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.

  • Robert Friedland

    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Robert Friedland has served as our Chief Executive Officer since July 16, 2020 and as Chairman of our board of directors since April 30, 2021. Mr. Friedland has over 25 years of experience and has been recognized by leaders of the international financial sector and mineral resource industries as an entrepreneurial explorer, technology innovator and company builder. Mr. Friedland’s experience is extensive.

    Mr. Friedland has been the Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (“Ivanhoe Capital”) since July 1988, the executive Co-Chairman since September 2018 (previously the Executive Chairman from May 2012 until September 2018) of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and the Co-Chair Director of SK Global Entertainment, Inc. from February 2017 to December 2021. Under Mr. Friedland’s tenure, Ivanhoe Capital has invested in a diverse portfolio of businesses. Additionally, Mr. Friedland has been the Chief Executive Officer of HPX since December 2015. HPX is 85% owner of the Nimba high-grade iron Ore deposit in Guinea.

    Mr. Friedland was the Director, Chairman and President of Ivanhoe Pictures, Inc. from May 2013 to December 2021, and a Director, since December 2016, and Chairman, since June 2018, of VRB Energy. As one of the most recognized mining personalities and achievers in the world, Mr. Friedland is dedicated to serving on numerous boards in the natural resources sector. These positions include serving as a Co-Chairman and Director of Sunrise Energy Metals Limited (formerly Clean TeQ Holdings Limited) since September 2016, a Director of I-Pulse since April 2008 and a Director of Kietta SAS since November 2009. From June 2020 to June 2021, Mr. Friedland served as Chairman of Gold X Mining Corp., which was acquired by Gran Colombia in June 2021, at which time Mr. Friedland left the board of directors. Mr. Friedland founded Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp., a NYSE-listed special purpose acquisition corporation that completed its merger with SES AI Corporation (“SES”), a lithium-metal battery developer, in February 2022. He continues to serve as a director of SES. Mr. Friedland graduated with a degree in political science from Reed College. Mr. Friedland currently resides in Singapore.

  • Eric Finlayson


    Eric Finlayson has served as our President since July, 2020. 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.

  • Catherine Barone

    Interim Chief Financial Officer

    Catherine Barone has served as our Interim Chief Financial Officer since April, 2021. 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.

  • Mark Gibson

    Chief 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.

  • Glen Kuntz

    Chief Technical and Innovation Officer

    Glen Kuntz has served as our Chief Technical and Innovation Officer since January 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.

  • Charles Forster

    Senior 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.

  • Graham Boyd

    Vice President, U.S. Projects

    Graham Boyd has served as our Vice President, U.S. Projects since June, 2021. 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 including as Principal and Senior Geologist since 2013, and has been responsible for identification, review, acquisition and execution of numerous exploration projects, particularly those in the United States. 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.

  • Evan Young

    Vice 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.

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