Henk van Alphen
has had a long and successful career in the mining Industry and has
delivered exceptional value to shareholders. Henk has been directly
responsible for raising $200 million in the last 10 years and has
been closely associated in financing an additional $800 million.
in his career, Henk founded and operated a number of service-related
companies, beginning with a line cutting operation in northern BC and
culminating in a drilling company (Hydracore) which was founded in
1985 and is still in operation today. In 1991, Henk founded Pacific
Rim and travelled extensively throughout South America, acquiring the
Taca Taca, Diablillos, and Aqua Rica projects under his leadership.
All of these projects have developed into significant deposits and/or
high value M&A transactions. Henk laid the foundations for the
organization to become a successful South American based resource
company, peaking with a market capitalization of $285 million under
Catherine McCleod’s leadership.
1994 to 1999, Henk served as Vice-President of Corriente Resources
Inc., during which time he acquired a number of assets for the
company including Taca Taca, which had been relinquished by Pacific
Rim. Corriente also acquired Mirador, which ultimately sold to a
Chinese group for 680 million.
leaving Corriente, Henk founded Cardero Resource Corp. in 1999.
Cardero became a successful exploration company, with multiple
high-profile exploration projects including the Baja project in
Mexico. In 2003, Cardero purchased the Pampa de Pongo iron deposit
from Rio Tinto for $0.5 million, which was a counter-cyclical
investment at the time. Following $3 million of expenditures, Cardero
sold it to a Chinese company for $100 million cash in 2009. Most
recently, in 2010, Cardero acquired a 120 million tonne metallurgical
coal asset in BC and in less than three years of exploration, grew it
to be more than 5 times larger with a positive pre-feasibility study.
founded Wealth Minerals in 2005 and has served as President, CEO and
Director since that time. In 2006, Henk began spinning out key
acquisitions into public entities. He was a co-founder of
International Tower Hill (ITH) Mines in 2006, placing undervalued
Anglo Gold assets into a public vehicle. Henk served as Chairman of
ITH for 5 years, leading the course as the company went from a $0.60
IPO to more than $10.00 per share and a market cap of $800 million.
Trevali Mining was another successful spin-out, which, under the
leadership of Dr. Mark Cruise, has grown to be a zinc producer in
Peru, with a Canadian operation due to begin production in 2015.
Trevali has raised more than $400 million in the market over the past
few years and the company’s market cap is currently around $200