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Mineral Project Management

Mercator’s staff of Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.) have been offering Mineral Exploration Project Management Services for over 25 years. Our global consulting experience includes exploration program design, management and staffing, technical reporting (NI 43-101), exploration data analysis and development of environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs and responsible mineral projects. Additionally, we offer expertise in structural geology, mineral exploration, geological modelling, advanced geochemical modeling, mineral deposit fingerprinting, Mineral Resource Estimates and development of QAQC programs and procedures.


Professional Experience

  • Geological Consultants (P.Geo.)
  • Design and Implementation of Exploration Programs
  • Staffing and Management of Exploration Programs
  • Mineral Resource Estimation and Deposit Modelling (Gemcom Surpac™, Seequent Leapfrog®)
  • 3D Modelling and Visualization (Seequent Leapfrog®)
  • NI 43-101 Technical Reporting
  • Targeting and Mineral Prospectivity Analysis
  • Geological Mapping and Interpretation
  • QAQC Analysis and Reporting
  • Sampling Protocol and Chain of Custody Procedures
  • Mineral Tenament Management
  • Property Valuation Reporting
  • Land Access and Landowner Negotiations
  • Public Consultation and Information Presentations

Commodity Experience

  • Gold and Silver vein-hosted and epithermal deposits, surface and underground exploration, (North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa)
  • Lead and Zinc carbonate-hosted deposits, VMS, surface and underground exploration (North and South America)
  • Iron ore and manganese (Labrador, Nunavut, New Brunswick)
  • Lithium Brine and Hard Rock (Canada, Argentina)
  • Tungsten and Molybdenum (Sisson Brook, Yukon)
  • Magmatic Nickel (Voisey’s Bay, Kambalda)
  • Rare Earth and Uranium (Newfoundland, Alaska, Botswana, Namibia)
  • Industrial Minerals – gypsum, potash, high-Ca lime, carbonate deposits, dimension stone, and aggregates
  • Coal and Coalbed Methane (open-pit coal development and production, Nova Scotia, Russia)
  • Thermal and Metallurgical Coal (Austrailia, New Zealand, Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan)
  • Carbon Capture and Storage

    Environmental Stewardship

    Mercator prides itself on being a leader in responsible mineral exploration and adherent to the Prospector and Developers AssocIation of Canada (PDAC) E3 Plus – A Framework for Responsible Exploration, which includes the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Toolkit (EES). The EES e-toolkit promotes the advancement of environmental stewardship in the exploration stage of mineral development worldwide.

    Mercator abides by the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship (EES) e-toolkit, which is a comprehensive and up-to-date on-line resource for environmentally and responsible exploration practices and issues for exploration in Canada and around the world. Throughout the e-toolkit, emphasis is placed upon planning for avoidance of adverse impacts wherever possible. Taking account of the potential impacts before initiating an exploration program helps to ensure that exploration professionals leave as light a footprint as possible during their work. These activities are usually as follows:

    • Land Acquisition Activities 
    • Exploration Surveys (ground and aerial)
    • Exploration Camps 
    • Stripping and Trenching, and
    • Drilling (various types)

    Permitting and Site Management Services

    Principles for Responsible Exploration

    Mercator adheres to the PDAC’s Principles for Responsible Exploration and Site Management, Which are listed below and incorporated into our project services. 

    • Adopt Responsible Governance and Management
    • Apply Ethical Business Practices
    • Respect Human Rights
    • Commit to Project Due Diligence and Risk Assessment
    • Engage Host Communities and Other Affected and Interested Parties
    • Contribute to Community Development and Social Wellbeing
    • Protect the Environment
    • Safeguard the Health and Safety of Workers and the Local Population

    Project Services

    • Work Site Selection
    • Work Site Permitting
    • Work Site Preparation
    • Health and Safety
    • Site Clearing 
    • Drainage Control
    • Maintenance 
    • Log Book and Emergency Response
    • Baseline Studies
    • Sample Handling
      • Collection 
      • Handling 
      • Transport
      • Drilling Sample Handling 
    • Work Site Audits
    • Concurrent Reclamation
    • Further Considerations