Russell Hallbauer, has been an integral part in the mining industry for the past 35 years. Since joining Taseko in 2005, Mr. Hallbauer has led the Taseko team in the advancement of the Company from approximately one hundred million in market capitalization to over a billion dollars.
Prior to joining Taseko, he was General Manager of Base Metal Joint Ventures at Teck Cominco Ltd. where he oversaw the Highland Valley Copper mine in central BC and Compañía Minera Antamina in South America. Mr. Hallbauer has also served as Teck Cominco's General Manager of Coal Operations, in charge of restructuring the Quintette and Elkview mines, and returning those mines to profitability.
A British Columbia Institute of Technology and Colorado School of Mines alumnus, he has been recognized as a leader in the mining industry receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010. In addition, Mr. Hallbauer was awarded the Selywn Blaylock Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in recognition of his work in the advancement and development of the mineral industry in Western Canada.
He is the past Chairman of the Mining Association of British Columbia and was the President of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy for 2005-2006.
John W. McManus
Chief Operating Officer - P. Eng Mining
As graduate of BCIT and Colorado School of Mines, John McManus has been involved in the mining industry in British Columbia for more than 30 years with a focus on mine operations, mine engineering and environmental management.
Mr. McManus' expertise lies in operating large scale mining projects. Prior to joining Taseko in 2005 he held positions as General Manager, Coal Mountain Operations at Elk Valley Coal Corporation, Mine Manager at Teck Cominco's coal mining joint venture Bullmoose operation, General Superintendent at Elkview coal mine and Superintendent of Engineering at the Quintette operation.
In 2010, Mr. McManus was awarded with E.A. Scholz Award from The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, in recognition of Excellence in Mine Development. This was in acknowledgment of his leadership of the two-phase Gibraltar mine expansion construction program, which advanced Gibraltar from a 36,000tpd to a 55,000tpd operation.
He stood as Chairman of the Board for the Mining Association of British Columbia from 2010-2012.
Chief Financial Officer - C.A.
Stuart McDonald joined Taseko as Chief Financial Officer in September 2013. Mr. McDonald is a financial executive with over 19 years of professional experience in mining finance, corporate development, treasury management, and financial reporting.
He has held a number of senior financial positions in the mining industry including Chief Financial Officer of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. (and its predecessor Quadra Mining Ltd.) and CFO and Senior Vice President of Yukon Zinc Corp. He was also Corporate Controller at Cumberland Resources Ltd. until its acquisition by Agnico-Eagle Mines in 2007. Prior to joining the mining industry in 2004, he was a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP and also spent three years as an Audit Manager with Ernst & Young in the Czech Republic.
Mr. McDonald is a Chartered Accountant (British Columbia) and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of British Columbia.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Brian Battison is a public affairs specialist with nearly 30 years of experience in strategic planning, program development,issue management and communication in both the private and public sectors. He has also served as Interim President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia, which represents mineral producers, the largest component of the multibillion dollar mining industry in British Columbia.
Since joining to Taseko in 2006 Mr. Battison has been responsible for government and community relations, public communications, policy development and planning. He has also been directly involved in the Federal and Provincial environmental assessment processes for both Prosperity and New Prosperity.
Vice President, Engineering - P. Eng Mining
Scott Jones brings over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, with expertise in exploration, progressive operations supervision and engineering roles.
Prior to joining Taseko in 2006, Mr. Jones held roles in grass roots exploration, as well as operations and engineering roles in both open pit and underground mining as Pit Superintendent at the Williams Mine, Area Superintendent of Engineering and Geology at the Williams and David Bell Mines, and Senior Mining Engineer with Teck's corporate engineering group.
Since joining the Company, Mr. Jones has been focused on the Environmental Assessment and engineering feasibility aspects of the New Prosperity Project and advancing the Aley Niobium feasibility study. Under his supervision, he has led Taseko's engineering team in the successful extension of Gibraltar's mine life from 12 years in 2004, to 27 years following the most recent reserve update in March 2011.
Scott Jones is a mining engineer whose formal education includes a Diploma in Mining Technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining from McGill University.
Vice President, Operations -- Eng Mining
Dave Rouleau has over two decades of experience in the mining and oil and gas industries in both operational and engineering roles.
Prior to joining Taseko, Mr. Rouleau was a key member of Canadian Natural Resources senior management team developing the $10 billion Horizon Oil Sands Project in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Mr. Rouleau was responsible for all aspects of the 200 million tonne per year mining operation supporting 110,000 barrels per day of synthetic crude oil production. Mr. Rouleau's background also includes 17 years with Teck Cominco in various mine operations and engineering roles.
Mr. Rouleau began his role with Taseko in 2010, overseeing all operational aspects of the Gibraltar Mine. He is currently managing the Gibraltar Development Plan 3 -- a $325 million development program that will increase Gibraltar from 55,000tpd to 80,000tpd operation by 2013.
His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science Mine Engineering Degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and a Mining Technology Diploma from Haileybury School of Mines.
Vice President, Capital Projects - P. Eng
Mr. Rotzinger has been employed with Taseko and predecessor companies for the past 18 years in various capacities. He has been a key participant in the Company's $700 million capital investment program over the last five years, with his most recent role overseeing the Gibraltar Development Plan 3, a $325 million project.
In 2010, Rob was a co-recipient of the Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AMEBC) E.A. Scholz Award for Excellence in Mine Development for the expansion and modernization of the Gibraltar Mine. He also received PowerSmart Excellence Awards from BC Hydro in 2008 for Outstanding Energy Efficient Project and again in 2010 for the Application of New Energy Efficient Technology.
Mr. Rotzinger is responsible for all major future capital projects undertaken by Taseko including New Prosperity and Aley.
Vice President, Investor Relations
Brian Bergot was appointed Vice President, Investor Relations in March 2014 and has over 20 years of experience in the natural resources sector. Brian joined Taseko in 2006 and has held roles of increasing responsibility, in both Investor Relations and Marketing & Logistics.
Prior to his career in mining, Brian spent 14 years at Methanex Corporation, a $7 billion BC-based chemical company. At Methanex, he held a number of corporate and operational roles including investor relations and marketing & logistics.
As Vice President, Investor Relations, he is responsible for expanding the Company's shareholder base in the North American and European markets.