Executive Team

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Justin Taylor, B Eng., P.Eng.

Principal, President, Senior Project Manager

Justin is an experienced project manager and mechanical engineer with over 18 years’ experience in industries associated with large scale, multidisciplinary capital engineering projects in the chemical & minerals processing industries. His experience includes project managing, engineering, and design of the full project life-cycle, from conceptual study through to commissioning and operations. Additionally, with his broad range of experience, Justin is often requested by financiers to evaluate projects as part of their due diligence team.

Justin has been involved with international projects since 2004, mostly in remote and inaccessible places requiring significant logistical planning due to physical and weather related constraints. He has worked on projects throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, across a wide variety of commodities.

Prior to founding Halyard, Justin held the position of Senior Project Manager and Head of the Design Office at DRA Americas. Justin was instrumental in the successful growth of the company. Justin’s strong project management and technical skills, combined with his entrepreneurial drive to ensure client satisfaction is how he leads his team to deliver projects on time and on budget.

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MANOJ PATEL, B ENG., P. ENG.

Project Manager

Manoj is an experienced Professional Mechanical and project engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the mining and metals industry. Embracing the “fit for purpose” maxim, Manoj has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous studies and the execution of fast track projects while keeping costs within budget.

Prior to joining Halyard, he held the position of Project Engineer at DRA Americas in Toronto, Ontario and Mechanical Engineer at Vale (Inco) in Thompson, Manitoba. He has experience working with several commodities and industrial minerals such as gold, nickel, iron ore, diamonds, zinc, fluorspar and graphite.  His experience spans several countries including Canada, Russia, Brazil, Greenland, and the United States.

Manoj is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he earned a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.

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SEAN REID, B ENG., P. ENG.

Lead Engineer

Sean is a Lead Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 9 years’ experience in the overall engineering process from conceptual design through to detailed engineering and commissioning; including overall plant layout and design, calculations, developing technical specifications, packaging of both mechanical equipment and construction contracts in the mining , minerals processing and materials handling fields.

Sean has worked on the successful execution of a number of large EPC/EPCM projects including the Natougou Gold Project, Santa Rosa Gold Project, ISAL Aluminium project in Iceland, AMMC Port Cartier Expansion (Canada), Koniambo Nickel, Ranger Brine Concentrator and Dalrymple Bay CT7X (Australia).

Sean is also experienced in the preparation of Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility Reports (NI 43-101) for Precious and Base Metal Projects, having worked on both warm and cold climate Projects for Mining Clients in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

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LOUIS VENTER, B ENG., Pr. Eng. (RSA)

Project Engineer

Louis has a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and has worked as a Project / Mechanical Engineer for 14 years. He started his career as Junior Engineer with Anglo American where he obtained a Government Certificate of Competency in Minerals and Mining, working in production and maintenance. His career path led from operations to projects focusing on consulting, project management and execution as part of multidisciplinary engineering teams.

Previously employed by DRA Mining in South Africa as a Project Engineer, his project experience entailed executing projects from conceptual studies through to executing turnkey projects for both junior miners and multinational corporations in the mining and industrial sectors. Louis worked on various studies and projects in Coal, Platinum, Gold and Rare Earths commodities throughout Africa.

In his current role, he forms an integral part of a project execution team at Halyard. His role involves working hand in hand with the Client to ensure workable cost effective solutions.