Steve Noakes began his exploration career in 1980 as a summer student with Cominco Ltd.(now Teck Resources Ltd.). His time with the company initially involved base metal project coordination and evolved into a geochemical specialization and prospecting career applied to remote reconnaissance regions of Canada and South America.
GeoQwest Excursions Ltd began in 2001 as a result of continual downsizing at Cominco at a cyclical downturn in the exploration industry. Geoqwest began as a wilderness touring company specializing in mining heritage, wildlife and landscape interpretation tours. The company showcased mining history and current practices with public tours to a number of past and operating minesites in southern BC. Tours were offered through direct sales as well as through Air Canada's Aeroplan, Jonview Canada's European marketing network and the Globe and Mail Rewards programs.
In 2006, Steve returned to the mineral exploration industry with contracts ranging from grassroots reconnaissance in Alaska to project design, crew and drill supervision in Mexico and Turkey and various parts of western and northern Canada.
With most of his contracts since 2006 being in Mexico plus his time spent in South America, Steve speaks conversational level Spanish and is completely comfortable leading projects in the most remote regions of Mexico or Latin America. As an ex-pat living in Chile in the mid 1990's Steve oversaw projects in the Andes of northern Chile and La Puna of northwest Argentina. At that time as well as again in 2013, Steve also worked on reconnaissance projects in Turkey. In the hardrock downturn in 2013, he spent 3 years in petroleum exploration, drilling oil wells in the Williston Basin of Saskatchewan. He returned to hardrock exploration in the Mexican silver and gold industry in 2017.
Steve has been involved in most commodity and geological target exploration programs since 1980. He prefers reconnaissance prospecting in remote terrains where self reliance is essential. He has worked successfully in some of the most remote terrains in the western hemisphere and is responsible for finding showings in places where others have said that they don't exist.
Steve relies strongly on digital based data collection using common compatible formats (particularly KMZ/KML) for interchange with varying GIS programs used by client companies. He has a strong background in digital processes.
Steve keeps his career chronology up to date on his LinkedIn profile that can easily be found with a search of key words Steve Noakes Exploration on the LinkedIn.com search function.
Steve's complete resume is available as a download in the footer below.