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The Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience Team

The Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience Team has decades of experience in exploration. Our geologists and geophysicists have worked on five continents (North America, South and Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe). We explore in many different geological settings, from old cratons to young volcanic arcs. We have worked on a variety of deposit types, including orogenic, VMS, Sedex, MVT, kimberlite, porphyry, epithermal, sediment hosted Cu and orthomagmatic. The commodities our specialists have worked on range from potash and uranium to diamonds and from base-metals (Cu, Pb, Zn, Au, Ni) to precious metals (Au, platinum group metals). In geophysics, we have expertise in magnetic, electromagnetic, IP/resistivity and gravity, ground penetrating radar, CSAMT, and it all forms: ground, airborne and borehole. Our geophysicists also work with physical rock properties to help understand and characterize mineralized rocks. We speak several languages, including: English, French, Spanish, German, Farsi and Albanian. Our GIS specialists has more than 20 years of experience with geographic information systems and data analysis in 2D.

Our team focuses on our clients’ needs and provides them with custom-tailed solutions for their exploration needs.

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Elisabeth Ronacher, PhD, P.Geo.

Principal Geologist

Elisabeth Ronacher

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Elisabeth is a geologist with a passion for ore deposits. Her formal training is in epithermal and porphyry deposits. She worked on the Porgera gold deposit, Papua New Guinea, and on the giant Hugo Dummett Cu-Au porphyry deposits at Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia among others. During the last ten years, Elisabeth has been involved in exploration for a variety of commodities (including Au, Cu, Pb, Zn, Ni, PGE) and ore deposit types (including orogenic, orthomagmatic, VMS, Sedex, awaruite Ni) worldwide. She received a PhD from the University of Alberta and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Colorado School of Mines.

Elisabeth is a member of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO), the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA).

Jenna McKenzie, P.Geo.

Principal Geophysicist

Jenna McKenzie

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Jenna McKenzie is co-founder and Principal Geophysicist of Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience Inc. She is passionate about exploration and has extensive field, processing, inversion and interpretation experience with ground, borehole and airborne geophysical methods in early exploration and advanced mining scenarios. Her consulting experience includes multiple commodity and deposit types including diamond, gold, potash and lithium, and porphyry copper, VMS and Sedex.

Jenna is a founding director of Women Geoscientists Canada, advocating for increased gender balance in the geosciences. She serves as a board director with the KEGS Foundation, an organization supporting geophysics education in Canada, and is also a board director of the Decennial Mineral Exploration Conferences, most recently serving as conference secretary for Exploration 17. She is a member of the Canadian Exploration Geophysics Society (KEGS) having served on the executive board from 2016-2019, is a member of the Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (PGO) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

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Gloria Lopez, PhD, P.Geo.

Senior Geologist

Gloria Lopez is a geologist with nearly 20 years of experience working for government and industry in mineral exploration project generation and early-stage exploration.  She has worked in a wide range of deposit types in the Americas, including porphyry Cu-Mo, porphyry Cu-Au, iron-oxide copper gold (IOCG), skarn Cu, epithermal Au-Ag, sediment-hosted Ni-V-Zn, and orogenic gold. She has carried-out field mapping at various scales and terrains, including underground mapping and core logging, coordinated and supervised field and drilling programs, and conducted mineral potential assessments, data compilations and analysis, and geological interpretation projects.  

Gloria received a MSc from University of Chile in structural geology, a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines in economic geology and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in economic geology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Lopez is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.

Darcy McGill, P.Geo. (Limited)

Senior Geophysicist

Darcy has over 25 years experience in acquisition, processing, inversion, and interpretation of a wide range of airborne and ground geophysical techniques. He has worked on 6 continents on green- and brownfields projects exploring for diamonds, base and precious metals, and petroleum, as well as water resource monitoring and hazard mapping.

Darcy is a member of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and is a past executive member of the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) from 2017 to 2020.

Arjan Brem, PhD, P.Geo.

