Management Team


Donald (Don) K. D. Baxter, P.Eng.

President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Donald Baxter is one of the premier graphite mining experts on the continent, having helped define three graphite deposits and having built one of only two producing graphite mines in North America. An industry veteran, Mr. Baxter is the only CEO in the graphite development space with demonstrated graphite mining and processing experience, in addition to expertise in specialty CSPG graphite for Li-ion batteries. Mr. Baxter holds a degree in mining engineering from Queen’s University and is a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) guidelines.

As president and Chief Operating Officer of Focus Graphite from September 2013 until May 2015, Mr. Baxter led Focus to wide recognition in the graphite industry, updated the company’s PEA and advanced the company to a completed feasibility study. He was also responsible for rapidly advancing the development of value-added graphite products, namely coated spherical graphite for the lithium-ion battery sector.

Prior to Focus, Mr. Baxter served as President of Northern Graphite between 2011 and 2013, and was responsible for all technical aspects relating to the Bissett Creek graphite project, including the Feasibility Study, metallurgical test work and environmental and mine permitting, as well as developing battery-related graphite products.

Mr. Baxter also served as mine superintendent at the Kearney Graphite Mine when it operated in the 1990s, providing true operational experience in graphite mining and processing. He served as a director of mining at Ontario Graphite, has worked for Inco and Noranda Minerals, as well as on numerous consulting projects for base and precious metals.

Douglas (Doug) C. Bolton, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Douglas Bolton has more than three decades of public accounting experience, providing audit, accounting, tax, and consulting services to a wide variety of clientele. Throughout his career in public practice, Mr. Bolton has provided audit services to a number of reporting issuers involved in the mining and resource industry, listed on the Canadian TSX-Venture Exchange. In addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer for Alabama Graphite Corp., Mr. Bolton also serves as Director and Chief Financial Officer for Laurion Mineral Exploration Inc., and as interim Chief Financial Officer for Adex Mining Inc.

Mr. Bolton is a former Chief Financial Officer for Romios Gold Resources Inc. and former Director and Treasurer of the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care — a not-for-profit, long-term care facility based in Toronto. A graduate of York University, Mr. Bolton holds both CPA and CA designations from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario respectively.

George C. Hawley, BSc

Senior Technical Advisor and Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board

A leading international industrial minerals expert, specializing in the development and marketing of graphite and value-added graphite products, George Hawley adds more than a half-century of experience to Alabama Graphite’s world-class team of graphite industry professionals. With a Bachelor of Science from the University of London, Mr. Hawley’s background is in chemistry, chemical engineering and polymer materials. Having successfully developed several innovative processes involving graphite; Mr. Hawley’s graphite work has encompassed nuclear, chemical, rocket nozzles, anodes, friction materials, heat management, electrodes, and carbon brushes. A member of the U.S. Society of Plastics Engineers, American Chemical Society, and Society of Mining Engineers, his experience includes research and development for one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic graphite products, the Morgan Crucible Company (now Morgan Advanced Materials), and lead acid battery manufacturer Chloride Exide Limited, as well as for government agencies and various mining companies in the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, Africa, and Canada.

Mr. Hawley specializes in natural graphite anodes for lithium-ion batteries, and has consulted for Quinto Mining Corporation (now Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.), Northern Graphite Corporation and Focus Graphite Inc., prior to joining Alabama Graphite Corp. Mr. Hawley has published more than 50 technical papers on industrial mineral products pertaining to technical and marketing topics, in addition to regularly presenting at global graphite and industrial mineral conferences worldwide.

Richard (Rick) R. Keevil, P.Geo.

Vice President of Project Development

Professional geologist Rick Keevil brings more than three decades of mining experience to Alabama Graphite Corp. An exploration/technical consultant to a variety of companies in the graphite industry, Mr. Keevil has spent more than 20 years in the areas of graphite exploration, metallurgical analysis, and project development. Mr. Keevil played a strategic role in the redevelopment of the Kearney Mine at Ontario Graphite — formerly Cal Graphite Corp. — where his mandate included geophysics, geology, petrology, and serving as the onsite geologist for the recent 10,000+ foot drilling program. Mr. Keevil also served as a consultant performing petrology and microscopic analysis with Northern Graphite. Early in his career, Mr. Keevil was a lands and mineral specialist for the Ontario government at the Ministry of Natural Resources and a staff geologist at the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, during the production years of Cal Graphite Corp. Mr. Keevil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Education in Geology degree from the University of Toronto, and is a ‘Qualified Person’ as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) guidelines.

Jesse R. Edmondson, MS, BS

Project Geologist and Director of Community Relations

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 Corp. 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 Community Relations, managing 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 Corp’s U.S. field office in Sylacauga, Alabama.

Ann-Marie (Ann) M. Pamplin, BA (Hons), BEd

Director of Investor Relations

Ann-Marie Pamplin is an investor relations, corporate development, marketing and communications professional with experience in both Canada and the United States for TSX- and TSX-V-listed, as well as OTCQX-listed resource 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.