Bringing processing innovation to the critical-metals supply chain

Management Team

Management Team

Patrick Wong

CEO & Director

Pat is co-founder of IMC and co-inventor of the company’s RapidSX separation and purification process. He was previously co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Dacha Strategic Metals, a unique investment vehicle that invested in physical rare-earth elements (REEs). He also traded REEs and other rare metals. Prior to that, Pat spent 15 years as a hedge-fund manager, using various trading strategies. He was President of a natural-gas trading company that created models to trade physical gas. He has an Honours BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Gareth Hatch

President & Director

Gareth is co-founder of IMC and co-inventor of the company’s RapidSX process. He is Managing Director of Strategic Materials Advisors and was a co-founder of Technology Metals Research, consulting firms operating in the critical-materials sector. He was previously Interim CEO and Director of Alabama Graphite, and Director of Technology at Dexter Magnetic Technologies. Gareth holds five US patents on various inventions. He has a BEng (Hons) in materials science & technology and a PhD in metallurgy & materials, both from the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and is a Chartered Engineer through the UK Engineering Council. During 2014-2016 Gareth led a major US-DoD-funded research program, overseeing research groups working on new processes for critical materials. He was Director of a NATO-sponsored lecture series on REEs and is a member of the Canadian ISO TC/298 Mirror Committee on standards for REEs.

Furkhat Faizulla


Furkhat is a founding partner of Advanced Material of Japan Corporation (AMJC), one of the largest traders of rare metals in the world. He is currently head of AMJC’s overseas trading department, and specializes in trading REEs as well as other critical metals. He brings over 35 years of trading experience and contacts to IMC and is fluent in Japanese, Mandarin, English, and Uzbek.

John Veltheer


John has been a director and officer of various private and public companies since 1998. He is currently CEO and director of Atom Energy Inc. (TSX.V:AGY.h) and a director of Atlas Cloud Enterprises Ltd (CSE:AKE). He has has a BSc (Hons) in chemistry from Queen’s University and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia.