TECHNICAL PERSONNEL 

  Jason Ward, Exploration Manager Jason is an exploration geologist with 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of commodities and deposit types with a specialization in gold and copper. He has an extensive track record of successfully managing exploration teams working with a wide variety of cultures in challenging terrains and remote locations around the globe including the South Pacific Rim, the Middle East, South and Central America, SE Asia and the Arctic. Jason is Exploration Manager for the Cascabel Project as well as SolGold’s Ecuadorean Country Manager and President of the Cascabel Project holding company, Exploraciones Novomining S.A. (ENSA), which is 85% owned by SolGold. Jason has worked for SolGold since its inception, playing a leading role in the exploration of the Company’s founding projects in the Solomon Islands.  He has developed, over the last 20 years, outstanding skills in landholder relations, local labour force development and project and exploration management and is applying these skills at Cascabel to the great benefit of SolGold.

 

Jason Ward, Exploration Manager

Jason is an exploration geologist with 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of commodities and deposit types with a specialization in gold and copper. He has an extensive track record of successfully managing exploration teams working with a wide variety of cultures in challenging terrains and remote locations around the globe including the South Pacific Rim, the Middle East, South and Central America, SE Asia and the Arctic.

Jason is Exploration Manager for the Cascabel Project as well as SolGold’s Ecuadorean Country Manager and President of the Cascabel Project holding company, Exploraciones Novomining S.A. (ENSA), which is 85% owned by SolGold.

Jason has worked for SolGold since its inception, playing a leading role in the exploration of the Company’s founding projects in the Solomon Islands.  He has developed, over the last 20 years, outstanding skills in landholder relations, local labour force development and project and exploration management and is applying these skills at Cascabel to the great benefit of SolGold.

  Dr. Steve Garwin, Chief Technical Advisor Dr Steve Garwin has over 28 years of experience as an exploration geologist and is one of the leading authorities on porphyry, epithermal and Carlin‐style mineralization in the circum‐Pacific region and applies methods of structural geology and geochemistry towards gold and base‐metals exploration.  He has previously worked with Newmont Mining for ten years, including two years as Chief Geologist in Nevada, USA.  He has been involved with several exploration and mining projects including the Batu Hijau copper-gold porphyry deposit (where he completed his PhD), the Indo Muro, Way Linggo and Tembang epithermal gold‐silver vein systems, and the Mesel sediment‐hosted gold deposit in Indonesia; mines of the Carlin Trend and Battle Mountain district in Nevada; the Whistler gold-copper porphyry deposit in Alaska; and the Santa Barbara gold‐porphyry deposit in south-eastern Ecuador. Dr Garwin has been an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia since 2001 and was appointed a visiting fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University in 2014. Steve has been instrumental to date in the recognition of the mineralisation systems at Alpala, and the implementation of state‐of‐the‐art detailed mapping and logging strategies on site.  These processes are leading to accurate drill hole targeting and rapid progression to resource definition.

 

Dr. Steve Garwin, Chief Technical Advisor

Dr Steve Garwin has over 28 years of experience as an exploration geologist and is one of the leading authorities on porphyry, epithermal and Carlin‐style mineralization in the circum‐Pacific region and applies methods of structural geology and geochemistry towards gold and base‐metals exploration. 

He has previously worked with Newmont Mining for ten years, including two years as Chief Geologist in Nevada, USA.  He has been involved with several exploration and mining projects including the Batu Hijau copper-gold porphyry deposit (where he completed his PhD), the Indo Muro, Way Linggo and Tembang epithermal gold‐silver vein systems, and the Mesel sediment‐hosted gold deposit in Indonesia; mines of the Carlin Trend and Battle Mountain district in Nevada; the Whistler gold-copper porphyry deposit in Alaska; and the Santa Barbara gold‐porphyry deposit in south-eastern Ecuador.

Dr Garwin has been an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia since 2001 and was appointed a visiting fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University in 2014.

Steve has been instrumental to date in the recognition of the mineralisation systems at Alpala, and the implementation of state‐of‐the‐art detailed mapping and logging strategies on site.  These processes are leading to accurate drill hole targeting and rapid progression to resource definition.

