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Pebble Partnership

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, the Pebble Partnership is wholly owned by Northern Dynasty. Established in 2007 to design, permit, construct and operate a modern, long-life mine at Pebble, the Pebble Partnership has overseen a robust program of mineral exploration, environmental and socioeconomic studies, technical and engineering studies, as well as government, Alaska Native and other stakeholder relations to advance the Pebble Project into permitting.

Tom Collier


Tom Collier is a regulatory lawyer and former Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Interior with extensive experience in federal permitting -- specifically the EIS process under NEPA and 404 wetlands permitting under the Clean Water Act. Prior to being appointed CEO of the Pebble Partnership in February 2014, Collier had a 40+ year legal career with Washington DC-based Steptoe & Johnson, with a specialty for guiding companies through federal environmental permitting processes. He has worked on numerous Alaska resource projects, including reauthorization of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, Alpine oil development and Conoco Phillips' CD-5 project.

John Shively


John Shively came to Alaska in 1965 as a VISTA volunteer. What began as a one-year assignment turned into a career involved in issues that have shaped Alaska. Shively worked with NANA Regional Corporation to negotiate development of Teck's Red Dog zinc mine. He served under two governors, including as Natural Resources Commissioner. He's been a Trustee for the Alaska Permanent Fund, Regent at the University of Alaska and board member for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and the Resource Development Council of Alaska - serving the latter as president for five years. Shively received the Bill Egan Award as the State Chamber's Alaskan of the Year in 2009, and has also been recognized by the Alaska Federation of Natives with its prestigious Denali Award.

Sean Magee

Chief of Staff

Sean Magee is a former journalist and speech writer who brings more than 25 years communications experience to his role as Chief of Staff, Pebble Partnership. Mr. Magee’s experience and expertise spans the fields of government and stakeholder relations, community and First Nations/Native engagement, media relations, crisis and issues management. He has played a central role at Pebble for more than a decade. Mr. Magee is Vice President, Public Affairs for Northern Dynasty and Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs for Hunter Dickinson Inc.

Mark Hamilton

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs

An Alaska resident for more than 20 years, Mark Hamilton is President Emeritus of the University of Alaska, having served as its President from 1998-2010.  A retired Major General, Mr. Hamilton spent the previous 31 years with the US Army, including involvement in successful negotiations in Somalia and in the United Nations, leading toward peace in El Salvador.  He has been awarded the military’s highest peacetime award, the Joint Distinguished Service Medal and was recognized by The National Association Of Scholars for “resolute Leadership in Defense of Intellectual Freedom in Higher Education.“

Stephen Hodgson

Senior Vice President of Engineering & Project Director

Stephen Hodgson is a professional engineer (P.Eng.) with more than 40 years of experience in consulting, project management, feasibility-level design and implementation, and mine operations at some of the most significant mineral development projects in the world – including the Pine Point zinc mine in northern Canada, the Red Dog zinc mine in Alaska, Antamina in Peru, and the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia. Hodgson has led the engineering group at Northern Dynasty and Hunter Dickinson Inc. since 2005, has played a central role on the engineering team for Pebble for more than a decade, and was part of the Cominco team that evaluated the Pebble deposit in the early 1990s.

Peter Robertson

Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs

Peter Robertson is Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs for the Pebble Partnership.  Peter comes to Pebble after a career in Washington that includes service in the government, private sector, and non-profit world.  Most recently Peter was the Senior Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at America's Natural Gas Alliance, a trade association of independent natural gas producers.  He served during the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Chief of Staff to Administrator Carol Browner, and as Deputy Administrator (the Agency's number two position).  In prior government service, he worked for seven years on Capitol Hill, including service as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on the Budget in the House of Representatives. 

Mike Heatwole

Vice President of Public Affairs

Mike Heatwole is Vice President of Public Affairs for the Pebble Partnership, a position he has held since August 2008.  Prior to this, Mike served as the director of corporate communications for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.  He has worked for the Alaska State Legislature and the United States Senate and has run several statewide election campaigns.  He is past board member of Alaska Resource Education and the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, a youth soccer coach and a long time Alaskan.

James Fueg

Vice President of Permitting

James Fueg is a geologist and a geophysicist (PMP, CPG) with more than 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and resource development, including more than 20 years working in Alaska. He was most recently seconded from Barrick Gold Corporation to serve as Technical Services Manager for the Donlin Gold Project in western Alaska, where he played a leadership role managing the EIS and NEPA permitting process for a project expected to receive a final Record of Decision in 2018.

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