About Us

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is accountable to govern management in the conduct of our business. Our Board has been instrumental in creating the Company we have today, and the strength and experience of our Directors will position us well to continue to maximize value in the future. Currently 30% of our Directors are female.

  • Fred Stanford

    Executive Chair of the Board (Non-Independent)

    Professional Engineer; Certified Director; Bachelor of Industrial Engineering; Bachelor of Science

    Fred Stanford was appointed Executive Chair of the Board in June 2020 having previously served as President & CEO of the Company over the last 10 years. Mr. Stanford is a mining executive with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. Stanford started his career at Vale Canada Limited (“Vale”, 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. Mr. Stanford is also a certified director, Institute of Corporate Directors. He has served on the board of directors of Laurentian University, Cambrian College and the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (“NORCAT”), a non-profit commercial incubator.

  • Jody Kuzenko, LLB

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Jody Kuzenko was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of Torex Gold in June 2020, having previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer since joining the Company in October 2018. She is a senior mining executive with over 20 years of operational and business experience, mainly acquired at Vale (formerly Inco). After the first four years at Inco as Chief Legal Officer, Jody moved to the operational side of the business where she held roles of increasing responsibility in operations management. She has a proven record of execution and leadership many areas of mining operations including refining, strategy, safety, health and environment, energy and utilities, and community, labour and government relations. Jody holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University.

    She is a founding Advisory Board member of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University and serves as a Director of Torex Gold. Previous Board experience includes the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario and Industrial Gas Users Association, Canada. In 2020, she was named one of the ‘Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining’ by Women in Mining UK as well as one of the ‘2020 Names to Know’ by CIM Magazine.

  • Rick Howes

    Lead Director, Chair of Compensation Committee

    Professional Engineer; Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours in Mining Engineering

    Rick Howes recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. having served in the role since April 2013. He is a seasoned senior mining executive with over 39 years of experience in the mining industry. He is a visionary leader in mining, organizational innovation and transformation to create competitive advantage and was recognized as the Outstanding Innovator of 2016 by the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Mr. Howes has been closely associated with the practices that make for world-class mining operations, including Inco’s North Mine which won the 2006 Ryan Award as the safest mine in Canada.

    Mr. Howes extensive industry experience includes progressive technical, operating, management and project roles in many of the largest underground mines and mining companies throughout Canada and internationally. Mr. Howes joined Dundee Precious Metals in early 2009. He was General Manager and Executive Director of the Chelopech mine until November 2010 when he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and he served in that role until April 2013, when he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Howes also serves as a non-executive director of Hudbay Minerals Inc., of which he is a member of the compensation and human resources committee and a member of the technical committee.

    Mr. Howes holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and he is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

  • Andrew Adams

    Director (Independent), Chair of Audit Committee

    Chartered Accountant (United Kingdom); Bachelor of Social Sciences (Accounting and Statistics)

    Andrew Adams is a corporate director and has over 30 years of international financial experience in extractive industries. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Aber Diamond Corporation from 1999 to 2003 and Chief Financial Officer of Anglo Gold North America from 1995 to 1999. From 2004 onwards, he has served as an independent, non-executive director on several Canadian mineral resource companies. Mr. Adams also serves as an independent, non-executive director of First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“First Quantum”). He is the chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee and corporate governance and nominating committee of First Quantum. Previously, he served as the independent Chairman of TMAC Resources Inc. and as chair of the corporate governance and nominating committee and the compensation committee and as a member of the audit committee of TMAC. Mr. Adams obtained his Bachelor of Social Sciences (Accounting and Statistics) from Southampton University and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom in 1981.

    Mr. Adams is the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Company. The Board has determined that Mr. Adams is an audit committee financial expert based on his professional designation, education and extensive international financial experience in extractive industries.

  • Robin Bienenstock

    Director (Independent), Chair of Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

    Master of Arts in International Economics and Management; Master of Arts in International Relations; Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

    Robin Bienenstock is a founder and investment partner of RBMP Capital LLP, an investment advisory firm, founded in London, United Kingdom in 2017. Prior thereto, Ms. Bienenstock was a partner at Marlin Sams Fund LP, a hedge fund, from 2014 until 2016. She was a senior research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, Research Division from 2007 until 2014. Ms. Bienenstock currently serves as a non-executive director of Cogeco Communications of which she is a member of the audit committee. Ms. Bienenstock previously served as a non-executive director of Pretium Resources Inc. and as chair of the compensation committee of Pretium, and as a non-executive director and member of the audit committee of Sunrise Communications Group AG, a Swiss telecommunications provider, member of the supervisory board of Tele Columbus AG, a German cable provider, and a director and chair of the committee responsible for audit, risks and contingencies of Oi S.A., a large telecommunications company in Brazil and South America.

