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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 through production expansion and asset acquisitions.
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.
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.
He was awarded the E.A. Scholz Award for excellence in mine development in 2008 and was named the Business Person of the Year by the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business in 2011.