After graduating from high school in Calgary, and taking on a series of part-time jobs from bus boy to labourer, Mr. Regent went east to study history at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., not knowing what type of profession he would pursue.
Graduated from UWO with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988, then obtained his chartered accountant designation.
1991: joined Edper/Brascan Corp. (now Brookfield Asset Management) as associate controller, after articling with Ernst & Young.
Spent the 1990s in a variety of roles with the Brascan group.
2000-02: executive vice-president and chief financial officer, Noranda Inc.
2002-05: president and CEO of Falconbridge Inc.
2006: president of Falconbridge after its merger with Noranda. (The combined company was sold to Xstrata PLC in 2006.)
2006-09: senior managing partner of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and co-CEO of its Infrastructure Group.
Jan. 16, 2009, to the present: president and CEO, Barrick Gold Corp.
Jack Cockwell of Brookfield Asset Management, ex-Falconbridge CEO Derek Pannell, and Barrick chairman Peter Munk: "Jack is more of a businessman, very financially orientated. Derek was an operator. Peter is a great statesman ... a great visionary."
Married in 1993. They have three children, all girls
Long-time board of directors of the SickKids Foundation
Director of the C.D. Howe Institute
IN HIS OWN WORDS
On speculation Barrick spun out its African unit as a first step to selling it: "We called it African Barrick Gold and I'm the chairman of it, so it's not like we are running from it ... if we were, we might have changed the name."
On ending the hedging program: "Hedging really built the foundation for Barrick ... but it wasn't needed any more."
On mergers and acquisitions: "When I look at what's out there, compared to what we've got, we don't need to chase anything."
On how to grow when your company is already huge: "You shouldn't expect us to go to a new country for a small asset where we can't see building out a platform for a bigger business."