Management

Management

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.

Ken Engquist

COO

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.

Andy Marshall

CFO

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).  

Mal Karwowska

Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations

Mal Karwowska has over 10 years of experience in the mining sector, predominantly in corporate finance and principal investing. Most recently, she was an Investment Manager at Pacific Road Capital Management, a mining-focused private equity investment firm with approximately $800 million under management. Mal’s prior roles include Business Development Director at Oxygen Capital Corp., where she worked closely with the management team on the sale of True Gold Mining Inc. to Endeavour Mining Corporation in the spring of 2016, and Senior Investment Research Analyst at Boston-based Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Insurance. Ms. Karwowska began her career in the mining sector at National Bank Financial where she spent over five years as a member of the investment banking team, specializing in metals and mining. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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.

David Mchaina

Vice President, Environment and Sustainable Development

Dr. David Mchaina is a professional mining engineer with over 30 years of professional experience in engineering, permitting, environmental risk management, capacity building, consultation and project management. Prior to joining First Mining in August 2018, he was the Vice President of Environmental and Sustainable Development at Nuinsco Resources Ltd. and Victory Nickel Inc. where he obtained an Environment Act License and successfully submitted an Environmental Act Proposal for the permitting of the Minago Project. Preceding this Dr. Mchaina was a Vice President of Environment and Sustainable Development at CBAY Minerals Inc., Manager of Environmental Affairs at Boliden Westmin Ltd., Director of Environmental Services at Goldcorp Red Lake Operations, and Corporate and Environmental Engineer at Westmin Resources Ltd.

David holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Mining Engineering from the University of Zambia, a Ph.D in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment from Lakehead University/University of Guelph.

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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