Richard Warke is a Vancouver-based Canadian business executive with more than 35 years of experience in the international resource sector. In 2005, Mr. Warke founded the Augusta Group of Companies, a group of private and public companies in the mining and resource sector.
Richard Warke has established and led multiple resource companies, including Augusta Resource Corporation, which was sold in 2014 for approximately C$670 million. In 2008, Mr. Warke founded Ventana Gold Corporation, which discovered the La Bodega gold deposit in Colombia; the company was sold for approximately C$1.6 billion in 2011.
Following the sale of Ventana Gold Corporation and the Augusta Resource Corporation, Mr. Warke focused on Arizona Mining Inc., and the exploration and development of the Hermosa-Taylor zinc-lead-silver deposit which lies south of Tucson in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. In his role as Executive Chairman of Arizona Mining Inc., Mr. Warke oversaw the resource growth at the project, which placed it amongst the top five primary zinc deposits globally, based on contained zinc-equivalent metal. Arizona Mining Inc. was sold for approximately C$2.1 billion in 2018.
Mr. Warke was also Executive Chairman of NewCastle Gold which underwent a three-way merger in 2017, resulting in the creation of Equinox Gold in a deal worth approximately C$200 million.
During the course of his career in the global resource sector, Mr. Warke has established a reputation for building successful companies. His knowledge, experience and skills have made him an important source of information about the sector, and he is sought by news and media for expert commentary on mining and related topics.