Directors & Management
R. Bruce Duncan
President and CEO
Mr. Duncan brings to Canada Coal Inc. over thirty years of experience in the capital markets and brokerage industry. He is the Principal of West Oak Capital Partners Inc., which provides strategic advisory services, including identifying and qualifying merger and acquisition candidates and advising in public transactions. Mr. Duncan's client base at West Oak Capital Partners Inc. has included financial services, aviation, mining, oil and gas, logistics, and retail industries. Mr. Duncan currently sits on the boards of several private companies and is the CEO of Evolving Gold Corp., (EVG:TSX), Executive Chairman of Canada Carbon Inc., (CCB:TSX-V), an Independent Director of GeoNovus Minerals Corp., (GNM:TSX-V) and the former CEO and Director of Prosperity Goldfields Corp. (PPG:TSX-V). Mr. Duncan also has extensive experience advising corporate clients on takeovers, both friendly and hostile, either by designing and executing effective approaches to acquiring assets or by implementing defensive strategies.
E. Richard Klue, B.Com, NHD Ext.Met.
(Edward) Richard Klue has been involved in the mining industry for over 30 years, including 18 years in operations and sustaining capital projects, and the last 12 years dedicated to project development and management. He is a Metallurgical Engineer by profession and also holds a business degree with a focus on Economics. His professional experience has involved the full mining life cycle – geology, permitting, environmental, mining, and processing, infrastructure, tailings, operations, maintenance and closure. Mr. Klue is currently a Senior Manager for Tetra Tech Wardrop and has held many senior roles such as Project Metallurgist, Project Engineer, and Project Manager with a major accent on metallurgical treatment plant designs and layouts.
Thomas Fenton, LLB
Secretary & Director
Mr. Fenton is a partner of the Toronto based law firm, Aird & Berlis LLP – a position he has held since June 1997. Prior thereto, Mr. Fenton was an associate and then partner with another nationally based Canadian law firm. Mr. Fenton has over 25 years of practice encompassing, among other matters, securities law matters, commercial matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Fenton acts for many public and private companies encompassing a broad range of industries and services - from mining companies to manufacturing, technology and service companies. He is also director and/or officer of several public and private companies. Mr. Fenton is also the Corporate Finance Group Practice Leader at Aird & Berlis LLP. Mr. Fenton acquired his LLB degree from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in 1986 and was called to bar in Ontario in 1988.
Mr. Smith is an experienced mining engineer with over 45 years of experience in corporate operations, project management, and consulting internationally. Mr. Smith was President and founding partner of MRDI, a successful mining consultancy company that was ultimately purchased in 1995. Mr. Smith has completed strategic planning and engineering studies on large scale mining projects around the world and has an extensive network in the industry.
Olga Nikitovic, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Nikitovic is a Chartered Accountant and management consultant with over 28 years of work experience. Ms. Nikitovic worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 9 years in both the audit and management consulting departments. While consulting, Ms. Nikitovic specialized in re-engineering and cost management. After leaving PricewaterhouseCoopers Ms. Nikitovic held senior management positions with two of Canada's largest retailers. At present, Ms. Nikitovic is the Chief Financial Officer for a number of private and publicly traded mining companies.
Keith McCandlish, P.Geol., P.Geo
Mr. McCandlish has thirty years of geological and engineering experience in minerals, oil sands/heavy oil, precious stones, coal and industrial minerals. Since 2008 he has been the Managing Director of DMT Geosciences Ltd. an integrated geosciences, engineering and consultancy practise. Keith's special focus is on corporate finance, due diligence, technical audits, mineral project evaluation and mining fraud investigations. In February 2011 Mr. McCandlish was appointed to the Board of International Mining Consultants Group Consulting Limited (IMCGCL) of the UK as a non-Executive Director. He has extensive experience in the securities regulatory framework and corporate governance, acting as an independent mining and oil & gas analyst for the TSX and TSX-Venture Exchange (and its' predecessors the ASE and CDNX). As well, he is involved with the Canadian Securities Administrators as an advisor on mining and petroleum related issues. Mr. McCandlish has particular strengths in coal geology from exploration through to feasibility studies in both open-pit and underground mining scenarios. He has managed multi-million dollar explorations programs in Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, South Africa and the United States. He has co-authored several papers on the carboniferous fossil flora of Cape Breton.
Susan O'Donnell, P.Geol.
Susan O'Donnell has seven years of geological experience in minerals, oil sands/heavy oil, coal and industrial minerals. She has contributed to a variety of junior to intermediate exploration projects through field exploration, reporting, comparative studies, geological modelling, and resource and reserve estimations. She has also been actively involved with due diligence evaluations and valuations of mining and oil sands projects covering a range of development stages (grass-roots through mine development) and mineral commodities for financial institutions, private investors and Exchanges. Susan has experience evaluating coal projects across a variety of settings, including Colombia, Germany, Indonesia, western Canada, and most recently, the high Arctic.