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 44% of our Directors are female.

  • Rick Howes

    Chairman of the Board

    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.

  • 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.

  • Frank Davis

    Director (Independent)

    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.

  • Tony Giardini

    Director (Independent), Chair of Audit Committee

    Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario and British Columbia); Chartered Business Valuator (British Columbia); Certified Public Accountant (Illinois); Bachelor of Commerce

    Tony Giardini is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy Metals Inc. Mr. Giardini was President of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. from May 2019 to March 2020 and was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kinross Gold Corporation from December 2012 to April 2019. He was Chief Financial Officer of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. from May 2006 to April 2012 and previously served as Vice President and Treasurer of Placer Dome Inc. from 2002 to 2006.

    Mr. Giardini holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is designated as a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant. He spent 12 years with accounting firm KPMG prior to joining Placer Dome.

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

  • Jennifer Hooper

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

    Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Environmental); Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

    Jennifer Hooper is the CEO of the Academy for Sustainable Innovation (“ASI”), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and deliver new educational pathways to accelerate Canada’s transition to a low carbon, socially-inclusive economy.

    Ms. Hooper has almost 30 years’ experience in safety, health, environment and sustainability. Prior to joining ASI, Ms. Hooper served in senior leadership positions at Vale Canada and Vale S.A. Her most recent role with Vale was as lead of the global health and safety function, focusing on fatality, injury and illness prevention and employee and community health.

    Prior to this, Ms. Hooper held senior leadership positions in safety, health, environment and sustainability at Vale, as Vice President, Sustainability, Global Base Metals; Vice President, Sustainability and Human Resources; Vice President, Sustainability, Nickel Business; and as Director, Regulatory Affairs. Previous roles include E.I DuPont, and director positions in the Ontario Government, including the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Environment.

    Ms. Hooper holds a Master of Science, Civil Engineering (Environmental) from Queens University, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

  • Jay Kellerman

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

    Bachelor of Laws

    Jay Kellerman is a partner with Stikeman Elliott LLP and Head of the Mining Group, member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets Groups, and served as the Managing Partner of Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto office from 2012 to 2018.

    Mr. Kellerman practices principally in the areas of corporate finance and securities law, significantly in the resource sector. With more than 30 years’ experience, his clients include public companies, investment banks, investors, boards of directors and special committees. He also is highly regarded for advising on strategic direction and growth, in addition to his transactional services.

    Mr. Kellerman is recognized as a leader in his field by such authorities as Who’s Who Legal, as a Noble Practitioner Capital Markets: Equity, and M&A by International Financial Law Review’s IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 2020, and as a leading lawyer in Corporate Finance and Securities, Corporate Commercial, M&A, and Mining by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020.

    Mr. Kellerman holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.

  • Rosie Moore

    Director (Independent)

    Master of Science in Geology; Bachelor of Science in Geology

    Rosie Moore is an exploration geologist and analyst whose 35 plus-year career in mining and metals began as a site exploration geologist on projects in Nevada, Yukon, Peru and Labrador, before taking on corporate management and analyst roles at Diamond Fields Resources Inc., Yorkton Securities, Pan American Silver Corp. and Bear Creek Mining Corporation.

    Ms. Moore then transitioned into investment and capital markets focus as a partner/analyst with Geologic Resource Partners LLC, a Boston-based, mining-focused, globally invested equity hedge fund.

    Ms. Moore currently serves as a director of Trifecta Gold Ltd. and Evergold Corp. She served as a director of Dolly Varden Silver Corp. from 2013 to 2016 and also served as Dolly Varden’s interim CEO and President from 2015 to 2016.  She was formerly a director of Continental Gold Inc. and also served as CEO and a director of Geoinformatics Exploration Inc., managing its take-over of Rimfire Minerals Corporation to yield Kiska Metals Corporation.

    Ms. Moore holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Kent State University in Ohio.

  • 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), Chair of Compensation Committee

    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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