Our Team

Christopher Grove

Christopher Grove

President, Director

Mr. Christopher Grove became President of Commerce Resources in September 2014. Previous to that he worked as Corporate Communications for the Company since 2004, and has significant contacts within the financial communities in North America and Europe. Mr. Grove joined the Commerce Resource board in 2012 and has been active in representing the company abroad.


David Hodge

David Hodge

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mr. David Hodge has an extensive background in business that includes many years of experience in the management and financing of publicly traded companies.

He has been a director of mineral exploration companies since 1996, and has stewarded the Blue River Tantalum/Niobium Project from its acquisition in 2000 through to current development activities.

Mr. Hodge’s strengths lie in leadership and imaginative direction. David’s success has been founded on a belief in team building, consultation and strong leadership, as well as a willingness to incorporate expert advice into a viable working enterprise.


Dr. Axel Hoppe

Dr. Axel Hoppe

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Axel Hoppe is an internationally acknowledged leader in the tantalum/niobium field. He has held numerous positions with H.C. Starck GmbH (“HCST”): a worldwide group of companies with more than 3,400 employees at 13 production sites in Europe, North America and the Far East. Dr. Hoppe’s last position at HCST was Head of Technical Services and Engineering Group and he was a Member of the Executive Board.

Under Dr. Hoppe’s previous leadership as Head of the Electronics and Optics Business Group, HCST grew into the leading producer of tantalum and niobium products, and remains one of the world’s largest consumers of tantalum raw materials.

During his time in senior management, Dr. Hoppe also worked in the fields of other refractory metals, such as tungsten, molybdenum, and rhenium.

From 1997 until 2007, Dr. Hoppe served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center (“TIC”): an international association which promotes tantalum and niobium metals, and includes representatives from all segments of the tantalum and niobium industries. In addition, Dr. Hoppe was the President of the TIC in 2002 and 2007.


Jody Dahrouge, P.Geol

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)

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.

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).


Darren Smith, M.Sc, P.Geol.

Darren Smith, M.Sc, P.Geol.

Project Manager, Ashram Rare Earth Deposit

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 is endowed with over ten years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry, with a strong focus on rare earth elements (REEs), Niobium, and Tantalum.

Darren led the exploration program that resulted in the discovery of the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit in 2009, and he has been instrumental in its advancement. As Ashram Project Manager, he directs all field operations and development programs, including the ongoing metallurgy, as well as the project’s overall management.


Mireille Smith, M.Env.

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 for more than 8 years.

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.


Jenna Hardy, M.Sc, MBA, P.Geo

Jenna Hardy, M.Sc, MBA, P.Geo

Project Manager, Blue River Tantalum-Niobium Project

Ms. Hardy has over 20 years of professional experience in the mining industry consulting for public and private companies by assisting with environmental and operational development plans. From 1993-2004, Ms. Hardy worked for Pan American Silver Corp. (TSX: PAA) as corporate Manager of Health, Safety and Environmental issues. In this position, she gained valuable experience dealing with environmental and social issues during the development of mines in North and South America.

As a professional geoscientist, she has been involved in corporate development, investor relations, regulatory and permitting issues, implementation and monitoring of environmental action plans and procedures, as well as environmental impact assessment, and project coordination for teams involved in feasibility level assessments.