Senior Structural Geologist

Arjan is a versatile structural geologist with 15+ years’ experience in the petroleum industry and has recently broadened his experience to include mineral exploration. He has contributed to 60+ projects in more than 25 geologic basins around the globe, providing specialist support to regional exploration, appraisal and production projects. He has hands-on expertise in structural geology, integrated subsurface evaluations, risk and uncertainty analyses, and subsurface modeling. In mineral exploration, he provides local and regional structural analysis with implications on mineralization and property evaluations. 

Arjan received a PhD from the University of Waterloo (2007) and an MSc from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2000). He is a member of the Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. Using his global knowledge, he collaborates with RMG as an associate geologist. 

Sean Hicks, P.Geo.

Project Geologist

Sean is a professional geologist that has been working in mineral exploration since 2018 with expertise in all facets of early greenfield to brownfield exploration. He has experience with a wide variety of commodities from base and precious metals to battery minerals, across a multitude of deposit types including VMS and porphyry copper systems to BIF-hosted and orogenic gold deposits.

Working in remote settings across Canada, from the Arctic, Northern Ontario and British Columbia, Sean has gained a fond appreciation for logistics and is proficient at both the planning and execution phases of early exploration, from designing soil and till sampling grids to managing diamond drill and mapping programs.

Sean has received his honours degree in earth sciences from Carleton University, he is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and of the Professional Geologists of Ontario (PGO).

Parth Pokar, G.I.T.

Geophysicist, EM Specialist

Parth Pokar is a geophysicist with a diverse skill set and a passion for exploration. His experience includes using electromagnetic, magnetic, gravity and other geophysical datasets to drive exploration successes. He has 4 years of industry experience and is augmenting the experience with academic research as a M.Sc. student at the University of British Columbia's renowned Geophysical Inversion Facility (GIF) research group. His research centres on numerical model and machine learning techniques to improve the speed and accuracy of EM inversions. He also holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.

 Parth's diverse background and proficiency in geophysical data analysis and machine learning make him a valuable asset in any geoscience project. Whether consulting on exploration, conducting research, or advocating for diversity in the field, Parth brings dedication and expertise to the table.

Jeffrey Enright, MSc, P.Geo.

Associate Geologist

Jeffrey has worked in mining and mineral exploration since 2012. He is a professional geoscientist with experience in running drill programs, making detailed observations at the micro- to macro-scale, and integrating those observations with geophysical inversions to develop interpretations and geological wireframes in a 3D environment. His experience spans from early-stage exploration on Ni-Cu-PGE, gold and uranium projects, to later stage resource definition involving the development of block models and technical reports.  

His interests in mineral deposits reside equally in the geosciences and in the economic factors that determine whether a mineral asset can be developed into an ore deposit. As such, he has applied his financial background in the mining development and production sectors and is experienced in developing and maintaining cost forecasts, budgets and detailed mine schedules.

Jeffrey has completed undergraduate degrees in commerce from the University of Guelph and geology from Laurentian University, received an MSc from the Harquail School of Earth Sciences in 2017, and is a member of the Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (PGO).

Tony French, MSc

Senior Geologist

Tony is an experienced exploration geologist and project manager who offers over 30 years of diverse domestic and international mineral exploration experience in commodities such as diamonds, uranium, coal and lithium.

Tony’s specialization includes the planning and execution of reverse circulation (RC) and core drilling programs, Large Diameter Drilling (LDD) programs, both ground and airborne geophysical surveying, the completion of many types of geological sampling programs (till, soil, stream, rock, geochemical, bulk sampling) as well as infrastructure development and the management of remote field camps in many parts of the world.  He has worked on projects from greenfield prospecting through to final resource definition.

Tony has acquired experience across a wide spectrum of project management functions including exploration program management, technical/geological oversight, project and regulatory reporting, budgeting, accounting, contract negotiation, contractor supervision, and program logistics.

An extensive history of executing multi-disciplinary, multi-million dollar exploration programs for mineral resource discovery and evaluation with major mining companies such as De Beers, Cameco and Dominion Diamonds testifies to his expertise, competence and resourcefulness in the industry.

