Technical Team

Francisco Soria Venegas, P.Geo | EXPLORATION MANAGER

Mr. Soria has 19 years experience as a geologist, specializing in Ecuador, he worked 8 years at Newmont Overseas Exploration Ltd. from 1990 - 1998 and was “Cangrejos” Project Manager (Copper-Gold Porphyry 1.6 mill oz Au) He was most notably recognized as Senior Geologist for the International Minerals Company where he held this position for 4 years since 1999-2002, being an integral part in the discovery of the Rio Blanco Deposit (0.7 mill oz Au, 5.00 mill oz Ag) and Gaby (estimated 3 mill oz Au). Francisco is a key part of the Salazar team with his vast knowledge of Gold-Copper Porphyry deposits in Ecuador. Since 2005 he leads the exploration team in Salazar Resources Limited.


Mr. Mayor is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, University of London, England, and has over 43 years experience in senior positions in the mining industry, 37 years of which were spent with Newmont Mining Corp. Mr. Mayor’s technical experience includes mine geology, project development, and generative exploration in VHMS (volcanic-hosted massive sulphide), orogenic gold, porphyry copper and epithermal systems. Mr. Mayor’s extensive experience with Newmont includes the position of exploration manager for Ecuador from 1996 to 2001, and exploration manager with the team that discovered the Herradura mine, Sonora, Mexico, from 1986 to 1992.


Kieran Downes has over 40 years diversified experience in gold, base metals, uranium and diamond exploration. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from University College Galway (1971) and a Ph.D. in Geology from Dublin University (1974). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Industrial Research & Standards, Dublin (1974-1977). He is a Registered Professional Geologist in British Columbia and Saskatchewan and president of Tristia Ventures Corp., a company providing services in mineral exploration, property valuation and geochemistry. Mr. Downes is currently President, CEO and Director of Troymet Exploration Corp.