About Us

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.

John Shively

Chairman and CEO

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.

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.

Abe Williams

Director of Regional Affairs

Abe Williams was born and raised in King Salmon, Alaska and is a fourth generation Bristol Bay Commerical fisherman.  Abe worked for the State of Alaska Department of Transportation for 19 years, served as the President of the Paug-Vik Native Corporation for 15 years, was a board member of the Bristol Bay School District for six years, and served three years on the Bristol Bay Borough assembly.  Abe is a Bristol Bay Native Corporation Shareholder and a member of the Naknek Native Village Tribe.

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