Leigh Curyer

PRES­I­DENT AND CEO NEXGEN EN­ERGY LTD.

BC Business Magazine - - To Do - –J.P.

There are few places far­ther from Aus­tralia than La Loche, Saskatchewan. Yet that's where Leigh Curyer, an ac­coun­tant by train­ing and a na­tive of Ade­laide, found him­self in late 2011 when his newly formed com­pany, Nexgen En­ergy, set to work de­vel­op­ing its Ar­row ura­nium project. It was hardly a pro­pi­tious time for ura­nium. In the wake of the re­ac­tor melt­down at the Fukushima Dai­ichi Nu­clear Plant in Ja­pan, the in­dus­try en­tered a deep freeze. Curyer, for­merly an an­a­lyst on the ura­nium desk at Lon­don-based pri­vate eq­uity firm First Re­serve In­ter­na­tional, found him­self scout­ing for new op­por­tu­ni­ties. “I was con­fi­dent the mar­ket was alive and well,” he says, “and I wanted to go out there and ask that ques­tion of my­self–could I do it?” Com­mut­ing 11 times a year across the Pa­cific, he helped turn the twotent camp near La Loche into a NAS

DAQ Stock Mar­ket- listed, 120-per­son ura­nium min­ing op­er­a­tion.

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