Dirk Naumann, PhD

President and CEO


Dirk has been involved with rare earths for more than 30 years: first 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 using rare earth in a wide range of catalysts as a means for process intensification. Now Dirk is driving the development and engineering for Torngat Metals` Strange Lake Project.
Dirk`s career path spans TH Goldschmidt AG, a specialty chemicals company in Germany, (now Evonik); Bayer AG in Germany and Canada, construction of production facilities in Sarnia, Ontario; VALE, and Juniper Associates, an international consulting firm. Dirk has a degree in chemistry and a doctorate in natural sciences.   


Christine Burow, BSc, MBA

VP Marketing

 Christine has been involved in rare earths since 2013. She has 20+ years of experience in marketing, strategy and business development in a broad range of industries, including mining,  innovative technologies, and industrial equipment. Christine worked for the mining company VALE in various marketing roles, and had roles in R&D and marketing at Resolute Forest Products, Trojan Technologies and Rayonier. As an consultant she has lead projects in multiple industries. Christine has an undergraduate degree in science and  an MBA.  

Alain Wilson



Geology Team

Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud, P.Geo, PhD


VP Exploration and Senior Geologist

Natalie is a director and co-founder of RGC. Ltd.  Natalie began her career as a junior geologist for D.I.A.N.D, Northwest Territories and as a research assistant mapping sedimentary stratigraphy for oil and gas related projects. After co-founding RGC Ltd. Natalie has worked on different deposit types including iron ore, precious metals, uranium and rare earth elements in multiple capacities including field programs and lab-based mineralogical work. Her main expertise is in the geometallurgical application of geological modelling and mineralogical data interpretation for mine process design and optimization. Natalie has worked throughout Canada including Ontario, Quebec, Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Alberta and British Columbia. She has also worked in Mexico and the United States. She collaborates with Jim Renaud and has worked on several different international projects. Natalie is an Adjunct Research Professor at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, and frequently collaborates on research projects, co-supervises graduate students, and is an author of peer-reviewed publications. Natalie received a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Science and PhD in Geology from Western University. Natalie is a P.Geo. in good standing with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).

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Jim Renaud, P.Geo, PhD



Jim Renaud is President and Co-founder of Renaud Geological Consulting Ltd.  Jim is a senior geologist with twenty years in the field and has conducted research and mineralogical studies on projects in North and South America, Africa and Asia. Jim's mineralogical expertise and work have also made him a frequent collaborator with Canadian government agencies and academia. Jim 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. Since co-founding RGC Ltd. 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 work. Jim is a P Geo. registered and in good standing with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, (APGO) and, is a Qualified Person to conduct the field work and execute NI 43-101 reports. Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Geology, a degree of Honors Standing in Geology, Masters of Science (Economic Geology), and PhD in Geology from Western University.

Ed Walker, P.Geo, PhD