Dr Vic Preto is a recognized expert on copper-gold alkalic porphyry deposits in British Columbia. During his 31 years of service with the British Columbia Ministry or Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, he mapped and studied extensively the rocks of the Nicola Belt and its copper-gold alkalic porphyry deposits. As a result of these studies, he authored or co-authored several refereed papers and led numerous field trips to the Nicola Belt and its mineral deposits. His publications include:
- Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Copper Mountain Camp (EMPR Bulletin 59)
- Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Nicola Belt (EMPR Bulletin 69), where the Miner Mountain project is located.
In addition to his extensive field studies, Dr Preto represented the Geological Survey Branch on the Mine Development Steering Committee for several years, was manager of District Geology and Coal Resources, Director of Prospectors’ Assistance and Training, and manager of two major assistance programs to stimulate mineral exploration. He also served on Council for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (now Engineers & Geoscientists BC) and, with Dr Nick Carter, served on a task force that was instrumental in achieving the registration of Professional Geoscientists within the Association.
A member of Engineers & Geoscientists BC since October 1967, Dr Preto’s geological and mineral deposits knowledge and experience, as well as his knowledge of the provincial government inner workings, regulations, and of the environmental review and permitting process, will be an asset as the Miner Mountain Project moves forward. Dr Preto was previously Sego’s independent consultant.