Klaus was born in 1938 and raised in a small town just south of Vienna, Austria. After primary education he enrolled at the University of Mining and Metallurgy in 1958 and graduated Master of Mining Engineering in 1962. Klaus then took a position as associate professor in the Mineral Exploration Institute of the same university because this included the opportunity to take a PhD course besides his regular employment duties.  For five years he stayed in this position, worked on his PhD thesis and several other ventures during the summer months. Two summers were spent collecting material on Turkish
mercury deposits for his thesis, two summers in East Greenland with a Danish prospecting base metals program and one full four month 1966 summer in Northern Saskatchewan mineral prospecting.  Graduated 1967 PhD in Economic Geology and was looking for a more permanent job.

The same year, 1967, the Rabbit lake uranium deposit was found and Saskatchewan uranium exploration in went into overdrive. Klaus accepted a telephone job offer made by Mr. Donald Fisher who operated a Saskatchewan mineral exploration service company.  Two weeks later, May 1968, Klaus ran 10 man exploration crew in Northern Saskatchewan.  After settling down with his young family in La Ronge, Klaus continued this for work for the next few years. The same year included
experience in  West Greenland, California and Nevada.

A then completely unknown German company, named Uranerz Exploration and Mining Limited was looking for help in 1973 because they had an interesting uranium project north of Highrock Lake, now known as the Key Lake area. Klaus ran large exploration crews all over the Athabasca Basin for the next few years participating in the discovery of the Gaertner ( 1975,  Deilman ( 1976) and Maurice Bay (1977) orebodies.

Once promoted to Exploration Manager in 1978 and later to Vice President for all of Uranerz’s exploration Klaus relocated to Saskatoon. Uranerz operated about three dozen uranium exploration projects from coast to coast. Klaus supervised up to 80 geoscientists located in Saskatoon and the Calgary, La Ronge and Montreal regional offices to accomplish this immense task

After the Key Lake mine went into production in 1983 the uranium spot price on the world market plunged and uranium exploration activities were drastically reduced. Uranerz closed all its regional offices including La Ronge.

Uranerz ventured into other commodities i.e. gold to compensate for the reduced activities.

The discovery of the Fort a la Corne Kimberlite pipes was most exciting. DeBeers was drilling a kimberlite occurrence near Sturgeon Lake west of Prince Albert in 1989. A great surprise to the exploration community.  Uranerz geologists quickly 
located and staked several bullseye magnetic anomalies east of Prince Albert visible on a governmental map. Water well rig follow up drilling confirmed kimberlites below about 100 m of glacial till.  Altogether about 80 pipes were found. Most  pipes were barren of diamonds except for a few with marginal diamond contents. 

After a successful, 20 year and often hectic career with Uranerz, Klaus left in 1992 to form Nordland Exploration Ltd..
Nordland offered their services in uranium and gold exploration for 20 years. Golden Band Resources Inc., where Klaus held the Vice President of Exploration position, was the main gold client.  During the next 15 years Klaus’s crews took some 15,000 till samples in the La Ronge Gold Belt which were processed for gold grains right in the Waddy Lake base camp. Ten new gold showings were discovered and drilled by following up the gold in till dispersion trains. The Bingo deposit went into production after the Jolu gold mill was purchased from Golden Rule. Unfortunately, operations ceased a few years ago
because the grade was lower and  production costs higher than anticipated.

 Klaus, now fully retired, lives in Saskatoon. His northern Saskatchewan connection is now restricted to visiting old friends, fishing and mushroom picking.

 

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