Mr. Melvin has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since November 21st, 2022. Taylor has over 20 years of experience in the natural resources sector as a senior corporate development professional and investment banker. He was most recently Vice President, Corporate Development for Freeport McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX), a leading international mining company focused on copper, headquartered in Arizona. Prior to joining Freeport-McMoRan in 2008, Mr. Melvin was an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources investment banking group in New York. Mr. Melvin received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ivanhoe Electric leadership team members have been instrumental in some of the world’s most notable mineral discoveries and mine developments.
Our management team’s track record of mineral discovery and development include world-scale projects such as Voisey’s Bay, Oyu Tolgoi, Kamoa-Kakula and Platreef. Our team has the expertise to continue applying our proprietary technologies to reveal new sources of electric metals.
Taylor MelvinPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Eric FinlaysonChief of Global Exploration
Eric Finlayson has served as Chief of Global Exploration since November 21st, 2022 and as President from July 2020 to November 20th, 2022. Mr. Finlayson is a geologist with almost 40 years of global multi- commodity experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Finlayson was a Senior Advisor at HPX from 2013 until December 2015 when he was appointed President of HPX. Prior to joining HPX, Mr. Finlayson spent nearly 25 years in various positions with Rio Tinto. In 1989, Mr. Finlayson joined Rio Tinto as project geologist responsible for copper and gold exploration in the Papua New Guinea highlands. In 1993, he became regional exploration manager for Canada and then transferred to London in 2000 as the personal assistant to the Head of Exploration. In January 2002, he moved to Perth to assume the role of Rio Tinto’s Director of Exploration for Australasia and in January of 2007 was appointed Global Head of Exploration for Rio Tinto based in London. In July 2011, he was appointed CEO of Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique following Rio Tinto’s takeover of Riversdale Mining.
Mr. Finlayson is also a director of VRB, Kaizen (TSX-V: KZD), Sama and Sunrise Energy Metals Limited (ASX: SRL), and was a director of Cordoba from 2015 to 2021, as well as serving as its President and CEO from April 2019 to April 2021. Mr. Finlayson holds a degree in Applied Geology from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Mr. Finlayson currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.
Mark GibsonChief Operating Officer
Mark Gibson has served as our Chief Operating Officer since April, 2021 and as the Chief Operating Officer of Kaizen since May 2016 and Chief Operating Officer of Cordoba since August 2017. Mr. Gibson has more than 32 years of wide-ranging experience as a geoscientist and manager in the natural resources sector. Mr. Gibson joined HPX in 2011 as the company’s founding executive and was instrumental in the formation of Kaizen in 2013 and HPX’s strategic partnership with Cordoba in 2015. Mr. Gibson has served on the board of Fjordland since January 2021 and CGI since June 2011.
Before joining HPX, Mr. Gibson worked with Anglo American, and was the founder of a geophysical service company focused on managing seismic surveys for the mining industry. Mr. Gibson holds a M.Sc, Geophysics from the University of Leeds; a B.Sc. (Hons) Geology from the University of Southampton and is a Pr.Sci.Nat (Professional Natural Scientist) from the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. He is also a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.). Mr. Gibson currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.
