Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Keith Neumeyer

Keith Neumeyer


Mr. Neumeyer has worked in the investment community since 1984. He began his career at a number of Canadian national brokerage firms. Mr. Neumeyer moved on to work with several publicly traded companies in the resource and high technology sectors. His roles have included senior management positions and directorships responsible in areas of finance, business development, strategic planning and corporate restructuring. Mr. Keith Neumeyer who has an unparalleled track record which includes creating two world-class mining companies: First Quantum Minerals Ltd. which has now grown into one of the world's largest copper producers, and First Majestic Silver Corp. which is one of the largest silver producers in the world. Mr. Neumeyer has also listed a number of companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange and as such has extensive experience dealing with the financial, regulatory, legal and accounting issues that are relevant in the investment community.

“A perfect storm occurred creating ridiculous valuations that prevented many juniors from financing and continuing on their own. The companies that we ended up merging with chose First Mining due to our team and our focus to develop First Mining into a much larger company. We are now fortunate to own likely the largest portfolio of gold development projects in the world and it’s our commitment at First Mining to continue to develop each of our Canadian projects into operating mines in the coming years.” - K. Neumeyer

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

Chris Osterman

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

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.

“By assembling a strong technical team with the ability to make rapid evaluations of project economics, coupled with fast acting business leaders making decisive decisions and perhaps with no small element of luck, First Mining has swept up an outstanding portfolio of gold projects, all economically viable at current prices.” - C. Osterman

Raymond Polman, BSc, CA

Raymond Polman

B.Sc., CA

Mr. Polman has over 28 years of public accounting and corporate finance experience in the Canadian and US financial markets and has been Chief Financial Officer of the Company since February 2007. Prior to First Majestic, Mr. Polman had been a Chief Financial Officer for six years with a number of publicly traded high technology companies, prior to which he served several years as the Director of Finance for Rescan Environmental, a large privately owned company serving the global mining community. Mr. Polman has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) Degree from the University of Victoria and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Polman also brings eight years of prior public accounting experience with Deloitte, LLP.

“I saw First Mining assembling a portfolio of awesome assets at a time the market for exploration properties was very depressed. I saw this as an opportunity to give back to First Mining as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee, taking advantage of my many years as a CA and the CFO of First Majestic.” - R. Polman

David Shaw, PhD Geology

David Shaw

Ph.D. Geology

Since completing his doctorate in 1980, Mr. Shaw has worked both in the technical and financial communities within the resource industry. Seven years were spent with Chevron Resources in Calgary and Vancouver, employed initially as an in-house structural consultant on both metal and hydrocarbon exploration programs and then as a member of a hydrocarbon project financial evaluation team. Upon leaving Chevron, he initiated and developed the Resource Research Group at Charlton Securities Ltd., Calgary before assuming the position of Senior Mining Analyst, Corporate Finance, at Yorkton Securities Inc. in Vancouver. Throughout Mr. Shaw’s career, he has built strong relationships with European financial institutions and the global mining community.

“I joined First Mining because the timing was opportune to acquire technically robust projects at distressed prices. The technical and management teams were both experienced and very capable with impressive track records - all in all a very good combination” - D. Shaw

Michel Bouchard

Michel Bouchard


Michel F. Bouchard has been involved in the exploration, development and production aspects of the mining sector for over 30 years. Mr. Bouchard has been a director and senior officer of several public companies in the mining sector. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology, as well as an MBA. He is credited with the co-discovery of the Bouchard-Hebert Mine in North Western Quebec. He has held Senior Executive positions at Aiguebelle Resources Inc., Audrey Resources Inc., Lyon Lake Mines Ltd., SOQUEM, McWatters Mines Inc., Cadiscor Resources Inc., North American Palladium and most recently held the position of President and CEO of Clifton Star Resources Inc.

“The most exciting aspect of First Mining’s portfolio is the combination of advanced gold projects with excellent data base, with a majority having major infrastructure nearby, mostly located in development friendly Ontario and Québec and acquired at the bottom of the gold cycle and therefore highly leveraged to market upturn.” - M. Bouchard

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