THE GROVE TEAM
STEPHEN COATES, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL
Stephen founded Grove in 2003 to specialize in incubation and development of entrepreneurial businesses in Canada and abroad. Through Grove, he has founded and served as Chairman or CEO of several public companies and currently serves as advisor to and/or director of both public and private small-cap companies in Canada. Stephen has spent over 20 years in the small-cap and natural resources sectors in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere. He specializes in financial structuring, business development, communications, and market finance, creating successful strategic relationships. Stephen is a graduate of Kings College at the Western University in London, Canada.
SARAH MORRISON, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Sarah Morrison brings Grove her 20+ years of experience in the financial services industry. Throughout her career, Sarah has provided services to numerous publicly listed companies throughout multiple sectors and has been responsible for all aspects of public company administration, compliance reporting, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as financings. Most recently Sarah acted as Managing Director of a securities transfer agency and business solutions firm in Toronto, Canada. Under Sarah’s leadership, the business was transformed into a highly successful operation servicing several hundred public and private issues.
DONNA MCLEAN, DIRECTOR, ACCOUNTING SERVICES
Donna McLean has served as CFO and Controller for numerous publicly traded and private companies, managing financial reporting and controls as well as corporate secretarial admin for established and emerging businesses, operating in a variety of business sectors. She has worked for several mineral exploration companies including Aurania Resources Ltd., Unigold Inc., Signature Resources Ltd., and Avidian Gold Corp.
NICHOLAS KONKIN, DIRECTOR, CAPITAL MARKETS
Nicholas Konkin has extensive business experience with over a decade of developing successful private and public resource and technology start-ups combined with a strong background in wealth management and investor relations spanning resources, technology and medical services sectors. Nicholas has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Financial Planning. Prior to joining Grove as Vice President of Corporate Development, Nicholas was Director of Marketing and Communications at Carlisle Goldfields before it was sold to Alamos Gold at 117% premium to the market. Nicholas Konkin is currently a Director of Graycliff Exploration Ltd (CSE: GRAY).
JESSICA RUTT-SLATER, MANAGER, OPERATIONS & CLIENT SUPPORT
Jessica Rutt has been with Grove for fifteen years handling financial, administrative, and investor relations functions. Based in the United Kingdom, Jessica manages relationships in the UK and Europe, as well as provides hands-on accounting management to Grove’s clients. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Calgary, proficient in accounting (SAGE and QuickBooks), corporate affairs and communications.
KIRK BROUSE, FOUNDER, OTC ADVISORY
Kirk Brouse has more than 25 years of investor relations and capital markets experience and has successfully cross-listed hundreds of Canadian public companies onto the OTC Markets trading platforms. Kirk intimately understands the various and often complex compliance issues effecting an efficient cross-listing and the needs of issuers to competently market their investment credentials with the confidence of having the best and most effective exposure to retail and institutional investors. Kirk joined Grove in 2021 as part of Grove’s acquisition of OTC Advisory Services, founded in 2017. Kirk continues with Grove’s foreign listing advisory practice and acts as an advisor to clients on all things OTC Markets.
CATHERINE BECKETT, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Catherine Beckett has worked for Grove for over ten years. She started her career in the mineral exploration industry. For the past 20 years Catherine has provided corporate secretarial services, regulatory filings, and administrative support for publicly listed companies on the TSX, CSE and ASX, as well as for private small-cap exploration companies. Catherine’s familiarity with National Instrument and JORC policies in Canada and Australia, respectively, enables her to assist company management in avoiding potential pitfalls of regulatory and corporate filings in a cost-efficient manner. Catherine holds a degree in Geology from the University of Toronto.
HATEM KAWAR P. ENG, MBA, CONTROLLER
Hatem Kawar has been a controller and/or CFO for several public mining companies in Canada for the past 20 years and acted as a project manager for an industrial minerals operation in Saudi Arabia. In his current role with Grove, Hatem serves as a Financial Controller of several private and public companies and as CFO of two public mining companies. Hatem has a degree in Engineering from the University of Liverpool in the UK as well as MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
GEOFF KRITZINGER, CA, ACCOUNTING & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Geoff Kritzinger is a Chartered Accountant and former Partner at Shimmerman Penn LLP (2001-2008) where he managed a large audit practice. Since then, through his accounting practice, he has acted for several public and private companies within and outside the resources sectors as both CFO and advisor. Geoff has worked with Grove and Grove’s clients for nearly twelve years, providing both hands-on and supervisory & advisory functions to maintain overhead costs while meeting the rigorous and demanding reporting standards in the current regulatory environments.
JONATHAN XAVIER, MANAGER OF AGM CONNECT
Coming from the pre-pandemic industry of live, in-person events and conferences, Jonathan brings his 15+ years of production and management experience to Grove’s proprietary AGM Connect platform. Jonathan has a degree in Creative Advertising from Humber College and specializes in online and digital media development and design. His experience in project management and his passion and excitement towards developing technology is providing Grove with a new way to conduct meetings for our clients.
