President and CEO, Director
Nicole Brewster brings to Renforth a background which began growing up with an exploration geologist as a father and a first foray into the working world hands on in exploration, manually splitting kimberlite core. Nicole developed her exploration expertise away from only manual labour (though the opportunity is still relished and respected) and into the world of computers at the advent of data compilation, mapping and manipulation, including geophysics, to aid in exploration. After university a career in the investment/capital markets world, including certifications in securities, options and derivatives and financial planning, functioning in the capital markets and high net worth investors area, was entered, but eventually left in order to raise a family. The exploration world beckoned again, this became a role in a successful exploration contracting business with partners, active in several countries and on several projects. Those included, amongst many others, supporting and executing the Ring of Fire chromite discovery programs and participating in the re-opening of a mine and associated brownfield exploration in the pyrite belt of southern Spain. Personal focus in logistics, project support and execution on time and on budget, corporate development and functioning as a modelling technician in Gemcom and Datamine form the expertise brought to bear in Renforth. From a significant shareholder in Renforth to President, Nicole’s over-riding motivation began as, and continues to be, to unlock the value of the New Alger Property, the legacy of an old family friend, which Renforth initially held the rights to. Subsequent to becoming President Nicole fixed corporate issues financially and with the Board, consolidated all shareholders (including Nicole), brought the New Alger Property ownership to the 100% level, acquired Nixon-Bartleman, West Malartic and Denain-Pershing – the latter two joint ventured in order to conserve capital and develop strategic partnerships with SOQUEM and Chalice Gold respectively, and entered into the 100% option on the Parbec Deposit. Nicole currently focusses Renforth’s attention and capital on the development of New Alger and Parbec, the latter to complete the earn-in. Since assuming the role of President consulting fees associated with Nicole’s management services have been paid after accruing for a length of time with shares rather than cash, to date those shares have been valued at 5 cents, despite Renforth trading in most instances below that.
CA – CFO
Renforth benefits from Kyle Appleby’s accounting expertise, supporting the Company’s bear market strategy of minimal fundraising and 100% deployment of funds raised to advance our projects with his detailed financial management skills. Kyle, a proud Toronto native (and a Leafs fan no less), became a CA in 2001, after his lifelong dream, of being lead guitarist, in a blues band, did not work out. Since that time Kyle has worked both the audit and the issuer side of the business, concentrating on providing, contract CFO services to a number of reporting issuers and private companies, active in the resource, agritech, technology and cannabis spaces with experience in take-overs and amalgamations. When not watching the books Kyle spends time with his wife and two young boys. In addition to his family Kyle’s other personal achievement he is most proud of is competing in and finishing the world’s longest survivalist canoe race over 3 days from Whitehorse to Dawson City.
Independent Director, Audit Chair
Renforth’s financial affairs are supervised by Wally Rudensky who, in addition to being an independent director for Renforth and the Chair of the Audit Committee, is also a Partner at MNP LLP who has been a chartered accountant since 1982. Mr. Rudensky specializes is in the areas of corporate finance and taxation in his practice and has been CFO and director for a number of public and private corporations in the energy sector. A graduate of Ryerson University, Mr. Rudensky has lectured on taxation to the Canadian institute of Chartered Accountants as well as various universities, business seminars and conferences.
P.Eng. Independent Director
Kurt is senior geological engineer and marketing executive with over 20 years experience in the mineral resource industry. He is former Vice President of geological and mining consultancy Watts, Griffis and McOuat, and prior to that was Senior Business Analyst with Gemcom Software (now Dassault Systèmes). He currently works as an independent Mineral Resource and Corporate Development Consultant, serving as Vice Chair of the CIM Toronto Branch Executive, and as a member of the CSA’s Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee.
Independent Technical Director
John Webster (Camborne School of Mines) has an extensive background in mining and ore processing, having built and operated 15 world class mine developments in Australia, USA, Russia and FSU with emphasis on strategies, resourcing, consulting and operational management with BHP, Vostok Mining, Trafigura and Alexander Mining Plc. An Independent Technical Director for Renforth Mr. Webster contributes his highly innovative expertise in mining, construction, processing and environmental management techniques to our exploration strategies.
Judi Wood brings to Renforth more than 35 years of banking experience in the United Kingdom and Canada, largely in the areas of merchant banking and corporate finance, attaining the role of Senior Vice President Treasury, Chairperson of the Asset/Liability Committee and a member of theManagement Committee at Barclay’s Bank of Canada, prior to its’ merger with HSBC. Upon retirement from HSBC Ms. Wood held the role of Managing Director, Corporate and Institutional Banking. Ms. Wood is a founding and independent director of Renforth.
The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital and a Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Business. Her current pediatric orthopedic practice focuses on pediatric trauma and lower extremity reconstruction. At the Ole Miss Business School she is the lead for the new Health Innovation Program and teaches in Health Systems Management. Dr. Leitch was the Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey in the Canadian Parliament from 2011 to 2019. From 2013 – 2015 she served as the Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, as well as serving on the Treasury Board and Economic Committees of Cabinet within the Government of Canada. Dr. Leitch earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994 and her MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998. She completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at University of Toronto and Paediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California in 2001 and 2002 respectively. In addition to her work as a surgeon and a professor, Dr. Leitch is a current Board member of the Dream Office REIT, she is also the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. She has served on the boards of the National Research Council of Canada, Genome Canada, the YMCA (GTA), CANFAR, and is the Founder of The Sandbox Project: a Canadian charity aimed at improving child and youth health in Canada. Dr. Leitch was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work in both medicine and business in 2005. In 2010, she received the Order of Ontario for her work advocating for children and youth.