Jordan NeeserChief Financial Officer
Mr. Neeser has served as Chief Financial Officer since November 21st, 2022. Jordan is a finance executive with 18 years of experience in financial reporting, corporate development, and corporate finance, primarily in the mining sector. Most recently, Mr. Neeser was CFO and Corporate Secretary at TSX listed Gold Standard Ventures, which was acquired by Orla Mining (TSX:OLA) in August, 2022. Mr. Neeser was previously CFO of Conifex Timber (TSX:CFF), and before that spent eight years with First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) as both Group Controller and Director, Business Development. Mr. Neeser started his career with KPMG, is a Chartered Public Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Quentin MarkinExecutive Vice-President, Business Development and Strategy Execution
Mr. Markin joined Ivanhoe Electric in January 2023 as Executive Vice-President, Business Development and Strategy Execution. He previously served as the Company's external Counsel. Quentin is a seasoned mining lawyer with 24 years’ experience, all with the Canadian firm Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he has been a partner since 2008. Over his career, he has lived and practiced in the world’s mining centers - Sydney, London, Vancouver and Toronto. Mr. Markin’s practice focused on M&A, project development and financing matters for mining companies globally and has been recognized by international legal consultancy Chambers for 11 years as a mining law expert. Mr. Markin has acted for Ivanhoe Electric since its inception, as well as other Ivanhoe group companies, including Ivanhoe Mines, but also senior producers, junior exploration companies, and investment banks. His notable transactions outside of the Ivanhoe Group include the 2007 C$1.2 billion IPO of Franco-Nevada and the 2015 acquisition by OceanaGold of Romarco Minerals and its Haile Gold Mine located in South Carolina for around C$856 million. Mr. Markin received his Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Ottawa, Canada.
Catherine BaroneSenior Vice President, Finance
Catherine Barone has served as Senior Vice President, Finance since November 21st, 2022 and Interim Chief Financial Officer from April 2021 to November 20th, 2022. Ms. Barone was appointed CFO of HPX in 2016 after serving as Vice President, Finance since 2015. From 2002 to 2014, she held a series of senior finance positions at Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (now Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.) including Vice President, Finance. Ms. Barone is a member of the board of CGI, as well as the Company's directly-held Canadian subsidiaries.
Ms. Barone hold a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Ms. Barone is a Chartered Accountant (Australia) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Ms. Barone has over 25 years of finance experience focused on the mining industry. Ms. Barone currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.
Graham BoydSenior Vice President, U.S. Projects
Graham Boyd has served as our Senior Vice President, U.S. Projects since November 21st, 2022 and as Vice President, U.S. Projects from June 2021 through November 20th, 2022. Mr. Boyd is a Geologist with over 16 years of base and precious metals experience, having worked principally in Australia, North America and South America. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Boyd held various roles within HPX, Ivanhoe Electric’s predecessor company, including Principal and Senior Geologist since 2013, and has been responsible for identification of new opportunities and the United States portfolio projects, guiding acquisition through execution of our technical programs. While with HPX, Mr. Boyd was a leader in the delineation and exploration success of the Alacran and San Matias Cu-Au-Ag deposits in Colombia.
Prior to HPX, Mr. Boyd held roles with Ivanhoe Australia and Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia, since 2006. At Ivanhoe Australia, Mr. Boyd was a member of the discovery team for the world’s highest grade Mo-Re deposit, Merlin, and he also was a key contributor to delineation and resource development of the Mount Dore Cu and Mt Elliott-SWAN Cu-Au deposits. Prior to roles in the Ivanhoe Group, Mr. Boyd worked on copper porphyries in British Columbia, and diamond exploration in Nunavut and Quebec. Mr. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Science in Geoscience from the University of Victoria. Mr. Boyd currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.
Charles ForsterSenior Vice President of Exploration
Charles Forster has served as our Senior Vice President, Exploration since April, 2021 and Vice President, Exploration for Cordoba. Mr. Forster is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with more than 45 years of diversified mineral exploration experience in Canada, United States, Sub-Saharan Africa, Portugal, the PRC, and Mongolia. Mr. Forster was Vice President of Exploration for HPX since March 2016, and is a director of all the Company's U.S. subsidiaries. Prior to joining HPX, Mr. Forster worked six years in Southern Africa as Head of Exploration for Eurasian Natural Resource Corporation focused on Congolese copper, cobalt exploration and mine development projects.
