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.
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.
Luc is an exploration geologist with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry. He has been responsible for gold and multi-metal exploration, resource definition and feasibility studies in Africa, Australia and, for the past 15 years in Central America. He has extensive technical and administrative experience of operating in the region and was the Country Exploration Manager responsible for the concession acquisition, discovery and definition of a 2M+oz gold resource, and a pre-feasibility open pit mining study on Condor Gold PLC’s La India Project in Nicaragua. As a fellow of the Geological Society of London with Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and European Geologist (EurGeo) accreditation, he is a recognized Qualified Person by the Canadian Institute of Mining for reporting to NI 43-101 standard.
VP Corporate Development
Adam has extensive knowledge of capital markets, resource development and investor relations through more than 10 years’ experience in the resource sector. He will be responsible for assisting with corporate development, financing, marketing and investor communications. Adam graduated with a B.A from Simon Fraser University and has completed courses through the Canadian Securities Institute.
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.
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 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.
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.