Board of Directors

Detour Gold’s Board of Directors is comprised of nine members that possess a diverse range of perspectives and experience in the mining industry.

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Mr. Morrison was appointed Chairman of the Board of Detour in June 2018 and elected to the Board in May 2010.

Mr. Morrison is a Corporate Director with more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of strategic planning, project development, mine finance, mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Morrison is also a Director of Taseko Mines, Gold Resource and Gold Standard Ventures.

His most recent executive role was as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Franco Nevada. He participated in the evaluation and acquisition of many investment opportunities, including royalties, precious metal streams and strategic equity investments.

Prior, Mr. Morrison held increasingly senior positions at Newmont Mining, including Vice President Information Technology, leading the information technology group to successful integrated operating and governance models and Vice President Operations Services responsible for supply chain management, risk management, continuous improvement and project controls.

Mr. Morrison was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Novagold Resources, Vice President and Controller of Homestake Mining and held senior financial positions at Phelps Dodge and Stillwater Mining.

He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers providing business advisory, financial audit and operational audit services to a diverse group of mining clients.

Mr. Morrison is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University.

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Mr. Kenyon was appointed Interim CEO in June 2018 following more than five years as Chairman of the Board. He was first elected to the Board in 2008.

Mr. Kenyon is a Corporate Director with more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He is a well recognized and successful mining entrepreneur having founded three resource companies which were all subsequently acquired by senior mining companies at significant premiums.

At Detour Gold, Mr. Kenyon played a key oversight role in the exploration and development phase of its flagship Detour Lake gold asset, leading to over C$2.0 billion in financing for the construction and ramp up of Detour Lake, with gold production having commenced in early 2013.

In 2010, Mr. Kenyon was appointed a Director of African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining), which operated four gold mines in Tanzania with production exceeding 700,000 ounces annually. He played a key role in directing the successful turnaround of the company after a failed public sale process. He is now the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Independent Committee.

During his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Kenyon founded Cumberland Resources in 1979 which discovered the Meadowbank gold deposit in Nunavut, Canada, and advanced the project through feasibility, permitting and commencement of construction. Mr. Kenyon chaired the negotiations leading to Cumberland’s acquisition by Agnico Eagle in 2007 at a 29 per cent premium.

He co-founded and became President and CEO of Canico Resource in 2002, where he led the acquisition, feasibility, permitting and development of the world-class open pit Onca Puma nickel laterite deposit in Brazil. The company was acquired by CVRD (now Vale) in 2005 at a 42 per cent premium.

Mr. Kenyon also founded Sutton Resources in 1983 and served as President and CEO. His team pioneered exploration and development in Tanzania culminating in the feasibility, permitting, financing and construction of the underground Bulyanhulu gold mine. The company was acquired by Barrick Gold in 1999 at an 89 per cent premium.

Mr. Kenyon was the 2005 recipient of ‘Developer of the Year Award’ from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in recognition for excellence in mining development.

Mr. Kenyon holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology from the University of Alberta.

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Ms. Colnett was elected to the Board of Detour Gold in May 2014.

Ms. Colnett is a Corporate Director with more than 25 years of experience in human resources and information technology for mining and electronics manufacturing companies. She brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of business strategy planning, corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and acquisitions and divestitures.

Ms. Colnett is also a Director of Parkland Fuel Corporation and Parex Resources.

Her most recent executive role was as Senior Vice President Human Resources and Corporate Services for Kinross Gold where she had global responsibilities for human resources, information technology and security for a company with more than 9,500 employees, operating in seven countries. During her time with Kinross Gold, Ms. Colnett transformed the human resources, information technology and security functions supporting rapid expansion and improved efficiency of mining operations. Ms. Colnett successfully led all aspects of human resources and significantly improving retention and attraction rates establishing Kinross Gold as an employer of choice in mining and retaining more than 90 per cent of key talent. Ms. Colnett also worked with the Board and Human Resources and Compensation Committee on all aspects of executive compensation, succession planning and public disclosure.

Prior, being a founding executive at Celestica, Ms. Colnett held several senior executive positions over 13 years, including Senior Vice President Human Resources, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and President of the Memory Division. She led the successful integration of 13 acquisitions in Asia, Europe, and North America making Celestica a global operating company. She was part of the leadership team that restructured the organization significantly reducing cost in a highly competitive low margin business.

Ms. Colnett started her career at IBM Canada and progressed to managing all aspects of memory manufacturing including engineering and manufacturing operations supplying IBM manufacturing locations in North America. She was a key member of the team that led the formation and ultimate divesture of Celestica from IBM in 1996. Celestica went public in 1998.

