Rob Scargill

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Rob Scargill

Rob Scargill has over 30 years of experience in the global mining sector, in minerals as diverse as base metals, precious metals, sodium bicarbonate and lithium. He is a qualified Mining Engineer and has managed exploration teams, mineral processing teams in addition to holding CEO roles on both Toronto Stock Exchange and Australian Stock Exchange publicly traded companies.

Rob has been intimately involved in starting or reopening six mining operations, as well as leading major expansions at three other operations. Rob has 20 years of experience in underground mining which ideally suits him to the development of the Black Butte underground copper project in Central Montana. He was based in Toronto, Canada from 2013-2018 and had responsibility for the Natural Soda mine in Western Colorado, USA.

Due to his significant experience in building and running large and/or complex mine developments and operations as standalone business units, Rob has a unique insight into the risks and value-adding opportunities of mineral assets, whether they are existing operations, historical mines, near-development projects or exploration.

Matthew Fitzgerald

Chairman of The Board

Matthew Fitzgerald
Mr. Fitzgerald is an Australian Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the resources industry. He began his career in the Assurance and Advisory division of KPMG, before joining Australian Stock Exchange listed Kimberley Diamond Company NL in 2003, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Director until July 2008.

Jason Grace

Chief Operating Officer – Sandfire Resources NL

Jason Grace

Mr Grace is an experienced mining professional with more than 26 years of industry experience spanning Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and ranging across multiple disciplines including general management, operational management, technical leadership, project/studies management, business improvement, mineral resource evaluation, mine planning and mine geology.

He was most recently Executive General Manager – Iron Ore for the leading diversified mining services group Mineral Resources Limited (ASX: MIN), where he managed the group’s entire Australian iron ore business including the Yilgarn operations acquired from Cliffs Asia Pacific, the Iron Valley mine and the Kumina and Marillana projects.

Prior to that, he was Senior Director, Asia Pacific Iron Ore and Senior Director, Technical Services for Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore, where he led and managed all elements of the Asia Pacific Iron ore business segment for USA-based Cleveland Cliffs Inc.

Prior to joining Cleveland Cliffs, Mr Grace enjoyed a 13-year career with Newcrest Mining Limited holding a range of senior managerial and operational positions including the group-wide role General Manager – Technical and Planning. He has also worked previously for BHP Steel and BHP Engineering – Mining Services, Arimco Mining Pty Ltd and RGC Thalanga.

Mr Grace’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) from Queensland University of Technology; a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from James Cook University; and a Master of Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Qualifications: BAppSc(Geol), BSc(Hons), MMinEng, MEnt(Exec)

Alan L. Joscelyn


Alan is a Montana native with a family history in the state dating back to territorial days. He grew up in Choteau, Helena, and Missoula, graduating from Hellgate High School in Missoula.

After receiving his law degree from the University of Montana, Alan served as counsel for the Montana Department of State Lands (now Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) then established a solo law practice before joining the Gough, Shanahan, Johnson and Waterman firm in Helena. During his thirty-three years with the Gough Shanahan firm, Alan emphasized natural resources and environmental law, and developed significant administrative law, litigation and public policy experience representing mining operations throughout the state. He served as Chair of the Montana Board of Personnel Appeals (public sector labor relations board) and as a member of the Montana Board of Labor Appeals. Upon retiring from the private practice of law, Alan served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Tim Fox, retiring from the position in 2017.

During his career as a practicing lawyer, Alan was active in the Montana Mining Association (MMA) and Northwest Mining Association (Now American Exploration and Mining Association). He received the MMA’s Excellence Award in 2014, and the State Bar of Montana’s Bousliman Award for Professionalism in 2017.

Alan is the author of a series of legal thrillers and continues to write. He and his wife Pamela live in Helena.

Chris K. Hedrich


Chris K. Hedrich

Chris currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Loan Officer for Bank of the Rockies, N.A., a community bank having 6 branches throughout Montana. She is responsible for bank wide lending training, policy development, underwriting standards and their implementation, lending compliance, loan quality, adherence to policy, development and proper completion of loan presentations and supporting credit analysis. Chris also ensures proper and accurate grading of loan portfolio and ensures satisfactory loan review program is in place and functional. She has worked at the Bank of the Rockies since 1988.

Chris has direct mining experience through past work with Western Water Consultants (specializing in mine hydrology) and Peter Kiewit at their Decker Coal Mine where she was responsible for accounts payable and payroll processing. Bank certifications include the National Consumer Credit School of the University of Oklahoma and the ABA National Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

In 2014, Chris and her husband Barry opened a microbrewery in White Sulphur Springs, 2 Basset Brewery. It has become a popular destination spot in Montana for locals and visitors alike. Barry handles all brewing and Chris shares in the management and financial aspects of the business.

Chris is a former Rotarian, White Sulphur Springs School Board Member; Board Member for Arrowhead Meadows Golf Course and SCORE Mentor. While on the school board, she served as Chairman and as a member of the budget and negotiating committees. She is currently a member of the White Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce and American Lutheran Church. Her hobbies include reading, baking and most recently enjoying craft beer. Chris was born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming. They have two children: Hank-a mining engineer currently working in Seattle, Washington and Molly- a registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.