Councillor Juan Carlos Ordonez Calderon (2017-2018)

Juan Carlos Ordóñez Calderón 

Juan Carlos has been a Fellow of AAG since 2014. In 2001, he obtained his B.Sc. in geology at the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia, and graduated with the Summa Cum Laude distinction. He holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in geochemistry and petrology, respectively, from Shimane University (2003) in Japan and the University of Windsor (2008), Canada. Following his Ph.D., he started an industry-oriented postdoctoral fellowship funded by NSERC, MERC-Laurentian University, the Geological Survey of Canada-TGI3 Initiative, and Hudbay. In 2010, he worked for the Ontario Geological Survey as a Precambrian Geoscientist. Later he opted for a career as a corporate geoscientist and since 2011 he has worked as an applied geochemist for Hudbay in Toronto. Juan Carlos unique expertise resides in the integration of geochemistry and field methods of physical volcanology and structural geology to evaluate projects at mine to regional scale. Motivated by the large volume of geoscience data typically generated in the mining industry, over the past 6 years he has applied compositional data analysis and advanced data analytics techniques for exploration and mining projects. His geochemical work along the Americas has covered diverse mineral systems including porphyry, skarn, VMS, IOCG, sediment hosted, and epithermal deposits. Juan Carlos advocates collaborative work between industry, government, and academia in order to solve the most immediate needs of society without leaving future generations lacking of the necessary foundations for future applications.