Guy De Launiere
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Guy De Launiere
Founder And Director General
Maza Drilling
Maza Drilling is a Mexican company founded in 2007 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Its founder, Guy De Launiere, has over 20 years of international experience…
Paddy Nicol
Insight
Paddy Nicol
President, Ceo And Director
Evrim Resources
There are many exploration companies in the industry but the challenge is to find the right one to carry out the mission of finding new deposits
Paddy Nicol
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Paddy Nicol
President and CEO
Evrim Resources
Evrim is a mineral exploration company operating under the prospect generator/joint venture business model.
Robert Archer
Roundtable
Robert Archer
President and CEO
Great Panther Silver

In 2016, we were given an award in recognition of our sustainability programs from CEMEFI, which marks the sixth consecutive year we have received this honor. At Guanajuato, the mine is in the middle of the city so we really have to work very closely with the local communities. The most important aspect a company must consider when working in close proximity to a city is ensuring it is a good corporate citizen. This includes the way it treats employees, respect for the environment and integration with the community. At the San Ignacio mine right outside the city, the communities are more rural and some do not even have access to drinking water. We are working with them to provide access to these facilities and we are implementing education programs based on recycling, hygiene and other relevant topics.

MMR asked industry leaders about the main obstacles to creating a healthy relationship with these communities and what best practices they use.
Fernando Alanís
Roundtable
Fernando Alanís
Director General
Industrias Peñoles

In 1999, we became concerned about the availability and cost of energy in Mexico and given that energy represents around 40 percent of our expenses, we started to look at how we could lower costs. We made a strategic decision to integrate our energy supply and start generating our own electricity. In 2016, a total of 81 percent of the energy we consumed was generated in-house. Most of this comes from the petcoke thermal plant in San Luis Potosi, which generates 230MW, and the two wind plants in Oaxaca that generate over 40MW. We also have natural gas turbines in Laguna del Rey, Coahuila and a steam generator in Torreon. There is a new energy law in Mexico that will require companies to procure at least 30 percent of their energy from sustainable sources by 2025. Peñoles has already reached that landmark, because we are convinced of the need for sustainable development.

Although the five-year downturn in commodity prices finally came to an end in 2015
Alain Charest
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Alain Charest
Exploration Vice President, Mexico
Evrim Resources
Evrim Resources is a Canadian exploration company listed on the TSX and working in Mexico.
Early stage exploration may have the highest risk but it also has the highest potential
Analysis
Out of some 1,000 prospects, on average only one will become a mine, according to CAMIMEX.
Insight
Rotatory Air Blast drilling (RAB) is the most common drilling method used in the exploration industry.
Stewart Harris
Analysis
Stewart Harris
VP Exploration
Evrim Resources
Evrim Resources is a mineral exploration company operating under the prospect generator business model.
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