Executive Team


Principal, President, Senior Project Manager and Director

Justin Taylor is an experienced Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer with over 20 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, he is often requested by financiers to evaluate projects as part of their due diligence team.

Mr. Taylor 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 Inc., Mr. Taylor held the position of Senior Project Manager and Head of the Design Office at DRA Americas. He was instrumental in the successful growth of the company. Mr. Taylor’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.


Senior Project Manager and Director

Dion Deetlefs is an experienced Civil Engineer and Project Manager with over 20 years experience in large scale civil engineering projects in the rail industry and multidisciplinary engineering projects in the minerals processing industry. His experience includes studies participation, engineering design, project controls and project management.

Mr. Deetlefs has been involved in both Feasibility Studies and Execution Projects for both Lump Sum Turnkey (LSTK) and EPCM mineral processing projects. He has been involved in projects in West and Southern Africa, Sweden, Mongolia and Australia, some in remote and inaccessible places requiring significant logistical planning due to physical constraints.

He obtained his BSc Civil Engineering degree in South Africa and prior to joining Halyard Inc., held Lead Civil Engineering roles with MDM Engineering and DRA Mineral Projects in Johannesburg and with Bateman Engineering in Perth and Brisbane. His flexible approach, project management and project control skills, combined with his drive to ensure client satisfaction motivates him to get the job done on time and on budget.


Senior Project Manager and Director

Manoj Patel is an experienced Project Manager and Professional Mechanical Engineer with 15 years experience in the mining and metals industry. Embracing the “fit for purpose” maxim, he 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 Inc., 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, copper, zinc, lithium and graphite. His experience spans several regions including North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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 (PEO).



Greg Rieveley is a finance executive with over 20 years of experience in the mining and retail industries. He has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, financing, public company accounting and disclosure, financial and risk management.

He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Noront Resources Ltd.  Prior to joining Noront, Mr. Rieveley was Vice President, Internal Audit and Business Development at Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (formerly Aber Diamond Corporation).

He also worked as Controller for Dundee Precious Metals, a mid-sized copper and gold producer. Mr. Rieveley is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.