Founder, Director and Executive Chairman
Simon Ridgway is a co-founder of Fortuna Silver Mines 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. 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. Mr. Ridgway is the Chairman of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., CEO of Focus Ventures Ltd., President and CEO of Radius Gold Inc.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Jeremy Crozier holds MBA and M.Sc. (geology) degrees and has over 20 years of exploration, discovery, business development, consulting, operating and capital-raising experience gained across a variety of project operations in North America, Africa (including Guinea) and Europe. Jeremy’s previous roles include those of Exploration Manager for Taseko Mines Limited, where he held responsibility for a portfolio of large remote, complex and politically sensitive exploration programs at all stages of development from grass roots to feasibility, as well as VP of Project Services at Hunter Dickinson Inc. Jeremy is actively involved in the management of all aspects of Volcanic’s in-country operations.
Mr. Bales has over 20 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.
VP Capital Markets
Alexander Langer is a successful public markets specialist with over 12 years of experience in all aspects of equity financing. He started his career as an Investment Advisor with Canaccord Wealth Management, where he helped fund over 100 private and publically listed companies in various sectors including technology, mining, health care, forestry, and green technology. Alex has worked with numerous private and publically traded companies in various senior management positions including: CEO, President, Director, Capital Markets, Corporate Development, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Marketing.
Michael Iverson brings over 30 years of executive experience in public markets. He has served as CEO of Volcanic since 2012. Previously he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Niogold Mining Corp from 2006 to 2014 and EVP of Business Development from 2014 to 2016, at which point Niogold was acquired by Oban Mining. Mr. Iverson served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. from March 1998 to January 2005.
Robert W. Shafer
Mr. Schafer is a professional geologist with over 30 years of mineral exploration, executive management and business development expertise. He presently operates Eagle Resources Management LLC, a minerals industry advisory practice focused on mineral economics, geology and business development, of which he is founder and principal. Previously, Mr. Schafer spent over 10 years with Hunter Dickinson Inc. as executive vice-president of business development, where he was responsible for identifying, evaluating and structuring transactions for mineral properties globally. Over his career, Mr. Schafer has led teams to the discovery of mines in the Western United States, Canada and Russia with Billiton Metals, Addwest Gold and Kinross Gold. As an exploration geologist, he discovered a Carlin-style gold deposit in eastern Nevada that was placed into production by Alta Gold, and the Briggs gold mine that was placed into production by Canyon Resources. He has experience working in numerous regions, including most countries in West Africa and South America.
Mr. Ackerman is President and CEO of Emprise Capital where he has worked for the past 13 years. He has been active in public markets for over twenty years having held senior executive roles in various capacities from Investor Relations to Executive Management. Mr. Ackerman has experience in all aspects of corporate structuring and restructuring, both in Canadian and US jurisdictions, as well as equity and debt financing for early stage companies. He serves as Director or Officer on a number of publicly traded and private companies. Mr. Ackerman also brings extensive business experience in doing business in Asia, having lived and worked in country for a number of years.
John Barry (P.Geo, EurGeol)
Mr. Barry has worked as a consulting geologist for 30 years. Over his career he has started and managed three public resource companies, and has worked for respected international resource consultancies including CSA and Chlumsky Armbrust & Meyer. Mr. Barry played a pivotal role in the discovery of several major gold deposits in Africa, including Nyanzaga in Tanzania, Ahafo in Ghana (2000). He recognised the potential of Yanfolila in Mali, and more recently led the discovery of the Mandiana Project on behalf of Sovereign Mines of Africa plc. Mr. Barry holds a Master’s Degree in Geology from Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the Edinburgh School of Business, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.