Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer
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 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. Mr. Ridgway is the Chairman of Fortuna Silver, and CEO of Radius Gold Inc. and CROPS Inc.
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.
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.
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.