Dr. Gareth P. Hatch, CEng, FIMMM, FIET
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Gareth Hatch is co-founder, President and Director of Innovations Metals Corp. (IMC), a private, Toronto-based company specializing in cost-effective processing solutions for metals vital to high-tech and green energy, such rare-earth elements (REEs) and lithium, nickel and cobalt. Dr. Hatch is the co-inventor of IMC’s patent-pending RapidSX™ separation and purification process for these metals.
Dr. Hatch is also a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC, a well-known advisory and consulting firm operating in the critical-materials sector. He was previously Director of Technology at U.S.-based Dexter Magnetic Technologies, Inc., and holds five patents on a variety of magnetic devices.
During 2014-2016, Dr. Hatch served as Principal Investigator on a multi-million-dollar research program on innovative processes for REEs, funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He has advised the DoD, NATO, the European Commission (EC), the U.K. Parliament and members of the U.S. Congress on threats to the strategic-materials supply chain. Dr. Hatch has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has been cited by reports published by the DoD, the U.S. General Accountability Office, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological Survey, the British Geological Survey, the EC and many others.
Dr. Hatch is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IMMM), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), a Chartered Engineer registered through the U.K. Engineering Council and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). In 2017, he was Director of a NATO-sponsored lecture series on REEs, presented in several locations in North America and Europe. Dr. Hatch is also a member of the Canadian ISO TC/298 Mirror Committee, working to develop international standards for the REE industry.
A two-time graduate of the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, Dr. Hatch holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honours in Materials Science & Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Metallurgy & Materials, focused on rare-earth permanent-magnet materials.
Tyler W. P. Dinwoodie
President and Corporate Secretary
Tyler Dinwoodie is responsible for Alabama Graphite Corp’s corporate development, in addition to the day-to-day operational aspects of the Corporation. Mr. Dinwoodie also serves as President and Executive Director of Alabama Graphite’s wholly owned subsidiary, Alabama Graphite Company, Inc.
A seasoned marketing professional and senior corporate strategic advisor with an extensive background in market and industry analysis for the global graphite sector, Mr. Dinwoodie specializes in downstream, battery-graphite products – including primary and secondary lithium, alkaline and lead-acid battery market applications – and the lithium-ion battery supply chain. He is a staunch advocate for environmentally sustainable graphite purification technologies. Most recently, Mr. Dinwoodie was the Executive Vice President of Alabama Graphite Corp., having previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Focus Graphite Inc. and Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of International Potash Corporation, as well as a marketing, communications and strategic consultant for other graphite development companies.
Additionally, Mr. Dinwoodie has consulted for several private and public resource and advanced materials companies, both in North America and Europe. Since 2012, Mr. Dinwoodie’s work has played a critical role in raising more than $100 million in investment.
In addition to working directly with Alabama Graphite CEO Dr. Gareth Hatch on a daily basis, Mr. Dinwoodie played a key role in developing Alabama Graphite’s battery- focused business strategy and was exclusively responsible for the corporate rebranding of Alabama Graphite, as well as creating, writing, compiling, and producing the Corporation’s external collaterals. Mr. Dinwoodie sits on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt International), a not-for-profit trade association of companies involved in the manufacture of large-format advanced batteries for automotive and energy-storage applications. An active member of the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC), the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) and the US-based National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), Mr. Dinwoodie studied economics at McMaster University and physics at Laurentian University.
John A. Chapman, P.Eng., CPA, CMA, CMC
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Chapman has been providing consulting CFO services to both public and private companies for more than a decade. He has assisted companies with financing, public listing, interface with external organizations, shareholders and boards, as well as establishing processes, procedures and internal controls, while providing ongoing oversight. Prior to providing consulting CFO services, Mr. Chapman held senior finance positions at Bell Canada and Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. (BCE) companies. Since, 2007, Mr. Chapman has served as Chief Financial Officer for ZIM Corporation.
Mr. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) degree from Ryerson University and an MBA degree from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Chapman is a Professional Engineer, Certified Management Consultant and a Chartered Professional Accountant, and is an active member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC – Canada) and the Chartered Accountants Institute of Ontario (CPA Ontario).