HELGA FAIRHURST, CORPORATE SECRETARY
Helga Fairhurst has over 15 years of experience providing corporate administrative and secretarial services to public companies listed on the TSX, TSXV, and CSE within the mining industry. Helga has worked for several mineral exploration companies including U.S. Silver Corporation (now U.S. Silver and Gold Inc.), Carlisle Goldfields Limited, and 55 North Mining Inc.
ANN NGUYEN, CLIENT ACCOUNTING
A graduate from the University of Toulon with a degree in Finance and the Business Administration Accounting program at George Brown College, Ann Nguyen brings her knowledge and expertise to Grove and our clients as a member of the Accounting and Finance team. Ann manages clients’ financial administration, banking, payroll and complex bookkeeping and reconciliation.
REBECCA HUDSON, CPA, CA, CFO AND ACCOUNTING
Rebecca Hudson is an accomplished accountant and former Chief Financial Officer of several publicly traded resource companies. Rebecca brings to Grove a significant depth of knowledge in financial reporting, internal policies & controls, and IFRS compliance, as well as experience with cross-border, multi-geographical teams. Rebecca thrives working with, and leading, cross-functional accounting teams both within the resources sectors and with more entrepreneurial enterprises. Rebecca is also fluent in Spanish, adding to Grove’s ability to fully serve our Latin American clients.
IGOR ZONENSCHEIN, MANAGER OF GOVERNANCE AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS
Igor has 10 years of international experience in corporate governance, compliance, and corporate administrative and secretarial services to public companies. Igor has a degree in International Business Law and is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate Diploma in Business Management at the University of Toronto. Igor serves as Corporate Secretary for multiple Grove clients.
ANNE MITCHELL, MANAGER OF ISSUER SERVICES
Anne Mitchell has over 25 years of corporate services and sales experience within a variety of different industries in Canada, most recently working for an international junior gold exploration company with a major asset in Western China as Operations and Corporate Services Manager. Anne joins Grove as a member of the corporate governance, compliance, and corporate administrative team.
NAMRATA MALHOTRA, CORPORATE SECRETARY
HANG NGUYEN, CLIENT ACCOUNTING
After moving to Canada from Vietnam where she started her journey in accounting and bookkeeping working for a company that provided third-party administration to mutual funds, Hang Phan completed an advanced certificate diploma program in Business Administration, specializing in Accounting, at George Brown College. Hang successfully completed several internships in the bookkeeping and office administration positions before joining Grove as a full-time accounting associate.
PARTHA VANGAL, CLIENT ACCOUNTING, CONTROLLER
Partha Vangal, a Chartered Accountant from India, worked for several years there before moving to Canada where he continued his career in accounting at EI DuPont Canada and Norcast Castings Company Ltd, managing their daily banking activities, accounts payable, and assisting internal audit efforts. In 2007, Partha joined Dundee Corporation where he worked as a portfolio and corporate accountant for more than a decade prior to joining Grove. At Dundee, he managed financial disclosures, monitored cash flow activities, and ensured compliance with the internal and international reporting standards. Partha assists with Grove’s client accounting activities and is a financial controller for several public entities. Partha has completed Canadian Securities Course.
IRYNA ZHELIASKO, MANAGER, INVESTOR RELATIONS & CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
A professional linguist by background with a degree in English and Spanish, Iryna Zheliasko has started her career as a communications specialist, writer and editor, moving on to the capital markets arena after completing her postgraduate certificate diplomas in Public and Government Relations. Before joining Grove, she spent several years working as IR and corporate communications manager for multiple public companies in diverse industries with operations in North America and beyond. Iryna oversees content creation and communications strategy for Grove and several of its clients as well as takes care of shareholder relations and investment industry outreach.
DANA HINSPERGER-FOX, HUMAN RESOURCES & ADMINISTRATION
Dana Hinsperger-Fox is an HR professional with experience in corporate training, seminars, and administrative organization. A graduate of Trent University, Dana also holds a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management from George Brown College in Toronto. Dana works with Grove clients’ payroll, HR, organizational training, and administrative management needs.
DAVID BHUMGARA, CPA, CA, CFO & ACCOUNTING
David Bhumgara is a senior finance executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience and proven expertise in finance, financial reporting, accounting, corporate finance, budgeting, financial modelling, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as hands-on experience with IT and HR responsibilities. David possesses strong technical skills and throughout his career has led numerous ERP and financial reporting controls implementations. David’s focus lies on small-to-medium sized publicly and privately held organizations.
DANA AL BATAL, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Dana Al Batal joined Grove upon relocating to Canada, bringing over 10 years of project administration and managerial experience in the banking sector. Dana has a working knowledge of compliance and project management. With a bachelor’s degree in Trade and Economics, Dana assists with corporate secretarial, regulatory filing, and shareholder communications.