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 in North America and Latin American countries. He holds bachelor of science (chemistry), and an MBA. He is a safety and environmental engineer, and also has expertise on enterprise risk management. 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.
Mr. Rios has experience in the development of 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, working not only on the environmental impact assessment, but also the preparation and submittal of mining sector or operational permits. Mr. Rios has worked on and managed 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 managed the closure plans of more that 10 different mine sites and conducted the closure cost estimate (ARO) for all sites at Pan American Silver and Aura Minerals during his tenure there on a yearly bases. He also has vast experience on water quality assessment and monitoring programs for superficial and underground water.