DUANE POLIQUIN, Founder & Chairman
Duane Poliquin received his degree in Geological Engineering in 1962. Ever since, Duane has been continuously active in mining exploration around the world. As a young geologist, Duane started out with a large Canadian mining company and was soon involved in a major copper-zinc discovery. This was followed by work with several of the world’s largest base metal and gold companies in some of the most important mining areas of the world.
In 1972, Duane identified the Santa Fe gold property in Nevada and formed Westley Mines Ltd. to explore the project. Westley was taken over and placed in production as a heap leach operation by a division of Homestake. Before founding Almaden, Duane also initiated several other projects that became producing mines. Duane discovered an extension to the Nevada Sheelite Mine as well as the Apex germanium-gallium mine - a specialty metals deposit in Utah that contained over one million tons of mineralized material with a gross value of over $1,000 per ton. The property was vended to Musto Exploration Ltd.
After founding Almaden and doing an IPO in 1986, Duane indentified the Trinidad gold deposit in Mexico which was subsequently sold with a royalty retained to Eldorado Gold Corporation and became that company’s second mine. Having been in the exploration industry for many years, Duane has been through several metal and mining market cycles and remains confident that the next up cycle will be very rewarding.
MORGAN POLIQUIN, President & CEO
Morgan Poliquin graduated from the UBC Geological Engineering program in 1994. He earned his Masters of Science in Geology at the University of Auckland, studying geothermal systems and epithermal gold deposits and his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Exeter (Camborne School of Mines) studying the geology and mineral deposits of eastern Mexico. His Ph.D. research was combined with the prospecting program he led in Eastern Mexico for the Company. This exploration directly led to the Company’s involvement in the Caballo Blanco and Ixtaca projects and the subsequent discoveries made on these projects.
Morgan first came to work with his father at Almaden after finishing his Master's degree in 1996. Morgan is the President and CEO of the Company and with Duane manages the corporate and technical direction of Almaden. Morgan oversees and directs the company's prospecting and property exploration programs.
KORM TRIEU, Chief Financial Officer
Korm Trieu is a Chartered Accountant with over fifteen years of experience in corporate finance, management and taxation in the natural resource and lending sectors. Prior to joining Almaden, Korm held the position of Vice President Finance at Sprott Resource Lending Corp. and worked for Ernst & Young LLP providing tax services to various publicly listed companies primarily in the mining industry.
Korm holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of British Columbia.
GERALD CARLSON, Director
Gerald Garlson has been involved in mineral exploration and junior exploration company management for over 30 years. He is a past president of AME BC, and President of the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation.
MARK T. BROWN, Director
Mark Brown is president and director of Pacific Opportunity Capital Ltd., a financial consulting and merchant banking firm active in venture capital markets in North America. Mark was one of the two founders of NYSA Amex listed Rare Element Resources Ltd. which made a significant discovery of rare earth elements in Wyoming, USA. Prior to joining Pacific Opportunity, Mark's background included managing financial departments of two TSE 300 mining corporations: Eldorado Gold and Miramar Mining as controller.
Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and became a Chartered Accountant while with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1993.
JOHN McCLEARY, Director
Jack McCleary is a registered professional geologist with 40 years experience in petroleum and mineral exploration. He has held executive positions with several junior resource companies and for several years was a Vice President of Dominion Securities Ltd. John also served as Director and President of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. and Troymin Resources Ltd.
JAMES E. MCINNES, Director
James McInnes is a retired lawyer and a former geologist with over 40 years experience in mineral exploration and mining law. He has held executive positions with several junior resource companies over his career.
JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, Director
Joe Montgomery has over 40 years experience in the mineral industry primarily as a consultant in base and precious metals, industrial metals and gemstones. He is President of Montgomery Consultants Ltd. and is on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institute of Gemology.
BARRY W. SMEE, Director
Barry Smee is a consulting geochemist based in Vancouver British Columbia. He obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry and geology from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the University of New Brunswick. Barry has designed and managed commercial analytical laboratories and worked in academia, government and industry for over 40 years. He was awarded the J.C. Sproule Memorial Plaque from the CIMM for outstanding contributions to exploration geochemistry.