Mh The Local Taseko Story
Taseko is a British Columbian mining company that has been a significant community and economic contributor to the province for more than 40 years.
Recognized for excellence in Power Smart practices, environmental stewardship, and responsible industry leadership, Taseko employs over 500 BC men and women in a wide variety of professions.
Taseko has invested over $110 million into the New Prosperity development process (including all the necessary scientific analysis, engineering, and exploration in preparation for assessment) exemplifying not only its faith in the project, but its commitment to the communities that New Prosperity will benefit.
Russell Hallbauer is a third generation British Columbian who has worked in the mining industry for the past 35 years. Prior to joining Taseko in mid 2005, he was General Manager of Base Metal Joint Ventures at Teck Cominco Ltd. where his responsibilities included overseeing the Highland Valley Copper mine in central BC as well as Compañía Minera Antamina in South America. He 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.
Russell is the past Chairman of the Mining Association of British Columbia and is the past President of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy for 2005-2006. A BCIT & Colorado School of Mines alumnus, he has been recognized as a leader in his industry with an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award as well as a Blaylock Award for the advancement & development of mineral exploration in Western Canada. When he’s not in the office or on a mine site, he can likely be found fishing or sharpening his swing on the golf course.
John McManus has been involved in the mining industry in British Columbia for more than 30 years where he has gained experience in mine operations, mine engineering and environmental management.
Before joining Taseko in 2005, he was the General Manager of Coal Mountain Operations at Elk Valley Coal Corporation. Prior to that John was the Mine Manager at Teck Cominco’s coal mining joint venture Bullmoose operation, General Superintendent at the Elkview coal mine and Superintendent of Engineering at the Quintette operation in Northeastern BC. His past experience also includes five years working in operations and engineering at the Highland Valley and Lornex copper mines.
Another BCIT and Colorado School of Mines graduate, John has lived in 8 communities across the province of British Columbia and is an avid fan of restoring old cars.
Peter Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Economics as well as the MBA program of the University of British Columbia. He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked as Senior Vice President and CFO of Crown Packaging Ltd., as well as Vice Chairman and CFO of Von Hoffmann Corporation of Saint Louis, Missouri. More recently, he has held leadership roles in the for-profit education sector as President of Florida Career College based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and prior to that, as President and CEO of Vatterott Education Centers, Inc. in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Over the past decade, Peter has been extensively involved in leading and managing growth in private equity portfolio companies.
Born in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Peter is a true British Columbian in his love of skiing, fishing and cycling.
Born and raised in Penticton, Brian Battison is a 5th generation British Columbian. He is a public affairs specialist with over 25 years of practical experience in policy development, issue management and communication in both the private and public sectors.
Brian has been a senior political and policy advisor to the Government of British Columbia. He has also served as Interim President & CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia, which represents mineral producers, the largest component of the multi billion dollar mining industry in BC. Prior to joining Taseko he operated a full service communications consulting business specializing in strategic planning and program development, implementation and evaluation in the mining and resource development, health care and electrical energy.
Brian was once an accomplished competitive downhill skier, but currently enjoys more family oriented leisure activities including fishing and travelling.
Scott Jones is a mining engineer whose formal education includes a Diploma in Mining Technology from BCIT and a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Mining from McGill University.
He has over 30 years experience in the mining industry, including 5 years in grass roots exploration and 25 years in both open pit and underground mining in progressive operations supervision and engineering roles.
In the last two years Mr. Jones has been focused on the Environmental Assessment and engineering feasibility aspects of the Prosperity Project for Taseko as well as providing technical support for the Gibraltar Mine.
David (Dave) Rouleau has over two decades of experience in the mining and oil and gas industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science Mine Engineering Degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and a Mining Technology Diploma from Haileybury School of Mines.
Prior to joining Taseko, Dave was a key member of the Canadian Natural Resources senior management team developing the $10 billion Horizon Oil Sands Project in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Dave’s background also includes 17 years with Teck Cominco in various mine operations and engineering roles.
Dave is now responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the Gibraltar Mine as well as the development and ultimate operation of the Prosperity Mine. In his spare time, he is an avid outdoorsman with a fondness for fishing, camping, and snowmobiling.