Darren Koningen, P.Eng
Director, President & CEO
Darren Koningen is a professional engineer (metallurgy) with over 25 years of international mining experience.
Mr. Koningen formerly acted as President & CEO of of NWM Mining Corporation after being asked by lenders to restructure the company in 2012 due to pending bankruptcy. He led a new management team to fix operational issues, prepare new production plan for a ramp-up to +60,000 oz/yr and complete resource expansion. NWM quickly became cash flow positive, re-paid all debt and project was ultimately sold in 2015.
Mr. Koningen also acted as VP Project Development at GoWest Gold Ltd., and before that, was a founding member of Castle Gold Corp and acted as VP Operations and VP Engineering. Prior to Castle Gold, Mr. Koningen was employed as a Senior Process Engineer (mining and metallurgy) with Kvaerner Engineering. Roles included process development, engineering and cost analysis, construction, and commissioning. Mr. Koningen's broad international experience in metallurgy process design and operations has allowed him to make significant contributions to bringing two operating and profitable gold mines into production in the past 5 years.
Mr. Koningen obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science, Mineral Process Engineering from Queens University in 1990.
Chris Chadder, CA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Chris Chadder is a diversified mining executive having served in senior roles at various companies in all stages of the mining cycle. He posses 20+ years of financial management and reporting as a management executive. He also served as a hands on executive in the development and commissioning of three mines in the last 10 years, including two gold mines.
Mr. Chadder obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Brock University and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Vice President, Project Development
Federico Alvarez is a mining engineer with nearly 35 years experience within academia, government (Director, Mining Affairs) and the mining industry primarily in Mexico. Mr. Alvarez joined Minera Alamos in February 2011 as Vice President, Project Development and oversees all operations and mine planning out of our office in Hermosillo.
Mr. Alvarez came to Minera Alamos from Argonaut Gold Inc. (and its predecessor Castle Gold) where he was Vice President, Operations overseeing production at the El Castillo gold mine in Durango State, Mexico and working with the company's JV partner on the El Sastre gold mine in Guatemala.
For 10 years, Mr. Alvarez held the position of Director of Mining Affairs for the State of Guanajuato. Mr. Alvarez's years of mining experience included 11 years as General Manager, Mine Operations where he was responsible for all aspects of operations of a manganese mine, a thermal coal mine and a gold mine, including both open pit and underground operations, a position he held prior to his term in Government.
Mr. Alvarez is widely recognized within Mexico as one of the top mining professionals in the country. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Mine Engineering with academic awards from the Guanajuato University in 1976 followed by a Master of Engineering Degree, Mining from McGill University in 1982.
Miguel Cardona, P. Eng
Vice President, Exploration
Miguel Cardona is a Professional Geological Engineer with 20 years of experience in the mining industry, primarily in exploration, but also in underground and open pit mine operations. Mr. Cardona has worked with numerous ore types including: gold skarn, gold and silver epithermal and copper-zinc-gold type deposits.
Prior to joining Minera Alamos, Mr. Cardona worked for Teck-Cominco and was part of the team that discovered the Filos Project (now owned by Gold Corp.), and was also part of the discovery team for the El Limon advanced stage exploration project with Teck-Cominco. Previous to this Mr. Cardona worked with Industrias Penoles in various mines all over Mexico.
Mr. Cardona obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Geological Engineering from the San Louis Potosi University in 1985, followed by a Master's Degree in Planning and Systems.