Jesse R. Edmondson, P.G.
Director of Business Development
Director of Government and Community Relations
A Professional Geologist with a Masters of Science in Geology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Jesse Edmondson has a distinguished academic background that includes numerous peer-reviewed publications and lectures. Mr. Edmondson has been with Alabama Graphite since the Company’s inception and has supervised all surface exploration, airborne and ground geophysics, trenching, and additional sonic and core drilling. In addition to his role as Project Geologist, Mr. Edmondson also serves as Director of Business Development, dealing directly with many of the Company’s potential end users. As Director of Community Relations, Mr. Edmondson manages the Company’s relationships with local stakeholders, and local government officials and agencies.
Mr. Edmondson was awarded an I-WATER (IGERT) PhD Fellowship from Colorado State University in 2012 and a PhD Research Fellowship to MIT/WHOI Joint Program in 2014, both of which he declined in order to continue his work with Alabama Graphite Corp. An avid outdoorsman and environmentalist, Mr. Edmondson works out of Alabama Graphite’s U.S. field office in Sylacauga, Alabama. Mr. Edmondson is a licensed professional geologist with the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists.
Ann-Marie M. Pamplin
Vice President, Investor Relations
Ann-Marie Pamplin is an investor relations, corporate development, marketing and communications professional with experience in Canada and the United States for both public and private resource and technology companies. An active member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), the U.S.-based National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), Ms. Pamplin holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and earned her Canadian Securities Course (CSC®) certification from the Canadian Securities Institute in 2013.
Ms. Pamplin is passionate about green energy and addressing North American security of supply with regard to critical strategic materials — namely graphite. As the Corporation’s primary investor relations contact, Ms. Pamplin has directly raised more than $1,500,000 in investment for Alabama Graphite.
Randy A. Moore
Mr. Moore is the former President of U.S. Department of Defense lithium-ion battery manufacturer, EaglePicher Technologies, LLC. EaglePicher is the leading producer of high-reliability batteries and energetic devices for the defense, aerospace and commercial industries, and provides the most experience and broadest capability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier in the United States. Mr. Moore led EaglePicher for nearly eight years, until the end of 2015, overseeing significant growth and was directly responsible for EaglePicher’s 100,000-square foot Lithium Ion Center of Excellence manufacturing facility in Joplin, Missouri. Mr. Moore is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S.-based ZAF Energy Systems, Inc., a company that develops and commercializes state-of-the-art, next-generation battery technologies, and is a founding member, former Chairman, and current member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Advanced Technology Batteries International (NAATBatt International), a U.S.-based, not-for-profit trade association commercializing advanced electrochemical energy-storage technology for emerging, high-tech applications.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Moore spent a combined 27 years in the active and reserve Air Force where he served in various capacities, including contracting officer in the Office of Scientific Research and as a special agent in a counterintelligence capacity for the Office of Special Investigations. Mr. Moore completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management at Texas Lutheran University and received his MBA from Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Robert B. Cook, P.G.
Dr. Cook is one of America’s most accomplished professional geologists, with more than 40 years of experience in both the state of Alabama and surrounding region. Dr. Cook is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geology at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and headed the University’s Department of Geology for more than two decades. Dr. Cook’s professional specialties are mineral exploration, environmental geology, and mining.
Dr. Cook holds a Doctorate degree and Master of Science graduate degree in Geology from the University of Georgia, in addition to a degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Cook has consulted for the United States Department of Defense (DoD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and the United Nations (UN). Dr. Cook has been a member of American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Alabama Academy of Science, Geological Society of America, Alabama Geological Society, Georgia Geological Society, and the Society of Exploration Geochemists, among several other professional organizations.
Honored with the Robert B. Cook Endowed Chair in Geology, established at Auburn University in 2009, Dr. Cook’s publication record includes over 200 papers and articles, as well as two state mineralogies (Alabama and Georgia), a U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, and a variety of Alabama state geological survey bulletins. The uranium mineral bobcookite was named in his honor by a group of American and Russian scientists. An Executive Editor of Rocks and Minerals magazine for more than 25 years, Dr. Cook is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, Inc. (SEG), and a registered Professional Geologist (P.G.) in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.