People: Endeavour Silver Corp (EDR.TO)
Mr. Luis R. Castro Valdez has been appointed as Vice President - Exploration of Endeavour Silver Corp., effective 12 November 2012. Mr. Valdez is a Mexican geological engineer with 22 years of experience in the mineral exploration and mining sectors of Mexico. Mr. Valdez started with Endeavour as a project geologist in 2004 and was promoted to exploration manager in 2008. He has been directly involved in guiding Endeavour's exploration programs since that time, including all of the company's numerous new mineral discoveries in the districts of Guanacevi and Guanajuato. Mr. Valdez received his geological engineering degree from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City in 1989. From 1990 to 1998, he worked as geological engineer, projects manager, department head of mining and energy areas of the Mexican government, including the Mexican Geological Survey (CRM, now the SGM) and National Commission of Saving Energy (CONAE). Between 1998 and 2003, Mr. Valdez worked as an exploration manager for private Mexican mining companies including Minera Zocalo and Minera Fuerte Mayo and conducted mine exploration and planning for Minera Real de Panuco. Mr. Valdez is fluent in both Spanish and English. He is an active member of several professional societies including AIMMGAC, SEG and PDAC.
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