Ricardo Gomez

Ricardo Gomez DelgadoRicardo Gomez is an engineer with over 40 years of experience in the mining, metals and related industries, basically in Latin America. His work experience ranges from exploration and development, through operations, research and pilot plant work, management at the highest corporate levels, engineering and financial contracts negotiations and consulting for private industry, governments and international organizations. He was deeply involved in the development, start up and operation of the very successful nickel mine and smelter of Cerro Matoso, Colombia, where he dedicated special interest to the social aspects in a difficult location. He has recently settled in Canada and provides consulting services in addition to his work as a Senior Professional with CMI Concord Group.

An overview of Mr. Gomez' extensive professional experience is appears below.

Work History

  • 1992: General Manager Colomsat, a new field of communications technology in Colombia
  • 1990-92: Chief Executive Officer Industrias e Inversiones Samper, a major cement producer in Colombia.
  • 1989-92: Independent Management Consultant. Founder and Director of four consulting companies in Colombia. (Consultores Asociados, Solutec, Fronteras Abiertas, Cooperacion Técnica Internacional)
  • 1987-88: General Manager Grupo Ciemel, a widely diversified industrial Group, based in Bogota, Colombia
  • 1981-87: CEO Cerro Matoso S.A., major ferronickel producer located in the North Coast of Colombia
  • 1971-81: Coordinator of the Technical Committee, Empresa Colombiana de Noquel, a government joint venture partner for the development of the Cerro Matoso nickel deposit.
  • 1976-81: Associte Consultant, Geocolombia, geoscience consulting group based in Bogota, Colombia
  • 1974-76: Graduate student University of Toronto

Project Management

  • As CEO of Cerro Matoso S.A., Mr. Gomez was responsible for completion of construction, start up, training of local operators, development of the organizational structure for operation, negotiation, and management of engineering and technical services contracts, sales contracts, and loan agreements. He also had full responsibility for reporting to the Board of Directors composed of shareholder representatives from Colombia, Holland, U.K. and the U.S.A.
  • Project Manager for the implementation of a multi-user coal export terminal in the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
  • As VP Cooperacion Técnica Internacional S.A., Mr. Gomez coordinated studies on the potential of the Colombian service sectors for export, under contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Mission Coordinator for United Nations Technical Assistance to the Government of the Dominican Republic in relation to the Pueblo Viejo gold mines and renegotiation of the Falconbridge Nickel Mines contract.

Management Consulting

  • Advisor to the President of Prodeco, a major private coal producer and exporter.
  • Consultant to UNIDO and Fedemetal (Federation of Metal Workers) in a pilot program to assist the reengineering of the metalworking industry sector in Colombia.
  • As CEO of a major cement producer in central Colombia, Mr. Gomez was responsible for the resizing and restructuring of the company.
  • As CEO of a major mining and metallurgy company, Mr. Gomez was responsible for the completion of construction, start up, training of local operators, and the development of the organizational structure for operation.
  • Member of the UNDP team conducting the evaluation of a nation wide geological and mining development project in Bolivia.
  • As VP Cooperacion Técnica Internacional S.A., Mr. Gomez coordinated studies on the potential of the Colombian service sectors for export, under contract with the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior.
  • As first Manager of Colomsat, a high technology communications company newly established in Colombia, Mr. Gomez was responsible for developing the administrative and sales structure and policies.
  • Advisor to the Minister of Mines and Energy, Colombia. Revision of Mining Code.
  • Consultant to the Ministry of Mines, Peru, under GTZ contract.

Contract Negotiation

  • As CEO of a major mining and metallurgy company, Mr. Gomez was responsible for the negotiation and management of engineering and technical services contracts, sales contracts and loan agreements.
    In above position, Mr. Gomez successfully concluded a very large arbitration against an international insurance group.
  • Mission Coordinator for United Nations Technical Assistance to the Government of the Dominican Republic in relation to the renegotiation of the Falconbridge Nickel Mines contract.
  • As CEO of a major cement producer in central Colombia, Mr. Gomez was responsible for negotiations in a major arbitration procedure with an international equipment supplier.

Environmental Projects

  • Advisor to Defomin, the Honduran government's organization in charge of mining promotion, mine closures and modernization of mining legislation.
  • Participated comprehensively in the environmental design of the Cerro Matoso project in which environmental standards from California were implemented in the absence of Colombian standards. This was one of the first projects in which the World Bank, as lender, was involved in environmental issues (1979). The Cerro Matoso example is used as a best practice case.
  • Mission Coordinator for United Nations Technical Assistance to the Government of the Dominican Republic in relation to the environmental aspects of the Pueblo Viejo gold mines.
  • As Project Manager for the implementation of a multi-user coal export terminal in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Mr. Gomez was responsible for contracting the studies and following up on environmental and social impacts of the project

Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

  • Participant in World Bank workshops on mining and sustainable development, Philippines
  • Deep involvement in Community Relations in the area of influence of the Cerro Matoso nickel project, from design through completion and operation. Base lines studies, which were done in educational, health, infrastructure, cultural and anthropological aspects, before starting construction of mine and plant demonstrate a very successful experience through Fundacion San Isidro in developing community resources in preparation for the depletion of ore reserves.
  • Project Manager for the implementation of a multi user coal export terminal in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, for which social impact of present and future operations was a major concern
  • As founding partner of Fronteras Abiertas S.A., consultant to British Petroleum Community Relations Group in capacity building for municipal administrative personnel in the Casanare fields, Colombia.
    Mission Coordinator for United Nations Technical Assistance to the Government of the Dominican Republic in relation to the Pueblo Viejo gold mines, where social and environmental impacts of future sulphide mining was a major issue.
  • Asociacion Participacion Ciudadana (NGO), founding member and Director
    Empresarios por la Paz, Fundacion Social,  Member

Corporate Management

  • Coordinator of the Technical Committee, Empresa Colombiana de No­quel Ltda., the original Colombian partner in the Joint Venture to develop the Cerro Matoso nickel mines. The Coordinator of the Technical Committee acted as Alternate Manager, Member of the Joint Venture Directive Council, Member of the Cerro Matoso S.A. Board of Directors, and Member of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Committee.
  • As CEO of Cerro Matoso S.A., Mr. Gomez was responsible for the completion of construction, start up, training of local operators, development of the organizational structure for operation, negotiation and management of engineering and technical services contracts, sales contracts and loan agreement. Mr. Gomez had full responsibility for reporting to the Board of Directors composed of shareholder representatives from Colombia, Holland, England and the U.S.A. The location was remote and the local political circumstances, the international price, and the economic situation were extremely adverse.
  • As CEO of a major cement producer in central Colombia, Mr. Gomez was responsible for major downsizing and restructuring of the company, under the adverse conditions of a "concordato" (bankrupcy), responding to two separate Board of Directors composed of owners and banks.

Board of Directors

  • 1990 – 2001
    Cerro Matoso S.A.
    Corporacion Calidad
    Embassy Suites Rosales
    Corporacion Partcicipacion Ciudadana
    Asociacion Cultural Ricardo Gomez Campuzano
  • 1987 – 1989
    CARBOCOL (State company in charge of coal  development).
  • 1978 – 1985
    INGEOMINAS (Colombian Mining and Geological Research Institute)

Mr. Gomez is fluent in English and Spanish and speaks conversational level French.  He graduated in 1958 from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Mining Engineering and in 1965 with a M.A.Sc. in Metallurgy.

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