Our Directors


Pierre Julien

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.

Russ Buckland

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.

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.
LinkedIN sbergounhon@lincolnstrategic.com 1.705.232.8238

Dave 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.
LinkedIN drempel@lincolnstrategic.com 1.416.305.4115

Erik Buckland - Senior Client 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.
LinkedIN erik.buckland@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.

LinkedIN diane.macleod@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.
LinkedIN joel.donato@lincolnstrategic.com

Melissa Munroe - 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.

LinkedIN melissa.munroe@lincolnstrategic.com

Mona Brown - Project Manager

Mona is an HR and recruiting professional with 20 years in the field. Her passion is in finding the right person for the right job, at the right time. Her client-first approach, limitless drive and energy and time-honed ability to deliver high caliber solutions has earned the trust of our clients.

LinkedIN mona.brown@lincolnstrategic.com

Sidney Vlieg - Project Manager

Sidney has spent the past two decades working for some of the largest EPCM and Mining companies in the world, as well as working for Canada's alrgest specialized recruitment firms. He brings over 15 years of experience in the mining and minerals, infrastructure, and environmental sectors. Sidney is based in BC and has a deep network in the West Coast market.

LinkedIN sidney.vlieg@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.
LinkedIN joseph.krengel@lincolnstrategic.com