria to reach world class levels of performance. He became COO in 2011 and oversaw several significant growth capital development projects including the expansion of the Chelopech Mine, the upgrade and expansion of the Tsumeb Smelter in Namibia and the development of the greenfield Ada Tepe open pit gold mine in Bulgaria. He was appointed CEO in April 2013, where he led the company from a junior gold producer to a multi-asset mid-tier gold producer generating strong free cashflow and solid returns to shareholders. Mr. Howes retired from Dundee Precious Metals in 2020 and has since joined several mining company boards. He has been recognized as a visionary leader in mining, organizational innovation and transformation and was recognized as the Outstanding Innovator of 2016 by the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame.
Mr. Howes holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours in Mining Engineering from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Doug Flegg, CFA
Business Development Advisor
Doug Flegg has over 35 years’ experience in mining and mining finance with senior positions in research, portfolio management and global equity sales. Previously, Mr. Flegg was Managing Director Global Mining Sales with BMO Capital Markets where he was involved in raising $35 billion in over 200 corporate financings. Since 2016 he has been providing business development, strategic, and financing advice to corporate mining clients. Mr. Flegg also has a B.Sc. in Geology, work experience as a geologist and an MBA from Queens University.
Alain Krushnisky, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Alain Krushnisky has been CFO of Reunion Gold since 2004. Mr. Krushnisky has 25 years of experience in the mining sector including 10 years with Cambior Inc. (now IAMGOLD) in various capacities, including Vice-President and Controller. Since 2004, Mr. Krushnisky has been doing consulting work for various publicly listed exploration and mining companies. Mr. Krushnisky graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in commerce and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Justin van der Toorn, CGeol, EurGeol
Vice President Exploration
Justin van der Toorn is an exploration geologist with 18 years’ experience in the minerals industry, leading and managing exploration teams from grassroots activities through to discovery and resource definition drilling. With a focus on gold exploration, Mr. van der Toorn has worked across various regions including Eastern Europe, North America and the Guiana Shield. His previous experience has been in a range of commodity and deposit styles, including extensive work in Carlin-style gold, low- and high-sulphidation epithermal, porphyry, and orogenic gold systems. Mr. van der Toorn holds a MSci degree in Geological Sciences from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London. He is registered as a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) of the Geological Society, and a European Geologist (EurGeol) by the European Federation of Geologists.
Carole Plante, LLB
General Counsel and Secretary
Carole Plante has been General Counsel and Corporate secretary of Reunion Gold since its inception in 2003. Ms. Plante has over 25 years of experience in the mining sector acting mainly as general counsel and corporate secretary for various publicly traded companies having operations in South America, North America, Africa, Australia and Europe. Ms. Plante received a law degree in 1983 from the University of Montréal and is a member of the Québec Bar.
Carlos H. Bertoni, P.Geo., M. Sc.
Carlos H. Bertoni graduated as a geologist in Brazil and obtained his M.Sc. degree in mineral exploration at Queen´s University in Canada. His professional experience spans over 40 years with diverse groups such as Cominco, Rio Tinto, Golden Star Resources, SNC Lavalin, Minières du Nord, Aura Minerals, and Reunion Gold, exploring and developing mineral projects in a variety of geological environments in Canada, South America and Africa. At Golden Star, Mr. Bertoni managed the exploration of all its key projects in the Guiana Shield, including Omai, Rosebel, Paul Isnard (Montagne d´Or), Yaou, Dorlin and Dachine (diamonds). Mr. Bertoni co-managed the exploration and development of the Tulawaka gold mine in Tanzania as the CEO of MDN. He was the Brazil country manager for Aura Minerals and managed the exploration and feasibility work at the Serrote copper deposit. He also led the exploration programs and mineral resource definition for the Copperwood and White Pine sedimentary copper deposits in Michigan, USA, for Highland Copper as VP of Exploration. His first job for Reunion Gold was the exploration and pre-feasibility management of the Mathews Ridge manganese deposit in Guyana. In 2021 and 2022, he was Reunion Gold´s Interim CEO and led the exploration work discovering the Oko West gold deposit. Mr. Bertoni is a Professional Geoscientist registered in Ontario, Canada, a Qualified Professional with the Brazilian Commission of Resources and Reserves, and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Joachim Bayah, ing.
Joachim Bayah is a mining engineer who has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry working in exploration and mining projects management. Mr. Bayah has hands-on mining operations experience in mining, metallurgy and process engineering as well as in the conduct of environmental and social impact studies and their implementation. Mr. Bayah is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines and Queen's University. He has worked on mining projects in Canada, several countries in Africa and the Guiana Shield of South America. He also brings experience from project positions promoting mining projects in Guyana, and as a consultant to the Work Bank/IFC group dealing with technology, environment and stakeholder issues.
Dominique Fournier (EurGeol)
Advisor, French Guiana
Dominique Fournier holds a doctorate degree in applied geology from Paris University and is a member of the European Federation of Geologists (EurGeol). Mr. Fournier brings more than 30 years of experience in the minerals industry in operational and managerial capacities. He has worked for major and mid-tier mining companies, such as Asarco and Alamos Gold as exploration manager and as vice president exploration for junior mining companies. His work experience covers a variety of countries and geological environments including Canada, Mexico, French Guiana, Mongolia, West and East Africa and Turkey. He was involved in the discovery or expansion of five gold deposits in French Guiana and Turkey.