First Mining Gold Corp. is a Canadian-focused gold exploration and development company advancing a large resource base of 7.4 million ounces of gold in the Measured and Indicated categories and 3.8 million ounces of gold in the Inferred category. First Mining’s primary focus is the development and permitting of its Springpole Gold Project and the advanced exploration of its Goldlund Gold Project, both located in northwestern Ontario. First Mining’s eastern Canadian property portfolio also includes Cameron, Pickle Crow, Hope Brook, Duparquet, Duquesne, and Pitt.
Springpole is one of the largest undeveloped gold assets in Canada, with permitting and a Pre-Feasibility Study underway. The project hosts 4.67 million ounces gold in the Indicated category and 0.23 million ounces gold in the Inferred category. First Mining has begun consultation efforts with local Indigenous communities within the Springpole Gold Project area to support the federal Environmental Assessment (EA) process which was initiated in March 2018. These consultation efforts will be ongoing throughout the EA process.
Goldlund is an advanced exploration stage asset where drilling in 2020 is planned to define both the extension of the existing resource area and to better define the regional scale potential. The project hosts 0.81 million ounces gold in the Indicated category and 0.88 million ounces gold in the Inferred category.
On November 13, 2015, First Mining completed the acquisition of Gold Canyon Resources Inc., which wholly owned the Springpole Gold Project. Springpole is one of Canada's largest undeveloped gold projects with the project covering a land position totaling 41,943 hectares. The project is located in northwestern Ontario, approximately 110 kilometres northeast of the town of Red Lake, and is situated within the Birch-Uchi Greenstone Belt.
On June 17, 2016, First Mining completed an amalgamation with Tamaka Gold Corporation, a privately held mineral exploration company that owned the Goldlund Gold Project (the "Goldlund Project"). The Goldlund Project is situated within a land package of approximately 280km2 referred to as the Goldlund Property (the "Property"). The Property has a strike-length of over 50km in the Wabigoon Subprovince, and consists of 1,348 mining claims totalling 28,015 hectares ("ha"), 27 patented claims (totalling 443 ha), one mining lease (48.56 ha) and one licence of occupation (74.84 ha). The property has been extensively explored and hosted an underground and open-pit mine between 1982 and 1985.
The Goldlund Project is an Archean lode-gold project located in northwestern Ontario, approximately 60 km northeast from Dryden by road (Ontario Provincial Highway 72) and stretches over several townships of the Patricia Mining and Kenora Mining Divisions of northwestern Ontario.
On June 9, 2016, First Mining completed the acquisition of the Cameron Gold Project from Chalice Gold Mines Limited. Cameron is an advanced-stage resource project located in the highly mineralized Kakagi Lake Greenstone Belt of the Archean-aged Superior Province located in the southern part of western Ontario, approximately 80 km south-east of the town of Kenora. The project consists of a total of 226 unpatented claims, 24 patented claims (mineral rights only), seven mining licenses of occupation (MLO) and four mining leases for a total land package of 44,853 hectares.
Pickle Crow Project
On November 16, 2015, First Mining Gold Corp. ("First Mining") completed the acquisition of PC Gold Inc., which wholly owned the Pickle Crow Gold Project ("Pickle Crow"). The Pickle Crow property is located in the mining friendly jurisdiction of northwestern Ontario, Canada and the project hosts a NI 43-101 compliant inferred resource of approximately 9.5 Mt grading 4.1 g/t gold containing approximately 1.23 million ounces of gold.
Hope Brook Project
On July 7, 2015, First Mining completed the acquisition of Coastal Gold Corp. which owned the Hope Brook Gold Project. The project consists of 7 mineral and exploration claims that cover 26,650 hectares and is located in the mining friendly jurisdiction of Newfoundland and Labrador on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
Duquesne, Duparquet & Pitt Projects
On April 8, 2016, First Mining completed a business combination transaction with Clifton Star Resources Inc. to acquire a 100% interest in the Duquesne Gold Project and a 10% interest in the Duparquet Gold Project. On April 28, 2016 First Mining acquired the Pitt Gold Project from Brionor Resources Inc. The Duquesne, Duparquet and Pitt projects are all proximal to each other and are located within the Abitibi Region of Québec which is one of the world’s most prolific gold producing regions, having yielded almost 200 million ounces of gold.
Turquoise Canyon Project
The Turquoise Canyon property (formerly the Bald Mountain property) consists of 188 unpatented claims totaling 1,562 hectares located along the Battle Mountain-Eureka Trend, 16 km south of Barrick Gold Corp.'s Cortez Mine Complex, 9 km west of its Gold Rush deposit and 1.5 km east of the Toiyabe Mine, a Carlin type gold deposit that was a past producer of gold in the 1990s.
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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.
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 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.
Vice President, Corporate Development
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.
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.
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.
Vice President, Investor Relations
Spiros Cacos has 20 years of investor relations experience working with public mining companies, ranging from early-stage exploration and development to production. Over the last two years, Mr. Cacos served as Vice President, Investor Relations for Group Eleven Resources Corp., a mineral exploration company listed on the TSXV and OTC, focused on advanced stage zinc exploration in Ireland. His prior roles include serving as Director of Investor Relations for Great Panther Mining Limited (formerly Great Panther Silver Limited), a primary silver mining company listed on the TSX and the NYSE with two mining operations in Mexico, and serving as Corporate Development and Communications Director for International Enexco Limited, a North American exploration and development company. Mr. Cacos has an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Schiller International University in Paris, France and a B.A. from Simon Fraser University in Canada.
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.