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Lowell and UTPL Launch Virtual “Understanding Mining” Certificate Program

January 30, 2023. Quito, Ecuador. -  Lowell Mineral Exploration Ecuador S.A. (“Lowell” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of Solaris Resources Inc. (“Solaris”), together with the Private Technical University of Loja (“UTPL”), launched the “Understanding Mining certificate program offering a continuous education platform of online courses aimed at promoting the education of the mining industry in Ecuador.

“Solaris is convinced that education is the engine of sustainable growth as it lays the foundations for the citizens' conscious action. Mining is considered a strategic sector for the social and economic development of Ecuador which is why today we have delivered this free, online course allowing users an accessible platform to understanding the mining sector, further enabling a responsible dialogue and debate about this important industry.”, commented Federico Velásquez, President of Solaris for Latin America.

The course is offered completely free and is aimed at the citizens of Morona Santiago, the area of influence of the Warintza Project, as well as other Ecuadorians interested in understanding the mining sector. At the conclusion of the course, participants will obtain a certificate endorsed by UTPL. The only requirement for participation in the course is a device with an internet connection, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone.

The course is available on the virtual UTPL platform and consists of six modules: Introduction to the Mining Industry, Geology and Distribution of Mineral Deposits, Phases of Mining, Economic and Social Development Around Mining, Legal Framework of Mining in Ecuador, and Solaris Resources Participatory Mining - Warintza Project.

“We congratulate the Company on this educational initiative that contributes to the development of communities, by providing quality information about responsible mining and the benefits that this important industry brings in terms of infrastructure, education, health, entrepreneurship and employability of communities, mainly in the areas of influence of mining projects.  With this initiative, we have shown that Ecuadorians can be reached by using innovative technological tools in education, granting communities access to education and providing an opportunity to become certified through the use of minimal resources.”,  Leonardo Benavides Ontaneda, Director of CIMA-UTPL.

Steps to enroll in the course:

  1. Enter the UTPL’s continuing education website: https://cursos-ec.utpl.edu.ec/
  2. Click on the course named "Understanding Mining" (Comprensión de la Minería)
  3. Complete the registration process by creating a new account
  4. Fill out the form that each participant must fill out
  5. Start the first module: Introduction to the Mining Industry

Solaris Resources operates the Warintza Project located in south-eastern Ecuador in the province of Morona Santiago. Through its "Warintza Education” program, it promotes inclusion and access to information, effectively contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #4, which seeks to guarantee inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities.

For more information
María Fernanda Poveda
Phone: +593 99 655 6655
E-mail address: maria.poveda@lowellmineral.com

About Lowell Mineral Exploration Ecuador S.A.

Lowell Mineral Exploration Ecuador S.A., a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Solaris, promotes the development of strategic alliances with key stakeholders in Ecuador to pave the path for sustainable responsible exploration best practices.

About Solaris Resources Inc.

Solaris is a multi-asset exploration company, advancing a portfolio of copper and gold assets in the Americas, which includes: its primary focus, a world class large-scale resource with expansion and discovery potential at the Warintza Project in Ecuador; discovery potential at its Ricardo Project and grass-roots Tamarugo Project in Chile; discovery potential at its Capricho and Paco Orco projects in Peru; and significant leverage to increasing copper prices through its 60% interest in the La Verde joint-venture project with a subsidiary of Teck Resources in Mexico. 

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