21 Jan Carolina Aguayo, Regulatory Project Leader of the Alta Ley Corporation
This lawyer, Master in Environmental Law from the University of Chile, has been linked to the mining industry for more than 13 years, where she began working in the area of mining property. In addition to her passion for the law, since she was a child she loved to bake, she even has a recipe notebook written by her from back then, and that she uses until today when she cooks with her two children, who just like her love to “put their hands in the dough.”
Who are you?
I am married and have two children, ages 4 and 6. I am a lawyer and I have done several post degrees at the University of Chile on Environmental and Commercial Law. This year I took my degree exam to hold the Master of Environmental Law.
My approach to mining began more than 13 years ago, when I worked as a head of mining property in the geology area of a Japanese company. At that time I traveled a lot on the ground, where I had to build the mining property of the Company to make plans in autocad. My colleagues of those years found what I was doing very strange and did not understand what I was doing, because mining and environmental law up to that date was a relegated area for a few colleagues dedicated to these matters.
Then I spent almost 9 years in the areas of water, mining, environment and permits of large engineering companies (Worley Parsons and Jacobs) working as a Sustainability Leader for various infrastructure, energy, hydroelectric projects and mainly projects for large mining companies. I am grateful to have shared in these years with people dedicated to various disciplines (geologists, hydraulic engineers, environmental, instrumentalists, electrical, geotechnical, etc.), which has given me the tools and allowed me to have a comprehensive vision at the time to address and resolve the issues I face every day in the professional field.
What do you do in your free time?
Since I was a child, I loved baking, in fact, I have a notebook written by me since I was 10 years old, which I still have with recipes. Several times I have brought tastings to my colleagues to try “my hand”. In fact, at the end of last year, take a course at a French pastry shop to learn how to make macarrons and Christmas cookies. This activity allows me to share time with my children who are my helpers and like all good children, they especially enjoy putting their hands in the dough.
On the other hand, the little free time that I have left, I spend practicing pilates, something new for me because I started full two months ago and I am very happy with the results that are gradually seen and allow me to clear the body and mind.
Book on your nightstand?
I like to be updated on the issues that are related to the work I am doing in the Corporation, so several of the books that are in my nightstand are related to the circular economy and climate change. In particular, I am reading some reports from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, which refer to how the circular economy can significantly reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), very contingent issues today.
What is your main strength?
I believe that, due to my work experience, I have the ability to easily integrate multidisciplinary work teams, which enriches my daily work, in addition to generating contact networks, researching and developing topics of interest that add value in the areas that I perform. In work issues I always try to go further and take the initiative, proposing challenges and innovations that are necessary today to generate sustainable processes in mining.
What are your goals for this year?
From a professional point of view, my goal for the year 2020 is to continue supporting the Alta Ley Corporation in technical, environmental and regulatory matters to strengthen its work in the mining ecosystem, through the execution of the projects we are currently designing related to circular mining, traceability and energy efficiency and replacement of fossil fuels. In addition, continue working on the National Mining Policy and the preparation of the baseline for the development of the lithium roadmap.
From a personal point of view, having time to enjoy my children, that day by day surprise me with how fast they grow, and continue practicing some sport.
What is your biggest aspiration for Chile as a mining country?
Today mining has an important role in the transition to a low-emission economy, electromobility will not be possible without copper and lithium mining, so there are opportunities for our country to advance in the development of low-emission technologies and the strengthening of the national R & D & I system, which addresses the new water, energy and Greenhouse Gas challenges of the mining industry. On the other hand, it is challenging to incorporate the circular economy paradigm into mining production processes with new business models, which without being the core of the mining industry can be interesting for the replacement of existing linear production models, through the efficient use of resources throughout the life cycle, recovering other values contained in the main resource, recirculating and / or recycling other materials with economic value derived from the mining process.