Fernando Porcile

Fernando Porcile

Executive Chairman

Mr. Porcile is a Mining Engineer for the University of Chile andholds a Masters of Science in Mineral Engineering from Columbia University, New York and has over 50 years of experience in the mining business.

Mr. Porcile has been responsible for the development, implementation, commissioning and operation of several new mining projects as well as managing various world-class mining operations.

During the period 2010-2014, he was Director of the Codelco Board and lately has been consultant for mining companies with developments of copper, iron and gold projects. Mr. Porcile was President of Compañía Doña Inés de Collahuasi in the period 2007-2009; he was also President of the Falconbridge Copper Business Unit for five years. During his presidency Falconbridge was developing projects that included El Morro, Pachón and the expansion of Collahuasi.

Prior to these responsibilities he was Vice President Project Development for BHP Billiton’s Base Metals Division and before that President of Compañía Minera Cerro Colorado of Rio Algom. Mr. Porcile joined Rio Algom as Vice-President of Operations of Cerro Colorado in 1991 and later was promoted to Rio Algom Vice President of Engineering and Development, participating in the development of the Antamina and Spence projects.

From 1989 to 1991, he was Operations Manager of Soquimich, responsible for the operations to produce nitrate and iodine in Chile’s Region of Antofagasta.

Antony Amberg

Antony Amberg

CEO – Chief Geologist

Mr. Amberg is a geologist who is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, London, has an MSc. from University College London and is also a Chartered Geologist with the Geological Society of London.

Mr. Amberg has over 30 years of diverse experience having worked in Asia, Africa and South America for both multinational and junior companies. He began his career in 1986 working with Anglo American in South Africa before moving on to an exploration position with Severin-Southern Sphere.

In 1990, Mr. Amberg moved to Chile where he first worked with Bema Gold on the Refugio project before taking up a position with Rio Tinto. At Rio Tinto he was involved in exploration programs in the Magallanes region and managed projects in the in the Atacama.

In 1996 he joined Kazakhstan Minerals Corporation in Kazakhstan setting up and managing offices for the drilling and resource estimation for JORC compliant feasibility studies on three large projects that are now operating mines. He became General Director for two joint ventures in KazMinCo where he managed all technical and local issues.

In 2001 he returned to Chile where he started a geological consulting firm specialising in project evaluation and NI 43-101 technical reports. Mr. Amberg’s clients included Rio Tinto, Barrick, Codelco, Anglo American, Pan Pacific Copper and various junior mining companies. He joined Los Andes Copper in 2012 as Chief Geologist and was appointed as President and CEO in 2015.

Mr. Amberg is a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.

Manuel Matta

Manuel Matta

Director of Vizcachitas Project

Mr. Matta is a Mining Engineer, graduating from the University of Chile. Mr. Matta has 30 years of varied mining industry experience, in operations, planning and projects.

Mr. Matta has been working in management consultancy, focusing on M&A, Asset optimisation, Due Diligence for major projects worldwide and the development of concentrate treatment technology.

Previously Mr. Matta has worked for Barrick Gold, where he was Vice President of Project Construction responsible for the construction of large capital projects worldwide and was specifically focused on Pascua Lama in Chile and Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic. 

Mr. Matta has also worked for Falconbridge Limited and Xstrata as Vice President of Projects and Development where he led the expansion of the Collahuasi project and General Manager of the Altonorte Smelter for Antofagasta, Chile where he led the productive operation for the custom copper smelter, one of the largest in the world.

In his early career, Mr. Matta worked at a number of mining projects in an operation capacity, conducting Pre-Feasibility, Feasibility Studies and Environmental Impact Assessments, developed the final exploration phase of the budget for Escondida and has held the positions of Operations Manager, Mine Supervisor and Mine Production and Development Chief.

Jose Tomas Letelier

Jose Tomas Letelier

Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability

Mr. Letelier graduated from Law School, University of Chile and has a Maters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. Mr. Letelier has over 15 years experience in the mining industry, primarily working in corporate affairs, sustainability and external affairs focused on South America.

Mr. Letelier was Vice President of External Affairs for South America for Kinross Gold, Vice President of Government Affairs for South America for Barrick and Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for the Americas for Placer Dome. In these roles Mr. Letelier had responsibilities in countries including Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.  

In his earlier career, Mr. Letelier worked at the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he served postings in a number of countries around the world. His last diplomatic posting was as Ambassador of Chile to Canada (1997-2000).

Additionally, Mr. Letlier worked in the Santiago Head Office of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked for various ministers. He also represented Chile in a number of matters including, APEC, the America’s Business Forum, negotiations of the area of free trade of the Americas and Binational Commissions.

Gonzalo Saldias

Gonzalo Saldias

Geologist Consultant

Mr. Saldias is a geologist from the Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile.

Over 35 years of experience working within Chile and internationally.

Prior to joining Los Andes Copper, he worked for Antofagasta Minerals from 2007 to  2015.

Prior to Antofagasta, he worked for ten years with Placer Dome Latin America. He also worked for Codelco as head of exploration geology for the El Salvador Division.

He also worked for Northern Resources, Homestake, Utah, Anaconda and as an independent consultant.

Harry Nijjar

Harry Nijjar

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nijjar holds a CPA CMA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and a BComm from the University of British Columbia.

He is currently a Managing Director of Malaspina Consultants Inc., a private company that provides accounting and administrative services to Canadian public companies. Mr. Nijjar has been working with public and private companies for the past 10 years in various role.

He is also currently the CFO of Darien Business Development Corp. and Clarmin Explorations Inc.

Pedro Loch

Pedro Loch


Mr. Loch is a Certified Accountant from the Chilean Association of Accountants.

He has over 30 years of experience with multinational companies.

Before joining Los Andes Copper in 2011, Mr. Loch worked as Regional Financial Officer for the Chilean subsidiary of Mincom International from 1997 to 2010.

From 1987 to 1997, he worked at Raychem, as Controller for Chile and Peru and prior to Raychem, he was Controller for 7 years at the Chilean subsidiary of Transammonia Inc. (New York).

Patricio Amestica

Patricio Amestica

Manager – Environmental and Permitting

Mr. Amestica has a Degree in Environmental Engineering from DUOC Professional Institute, a Diploma on Quality Management and Organisational Development from the University of Chile and an MBA from Federico Santa Maria Technical University.

He has over 15 years of experience in permitting and environmental affairs.

Prior to joining Los Andes Copper, Mr. Amestica worked in environmental permitting for Fluor-Salfa (Spence mine) and Bechtel (Pelambres mine).

From 2011 to 2015 he was Head of Environmental Policy and Permits for the Sierra Gorda copper mine.

Alejandro Cassi

Alejandro Cassi

Manager – Community Relations

Sociologist from the University of Playa Ancha, Valparaiso and candidate for Master’s Degree in Political Communication and Public Affairs from the University Adolfo Ibañez

Mr. Cassi has 10 years of experience in community management. Before joining Los Andes Copper in 2018, he worked for Esval (water utility) in charge of communities.

From 2014 to 2016, he was Deputy Manager for Community Relations for Codelco’s Ventanas smelter.

From 2009 to 2014 he worked for Kinross Chile as Community Relations Specialist

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