Dan Wilton

CEO and Director

Dan Wilton has 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 most recently 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. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, Canada. Dan holds a B.Comm (First Class Honours) from Queen's University and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD in France.

Andy Marshall


Mr. Andy Marshall is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 15 years of public company accounting, finance and corporate governance experience. He joined First Mining in June 2015 and assisted in building the company’s gold portfolio during its period of growth when it acquired eight companies in just over one year. Prior to this, Andy held roles at two Vancouver based TSX/NYSE MKT-listed silver mining companies with operations in Mexico and Canada. He began his career in public company auditing and assurance with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, training in the London technology, entertainment and mining practice before moving to Vancouver and joining their mining practice in 2008. Andy graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England with a BA (Hons).  

Ken Engquist


Ken brings over 25 years of engineering and project leadership experience to his role, and has extensive experience overseeing the advancement of assets through development. Most recently, he oversaw the development of various aspects of Tinka Resources’ Ayawilca project in Peru, and the feasibility engineering study for Arizona Mining’s Hermosa Zinc Project in the United States which was acquired by South32 Limited in the summer of 2018 for C$2.1 billion. Ken’s prior roles include Vice President of Project Development for Nevsun Resources where he was responsible for the Timok copper project in Serbia, and roles with Oxygen Capital, where he was responsible for advancing a portfolio of projects within Oxygen’s managed group of companies (True Gold, Pilot Gold and Pure Gold) through various stages of development from advanced exploration to the start of production. He has also held positions with AngloGold Ashanti and Rio Tinto. Ken holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a registered Project Management Professional.

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.

David Baldwin

Vice President, Project Development

David has over 15 years of engineering and project leadership experience and has extensive experience overseeing the advancement of assets through development. Most recently, he oversaw the development of various projects for Teck Resources in Canada. David’s prior roles include Project Manager with Ausenco, where he was responsible for several mining studies (Atlantic Gold, Trilogy Metals, Josemaria, Paramount Gold) through various stages of development. David holds a B.Eng. from the University of Victoria, an MBA from Queen’s University, is registered as a professional engineer in B.C. and Nevada, and is a registered Project Management Professional.

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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