    Ms. Bienenstock holds a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and Management from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy, Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

  • Frank Davis

    Director (Independent), Chair of Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

    Certified Director (ICD.D); Juris Doctor (J.D.); Master of Business Administration; Bachelor of Commerce

    Frank Davis was counsel to the law firm Bennett Jones LLP between March 2013 and September 2019, and prior thereto, counsel to the law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (“FMC”) from January 2011 to February 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Davis was a partner of FMC, practicing principally in the areas of securities and capital markets, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, mining and corporate governance. Mr. Davis has represented various public companies and investment banking firms in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. He has acted as counsel to offerors, target companies and financial advisors in both hostile and negotiated merger and acquisition transactions and has been active in a variety of takeover bids, mergers, acquisitions, amalgamations, arrangements and divestitures.

    Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. He is a certified director, Institute of Corporate Directors, and was recognized as a leader in his field by such authorities as The Best Lawyers in Canada, and listed in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Canadian Who’s Who.

  • David Fennell

    Director (Independent)

    Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Arts

    David Fennell has over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry. He practiced law until he founded Golden Star Resources Ltd in 1983. During his term as president and CEO, Golden Star became a TSE 300 company and one of the largest and most successful exploration companies. In 1998, Mr. Fennell became chairman and CEO of Cambiex Explorations Ltd, which became 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 has been instrumental in the success of several resource companies. He currently serves as Chairman of Reunion Gold Corporation and Highland Copper Company Inc., and he is a director of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp, of which he is a member of the safety, health and environment committee and the nominating committee.

    Mr. Fennell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta.

  • Michael Murphy

    Director (Independent)

    Certified Director (ICD.D); Master of Business Administration; Master of Science (Finance); and Bachelor of Arts

    Michael Murphy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Battery Metals Ltd., a Canadian based mineral exploration company with a focus on metals that make up and support the rapid evolution to battery power, and President of Woodman Capital Ltd., a private consulting company. Mr. Murphy currently serves as a non-executive director of Ethos Gold Corp. Mr. Murphy previously spent 15 years working in institutional equities in London, with Merrill Lynch, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse, where he managed the hedge fund coverage team.

    Mr. Murphy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts, from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master of Science in Finance, and from Saint Mary’s University with a Master of Business Administration and he is a certified director, Institute of Corporate Directors.

  • Roy Slack

    Director (Independent), Chair of Technical Committee

    Professional Engineer; Bachelor of Science; Mining Engineering

    Mr. Slack has extensive experience acquired over a career of 38 years in mine design and mine construction throughout North America and overseas. He is the founder and a board member of Cementation Americas and served as president from inception in 1998 to 2018. Cementation Americas was acquired by Murray & Roberts in 2004 and Mr. Slack was responsible for their mining operations in North and South America as well as Europe. He also served as a board member of Cementation Sudamérica (Chile) and Murray & Roberts UK. Cementation, part of the Murray & Roberts worldwide mine service group, established to provide mine contracting and consulting services to the North and South American market, as well as services for North American companies carrying out work overseas. In 2019 the company was recognized as the Gold Winner safest employer in Canada in the Natural Resources Sector. Mr. Slack also currently serves on the board of NORCAT. Mr. Slack also served as President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (“CIM”), the leading technical industry institute in Canada, for the 2019/2020 term ending May 3, 2020.

    In 2008 he was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario and in 2009 he was given the Metal Mining Society Award by the CIM. In 2012 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2017 Nipissing University bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate.

    He has been active in numerous safety initiatives over the years including a past board member of the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association, the Mines Accident Safety & Health Association and of the Workplace Safety North Mining Advisory committee. In 2013 he was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety, where he served for four years. In 2018 he was inducted into the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association Hall of Fame and in 2019 he was inducted as a Lifetime Member into the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association, only the 12th induction in the 70- year history of the organization. He currently chairs the CIM Safety Committee.

    Mr. Slack holds a Bachelor of Science, Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

  • Elizabeth A. Wademan

    Director (Independent)

    Certified Director (ICD.D.); Bachelor of Commerce; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

    Elizabeth Wademan is a corporate director with over 23 years of financial services experience as a senior capital markets executive. Ms. Wademan most recently spent 18 years in investment banking at BMO Capital Markets where she was one of the firm’s most senior capital markets professionals, responsible for leading capital markets advisory and complex transactions. She focused on the global metals and mining and technology sectors and was Head of Global Metals & Mining Equity Capital Markets prior to retiring in 2016. As a former Managing Director in Investment Banking, Ms. Wademan has extensive experience in capital markets and strategic advisory as well as a deep expertise in commodities and securities markets. She currently serves as an independent non-executive director of SSR Mining Inc. of which she is a member of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee, and independent trustee of BSR Real Estate Investment Trust of which she is chair of the compensation, governance and nominating committee and member of the audit committee.  She also serves as director and Campaign Cabinet Member of St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation.

    Ms. Wademan obtained her Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and International Business from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. She is a CFA charterholder and she is a certified director, Institute of Corporate Directors.

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