Jeff Swinoga

Jeff Swinoga

B.Sc. Mining Eng., M.Sc. Geol. Eng., Ph.D. Geology

Mr. Swinoga is a senior executive with over 25 years of international experience in the mining and finance industries. His expertise includes business strategy, securing financing, planning, financial analysis, managing banking relationships, including successfully leading finance teams through the different stages of project financing, construction and into production. He has served as Executive Vice President Finance & CFO of Golden Star Resources Ltd, Vice President Finance & CFO of North American Palladium, Vice President, Finance & CFO of HudBay Minerals Inc., and was Director, Treasury Finance of Barrick Gold Corporation for seven years. He also has served on the board of directors and audit committee of a publicly traded company. His most recent position was as Chief Financial Officer at Torex Gold Resources Inc., where he successfully completed a US$375 million project finance for the construction of their ELG Mine.

Mr. Swinoga is a Chartered Professional Accountant and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto and an Honours Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Patrick Donnelly, BSc Geology, MBA

Patrick Donnelly

B.Sc. Geology, MBA

Mr. Donnelly has a broad range of experience in mineral exploration and capital markets. He began his career as a project geologist almost 20 years ago exploring for precious and base metals, and diamonds in Western and Northern Canada. Subsequently, Mr. Donnelly worked for a Canadian securities firm as a base metals mining analyst. Mr. Donnelly also served as Vice President of Corporate Development for an emerging copper development company with assets in Southern Africa. In his latest role, he held the position of Vice President, Corporate Communications at Trilogy Metals Inc. (formerly NovaCopper Inc.), a copper development company holding assets in Alaska. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology (Honors) from the University of British Columbia and has an MBA from the University of Toronto.

“A key lesson I learned during my time as a mining analyst is how important it is for a company to have the right people to lead it. With that being said, there are very few people who have experienced the incredible success that Keith Neumeyer has enjoyed. Having already founded two multi-billion dollar mining companies, Keith’s goal is for First Mining to become his third highly successful company, and I jumped at the opportunity to join him as we strive to make First Mining the premier mineral resource company in North America.” - P. Donnelly

Chris Osterman, BSc Mining Eng., MSc Geol. Eng., PhD Geology

Chris Osterman

B.Sc. Mining Eng., M.Sc. Geol. Eng., Ph.D. Geology
COO & Director

Dr. Osterman has thirty years of experience in both metal production and exploration in North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Most recently, Dr. Osterman played an integral role in the discovery and development of the San Jose silver deposit in Oaxaca, Mexico; and the Zuun Mod molybdenum deposit in Mongolia. Dr. Osterman’s area of expertise lies in new project reconnaissance and exploration strategy. Dr. Osterman completed a Ph.D. at the Colorado School of Mines focusing on sediment-hosted copper deposits in Namibia.

“There are few events in my professional experience where decisive leadership has been coupled with a superior technical team. First Mining Finance, for me, was one of those rare opportunities. We have moved rapidly to secure multiple valuable assets. Our mission now is to apply maximum effort to advance the projects technically, environmentally, and socially, while continuing to scout the Americas for new opportunities.” - C. Osterman

Andy Marshall, BA(Hons), CA, CFA

Andy Marshall

BA(Hons), CA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Andy Marshall is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and Chartered Financial Analyst with 13 years of progressive public accounting, finance and corporate governance experience, joining First Mining as Controller in June of 2015.
Prior to this, Andy held roles as Director of Finance and Controller with two Vancouver based TSX/NYSE MKT-listed silver mining companies with operations in Mexico and Canada. He also brings public company auditing and assurance experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, training in the London technology, entertainment and mining practice and moving to the Vancouver mining practice in 2008.

“Through involvement in all of First Mining’s transactions, I have gained an incredible amount of experience executing on the first stage of our business model. It is a pleasure to work with such an extremely talented and knowledgeable team. The Company’s rapid growth during this opportunistic time is impressive and I believe true value will continue to be unlocked in the future given the technical quality of our projects.” - A. Marshall

Samir Patel, LL.B .

Samir Patel

Corporate Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Samir Patel is a securities lawyer with over seven years of experience in securities and corporate law, particularly in relation to M&A transactions, continuous disclosure requirements, corporate governance and equity financings. Prior to joining us, Mr. Patel was Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Wellgreen Platinum Ltd., a Canadian PGM-Ni mining exploration company. Mr. Patel joined Wellgreen in November 2012, and he oversaw Wellgreen’s graduation from the TSX Venture Exchange to the TSX and worked on numerous equity financings at the company. Prior to his time at Wellgreen, Mr. Patel spent four years at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, a leading national law firm, as an articling student and an associate in the firm’s Securities & Capital Markets Group in Vancouver. His practice involved advising clients in a variety of sectors with respect to securities, corporate and commercial law matters.

“I am very excited and proud to be a part of the excellent team at First Mining. Having banked a number of high-quality gold assets through an aggressive acquisition strategy, I believe First Mining is ideally positioned to take advantage of the next bull cycle in the resource sector. Exciting times ahead for our investors!” - S. Patel

Derek Iwanaka, BCom.

Derek Iwanaka

Vice President, Investor Relations

Mr. Iwanaka is Vice President of Investors Relations at First Mining. Prior to joining management at First Mining he oversaw the investor relations and corporate communications programs for NYSE MKT/TSX-listed ISR uranium producer, Uranerz Energy Corporation, which merged with Energy Fuels Inc. to become the largest integrated uranium producer in the U.S.A. While at Uranerz he played a key role in facilitating the raising of US$80 million through multiple equity and debt financings, including one of the first ATM financings by a Canadian brokerage firm. Over the past 12 years, Mr. Iwanaka has led various marketing initiatives at several mining companies including Brilliant Mining Corp., North Country Gold Corp., and Bema Gold Corporation.

“In 2015, First Mining was one of very few companies that was actually prospering from the recent downturn in the mining sector. I believe in the mineral bank strategy and the opportunity of joining this young entrepreneurial team led by Keith Neumeyer was just too good to pass up.” - D. Iwanaka

William (Bill) Tanaka

William (Bill) Tanaka

Vice President, Technical Services

Mr. William (Bill) Tanaka graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering and brings over 24 years of consulting experience and eight years of project development and operating experience in the areas of resource and reserve estimation, mine design and planning, production scheduling, and capital and operating cost estimation. Over the past 18 years much of Mr. Tanaka’s consulting work has involved technical due diligence for debt finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Tanaka has provided review and guidance services to First Mining on a consulting basis from the Company’s inception in the areas of assessing the reliability of resource estimates and proposed extraction scenarios presented for potential acquisition targets. More recently, he provided guidance for and oversight of activities related to advancing properties acquired by First Mining.

"I’m very pleased to be a part of the First Mining team in these exciting times. The downturn in the resource sector over the past four years has created tremendous opportunities for acquiring significant advanced-exploration and development projects and First Mining is a clear leader in aggressively seizing those opportunities." - W. Tanaka

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