Our Team


Chairman:Duane Poliquin, P. Eng.
President & CEO:Morgan Poliquin, P.Eng., Ph.D.
VP, Corporate Development:Douglas McDonald, M.A.Sc., B.Com
Chief Financial Officer:Korm Trieu, CA


Duane Poliquin, P.Eng.Morgan Poliquin, P. Eng., Ph.D
Douglas McDonald, M.A.Sc., B.ComJack McCleary, P. Eng., P.Geol
William Worrall, Q.C.Mark Brown, B.Comm, CA
 Grant Hendrickson


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, Azucar’s predecessor, after finishing his Master’s degree in 1996. Morgan is the President and CEO of Azucar 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 Azucar, 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 Azucar, 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.



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.



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.



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.



Mr. Hendrickson served as Chief Geophysicist with Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia Inc. from 2002-2008, where he held overall responsibility for the geophysical work which played an important role in the discovery of the Oyu Tolgoi deposit. The main part of this very large porphyry Copper/Gold system was found at depths greater than a kilometre, and geophysics played a leading role in the discovery. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Hendrickson was the Director of Exploration with Goviex Gold Inc., Ibex Mongolia, and High Power Ventures Mongolia. Prior to his work with Ivanhoe, Mr. Hendrickson was Managing Director of Delta Geoscience Ltd. from April 1986 to January 2005, and Director and Co-Founder of Praxis Goldfields Inc (2000-2007).

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