Mexico Mining Forum 2018 Preliminary Speakers
Mario Alfonso Cantú has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, as well as in the academic field. In the current federal administration, he has held various positions, including roles at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS), Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL), Tax Administration Service (SAT) and Ministry of Public Function (SFP). Starting in 2013 he served as General Mining Coordinator of the Ministry of Economy.
Alberto Vazquez’s practice is focused mainly on the areas of corporate law, mining, immigration, foreign investment and community relations. In mining matters, he has carried out important negotiations on access to surface land where concessions are located, and also has experience in the negotiation and drafting of contracts involving rights over mining concessions, as well as mining companies in general and relations with communities.
John-Mark Staude held positions of increasing responsibility with a number of major international mining companies including Kennecott, BHP Billiton, and most recently Teck Cominco. Staude’s extensive Latin America mineral resource experience began in Mexico and then extended through South America. He has been successful in creating shareholder value through discoveries of gold and copper in Mexico, Peru and Turkey. His technical and managerial experience spans more than 30 countries in diverse geological environments.
Carlos Espinosa has over 25 years of experience combining international business development, Canadian capital markets and commercial banking, mainly in mining and advanced manufacturing industries. In 2008, he founded SoftLanding Group Mexico, a boutique advisory firm based in Toronto, Canada and focused on assisting Latin American companies raising equity in Canada, finding Canadian investors or partners, as well as assisting Canadian companies with interests in Latin America.
Fernando Pérez began his career in 1986 as a market trader in institutions like Casa de Bolsa Inverlat, Casa de Bolsa Prime Banco Internacional/HSBC, GF Interacciones y GF Ve por más (BX+). In 2009 he was also appointed CEO of HSBC Casa de Bolsa. Later, he acted as Managing Director of Wholesale Banking and Treasury at Grupo Financiero Interacciones, and eventually became Deputy CEO of Financial Markets, Asset Management and Treasury at Grupo Financiero BX+.
Israel Gutiérrez worked in various public and private entities prior to joining FIFOMI, including in the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Economy. In the private sector, he was the Executive Director of Strategic Planning of Villacero Group from 2003 to 2016, responsible for the definition of strategic planning, driving negotiations for the acquisition and divestment of companies, coordination of financial affairs and oversight of international business operations, industry analysis and market intelligence.
Héctor Quezada is Director in Mexico of Victaulic, responsible for the Fire Protection, Mining, HVAC, Industrial, and Water and Sanitation markets. He is an engineer who graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and went on to gather more than 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry. As Director in Mexico for Victaulic, he works together with other organizations to implement systems that eliminate waste and create leaner processes.
Godfrey Walton is a professional geologist with 42 years of experience in the mining sector, specializing in the exploration, development and mining of a variety of ore deposits. From 1974-1993 he worked in project and senior geologist positions for INCO and Chevron Minerals and managed the office in an administration and technical role for Hemlo Gold Mines, overseeing exploration, development, prefeasibility and feasibility programs for uranium, precious metals and base metals in Canada and Ireland.
José Antonio Berlanga began his career in Minera Autlán, in the Molango Unit, where he designed and implemented fundamental changes in the production system to increase production and savings. Later, he worked at Peñoles, where he actively participated in the evaluation, design and construction of several mining units of the group. In Sonora, he started one of the first gold heap leaching operations in Mexico at the La Amelia Mine. As an entrepreneur he has attracted tens of millions of dollars in investment to Mexico.
Fernando Alanís joined the Dupont company in 1979, where he worked for 18 years, occupying various positions in the areas of manufacturing and engineering. He moved to the corporate area, where he was involved in various businesses. In 1997 he joined Peñoles as Director of Planning and Technology and in 2001 became Director of Mines. In 2005 he became Executive Director of the Metals Group at Met-Mex Peñoles, and as of 2008 he has held the post of Director General of Industrias Penoles.
