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|Management & Directors|
|Simon T. Ridgway|
Mr. Ridgway is a prospector, a mining financier and a Casey Research Explorer's League inductee. Grass roots exploration has provided him with a successful career as a prospector since starting out in the Yukon Territory in the late 70s. Simon and the exploration teams under his guidance have discovered gold deposits in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and continue that success globally. Companies operating under the Gold Group banner have raised over $400 million for exploration and development projects since 2003. Simon is a founder of Fortuna Silver Mines and Radius Gold, and the CEO of Volcanic Gold Mines.
Position: President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Usenmez is a Geological Engineer and a mining entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience and has worked in various technical and leadership roles. After working with various VMS deposits and discoveries while working with Inco, Vale and Amec, he managed a drilling company, where the company grew during the downturn. He worked in numerous VMS deposits in Canada, such as Duck Pond NFLD, Bathurst in New Brunswick, and in Northern Manitoba, mainly in base metals, such as Zinc. He co-owns Atom Bits, a rapidly growing diamond drilling bit manufacturer in Canada. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the PDAC and is the Co-Chair of Public Affairs Committee.
Position: Chief Financial Officer
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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Tainton has over 25 years of experience at senior management levels in various sectors of the fertilizer industry, including inspection and testing services across all nutrients, distribution, port/terminal development, trading, shipping, off-take agreements, and project finance. Within management teams, he has financed and developed port/terminal projects for bulk liquid and solid products in the Americas, Asia and Oceania. He spent eight years with Sumitomo Corp. of Tokyo sourcing, purchasing and delivering key intermediate bulk and bagged products to the phosphate production industry. In 1992, he participated in a management led acquisition of Inspectorate plc, one of the world's largest independent control services groups, which was subsequently sold to British Standards Institute in 1998. Since 2010 Mr. Tainton has held various executive and non-executive Board positions in both public and private companies.
Mr. Cass is a geologist with over 25 years' international experience in mineral exploration and mining for precious and base metals. Fifteen years of his career were spent with major mining company Anglo American plc, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in jurisdictions such as Turkey, Iran, Eastern Europe and the America's, including 4 years as Senior Geologist in Peru, and 6 years as Exploration Manager for North America where he was responsible for Anglo's exploration programs throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, mainland USA and Alaska. Since 2006, Mr. Cass has worked for junior exploration companies exploring in Canada, Mexico, Central America and Peru.
Mr. Cass holds a Masters of Science degree in Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology from the University of Leicester, UK (1990) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from London Metropolitan University. He is a practicing member (P.Geo) of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
Ralph holds a B.Sc. in geology from Portsmouth University in the UK, a Master's degree in economic geology from the University of Alberta, and a Certificate in Business Communications from Simon Fraser University. He has over 25 years' experience in mining and exploration, much of which was gained working as a geologist in Southern Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. For the last 13 years he has focused on business development and investor relations and currently serves as a director or officer of several resource companies.
Tim earned a B.Sc. in marine biology from the University of British Columbia. He owns and operates a mining consulting and retail mining equipment business, and has developed a gold mining placer property in the Yukon Territory which is currently in production. He has been a director of a number of junior resource companies.
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