President and CEO
Dirk is responsible for leading Torngat and for overseeing all aspects of the technical development of the company’s Strange Lake Project. Through a long career in the chemical and mining industries, he has developed an intimate understanding of the process and practical challenges of developing a new rare earth business.
Dirk has been involved with rare earths for more than 30 years: firstly in the 1980s developing rare earth magnets and their manufacturing processes, then producing rare earth compounds as the active material for rechargeable batteries, and more recently deploying rare earths in a range of catalysts driving process intensification.
Dirk`s career path began at TH Goldschmidt AG (now Evonik), a specialty chemicals company in Germany, then with Bayer AG in Germany and Canada (including oversight of a construction of a new battery materials production facility in Sarnia, Ontario); then with VALE’s nickel division, and subsequently Juniper Associates, an international consulting firm.
Dirk holds a Bachelor degree in chemistry and a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of Goettingen, Germany
Chief Financial Officer
Alain in responsible for all aspects of the financial management of Torngat. He has extensive experience as both a CFO and a management consultant working in strategy and financial management in a variety of industries, including the mining and metals and chemicals industries. Over the last 30 years Alain has worked with senior executives on key strategic issues both in North America and internationally. He was a Vice President and Toronto Office Head for Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), and more recently a founding partner of Revelstoke Partners, a boutique consulting firm focused on assisting mid-market companies. Alain has also served as CFO (or acting CFO) of six companies, including two Toronto Stock Exchange listed companies.
Alain holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Christine is responsible for Torngat’s marketing and partnering initiatives. Her focus and expertise is in business to business marketing and she has been involved in the rare earths industry since 2013. She has more than 20 years experience in marketing, strategy and business development in a broad range of industries, including mining, innovative technologies, and industrial equipment. Christine worked in various marketing roles for VALE’s nickel business, and had earlier roles in R&D and marketing at Resolute Forest Products, Trojan Technologies and Rayonier.
Christine holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
An extractive metallurgy engineer from the University of Louvain (Belgium), Philippe has more than 40 years of experience in metallurgical operations and engineering in the field of non-ferrous metals and in particular copper, lead, zinc and complex metallurgy. He has been involved in rare earths since 2015. Starting his career as project engineer in Brazil, Philippe worked 25 years for UMICORE, as smelter deputy manager and head of development of the copper activities, including M&A. He managed overseas metallurgical industrial projects in Malaysia and South Korea Griset (France) and ZincOx (UK) respectively. He is acting concurrently as European representative and consulting engineer for Torngat Metals.
Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud, PhD, P Geo Team Leader and Geologist
Natalie is an independent consultant working as a technical advisor to the Torngat Strange Lake project. Dr. Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud has many years work experience on several different deposit types and exploration projects throughout North and South America. She has worked as a geological consultant on the Strange Lake project since 2015. She attained her PhD from Western University working on a geometallurgical topic for an iron ore project and continues her geometallurgical research on REE-deposits. She is currently an Adjunct Research Professor and Post-doctoral Researcher at Western University.
Dr. Pietrzak-Renaud is a P.Geo. with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. She is a Qualified Person, (QP), and is authorized to write NI 43-101 technical reports for mineral exploration.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology with Honors in 2001, a Master of Science degree in 2003 and attained her PhD in 2011 all from the University of Western Ontario.
Ed Walker PhD, P Geo
Dr. Ed Walker has over 30 years of technical and management experience in exploration and resource development of precious, base, and rare metal, and industrial mineral deposits. He has designed, managed and implemented mineral exploration programs to test the mineral resource potential of properties including, precious and base metal deposits; field mapping, sampling, and drilling, geochemical, textural, and mineralogical testing, design, implementation, and monitoring of QC and QA programs and, computer compilation and 3D modelling of mineral resource data, as well as process mineralogy, beneficiation, and predictive metallurgy, and geological and mineral resource characterization.
He is a Qualified Person, (QP) authorized to write NI 43-101 technical reports for mineral exploration and, is registered in good standing with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, (APGO).
Dr. Walker received his BSc in Geological Sciences with first class honors from Brock University in 1984 and completed his PhD at the University of Western Ontario in 1991.
Jim Renaud, PhD, P Geo
Dr. Renaud is a senior geologist with twenty years in the field and has conducted research and mineralogical studies on projects in through out the world. Dr. Renaud’s mineralogical expertise and research studies have also made him a frequent collaborator with Canadian government agencies and academia. Dr. Renaud began his career as a geologist for government mapping programs and as a technician for an electron microprobe laboratory. He has worked on various field and research programs throughout the world including Canada, the US, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Columbia, China, Qatar, and Sudan. He has worked on gold, silver, nickel, uranium and rare earth element projects in multiple capacities including management of mapping and sampling programs, petrography, and mineralogical studies.
Dr Renaud is a P Geo. registered and in good standing with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, (APGO) and, is a Qualified Person, (QP), to conduct the field work and execute NI 43-101 reports.
Dr Renaud received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Geology in 1999, a Masters of Science (Economic Geology) in 2003, and completed his PhD in Geology in 2014, all from the University of Western Ontario.