Christopher Warwick joined Pan American Silver, Mexico at the La Colorada Mine as General Manager in 2006, before being appointed Country Manager. He is a Mining Engineer from the Camborne School of Mines, UK and is a registered Chartered and Professional Engineer as well as a registered Chartered Environmentalist (IoMMM UK), who brings over 26 years of mining experience to the company stretching across three continents.
Hector Rocha covers the Energy business for LATAM North and is based in Mexico City. He has spent 18 years in energy sector in Mexico, Asia, Middle East, the US and the North Sea. He has held multiple positions throughout his career, starting from a field directional/drilling engineer across Southeast Asia, Operational Performance Improvement Champion in Asia and the Middle East, General Operations Manager for Upstream projects in Japan, R&D Lead for Telemetry tools globally and Management Consultant.
Cindy Collins moved from Canada to Mexico in 2015 as a technology-focused business development professional in the mineral exploration and mining industry. In the years leading up to her career in the industry, she studied Civil Engineering Technology, Information Technology and business and has been an adopter, user, implementer, recommender and representative for various technologies, from data management to field instrumentation. She recently launched her company and podcast, Mining Technology Partners.
Alfredo Bertrand joined Atlas Copco in 1993, and since then, has held various positions that translate into 24 years of experience in the international mining and construction sectors. At Atlas Copco Peruana, he supported strategic product lines, such as rock drilling tools, rock reinforcement and bolting solutions, loading, hauling, drilling and tunneling, and road construction. He also performed as Key Account Manager for the biggest Peruvian mining and construction groups.
Felipe Rivera was Sales Director of Invensys Mexico and Central America prior to joining Schneider in 2014, where he led the sales team for Industrial Instrumentation, Control Systems, SCADA Systems and Advanced Process Control. From 2001-2011, he was the Director of Remote Automation Solutions Division at Emerson Electric. He began his career in sales at JAR Electrónica Aplicada in 1997.
Ben Whiting is a professional geoscientist with more than 35 years’ experience in the international mining industry. He has also acted as a special adviser on mining industry matters to government agencies and the World Bank, and is a past Adjunct Professor of Queen’s University in the Geological Sciences and Mining Engineering departments. He is the current Vice President of Exploration for Orex Minerals, Barsele Minerals and Dolly Varden Silver, as well as serving as a Technical Adviser to Silver Viper Minerals.
Joel Carrasco, a civil engineer and architect, graduated from Texas Tech University. His career has been focused on a variety of civil and mining projects and his unique experience includes a wide range of technical knowledge, having worked on projects throughout North America, Latin America, Asia and more extensively in Mexico. Upon creating Solum, Carrasco envisioned a company that provides an integrated services model to clients who are expecting the highest quality in project delivery under strict budgets and time frames.
Pierre Moreau, as well as being an elected member of Quebec’s National Assembly for more than 10 years, has held numerous offices: Chief Government Whip, Minister Responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Transport, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Acting Minister of Public Security, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. In Minister Moreau’s mind, the way forward is clear: we must change our ways of doing things and innovation and solidarity are key.
Alain Charest has over 30 years of hands-on experience in mineral exploration, including 21 years in Mexico. He completed geological engineering studies at UBC in Vancouver in 1993. He is the former Vice President of Exploration for Francisco Gold and Chesapeake Gold. Under his tenure at Francisco Gold, Charest spearheaded the team that discovered and developed El Sauzal, a 2-million-ounce gold deposit in Chihuahua, Mexico, and the larger 4-million-ounce-plus Marlin gold-silver deposit in Guatemala.
Gabino Fraga has specialized in Mexican agrarian law for over 20 years. Fraga has been a lecturer and speaker in various forums such as the Agrarian Law and Procedure, Faculty of Law, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and several national and international forums. He is currently a Director of International Private Wealth Management España and also a Director of Rancho los Catorce and Ayacucho. Between 2013 and 2015, he was a member of the board at Goldgroup Mining.
