Dr. Roman Shklanka may be the least-known of Vancouver's great explorers. This may be because he is soft-spoken and doesn't seem interested in self-promotion. Even when discussing his involvement in some of the world's greatest gold finds in recent history, his manner is calm and almost emotionless-he lets the facts speak for themselves. Who is Roman Shklanka? He is an international mineral explorationist with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He has been successful in identifying and developing major deposits around the world and has extensive experience in negotiations, particularly with foreign governments.
XL: Thank you again for joining our Explorers' League, and welcome.
It's my pleasure to be able to participate.
XL: Let's start with your background. Where are you from-and what kind of name is "Shklanka"?
I was raised in Saskatchewan, but my family is from Ukraine. I'm told the name is actually Polish, though, and I don't know how that came about.
XL: So, have you been watching the unfolding events over there in Ukraine? [This interview was conducted during the time when massive protests prevented the 2004 Ukrainian election from being stolen.]
Polaris Minerals (T.PLS) is a company that ships construction aggregates (mostly sand and gravel) from its quarry on Vancouver Island, B.C., to points on the U.S. West Coast. PLS just entered into an option to lease a terminal in the Port of Long Beach, California. Management believes the terminal will provide a cost-effective and quick entry into the Los Angeles market.
To see some fantastic aerial photos of a Polaris rapid, self-unloading Panamax freighter, check out this link. The projects in the photos are using concrete containing aggregates from Polaris.