Mr. Henricksen is the Chief Geologist for New Energy Metals and Founder and CEO of Plan B Minerals; a mineral exploration company focused on high-grade gold and copper assets. With five decades of experience he has successfully worked on 40 mineral exploration projects in over 14 countries on 6 continents, including fieldwork for New Energy Metals, for which he also serves as an advisor to the board.
Among his career highlights, Mr. Henricksen served as Vice President of Exploration for Aegean Metals Group in 2012, leading the senior field team in identifying, evaluating and acquiring 2 high-grade gold-copper prospects (VMS Hot Maden and Ergama) in Turkey. In 2005, Mr. Henricksen served as senior field geologist for AQM Copper, which won a bid from Teck to explore and develop a copper-gold deposit (Zafranal) in Peru, resulting in almost half a billion tons of copper resource. Prior to this, Mr. Henricksen served as a member of the Arctic exploration team that successfully identified the Red Dog mine in Alaska, now the world’s largest zinc reserves. Operated by Teck Resources in partnership with NANA Development Corporation, Red Dog’s gross profit in 2017 was $971 million. Before this, Mr. Henricksen led efforts to secure Eskay Creek for US Borax (Rio Tinto), which at the time became the world’s highest-grade gold mine and the 5th largest silver mine by volume.
Mr. Henricksen holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Economic Geology from Oregon State University.
Tom Henricksen receives the Colin Spence Award from the Association for Mineral Exploration in 2018.