Area of Expertise: Social License to Operate in Extractive Projects

Andres specializes in the processes to deliver solid and sound strategies of corporate social responsibility in the mining sector.

He was born in Peru and moved to Canada in 1996 after obtained an MBA from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.

Andres started his professional career as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse in Lima. After this he held progressively senior positions with oil & gas exploration companies and international development organizations.

In Canada, he worked with World Vision Canada as Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role he became deeply involve with sustainable social development processes. Also, in this role he adapted corporate social responsibility strategies of large mining companies.

In 2004 he started a faculty position at Humber College in Toronto teaching Management of International Nonprofit Organizations at the graduate level.

He was part of the staff of Barrick Gold’s Pueblo Viejo Mine Project in the Dominican Republic. His main role was to devise community engagement strategies and managing the resettlement of 250 families. Also, he played a key role training local staff in community engagement, public consultations, and grievance mechanisms.

He has provided consultancy services to the Inter-American Development Bank in the expansion of their Social Entrepreneurship Program in Latin America.

Andres has established a reputable consultancy practice in Toronto serving different companies and organizations related to the mining sector operating in Latin America.

In 2009 he was appointed as International Advisor for the Small Mining Society in Peru. This Society represents all small mining cooperatives and firms in Peru. In 2011 he was appointed as Associate to the Artisanal Gold Council. In this role, he represented AGC in the working groups in Peru and Bolivia to suppress the use of mercury in artisanal mining.

In 2010 accepted the challenge to transform a socially distressed project into a $2.0 billion market capitalization. This was with Torex Gold Resources in Southern Mexico. This process took five years of constant engagement and conflict prevention measures. It finally rendered a solid social license to operate.

Andres is a speaker and member of The Prospector and Developers Association of Canada, Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, Canadian Institute of Mining, International Canada, Artisanal Gold Council, Small Mining Society of Peru, and several others.

Andres Recalde, MBA