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Our Team

Christopher Grove

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, President, Director

Chris Grove is an experienced resource sector professional with over 19 years in the business. He has been a Director of several other junior mineral explorers, and he has assisted in raising over $100M for Commerce Resources since 2004. He has been President of Commerce since 2014.

Jody Dahrouge, P.Geol

VP Exploration , Director

Jody Dahrouge has been instrumental in the guidance of the company’s exploration and development programs. Mr. Dahrouge is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelors Degree in Science (Geology).

Since 1998, he has been the President of Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd. His experience, insight and energy combine to provide Commerce with a real resource in the acquisition and management of resource projects.

Ian Graham, B.Sc. (Hons)

Director

Ian Graham is an accomplished mining professional with over 20 years of experience in the development and exploration of mineral deposits, mostly gained with the major mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American.

Formerly Chief Geologist with the Project Generation Group at Rio Tinto, Mr. Graham has been involved with evaluation and pre-development work on several projects in Canada and abroad including the Diavik Diamond Mine (Northwest Territories, Canada), Resolution Copper (Arizona, USA), Eagle Nickel (Michigan, USA), Lakeview Nickel (Minnesota, USA) and Bunder Diamonds (India). Prior to his work with Rio Tinto, Ian held exploration geologist roles with Anglo American. Since leaving the majors in 2009 Ian has worked with junior companies exploring the Americas and that have made discoveries in potash (now in production), base metals (MRE/PEA), rare earths (MRE/PEA), lithium (MRE) and graphite (MRE).

Ian graduated from the University of Natal (now Kwa-Zulu Natal) in Durban, South Africa with a B.Sc. in Geology and Applied Geology (1984) and B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology (1985).

Adam Ritchie

Director

Mr Ritchie has over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry and has been heavily focused on project delivery in senior positions for many of Australia’s best performing companies in the mining and minerals sector including Pilbara Minerals, FMG, Rio Tinto and BHP.

Mr Ritchie is known for delivering complex projects with a particular focus on high-value mineral processing assets and is recognised for his contributions to major Australian Lithium and Iron Ore projects, delivering across all project stages.

He is the Managing Director of Loyal Lithium (ASX:LLI) an ASX listed North American focused battery minerals company with hard rock lithium assets in Quebec, Canada. He holds a Bachelor in Engineer and a Master Degree in Utility Engineering, is committed to a sustainable future and harbors a long term-personal passion for technology and innovation.

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Jeremy Robinson

Director

Jeremy Robinson is an experienced resources executive with 20 years of experience in the industry ranging from Business Development to Managing Director positions, specifically focusing on critical minerals including rare earths.

He is the principal and founder of Churchill Strategic Investments Group which has financed multiple junior explorers and developers across the ASX and TSX.

Darren Smith

Senior Technical Advisor, Rare Earths and Niobium

Darren L. Smith is a Professional Geologist and graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Science (Geology). As a Senior Geologist/Manager with Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd., he has over seventeen years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry, with a strong focus on rare earth elements (REEs), niobium, tantalum, and lithium.

Mr. Smith’s experience includes carbonatite complexes & associated metals (Ta, Nb, Sc, REEs), Li (brine, sediment, pegmatite), Co, U, phosphate, fluorspar, as well as base & precious metals. In 2009, Darren & his team discovered one of the world’s largest REE and fluorspar deposits (Ashram), and in 2017 discovered the Corvette lithium pegmatite district, where a +2.6 km long spodumene pegmatite (CV5) has been defined through drilling.

Jody Bellefleur

CFO

Jody Bellefleur is responsible for all aspects of regulatory financial reporting including the preparation of quarterly financial statements, management discussion and analysis reports, the coordination of annual audits, and government tax and regulatory reporting. Ms. Bellefleur is a CPA,CGA with over 20 years’ experience as a corporate accountant. Early in her career, she was the Controller of a private manufacturing company, where she learned valuable skills necessary to run a successful business.

Mireille Smith, M.Env.

SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, ASHRAM RARE EARTH PROJECT​

Mireille Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics from Laval University, Quebec, completed partly in Finland and in Sweden, as well as a Master’s Degree in Environment from Sherbrooke University, Quebec, completed partly in Chile. She has been active in the mineral exploration industry since 2009.

Mireille leads the Ashram Project’s social & environmental programs, and was instrumental in the Company being awarded the 2015 e3 Plus Award from the AEMQ for a high level of environmental and social responsibility, & adherence to industry best practices relating to the company’s Eldor Property exploration and Ashram Project development.

Gabriel Moreno

Corporate Communications Specialist

Gabriel Moreno, an Economics graduate, leverages of over three years of experience as a Corporate Communications Specialist at Commerce Resources. 

Gabriel plays a pivotal role in shaping and executing communication strategies aligned with corporate objectives, making him a key asset in maintaining Commerce Resources’ trusted position in the business landscape.

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