Dan Wilton

CEO and Director

Dan Wilton has more than 25 years of experience in M&A, corporate finance and principal investing in the mining sector, having executed as principal or advised on more than $10 billion of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and more than $1 billion of financings. Dan was previously a Partner at Pacific Road Capital Management, a mining-focused private equity investment firm with approximately $800 million under management. Prior to joining Pacific Road, Dan's previous roles included Managing Director and Head of the Global Mining and Metals Group at National Bank Financial Inc., Managing Director in Business Development at General Electric based in London, England, and other corporate finance and M&A roles at global financial institutions based in Toronto and New York. Dan is a Director of Providence Living, a residential care and assisted living provider based in Vancouver, BC, and serves on the Audit and Finance and Quality Committees. Dan served on the Board of Providence Health Care for 11 years, including acting as Vice Chair for 6 years and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee during the financing and approval process for the New St. Paul's development. Dan holds a B.Comm (First Class Honours) from Queen's University and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD in France.

Jeff Reinson

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff has over 25 years of project and engineering leadership experience and has extensive experience through the study, construction, and operational phases of project development.  Most recently, he was Interim General Manager of Greece Operations at Eldorado Gold.  Prior to Eldorado, Jeff was Vice President, Project Development at Bluestone Resources where he was responsible for delivering the feasibility study at the Cerro Blanco gold project in Guatemala.  Jeff's other roles include Project Director of the Peñasquito Mine in Mexico at Goldcorp with a focus on tailings and water management where he was responsible for leading capital programs ranging from $50 million to $750 million including a tailings storage facility expansion, oxide heap leach expansion and other infrastructure expansions and upgrades.  He has held other project roles with AngloGold Ashanti, Newmont and Rio Tinto.  Jeff holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

Lisa Peterson


Lisa has over 14 years' experience within the mining, renewable energy, and professional services industries. Her most recent positions include serving as Chief Financial Officer of TSX-V listed mineral exploration Companies. Lisa previously held the role of Vice-President of Corporate Reporting & Global Accounting at SkyPower Global, a renewable energy developer and provider and Chief of Staff Capital Projects at Barrick Gold Corporation within their technical services, project development, and life of mine planning group. Prior to joining Barrick, Lisa spent 5 years working at KGHM leading their international Corporate Reporting group. Lisa started her career at KPMG LLP. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.

Steve Lines

Vice President, Environment & Community Relations

Steve has over 19 years of professional practice in environmental assessment, permitting, Indigenous and community affairs on major mining projects. Prior to joining First Mining Gold Steve led the Hardrock Gold Project Environment Assessment for Greenstone Gold Mines successfully obtaining approvals and permits from the federal and provincial governments and working in partnership with Indigenous communities to implement benefit agreements. Steve has also worked for De Beers where he held progressively responsible positions in developing and implementing strategies for the approval of the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine. Steve has worked with Fortune Minerals Limited to obtain approvals for the NICO Project, as well as on behalf of Lupin Mines Incorporated to obtain key permits for its assets in Nunavut, Canada. Steve has a strong understanding of permitting processes and consultation requirements for mining projects having held positions as a regulator for environmental assessments and water management licensing. Steve completed both an undergraduate degree in Ecology and post-graduate diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment at Concordia University, and completed an M.Sc. in Environmental Impact Assessment at the University of Calgary.

Samir Patel

General 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.

James Maxwell

Vice President, Exploration

James is a professional geoscientist with over 20 years of industry experience with a focus on exploration and development of orogenic gold discoveries, and has been part of discovery teams responsible for five major gold discoveries in Nunavut and Red Lake, Ontario. James was previously with Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. as Director of Exploration where he helped establish a 6.0 million-ounce gold resource base from discovery to the feasibility study level. Prior to working in Nunavut, James established an early career in the Birch-Uchi and Red Lake Greenstone belts where his team earned a Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association Discovery of the Year Award for the Rahill-Bonanza discovery. He is a long-standing member of the PDAC Health & Safety Committee and was a recent speaker for the 2019 Newgen Gold Conference held in Perth, Australia. James holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba with a focus on geological sciences and is registered with the Professional Geoscientists Ontario (“PGO”) and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (“NAPEG”).

Richard Huang

Vice President, Corporate Development

Richard Huang brings over ten years of corporate finance, M&A and capital markets experience in the mining and resource sector, and has extensive experience providing strategic advice to large, mid and small cap mining clients on executing M&A and capital raising transactions.  His previous experience includes mining sector coverage in the investment banking group at National Bank and equity capital markets group at Scotiabank.  He has also held additional roles with other boutique Canadian and US based investment banks.  Richard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Hazel Mullin

Director, Data Management & Technical Services

Ms. Hazel Mullin is a registered professional geoscientist with over 20 years of experience in the mining sector. She has worked on exploration projects in Europe, Australia, Africa, and most recently across North America. Ms. Mullin joined First Mining in 2016, prior to which she ran her own Vancouver-based geological consulting firm, and she has also held positions at Gold Fields, the British Geological Survey and ACA Howe International Ltd. Her expertise includes mineral deposit evaluation, 3D modeling, GIS, geological data analysis, database design & management, and technical reporting. Ms. Mullin holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) degree in Geology from Edinburgh University, Scotland and a Master of Science (MSc) in Mineral Resource Evaluation from Cardiff University, Wales. 

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