VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 07, 2018 - Almaden Minerals Ltd. (“Almaden” or “the Company”) (TSX:AMM) (NYSE American:AAU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Laurence Morris to the position of Vice President, Projects and Operations. In this role as an officer of the Company, Mr. Morris will be responsible for ongoing pre-development engineering and oversight of the Feasibility Study, through construction and production at the Ixtaca gold-silver precious metals project located in Puebla State Mexico. This work will include detailed engineering, mine and strategic planning, project scheduling, contract management, cost control, mining team assembly and training, supporting early works and permitting with utmost importance placed on safety, environmental management and community engagement and development.
Mr. Morris is a mining engineer and geologist with more than 35 years of experience in the metals and mining business. Mr. Morris 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. Since 2015 until now, Mr. Morris was Mine Manager for First Quantum Minerals at their US$5.5 billion Cobre Panama project, where he was responsible for transitioning the 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, Mr. Morris 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. Prior to joining Minefinders in 2010, Mr. Morris worked in mine management for First Quantum Minerals Ltd. in Zambia and Mauritania. Mr. Morris holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Sheffield.
J.D. Poliquin, chairman of Almaden stated, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Morris to Almaden. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Ixtaca project. We look forward to working together now to bring Ixtaca from an advanced development stage project to a sustainable, clean and profitable producing mine for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
Almaden Minerals Ltd. owns 100% of the Tuligtic project in Puebla State, Mexico, subject to a 2.0% NSR royalty held by Almadex Minerals Limited. Tuligtic covers the Ixtaca Gold-Silver Deposit, which was discovered by Almaden in 2010.