Simon Ridgway is a co-founder of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., a prospector, a mining financier and a Casey Research Explorer's League inductee. Grass roots exploration is his first love and he has had a successful career as an explorationist since starting out as a prospector in the Yukon Territory in the late 70s. Simon and the exploration teams under his guidance have discovered gold deposits in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. On the financial side, companies operating under the Gold Group banner have raised over CAD$350 million for exploration and development projects since 2003. Simon is the Chairman of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., CEO of Focus Ventures Ltd., President and CEO of Radius Gold Inc.
Jorge A. Ganoza, Geological Engineer
President, CEO and Director
Jorge A. Ganoza is a geological engineer with over 18 years of experience in mineral exploration, mining and business development throughout Latin America. He is a graduate from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Jorge is a fourth generation miner from a Peruvian family that has owned and operated underground gold, silver and polymetallic mines in Peru and Panama. Before co-founding Fortuna back in 2004 he was involved in business development at senior levels for several private and public Canadian junior mining companies working in Central and South America. Jorge also serves as Chairman of the Board of Atico Mining Corporation.
Robert R. Gilmore, CPA
Robert Gilmore is a graduate of the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting. Robert is a Certified Public Accountant and a Member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs. Robert has more than 30 years of experience working with resource companies and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Eldorado Gold Corp., a TSX and NYSE listed Canadian gold mining company, and as a Director of Layne Christensen Company, a NASDAQ listed US company with nearly US$1 billion in revenues.
An entrepreneur for the past 30 years, Michael is the President and CEO of several publicly-listed TSX companies, including Niogold Mining Corporation, Volcanic Metals, and past President and CEO of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Michael brings a wealth of experience in public and private equity markets and important management disciplines in strategic planning, sales and marketing. He has also been responsible for other private interests for many years, including 30 years as head of Triple K Ventures, a private merchant capital investment company.
Mario Szotlender holds a degree in international relations and is fluent in several languages. He has successfully directed Latin American affairs for numerous private and public companies over the past 20 years, specializing in developing new business opportunities and establishing relations within the investment community. He has been involved in various mineral exploration and development joint ventures (precious metals and diamonds) in Central and South America, including heading several mineral operations in Venezuela, such as Las Cristinas in the 1980s. He was President of Mena Resources Inc. until it was purchased by Rusoro Mining Ltd., of which he was also President. In addition to being a Director and co-founder of Fortuna Silver Mines, Mario is also a Director of Radius Gold Inc. and Endeavour Silver Corp.
Thomas Kelly has bachelor and masters degrees in mining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a registered member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Tom has over 35 years of worldwide experience with mineral industry leaders such as Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, AMEC Americas and Inca Pacific Resources. He is a recognized expert in project management and development and is fluent in Spanish. Tom is currently COO of Atico Mining Corporation.
David is President of Davisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with junior to mid-tier global mining companies. He has twenty years of corporate and mining experience, and has negotiated, structured and closed more than US$25 billion worth of M&A and structured financing transactions for junior and mid-tier natural resource companies. Prior to founding Davisa, he was Managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Endeavour Financial. Prior to Endeavour Financial, David was a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott, working in Vancouver, Budapest and London. David also serves as a director of Northern Vertex Mining (TSXV:NEE) where he sits on the audit and compensation committees. Mr. Farrell graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm. (Honours, Finance) and an LL.B. and is called to the bar in both British Columbia and England. David also serves (since 2004) as a board and finance committee member of Yaletown House, a non-profit, critical-care seniors' residence in downtown Vancouver.