Simon Ridgway

Simon Ridgway

Chairman of the Board

Simon Ridgway is a co-founder of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., a prospector, and mining financier. 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 Mexico, 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. and President and CEO of Radius Gold Inc

Jorge A. Ganoza

Jorge A. Ganoza

President, CEO and Director

Jorge A. Ganoza is a geological engineer with over 20 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. Director of Ferreycorp S.A.A..

David Farrell

David Farrell

Lead Director

David Farrell is President of Davisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with global mining companies. He has over 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 natural resource companies.

Prior to founding Davisa, David was Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Endeavour Financial, working in Vancouver and London. Prior to Endeavour Financial, he was a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott, working in Vancouver, Budapest and London. David also serves as a director of Northern Vertex Mining and Luminex Resources. David graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm. (Honours, Finance) and an LL.B. and was called to the bar in both British Columbia and England. In addition, David has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and been awarded the ICD.D designation. He also served for 12 years as a board and finance committee member of Yaletown House, a non-profit, critical-care seniors' residence in downtown Vancouver.

Mario Szotlender

Mario Szotlender


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 25 years, specializing in developing new business opportunities and establishing relations within the investment community.

Mario 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 Atico Mining Corporation, Endeavour Silver Corp. and Radius Gold Inc.

David Laing

David Laing


David Laing is a mining engineer with 40 years of experience in the industry. He is an independent mining executive. David was formerly the COO of Equinox Gold, with gold projects in Brazil and California, COO of True Gold Mining which developed a gold heap leaching operation in Burkina Faso, and COO and EVP of Quintana Resources Capital, a base metals streaming company. David was also one of the original executives of Endeavour Mining, a gold producer in West Africa.

Prior to these recent roles, David held senior positions in mining investment banking and debt advisory at Endeavour Financial, Standard Bank in New York, technical consulting at MRDI in California, the Refugio Project at Bema Gold Corp., and various roles at Billiton with operations in Peru, South Africa, and northern Chile.

Alfredo Sillau

Alfredo Sillau


Alfredo Sillau is Managing Partner, CEO and Director of Faro Capital, an investment management firm that manages private equity and real estate funds. Previously, he headed the business development in Peru for Compass Group, a regional investment management firm, until late 2011. As CEO of Compass, Alfredo actively took part in the structuring, promoting and management of investment funds with approximately US$500 million in assets under management.

Kylie Dickson

Kylie Dickson


Kylie Dickson is an executive with over 14 years of experience in the mining industry. She has worked with companies at various stages of the mining lifecycle including exploration, mine development and operations, as well as playing a key role in multiple financings and M&A transactions. Kylie was most recently the VP of Business Development at Equinox Gold Corp.; Kylie used to be Vice President, Business Development at Trek Mining until it merged to form Equinox Gold in December 2017. She was the Chief Financial Officer of JDL Gold Corp when JDL acquired Luna Gold Corp. to create Trek Mining in March 2017.

Previously, Kylie was a founding shareholder and Chief Financial Officer of Anthem United Inc. and was the Chief Financial Officer of Esperanza Resources which was acquired by Alamos Gold in 2013. She also served as the Corporate Controller of Minefinders Corporation from 2007 to 2012 prior to its acquisition by Pan American Silver. Kylie began her career with KPMG LLP’s mining practice and is a Canadian CPA, CA with a BBA in Accounting from Simon Fraser University.

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