Management

Simon Ridgway

Simon Ridgway

Founder, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Simon Ridgway is a co-founder of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. and Radius Gold Inc., a prospector, a mining financier and a Casey Research Explorer’s League inductee. Mr. Ridgway and the exploration teams under his guidance have discovered gold deposits in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua and a silver/gold deposit in Mexico. His companies have raised over CAD$450 million for exploration and development projects since 2003, including a recently completed $100M bought deal for Fortuna Silver Mines.

Kevin Bales

Kevin Bales

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bales has over 25 years of financial reporting experience in mining and information technology industries. He currently serves as CFO for several public junior exploration companies with operations in Canada, the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Mr. Bales holds a Bachelor of Management degree with a major in accounting from the University of Lethbridge.

Rodrigo Matias

Rodrigo Matias

Senior Exploration Geologist

Rodrigo Matias is a Geologist with 30 years prospecting and discovery in Guatemala and Central America. Initial prospecting discoveries include Escobal, Cerro Blanco, Navidad, Trebol, Tambor, Holly, Banderas, Sastre, Amalia and many more. Mr. Matias is an expert in community relations.

Alex Vaides

Alex Vaides

Chief Project Geologist

Geologist with 25 years managing drill programs for Gold Group in the Americas. Alex is responsible for drill programs on major discoveries including Fortuna Silver’s San Jose mine in Mexico, Alacran porphyry in Columbia, Trebol in Guatemala, Volcanic’s Holly project in Guatemala.

Sally Whittall

Sally Whittall

Corporate Secretary

Sally has over 30 years experience in corporate compliance and securities regulations, managing corporate compliance for several public resource companies and handles Volcanic’s corporate regulatory work. Before joining the Gold Group, she spent six years working as a corporate securities legal assistant in a major Vancouver law firm. She has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is Corporate Secretary of the companies in the Gold Group. Sally has worked with Simon since 1994.

Pedro Garcia

Pedro Garcia

Government Community Relations

Pedro Garcia Varela, a Venezuelan citizen, graduated as forestry engineer at the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela. Pedro specializes in mining-related activities and has worked in the Latin American mining industry for 30 years, handling land, environmental and legal issues for North American companies. Mr. Garcia is a director of the mining chambers of several Latin American countries. He has worked with Simon and been an important member of the team since 1994, managing public and community relations for the Gold Group Companies.