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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.

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.

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