Mr. Rideout has 35 years of experience in advanced exploration practice, responsible business management, scientific team building, and mining integration with local communities and indigenous peoples. In recent positions, Mr. Rideout has directly managed the acquisition and exploration of dozens of lithium properties in northern Argentina. Previously he served 5 years as CEO of Latin American Minerals, Inc., advancing gold and diamond projects in Paraguay, and 23 years with Quantec Geoscience, Inc., where he initiated operations in South America and managed subsidiaries in several countries. He has experience in mine permitting, financing, construction, and operations (implemented the first operating mine in Paraguay). In addition, Mr. Rideout has deep expertise with all major geophysical technologies applied within the mining industry, and decades of experience working with many of the most successful exploration teams in South America. He participated in the discovery of several world-class deposits including the Collahuasi and Ujina copper-porphyry deposits, Veladero epithermal gold deposit, and Navidad VMS/epithermal silver deposit. Mr. Rideout holds a B.Sc. with Honors Certificate in Geophysics, from the University of Western Ontario (1987). Fluent in English and Spanish, he has lived in Mendoza, Argentina for 25 years.
The Grupo Grosso has focused on mineral exploration and development in Argentina since 1993, having made four notable mineral discoveries, two of which are currently in production. Grosso Group manages the TSX-V listed company Argentina Lithium & Energy Corp., and subsidiary Argentina Litio y Energia S.A. ("ALE"), providing a conduit for foreign investment in lithium exploration and development operations in Argentina. ALE's exploration properties total more than 57,000 hectares of mining concessions, distributed between the pro-mining provinces of Salta and Catamarca. ALE has applied its experience in Argentina to identify and acquire key properties based on potential for high lithium grade, project size, accessibility and infrastructure. ALE’s exploration strategy is to apply sophisticated and fast-moving geophysical reconnaissance techniques comprehensively on its projects, to identify conductive targets with potential for aquifers containing concentrated lithium brines. ALE is successfully applying this approach on the first of four lithium projects in its current project pipeline.