David Shaw, PhD Geology

David Shaw

Ph.D. Geology
Interim CEO

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

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

Chris Osterman


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, 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


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

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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