Bringing processing innovation to the critical-metals supply chain

Management Team

Management Team

Gareth Hatch

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Gareth is co-founder of IMC. He is Managing Director of Strategic Materials Advisors, overseas business development at Adamas Intelligence 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. He is a member of a NATO STO strategy team on rare-earth elements (REEs), Advisory Board Chair for the Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA), and is a member of the Canadian ISO TC/298 Mirror Committee on standards for REEs.

Patrick Wong

President, Chief Operating Officer & Director

Pat is co-founder of IMC. He was previously co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Dacha Strategic Metals, a TSX.V-listed public company that invested in, traded and stored physical REEs with a strategic view to their future demand for green-tech applications. Prior to that, he was President of RiverRidge Energy Corp, a natural-gas trading company that created models to trade physical gas, with a view to the projected growth in demand for electric vehicles and electrification infrastructure. Pat also worked as a portfolio manager for various investment firms. He has an Honours BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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 co-founder and Chief Strategist at Liquuid Home Ownership, CEO and director of Atom Energy Inc. (TSX.V:AGY.h) and co-founder and director of Atlas Blockchain Group Inc. (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.