He was formerly the Senior Vice President of Exploration at Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia for Ivanhoe Mines (now Turquoise Hill Resources) from early 2001 to June 2008. During this time, he led a team of multi-national and Mongolian geologists in the discovery and delineation of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold porphyry deposit. The discovery of the large, high-grade Hugo Dummett underground deposit at Oyu Tolgoi was subsequently recognized by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, which in 2004 named Mr. Forster a co-recipient of the inaugural Thayer Lindsley Medal awarded for the International Discovery of the Year. Mr. Forster holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Professional Geoscientist in the Province of British Columbia. Mr. Forster currently resides in the State of Washington.
Glen KuntzSenior Vice President, Mine Development
Glen Kuntz has served as Senior Vice President, Mine Development since November 20th, 2022 and Chief Technical and Innovation Officer from January 2022 through November 20th, 2022. He is also Vice President of Mesa Cobre, one of our subsidiaries, effective April 2022. Mr. Kuntz is a Professional Geologist and mining executive with over 30 years of experience in exploration, project development, open pit and underground mining operations and business development across a variety of commodities and mining types/methods throughout the Americas, Africa and Australia. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kuntz was a consulting specialist geology/mining at Nordmin since March, 2018 and before that a director of exploration projects at Yamana Gold Inc. from 2015 to 2018.
Mr. Kuntz was also President and CEO of Mega Precious Metals Inc., a successful junior exploration company, from 2012 to 2015 which was acquired by Yamana Gold, and its Chief Operating Officer from 2011 to September 2012. Mr. Kuntz gained significant development/production experience in a variety of other senior positions with Runge Ltd., Placer Dome Corporation, and Rea Gold Corporation. Over the past ten years, he has managed over 200 technical studies on various projects and mines around the world. Mr. Kuntz holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Kuntz currently resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Cassandra JosephVice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Joseph is an accomplished U.S. mining industry legal executive with over 20 years of experience in corporate, environmental and intellectual property law. Before joining Ivanhoe Electric in February of 2023, Ms. Joseph was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Nevada Copper in Reno, Nevada. Prior to Nevada Copper, she served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer for Reno, Nevada-based Tahoe Resources prior to its sale to Pan American Silver. Ms. Joseph also worked in the Nevada Attorney General's Office, representing the Division of Environmental Protection, the Division of Water Resources, and other agencies within the Department of Natural Resources. She holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
Evan YoungVice President, Corporate Development
Evan Young was appointed to serve as our Vice President, Corporate Development in January 2022. Mr. Young is a mining and finance professional with nearly 15 years of experience in various aspects of the capital markets. Mr. Young joined the Ivanhoe group in 2017, with an initial focus on building the North American investor relations programs for CleanTeQ Holdings Ltd, Cordoba Minerals Corp. and Kaizen Discovery Inc. Since then, his role within the group has evolved, and he played an important role in the completion of the private rounds of financings for Ivanhoe Electric, I-Pulse and HPX.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Young served as the Director, Investor Relations for Primero Mining Corp., a NYSE and TSX dual-listed company with gold mining operations in Mexico and Canada. Previously, Mr. Young worked in equity research at the boutique Canadian brokerage Haywood Securities Inc. and as an Investment Banking Analyst at BMO Capital Markets in the Metals and Mining group. Mr. Young has a Master of Science with Distinction and a Diploma of the Imperial College in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London. In this collaborative program between the Business School and the Royal School of Mines, he stood first among all students in the program and achieved academic excellence for his thesis titled: Carbon Trading and its Associations with the Mining Industry. Mr. Young also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. Mr. Young currently resides in Ontario, Canada.
Stephani TerhorstVice President, Human Resources
Ms. Terhorst is an accomplished human resources and employee benefits professional with 25 years of Human Resources experience, primarily in the coal and aggregates mining sector. Prior to joining Ivanhoe Electric in March of 2023, Ms. Terhorst was the Senior Director of Human Resources and Benefits with NACCO Industries in Dallas, Texas. She has also served as Director of Human Resources for Jennmar Corporation, which manufactures various underground mining products. Ms. Terhorst holds Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, Professional in Human Resources, and Group Benefits Associate certifications. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from St. Francis University.