Santiago Vaca, Chief Geologist, Ecuador
Santiago is an Ecuadorian geologist with over 13 years of experience in mineral exploration and research, who has worked in Cu-porphyry, epithermal, IOCG and SEDEX deposit types. Santiago has a Masters Degree from The Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia in Canada, where he studied the proliferous Cu-Au porphyry belt hosted in the Nicola/Takla group. This included the Copper Mountain, Mount Polley and Mount Milligan mines and the Woodjam deposit.
During his career, Santiago has worked for major, intermediate and junior mining companies, with his experience ranging from grassroots regional exploration, to project generation and resource infill drilling. He has been involved with mines and different projects in Ecuador, Western Canada, Western Australia, South Africa, Mexico, USA and Peru.
Santiago joined SolGold in 2014 as Chief Geologist for the Cascabel project and his responsibilites include mapping, drill planning, core-logging, data interpretation and operation support with attention to budget and cost control. He generates technical reports and presentations for management, JV partners, investors, regulatory bodies and communities. Santiago holds a Professional Geoscientist Certification (P.Geo) granted by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in Canada.