Who We Are

Our consulting team represents a potent combination of industry knowledge, functional experience and geographic reach to achieve transformative results for our clients and candidates.


Pierre Julien – Director

Lincoln Strategic’s co-founder, Pierre is an experienced and astonishingly well-connected executive with an unparalleled pedigree in global mining/mineral processing. The current Executive Vice President of Origination at DRA Group Holdings, Pierre has previously held leadership postings with Norcast Castings, Outokumpu Technology North America and Outotec. A corporate-problem solver and big-picture thinker, Pierre provides strategic guidance and support to Lincoln Strategic.

336699eMAILLARGE Pierre.Julien@DRAglobal.com

Russ Buckland – Director

Russ is a world-class executive search professional, brand-champion and thought leader who provides strategic guidance and support to Lincoln Strategic. A former Partner at Bedford Group as well as the founder of Bedford Resources, Russ has executed over 2,000 executive and C-suite search projects in the global natural resources and mining space over the past 30 years. Russ previously held HR executive postings at Falconbridge, Kidd Creek Mines and Currough Resources.

336699eMAILLARGE Russ.Buckland@lincolnstrategic.com




Steven Bergounhon – Partner

Lincoln Strategic’s co-founder, Steve drives transformative results for all our clients, at all levels and across all lines of business by both leading challenging management and technical searches and by improving the delivery capacity of our entire project management team. Renowned for his dedication and energy, Steve has played a vital role in shaping Lincoln Strategic’s image and reputation within the mining industry. Timmins-based, Steve is the current Director at the Canadian Institute of Mining – Porcupine Branch.




336699Tele 1.705.232.8238

336699eMAILLARGE sbergounhon@lincolnstrategic.com


David Rempel – Partner

Dave knows clients because he was one for 15 years in leadership roles at SNC Lavalin, Hatch, and Wardrop/Tetra Tech where he helped manage the greatest growth phases in their histories. With a deep understanding of recruitment execution and the unique talent issues in today’s often volatile mining industry, Dave provides strategic insight on our entire portfolio of work as well as directly managing senior leadership, C-suite and board searches for key clients around the world.



336699Tele 1.416.305.4115

336699eMAILLARGE drempel@lincolnstrategic.com

Charles Matthews – Partner

Charles leads our African mining practice. A highly-regarded trainer, speaker and coach on recruitment strategy development and execution, Charles works at the nexus of strategy, technology and domain expertise to help LSI execute at the highest possible level for our clients, both in Africa and around the world.

336699eMAILLARGE charles@lincolnstrategic.com

Joseph Krengel – Manager, Business Intelligence

Our resident data, technology and intel specialist, Joseph has over a decade of experience developing, optimizing and leading recruitment programs for companies of all sizes, from small, specialized practices to large, global Fortune 500 companies. Joe ensures that our execution systems and methodologies are firing on all cylinders and that we’re able to better anticipate and respond to changing market trends, delivering the most effective, proactive and timely solutions as possible across our entire client portfolio.

336699eMAILLARGE joseph.krengel@lincolnstrategic.com


Tibisay Bermudez – Project Manager

Tibi’s ability to clearly understand our clients’ true business needs as well to successfully, constructively engage with blue-chip candidates has earned Lincoln Strategic the trust of clients who rely on us to help ensure the competitiveness of their businesses. Tibi focuses heavily on strategic, executive searches and multiple-role campaigns for complex international mining projects. Fluently bilingual (English-Spanish), she also leads our projects in Central and South America, on other Spanish speaking jurisdictions. Tibi has 20+ years’ of experience in mining recruitment, is a Certified Human Resources Professional Ontario and an active-standing member of the HRPA (Ontario-Guelph Chapter).

336699eMAILLARGE tibisay.bermudez@lincolnstrategic.com


Erik Buckland – Project Manager

Erik specialises in high-priority, high-impact and high-visibility roles in corporate and mine operations environments and is at his best in tough recruitment situations that require creativity and unique approaches to overcome difficult challenges. Through his 15+ years’ experience as a Lead Project Manager at Bedford Resources, Erik has developed a very broad network, a strong industry reputation as well the ability to inspire trust, enabling him to very quickly establish and build strong, sustaining relationships. He makes it his mission to understand what the right and natural fit will be for both our clients and candidates.

336699eMAILLARGE erik.buckland@lincolnstrategic.com

Joel Donato – Project Manager

Joel has a deep understanding of the mining and engineering industries from over a decade of managing Design Group’s mining practice in Toronto. His client-first approach and his ability to concentrate on what’s truly important with each project has allowed us to build deep connections that consistently yield positive, bottom-line outcomes. Joel focuses heavily on challenging technical recruitment projects for Lincoln Strategic’s consulting-engineering, operations, and private equity clients.

336699eMAILLARGE joel.donato@lincolnstrategic.com

Diane MacLeod – Project Manager

Diane has 30+ years of professional recruiting experience within the mining industry, working with such companies as Lac Minerals, Teck, Homestake and Barrick Gold. As a professional recruiter Diane focuses on setting and delivering the highest levels of professional standards and client service all with the aim of delivering outstanding results for her clients.

336699eMAILLARGE diane.macleod@lincolnstrategic.com

Melissa Mundroe – Project Manager

Melissa Munroe is a Project Manager, Executive Search and Recruiter in mining that provides in depth, accurate, deadline oriented research results for Lincoln Strategic International. Her core competencies include fluency in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

336699eMAILLARGE melissa.munroe@lincolnstrategic.com

Aisha Groenewald – Recruitment Specialist

A determined, creative and resourceful recruiter who excels at identifying rock-star talent by any means necessary, Aisha does much of the heavy lifting associated with any search. Now a mining recruitment specialist, Aisha has brought to LSI a suite of recruitment best practices developed over a decade of recruiting in Broadcasting, Renewables & Energy sector, Oil & Gas and Construction.

336699eMAILLARGE aisha@lincolnstrategic.com