Simon Ridgway co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as our Board Chair. Simon started as a grass-roots prospector in Canada’s Yukon Territory in the 1970s. He went on to become a successful mining financier who guided exploration teams to discover and develop gold deposits in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Under his leadership, companies in the Gold Group have raised over CAD$450 million for exploration and development since 2003.
Jorge A. Ganoza co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as our President and CEO and as a Director on our Board. Jorge is an experienced geological engineer who has worked on mineral exploration, mining and business development projects throughout Latin America since 1995. Before founding Fortuna, he worked in business development at senior levels for several private and public Canadian junior mining companies operating in Central and South America. He graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1995. Jorge served as director of Ferreycorp from March 2017 to July 2020.
David Farrell joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2013. He is currently our Lead Director and sits on the Audit, Compensation, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees. David is a lawyer with extensive corporate and mining experience who founded Davisa Consulting, a private consulting firm working with global mining companies, in 2011. Prior to creating Davisa, he worked at Endeavour Financial and Stikeman Elliott. David has negotiated, structured, and closed more than US$25 billion worth of M&A and structured financing transactions for natural resource companies. He 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. David holds an ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mario Szotlender co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as a Director on our Board and sits on the Sustainability Committee. Mario 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 since 1985, including various mineral exploration and development joint ventures in Central and South America. He recently served as President of Rusoro Mining Ltd., formerly Mena Resources Inc.
David Laing joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2016 and sits on the Compensation Committee, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and Sustainability Committee. David is a mining engineer and independent mining executive with global experience. He was formerly Chief Operating Officer for Equinox Gold, True Gold Mining, and COO and EVP of Quintana Resources Capital. David was an original executive of Endeavour Mining, a gold producer in West Africa. He previously held senior positions in mining investment banking and debt advisory at Endeavour Financial, Standard Bank, MRDI, Bema Gold Corp., and various roles at Billiton.
Alfredo Sillau joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2016 and sits on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Sustainability Committee. Alfredo is Managing Partner, CEO and Director of Faro Capital, an investment management firm that manages mutual, 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. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.
Kylie Dickson joined the Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. Board in 2017 and sits on the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Kylie is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked with companies throughout the mining lifecycle and played a pivotal role in multiple financings and M&A transactions. She was most recently the Vice President of Business Development at Equinox Gold Corp. and, before that, VP, Business Development at Trek Mining. Kylie previously worked as Chief Financial Officer for JDL Gold Corp., Anthem United Inc. and Esperanza Resources, and served as the Corporate Controller of Minefinders Corporation.