Our Team

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.

Elisabeth Ronacher, PhD, P.Geo.

Principal Geologist

ER-2019


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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

JM-2019


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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).

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.

Trevor Boyd, PhD, P.Geo.

Senior Geologist

Trevor Boyd brings more than 30 years of experience in exploration for a variety of commodities to Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience. Having received a PhD in geology from the University of Toronto in 1996 and an MSc (Applied) MINEX degree from McGill University in 1988, Dr. Boyd has worked in North America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Boyd is experienced in completing property assessment and due diligence studies, running drilling programs and writing technical reports compliant with the NI 43-101. His experience includes base and precious metals, uranium, nickel-copper-PGE and specialty metals projects.

Dr. Boyd is a member of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG).

Brenda Sharp, MSc, P.Geo.

Senior Geophysicist

Brenda received a M.Sc in Geology (with a minor in Physics) from the University of Auckland in 1987. After leaving University, Brenda worked briefly in New Zealand for BP Minerals as a ground geophysicist. Following a move to Australia, she joined Geoterrex Pty Ltd in the office-based airborne data processing team.

In 1995 Brenda moved to Canada and continued the data processing (both in the field and office) of mostly TDEM and magnetic data for CGG Geoterrex-Dighem, followed by Fugro Airborne Surveys. During the course of these years she worked on datasets flown globally in the exploration for many different commodities, gaining expertise in the quality control and processing with a focus on EM. She developed a keen eye for distinguishing between real anomalous features and noise within the background, and picked the anomalies which aided in the discovery of the Matagami Perseverance Deposit.

Brenda later became part of the Interpretation Consulting Services Group and interpreted magnetic, EM and gravity datasets flown in the search for iron ore, groundwater, coal, hydrocarbon, diamond, uranium and base metals. Brenda is a member of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO), the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.

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.

Rochelle Collins, EMBA, P.Geo.

Senior Geologist

Rochelle is a consummate mining professional and leader with a well-rounded suite of geology skills topped by her graduation from the Smith School of Business, Queen's University with and Executive Master of Business Administration. 

The thread of her career has been in a senior geology capacity working at various exploration and operational open pit and underground mining sites across Ontario and Newfoundland. Her contributions to advancing the geology mandate have been extraordinary from establishing site operations with full logistics to uncovering new resources.

She conquers challenges, dedicated to building collaboration, excitement and engagement across the team to jointly raise the projects value for all stakeholders.

Farzaneh Farahani, MSc, P.Geo.

Project Geophysicist

Farzaneh is a Geophysicist with a passion to sustainable exploration and protecting the Environment. She has more than 10 years of implementing and delivering research and exploration geophysical projects.

She started her career at the Institute of Geophysics, University of Tehran in 2004 right after graduating from her bachelor in applied physics. She practiced geophysical data analysis, effective preparation of technical reports and project proposals working at the geomagnetic observatory where she studied and conducted several researches about theoretical aspects of space geophysics and geomagnetic storms.

Being passionate about practical aspects of geophysics, she continued her studies with a Master of Science in Geophysics with a focus on Geomagnetism. She conducted her thesis project on modeling a geothermal resource in Mahallat area, Iran in 2008.

Since then, she has contributed in several geophysical projects including investigating geological features (Fault systems, volcanoes, hot spots, aquifers, etc.) And also mining exploration projects such as Iron, Gold and Uranium mines. She is specialized in geophysical data acquisition, processing and modeling via Magnetic and Electromagnetic methods (Magnetometry, Magnetotellurics, GPR and IP). As part of her experiences she has successfully conducted compliance audits and environmental site assessments phase I&II to recognize the contamination plums and assisted in remediation design to clean up the contaminants from the soil and ground water.

She is a member of Professional Geoscientists Ontario, (PGO) and Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS). She has also volunteered her time for organizing and implementing several National Geophysical conferences in Iran.

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.