  Benn Whistler, Technical Services Manager Benn is a geologist with 19 years’ experience across multiple commodities in challenging exploration and mine environments in Australia, PNG, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Ecuador.  He brings a diverse range of skills from all stages of the exploration to development cycle for epithermal gold and porphyry style copper and gold deposits. Benn is Technical Services Manager at the Cascabel project and has been working with Solgold since 2007.   He brings experienced and enthusiastic management to the geology department, and field operations, and provides technical authority in the management of drilling programs and the design and management of complex three dimensional geological models. Benn lead teams responsible for significant discoveries and resource extensions at the world class Emperor Gold Mine in Vatukoula, Fiji, and was a part of the discovery team at the George Fisher Lead-Zinc Deposit, near Mount Isa, Australia.

 

Benn Whistler, Technical Services Manager

Benn is a geologist with 19 years’ experience across multiple commodities in challenging exploration and mine environments in Australia, PNG, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Ecuador.  He brings a diverse range of skills from all stages of the exploration to development cycle for epithermal gold and porphyry style copper and gold deposits.

Benn is Technical Services Manager at the Cascabel project and has been working with Solgold since 2007.   He brings experienced and enthusiastic management to the geology department, and field operations, and provides technical authority in the management of drilling programs and the design and management of complex three dimensional geological models.

Benn lead teams responsible for significant discoveries and resource extensions at the world class Emperor Gold Mine in Vatukoula, Fiji, and was a part of the discovery team at the George Fisher Lead-Zinc Deposit, near Mount Isa, Australia.

Santiago Vaca, Chief Ecuadorian Geologist  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.

Santiago Vaca, Chief Ecuadorian Geologist 

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.

Alfredo Cruz, Senior Geologist  Alfredo is a geologist with over 25 years of experience in various types of deposits (epithermal, porphyry), with a concentration on gold and copper. He has worked locally in Ecuador for a number of mining companies including Newmont, IMC, Kinross and Ecuador Gold and Copper. Alfredo has also worked in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, working in exploration from grassroots, detailed core logging and geological mapping.  He has worked on the Santa Bárbara gold-porphyry deposit in south-eastern Ecuador and now as a senior geologist on the Cascabel project for SolGold. 

Alfredo Cruz, Senior Geologist 

Alfredo is a geologist with over 25 years of experience in various types of deposits (epithermal, porphyry), with a concentration on gold and copper. He has worked locally in Ecuador for a number of mining companies including Newmont, IMC, Kinross and Ecuador Gold and Copper. Alfredo has also worked in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, working in exploration from grassroots, detailed core logging and geological mapping. 

He has worked on the Santa Bárbara gold-porphyry deposit in south-eastern Ecuador and now as a senior geologist on the Cascabel project for SolGold. 

Carlos Diaz, Junior Ecuadorian Geologist  Carlos graduated from Escuela Politecnia Nacional in 2013 and immediately started working with different projects around Ecuador for companies such as INIGEMM, Terrahidro S.A., Ingeorocks and Mariscal Sucre Mining Company. Carlos has acquired an extensive skill set across a number of geological áreas including regional mapping, geophysics data and software analysis. Carlos has been working at Cascabel since 2015, with his responsibilities including geological mapping and sampling, core logging and data interpretation.   


Carlos Diaz, Junior Ecuadorian Geologist 

Carlos graduated from Escuela Politecnia Nacional in 2013 and immediately started working with different projects around Ecuador for companies such as INIGEMM, Terrahidro S.A., Ingeorocks and Mariscal Sucre Mining Company. Carlos has acquired an extensive skill set across a number of geological áreas including regional mapping, geophysics data and software analysis.

Carlos has been working at Cascabel since 2015, with his responsibilities including geological mapping and sampling, core logging and data interpretation. 

