Since joining Taseko in 2005, President and CEO Russell Hallbauer has assembled a management team with broad and extensive experience in mine development and operations, financing, public reporting, government and community relations, communications, investor relations, and corporate evaluations.

With Taseko focused on growth, either through project development or by acquisition, this in-house team of experts’ gives the company the ability to continually assess potential opportunities including evaluation of mine operations and performance, early stage mineral exploration assessment, and project-pipeline development.

Russell Hallbauer

Russell Hallbauer - President, CEO and Director

P. Eng Mining

Mr. 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 acquisition.

Prior to joining Taseko, Mr. Hallbauer was a Senior Mining Executive at Teck Cominco Ltd. where he oversaw the Highland Valley Copper mine in central BC and was Chairman of the Joint Venture Compañía Minera Antamina in Peru. Mr. Hallbauer has also served as Teck Cominco’s General Manager of Coal Operations responsible for the Bullmoose, Quintette and Elkview Mines.

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

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 a co-recipient of the 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. In May 2015, Mr. McManus was named Mining Person of the Year by the Mining Association of BC, in recognition for outstanding leadership in advancing and promoting the mining industry in British Columbia.

Stuart McDonald

Stuart McDonald - Chief Financial Officer


Stuart McDonald joined Taseko as Chief Financial Officer in September 2013. Mr. McDonald is a financial executive with over 20 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 Professional 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.

Brian Battison

Brian Battison - Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Brian Battison is a public affairs specialist with over 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.

Scott Jones

Scott Jones - 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.

Robert Rotzinger

Robert Rotzinger - 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.

Mr. Rotzinger received the 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. In 2010, Mr Rotzinger 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. In January 2015, he was recognized as Mineral Processor of the Year by the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) Group.

Mr. Rotzinger is responsible for all major future capital projects undertaken by Taseko including New Prosperity and Aley.

Brian Bergot

Brian Bergot - 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.