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Strategic Advisory Committee

Alex Davidson

Mr. Davidson is one of Canada's most successful exploration geologists recognized by industry peers for Barrick Gold’s outstanding exploration and acquisition successes while Mr. Davidson was their principal Exploration executive.

Born in Montreal, Mr. Davidson graduated with an MSc in economic geology from McGill University in 1976. His first success was leading the discovery of the McArthur River uranium deposit in Saskatchewan. He also contributed to the Winston Lake zinc discovery in Ontario and the Samatosum silver-lead-zinc discovery in BC. In 1993, he joined Barrick as vice-president of exploration and expanded the company's exploration efforts outside North America, resulting in the discovery of the Pascua Lama and Valadero mines in Peru and Argentina. Later, he led the acquisition of several significant gold discoveries including Peru’s Pierina and Tanzania’s Bulyanhulu. In 2005, he spearheaded the US$9.2-billion acquisition of Placer Dome, giving Barrick a dozen new mines and consolidating the Nevada’s Cortez Trend. Mr. Davidson retired from his role as Barrick’s Executive Vice President of exploration and corporate development in 2009 and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pan American Silver Corp., NuLegacy Gold Corporation and Americas Gold and Silver Corporation. Mr. Davidson’s achievements helped elevate the stature of Canadian mining at home and overseas and earned him industry honours including the 2023 induction into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, the PDAC’s Prospector of the Year Award (2003), the CIM’s A.O. Dufresne Award (2005) and the SME’s Charles F. Rand Gold Medal (2019).