Hemmera is pleased to announce that Gonzalo Rios has joined the Oakville team as the Mining Lead for Eastern Canada. Gonzalo has 25 years of experience holding corporate management positions at several mining companies with operations throughout North America and Latin America. With a B.Sc. (chemistry), and an MBA, he is a safety and environmental engineer and has expertise on enterprise risk management. Gonzalo also offers clients unique and balanced technical and operational expertise across the sustainability spectrum including health, safety, and environmental management; stakeholder engagement; community development; and relationships with regulatory and government agencies.
Committed to building strong relationships with regulatory and government agencies, Gonzalo is experienced developing closure plans and permitting requirements for the mining industry in Chile and South America. He has worked on open pit and underground precious metal and copper mining projects, managing not only on the environmental impact assessment process, as well as preparing and submitting mining sector or operational permits. Gonzalo is also experienced managing the development and execution of several closure plans for open pit and underground mines, including mills, tailings dams, mine waste deposits, spent dumps, pits, tunnels, and other infrastructure. He has managed the closure plans of more than 10 different mine sites on a yearly basis and conducted the closure cost estimate / asset retirement obligation for all sites at Pan American Silver and Aura Minerals during his tenure there. He also has vast experience on water quality assessment and superficial and underground water monitoring programs.