Fred Stanford is a mining executive with 35 years of experience in the mining industry. He started his career at Vale in 1981 as a software designer and then moved into operations management as an underground mine foreman. He progressed through senior roles in mine operations, processing plant operations, engineering, environmental, health and safety, human resources and production services operations. In 2006, he was appointed to the role of President of Vale’s Ontario operations, a position he held until June of 2009.
Ricardo López has a law degree from the Juarez University of the State of Durango, where he received the Benito Juarez Academic Merit Medal. Since then, he has held various positions in the public sector as Minister of Government of the State of Durango, Director of Social Communication of the Government of Durango, Federal Deputy, Local Deputy and Councilor in the municipality of Durango. He has also worked as a columnist for El Sol de Durango newspaper.
Carlos Silva is a mining engineer with specific experience within various areas of the mining environment, with expertise in different aspects, such as social-political, labor safety, environmental, mining business, productivity and efficiency of operations, financing and accounting. He is Founder and Director General of Carrizal Mining, which operates the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo, as well as being Director General for Tres Generaciones de Mineria, a mining service provider with expertise in mine construction.
David Fatzinger has spent 17 years working in the energy sector leading multicultural teams in a number of global markets in Asia, Europe, and North America. Before entering the energy industry, he was enlisted in the US Marine Corps. The discipline for achieving goals and strategic thinking acquired in this period contributed to his development at InterGen and his professional success, and also inspired him to understand and respond to complex environments.
Armando Ortega works as Vice President Latin America of Canadian mining company New Gold. Previously, he was Vice President and General Counsel for Grupo México and its subsidiary Southern Copper for almost 10 years. He worked for the Ministry of Economy for more than 18 years on international trade negotiations, serving as its representative in Geneva and Belgium. Ortega negotiated trade rules for NAFTA and Mexico’s free trade agreement with the EU.
During his time as Minister of Economy of Guerrero, Álvaro Burgos has prioritized the mining industry in the state, taking advantage of its great potential and resources. Guerrero is one of the five states in the country with the highest mining activity. Burgos serves as Technical Secretary of the Guerrero Mining Cluster. Prior to assuming his current position, Burgos served as Federal Delegate in Guerrero for the Ministry of Economy from March 2013 to December 2016.
Jesus Mesta started his professional career as a financial adviser at Merryl Lynch and as an adviser in the development bank NAFIN. He was also Director and shareholder in Dipacsa, a company that specializes in the distribution of frozen products in Chihuahua. These positions prepared him to take on his role in FIDEAPECH, Chihuahua’s state investment and economic development fund, which led to his current position as Deputy Minister of Economy in Chihuahua.
Ramón Dávila has been a leader of different business organizations, including National President of AIMMGM, and President of the Education Commission at CAMIMEX, as well as President of the Private Business Sector of the State of Durango. He has held important positions in the mining sector in companies such as Industrias Peñoles, San Luis Corporation, Pan American Silver and First Majestic Silver. He has also participated in the formation of several companies, such as Minas La Colorada, Minera Lince and First Majestic Silver.
Dustin VanDoorselaere joined First Majestic in November 2016, prior to which he held the position of General Manager for Nyrstar, a global metals and mining company, and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of mining operations, including legal and government relations, at the El Mochito mine in Honduras and the Campo Morado mine in Mexico. Prior to Nyrstar, he held various operational positions at Goldgroup Mining and Aurico Gold, both based in Mexico. He has also held senior positions in Mexico, Ghana, Australia and Canada.
Alberto López is a geophysical engineer from UNAM who founded Mundo Minero in 1996, a magazine that specializes in the mining industry. He was also the Director General of INSETEC from 2005 to 2015. López is currently in charge of the Mining Directorate in Sonora. The Mining Directorate was created in 2016 as part of a governmental effort to coordinate and strengthen the state’s role in the industry. Sonora produced 43 million kilos of gold in 2015, making it the highest producing state in the country.