Our Team


President & CEO:
VP, Corporate Development:
Chief Financial Officer:
VP, Projects and Operations:

Duane Poliquin, P. Eng.
Morgan Poliquin, P.Eng., Ph.D.
Doug McDonald, M.A.Sc., B.Com
Korm Trieu, CA
Laurence Morris


Duane Poliquin, P.Eng.
Morgan Poliquin, P. Eng., Ph.D
Mark Brown, B.Comm, CA
Elaine Ellingham, MSc., MBA, P.Geo
Kevin O'Kane
Alfredo Phillips
William Worrall, Q.C.


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 Minerals 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.


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 Almaden and with Duane manages the corporate and technical direction of Almaden. Morgan oversees and directs the company's prospecting and property exploration programs.


VP, Corporate Development

Doug has eighteen years experience in the resources and foreign trade and resource policy arenas. Prior to joining Almaden, Doug worked with an investment dealer where he advised numerous mineral resource companies regarding M&A opportunities, and assisted them in accessing the capital markets. He also spent five years as a Foreign Service officer with the Canadian government, where he focused on international trade issues, in particular in terms of their impact on the resources industry.

Doug graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Applied Science degree specializing in mineral economics.


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.

VP, Projects and Operations

Laurence Morris has more than 35 years of experience in the metals and mining business. He has broad international experience in construction, operating and planning roles ranging from exploration stage to large scale operating mines in a variety of commodities and countries.

From 2015 to early 2018, Laurence was Mine Manager for First Quantum Minerals at their Cobre Panama project, where he was responsible for transitioning the mining project from a greenfields site to an operating mine, including mine planning, mining team assembly and training, setting up operating procedures and technical services. Prior to this, Laurence has held several key positions including Vice President of Operations for Minefinders Corporation Ltd. from 2010 to 2013. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of development, mining operations, exploration activities and resource management at the Dolores mine in Mexico. He also worked in mine management for First Quantum Minerals Ltd. in Zambia and Mauritania.

Laurence holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Sheffield and a mining degree equivalent from Staffordshire University.

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.


Elaine Ellingham is a professional geoscientist with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry, having held senior positions in several mining companies. Ms. Ellingham serves as President of Ellingham Consulting, an independent consulting firm providing geological and advisory services. She spent eight years with the Toronto Stock Exchange serving in various capacities, including four years as the TSX National Leader of Mining & International Business Development. Ms. Ellingham has also served as interim CEO and Director of Richmont Mines Inc. and Senior Vice President, Investor Relations at IAMGOLD, in addition to other corporate development experience with Campbell Resources and Rio Algom Limited. She is also an active director on the Boards of Aurania Resources, Wallbridge Mining and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

KEVIN O'KANE, Director

Kevin O'Kane is based in Vancouver and is a registered professional engineer with nearly 40 years of experience in the global mining industry. He has held executive positions with BHP in South America, including Project Director, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment, and Asset President. Most recently, Mr. O'Kane held the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for SSR Mining Inc. He holds the ESG Competent Boards Certificate and Global Competent Boards Designation (GCB.D), achieved in 2021. He is fluent in Spanish and brings a wealth of technical, operational and HSCE leadership combined with Latin American knowledge to Almaden's Board. Kevin also serves on the Boards of SolGold Plc and NorthIsle Copper and Gold Inc.


Alfredo Phillips is a seasoned business executive in Mexican primary industries. He is currently Head of Government Affairs in Mexico for Arcelor Mittal, the world's largest steel producer. Prior to taking this position in 2020, he had served in a similar capacity for Torex Gold for over six years. Mr. Phillips is past President of the Mining Task Force of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, continues to serve on the Board of the Chamber, and is founding Chairman of the Guerrero Mining Cluster since 2016. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE).

Mr. Phillips has also held numerous positions in the Mexican Government ranging from Deputy General Director for Technology at the National Council for Science and Technology, to Director General for Planning, Programming, and the Budget at the Ministry of Education, to Head of the Investment Promotion Office at the Ministry of Energy. His last position in the Mexican Government was as Minister for Economic Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC. Mr. Phillips also participates in academic undertakings and is currently founding Board Member of the Global Sustainability Institute at the Monterrey Technology Institute jointly with Arizona State University, in addition to being a professor of Negotiation Theory at the Executive Education School at the IberoAmerican University in Mexico City.

Alfredo received a B.Sc. in Actuarial Mathematics from Anahuac University in Mexico City and a Master's in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.


William J. Worrall obtained a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1955 and was awarded the distinction of Queen’s counsel in 1986. He was a founding partner of Worrall, Scott and Page and when the business terminated in 1995 he founded the Lexas law Group where he worked until his retirement in 2012. William's practice was primarily in the areas of securities, national and trans-national corporate and commercial transactions, and resource law (mining and oil and gas development and production). William has also served as a lecturer in courses offered by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia regarding securities law and practice, and is the author of a study commissioned by the Federal Government on the Development of Mineral Resources on Indian Reserves.

Recent News

March 31st, 2021
Almaden Appoints Kevin O’Kane and Alfredo Phillips to its Board of Directors
March 29th, 2021
Almaden Files Form 20-F Documentation
March 18th, 2021
Almaden Minerals Ltd. Closes US$10.3 Million Registered Direct Offering

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