Ms. Colnett is a three-time recipient of the prestigious ‘Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards’ (2011, 2005, and 2004).

Ms. Colnett has the Corporate Director (ICD.D) designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Dr. Dowling was elected to the Board of Detour Gold in May 2016.

Dr. Dowling is a Corporate Director with more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including extensive operational expertise in large open pit mines and processing facilities. Dr. Dowling has a proven track record of value creation especially organizing and motivating teams to take on challenging strategic, technical and cultural issues to produce strong business results.

Dr. Dowling is the Chairman of the Board of Alacer Gold, where he served as President and CEO between 2008 and 2012. Under his leadership, Alacer Gold developed and successfully commissioned the world-class Copler gold mine in Turkey.

In addition, Dr. Dowling is Chairman of the Board of PJSC Polyus and a Director of Teck Resources.

Prior to Alacer Gold, Dr. Dowling was President and CEO of Meridian Gold which was acquired by Yamana Gold in 2007.

He held the position of Executive Director for Mining and Exploration at DeBeers where he managed more than 22 mining operations (principally in Africa and Canada) and played a key role in driving improved returns on capital and business sustainability.

Earlier in his career, he was Executive Vice President Operations for Cliffs Natural Resources where he oversaw large iron ore mines (+120,000 tpd) and Senior Vice President of Cyprus Amax Minerals responsible for operational improvements of 32 mining operations (up to 350,000 tpd) across all operating divisions in the United States, South America, Europe and Australia.

He started his career at Phelps Dodge in progressively senior positions culminating as Operations Manager of large open pit copper mines in the United States.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mineral Processing, all from Pennsylvania State University.

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Mr. Edwards was appointed to the Board of Detour Gold in August 2018.

Mr. Edwards is a highly experienced mining executive and director with a career spanning 35 years. He brings extensive management, operations and technical experience, including operational expertise in large open pit operations.

Mr. Edwards is Chairman of the Board of Mason Resources and a Director of Entrée Resources, Orvana Minerals and Americas Silver. He has served as Chairman of AuRico Gold during a period of extensive growth which culminated into a successful US$1.5 billion merger with Alamos Gold.

Mr. Edwards previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Mining, Copper One, and Frontera Copper. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of Apex Silver Mines, where he directed the successful construction and development of the San Cristobal mine in Bolivia. He was Vice President Operations for Kinross Gold, initiating the expansion of the Fort Knox gold mine in Alaska and completing the expansion at the Kubaka gold mine in eastern Russia.

Prior to 2000, Mr. Edwards managed large open pit mining operations. As Senior Vice President of Operations for P.T. Freeport Indonesia, he was responsible for the Grasberg mining complex (the world’s second largest copper and gold mine) overseeing a workforce of 6,300 employees. For Phelps Dodge and Cyprus Amax Minerals, he managed four major open pit copper mining operations in the United States and Peru - Morenci (~620,000 tpd), Chino (~270,000 tpd), (Sierrita (~245,000 tpd), and Cerro Verde (~160,000 tpd).

Mr. Edwards is the President of AE Resources, providing consulting and advisory services to the mining industry, and is a principal of Gladiator Mining Group.

Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Arizona.

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Mr. Falzon was elected to the Board of Detour Gold in April 2013.

Mr. Falzon is a Corporate Director with more than 30 years of international financial and management experience in the mining industry. He brings extensive financial, compliance, and internal audit expertise along with a wealth of experience in business acquisitions, and corporate governance that was built over a more than 23-year career with Barrick Gold Corporation, one of the largest gold mining companies in the world.

Mr. Falzon is also a Director of Acacia Mining PLC. and was previously a Director and Audit Committee chair of a number of publicly listed gold mining companies. As a former Director of Aurizon Mines, Mr. Falzon was a member of the Special Committees that led a CEO search and the response to a hostile takeover bid, followed by the oversight of the successful sale to Hecla Mining in 2013.

During his long career at Barrick Gold, Mr. Falzon held increasingly senior positions, including Vice President and Controller where he led all financial reporting and planning activities and played a key role in business acquisitions, integrations, financing and mine development activities. In his latest executive role before retirement, as Vice President Planning and Compliance, he successfully established and managed Barrick Gold’s compliance and internal audit functions.

Mr. Falzon was an active member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) production cost reporting committee. He has been an active participant in a number of important industry working groups: advisory panel member for extractive activities of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), and member of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) mineral reserves and mining industry working groups.