 

Alvaro Guachamin, Database Manager  Alvaro is a professional Ecuadorian engineering geologist with over 14 years of experience across a variety of mining, exploration, environmental, hydrogeological and geotechnical projects. Alvaro has been the Database Manager of ENSA (85% owned by SolGold) since 2014 and has been directly involved in the Cascabel project and SolGold's Generative Regional prospects.  Alvaro also extends his experience and skills to the environmental, social and administrative departments of the project.   He has worked in Ecuador, Colombia and the Dominican Republic and as a field geologist, supervising geologist and database manager.  Alvaro also has vast experience with data interpretation, creating maps, cross sections and 2D and 3D models. Alvaro’s experience has provided him the knowledge and ability to use geographic information systems such as Mapinfo, Leapfrog, Gemcom, Rockworks and Voxler. 

Alvaro Guachamin, Database Manager 

Alvaro is a professional Ecuadorian engineering geologist with over 14 years of experience across a variety of mining, exploration, environmental, hydrogeological and geotechnical projects.

Alvaro has been the Database Manager of ENSA (85% owned by SolGold) since 2014 and has been directly involved in the Cascabel project and SolGold's Generative Regional prospects.  Alvaro also extends his experience and skills to the environmental, social and administrative departments of the project.  

He has worked in Ecuador, Colombia and the Dominican Republic and as a field geologist, supervising geologist and database manager.  Alvaro also has vast experience with data interpretation, creating maps, cross sections and 2D and 3D models.

Alvaro’s experience has provided him the knowledge and ability to use geographic information systems such as Mapinfo, Leapfrog, Gemcom, Rockworks and Voxler. 

Leonardo Aguilar, Geologist Leonardo is a geologist from Ecuador with more than 27 years of experience in exploration.  He joined ENSA in 2015 as an exploration geologist for the Cascabel project and is involved with core logging and mapping. Leonardo began his career working for the Cogema and Newmont JV during the initial identification and prospection of the 2.0 Moz-gold Loma Larga (Quimsacocha) deposit in southern Ecuador. He has explored for Cu-porphyry and epithermal deposits in Ecuador and Chile with major and junior companies. During this time, he had the opportunity to explore the different mineralised belts along Ecuador and the copper-rich Antofagasta region in Chile. He also has worked in small-scale gold underground mines in the Zaruma-Portovelo and Bella Rica mining districts in southern Ecuador.

Leonardo Aguilar, Geologist

Leonardo is a geologist from Ecuador with more than 27 years of experience in exploration.  He joined ENSA in 2015 as an exploration geologist for the Cascabel project and is involved with core logging and mapping.

Leonardo began his career working for the Cogema and Newmont JV during the initial identification and prospection of the 2.0 Moz-gold Loma Larga (Quimsacocha) deposit in southern Ecuador.

He has explored for Cu-porphyry and epithermal deposits in Ecuador and Chile with major and junior companies. During this time, he had the opportunity to explore the different mineralised belts along Ecuador and the copper-rich Antofagasta region in Chile. He also has worked in small-scale gold underground mines in the Zaruma-Portovelo and Bella Rica mining districts in southern Ecuador.

Santiago Mantilla, Senior Geologist Santiago is an Ecuadorian geologist with more than 18 years of experience in mining exploration, working from grassroot to drilling programs in a variety of mineral deposits. He has worked in different projects in Ecuador, Argentina and Colombia exploring for Cu-porphyry and epithermal deposits. Santiago has worked at ENSA since 2013 as a Senior Geologist in the Cascabel project, leading the stream sediment, soil, and rock sampling, and mapping campaigns. His main responsibilities at Cascabel are core logging, detail mapping and interpretation. 

Santiago Mantilla, Senior Geologist

Santiago is an Ecuadorian geologist with more than 18 years of experience in mining exploration, working from grassroot to drilling programs in a variety of mineral deposits.

He has worked in different projects in Ecuador, Argentina and Colombia exploring for Cu-porphyry and epithermal deposits.

Santiago has worked at ENSA since 2013 as a Senior Geologist in the Cascabel project, leading the stream sediment, soil, and rock sampling, and mapping campaigns.

His main responsibilities at Cascabel are core logging, detail mapping and interpretation.