Tony graduated with a MSc in Geology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Elizabeth Zbinden, PhD

Senior Geologist

Elizabeth is a geologist and geochemist enthusiastic about ore deposits, mineral exploration, deposit development, and mining operations.   After earning a PhD from Stanford University School of Earth Sciences in 1995, she has been based out of northern Nevada.  She has worked on deposits not only in Nevada and surrounding Basin and Range states, but also Ontario, Alaska, Mongolia, and Laos.  She has extensive experience in Nevada’s two signature gold deposit types – Carlin-style and young volcanic epithermal – as well as porphyry and related copper deposit types, and a variety of other commodities and deposit types.  She enjoys field work, managing and supervising drilling, and developing the geologic story that emerges from drilling results.

Elizabeth is a past president of the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN), current Vice President and chair of the Public Lands committee for the Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition and active with the Women’s Mining Coalition.  She is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA), and several other professional societies. 

Luc Harnois, PhD, P.Geo. (Quebec)

Senior Geologist

Luc has more than 20 years of experience in exploration in North America, Africa and Asia. He has executed and managed a variety of exploration programs including drilling (diamond, reverse circulation and rotary air blast), soil sampling and mapping. He has experience in geochemical exploration in deeply weathered terrains, is used to working in remote areas and has mentored many junior geologists. Luc has managed large teams and mentored many junior geologists. Luc received a PhD from Carleton University in 1987. He is fluent in French and English.

R.W. Avery

Manager, Field Geology

R.W.(Ron) Avery has acquired three decades of field experience working on a wide variety of uranium, gold and diamond exploration projects ranging from grassroots investigations through to corehole drilling of advanced prospects to deposit status. He is accredited with the discovery and delineation of three gold deposits in the La Ronge Gold Belt in Saskatchewan (Roy Lloyd Mine, EP Deposit, Birch Crossing Deposit) and has evaluated gold prospects and deposits elsewhere throughout Canada, the United States, and south Asia (Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia). He is also one of the team members responsible for the discovery and initial delineation of the Fort à la Corne kimberlite cluster in Saskatchewan in 1989.

Mr. Avery’s areas of specialization include: the planning, execution and interpretation of various geochemical surveys (till, soil, MMI, soil gas hydrocarbon); the vectoring of multi- element geochemical data in the definition of hydrothermal alteration towards economic mineralization; the completion of bedrock and trench mapping programs and the interpretation of structural data; and the planning and execution of reverse circulation and corehole drilling of greenfields prospects through to final resource definition.

Linda Chung

Senior Geophysics Data Analyst

Linda Chung is a Senior Data Analyst with Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience. Graduating in 1996 from the University of Toronto Physics Specialist program, Linda went on to work in airborne geophysical interpretation at Dighem (now CGG) and later in kimberlite exploration with De Beers Canada Inc. Linda has worked on data from Africa, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Finland, Greenland and the United States of America and has experience in the processing, interpretation, modelling and inversion of ground and airborne magnetic, EM and gravity data. Linda is also proficient in MS Access database design and programming with VBA.

Tania Poehlman, MSc

Lands Manager

Tania is a lands manager dedicated to maximizing exploration dollars and mitigating risk through effective lands management. She has extensive experience managing land assets in multi-jurisdictional frameworks across the world. Tania received an M.Sc. in Fluvial Geomorphology from the University of Guelph in 1996. Since then, her consulting portfolio has included geoscience work in exploration as well as IT management. With strong organizational and communication skills, her focus organically evolved into lands and data management. In addition to supporting and optimizing clients' land assets, Tania actively contributes to a number of governing advisory committees in the mining and exploration sector.

Jason Adam

GIS Specialist

Jason Adam has more than 20 years of experience in mineral resource GIS analysis. Jason specializes in geographic data acquisition, creation, analysis and storage. His 2D analyses help the Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience geologist and geophysicists with their data analysis and interpretation. Jason also provides custom-tailored maps and figures for our clients.