Mr. Falzon is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA, and CGA (Canada)) with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

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Mr. Gowans was appointed to the Board of Detour Gold in August 2018.

Mr. Gowans has more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine feasibility studies, mine construction and commissioning, and the development of best practices in mine safety, operations and economic performance improvements. He has extensive mining knowledge and perspective on the importance of corporate social responsibility and brings human resources experience. He brings a unique combination of strategic leadership and operational accomplishment, along with a demonstrated capacity for innovation and change management when new and different approaches are essential in a challenging business environment.

Mr. Gowans is currently a Director of Cameco and Gedex, and Chairman of the Board of Dominion Diamond.

Mr. Gowans served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Mining, until its acquisition by South32 at a 50 per cent premium.

Mr. Gowans was formerly with Barrick Gold over a two-year period as Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Co-President, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He led the restructuring of Barrick Gold, including the improvement of the operational planning process to optimize the life of mine plans for all operations.

Prior executive roles include Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company, President and Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Canada, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of International Nickel Indonesia, and Executive Vice President at Placer Dome. He spent nearly 19 years with Cominco/Teck Cominco involved in the construction of the Polaris and Red Dog zinc mines, as well as the Con gold mine and Vanscoy potash mine.

He previously served as the President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and as a Director of the Conference Board of Canada.

Mr. Gowans is a Professional Engineer and received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mineral Engineering from the University of British Columbia and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management.

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Ms. Kirk was appointed to the Board of Detour Gold in August 2018.

Ms. Kirk is recognized as one of Canada's leading strategic communications, public consultation and engagement specialists having provided expert advice to the public and private sectors on policy, planning, infrastructure and natural resource projects for nearly 30 years. Social license, better expressed as community acceptance, is a key area of Ms. Kirk’s expertise and experience.  She has successfully managed hundreds of high profile and often controversial consultation and engagement processes.

Ms. Kirk, through Kirk & Co., the firm she founded in 1996, has advised and led community engagement and environmental review processes for such diverse groups as CN Rail, Teck Resources, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Woodfibre LNG, and Indigenous peoples. Ms. Kirk has focussed on delivering economic, social and environmental benefits to communities and project proponents while also respecting timelines, budgets and corporate goals. 

As a recognized leader in her field by provincial and national organizations, she lectures on these topics at institutions and forums including universities, Canada’s Public-Private Partnerships Forum, and industry associations and others.

Prior to founding Kirk & Co., Ms. Kirk was Chief of Staff to the Honourable Gordon Campbell who became the Premier of British Columbia (2001-2011). During her term as Chief of Staff, she established decades-long relationships across political parties and with the senior public service. Her strategic advice is sought by many ministries, particularly those involved in natural resource and extractive industries.

Ms. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and English) from Simon Fraser University.

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Mr. Rubenstein was elected to the Board of Detour Gold in March 2009.

Mr. Rubenstein is a Corporate Director with more than 37 years of experience as an executive and director in the mining industry, including 15 years practicing law principally focused on mining and securities transactions. He brings strong expertise in corporate affairs, business strategy, acquisitions, governance and legal issues.

Mr. Rubenstein is the Chairman of the Board of MAG Silver and a director of Roxgold. He also acts as an advisor to several development stage mining companies on commercial, financial, corporate and strategic matters.

Mr. Rubenstein has had direct roles in mining merger, acquisition and disposition transactions aggregating more than C$9 billion in value. He was a Director for Dalradian Resources which was acquired by Orion Mine Finance in 2018 at a 62 per cent premium. As a Director for Eldorado, he was a key contributor during the acquisitions of six companies from 2009 through 2017 totaling more than C$5 billion. He was a Director of Aurelian Resources and was instrumental in negotiating its takeover by Kinross Gold in 2008 at a 63 per cent premium. As a Director of Cumberland Resources, Mr. Rubenstein played a leadership role in negotiating the terms for Cumberland’s acquisition by Agnico Eagle in 2007 at a 29 per cent premium. He co-founded and was a Director, Vice President and Corporate Secretary with Canico Resources and was instrumental in its acquisition of the Onca Puma nickel deposit in Brazil. Following the substantial advancement, permitting and financing of that project, he managed extensive dealings with CVRD (now Vale) in 2005 culminating in the takeover of Canico at a 42 per cent premium. He served as a Director and Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Sutton Resources, where he focused on the acquisition, financing and development of its Tanzanian assets, and he negotiated Sutton's acquisition by Barrick Gold in 1999 at a 89 per cent premium.

Mr. Rubenstein is an Accredited Director and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia.