James (Jim) Gowans
Mr. Gowans has more than 40 years of experience in the resource sector through an extensive career as a senior executive with several major mining companies and his role as past chair of the Mining Association of Canada. He has extensive mining knowledge and perspective on the importance of sustainability and stakeholder relations. He has held executive positions with Debswana Diamond Company in Botswana, DeBeers SA, DeBeers Canada Inc., PT Inco in Indonesia, and Placer Dome Ltd. He was also interim president and CEO of Trilogy Metals Inc., President, CEO and a director of Arizona Mining Inc. and senior advisor to the Chair of the Board and Co-President of Barrick Gold Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mineral Engineering from the University of British Columbia and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management. He currently sits on the board of directors of Cameco Corporation, Marathon Gold Corporation and Trilogy Metals Inc. He is Chair of the Company’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Technical, Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
President, CEO and Director
Mr. Wyeth is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company . Prior to this, Mr. Wyeth was Operations Director at Wood Canada Ltd. a large engineering company, where he led the Oakville office with a strong focus on both local and international projects. Mr. Wyeth started his career with De Beers, and worked on mines around the world in Canada, Russia, Brazil and South Africa. With De Beers, he moved to Canada to lead the development, construction, commissioning and ramp up of the Victor Diamond Mine in Northern Ontario. He took the Victor Project from pre-feasibility study to nameplate capacity. The Victor Project had a capital budget of $1 billion and under Mr. Wyeth’s leadership, it was completed nine months ahead of schedule and under budget. Over his career, Mr. Wyeth has held various senior management positions, including with Excellon Resources and Anglo American. He previously served on the Boards of Vector Resources Inc., DRA Americas Inc., DRA Brazil and the Ontario Mining Association. He holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.
Engaged independent director in finance and mining on seven corporate boards of directors since 2005 with over 30 years’ experience in the mining sector globally. Professional career experience as former sell-side mining analyst, includes over 25 years in finance, mining, energy, marketing, and international business, working with hundreds of CEO’s of public and privately held companies and large institutional investors to improve values and capitalize major projects. Founder/CEO of the Denver Gold Group, an international trade association, which became an industry institution and is still globally recognized. Served on its board for over 17 years while CEO for the Association. Selected one of the top 100 Women In Mining 2022. Over 60 years of collective board experience in Corporate, non-profit and trade association boards. Ms. Ashby is a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
Mr. Bourchier is a registered professional engineer with over 33 years of domestic and international experience in the mining industry. His breadth of experience includes both operational field management and executive corporate oversight leadership. His public company and inter-company Board governance experience is further complemented by his McMaster University accredited Chartered Director Certification. Mr. Bourchier is currently President, CEO and a director of Mandalay Resources Corporation. He was previously President, CEO and Director of Harte Gold Corp., Chief Operating Officer of Detour Gold and Chief Operating Officer at Nevsun Resources. Preceding this successful tenure, Mr. Bourchier was an Operational Executive at Wheaton Precious Metals (formerly Silver Wheaton). For the first 16 years of his career, he worked at Placer Dome (subsequently Barrick Gold) where he held positions of increasing responsibility including Mining Manager and General Manager at the Porgera open pit gold mine. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto. Mr. Bourchier has served on the Board of Treasury Metals since August 2020 (originally as a nominee of First Mining pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement) and is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Technical, Health, Safety and Environment Committee, the latter established as per the Investor Rights Agreement.
Mr. McRae is a corporate director with a distinguished reputation in project and construction management in the mining industry for projects of all scales and complexities. His career spans more than 40 years and includes a track record of on time and on budget projects. Mr. McRae served as Project Manager on the highly successful De Beers Victor Project in Northern Canada, and he has held leadership roles with numerous other projects from concept, construction and into operation in Australia, Canada, USA, Spain, Chile and Portugal. Prior to retirement he served as Senior Vice-President Projects of Lundin Mining from 2012 to 2018 during which time he led the Eagle Mine in Michigan into production. Mr. McRae has served on the board of Southern Hemisphere Mining, Bluestone Resources and Filo Mining. He recently stepped down as a director of Lundin Gold where he chaired the Board Technical Committee for the last seven years. Mr. McRae is currently a director of Westhaven Gold and McEwen Copper. He is a member of the Compensation Committee and Chair of the Technical, Health, Safety and Environment Committee established as per the First Mining Investor Rights Agreement.
Ms. Naudie has more than 25 years of capital markets experience with expertise as a Senior Portfolio Manager for North American and global natural resource portfolios. She has held senior roles at leading asset management firms including TD Asset Management, Marret Asset Management Inc. and CPP Investment Board. She was cited as a Brendan Wood TopGun Investment Mind (Platinum) for five consecutive years. Margot is an active and engaged independent Director on public and private Company Boards. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Economics from McGill University, an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. Ms. Naudie is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committe.
Mr. Vereecke is a businessman and entrepreneur based in Paris, with a background in finance, oil and gas, mine royalties and renewable energy (post-mining). As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in the start-up of several businesses including co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of BOP Energy, a physical oil trading and logistics company operating in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Vereecke’s current investment advisory firm specializes in private client fund management focused on the extractive industry, mine royalties, precious metals and diamond markets. His finance background includes independent consultancy to the wealth management and private equity sectors, and earlier in his career, he was a sell side analyst and fund manager. He is member of the Board of Directors of Platinex Inc. Mr. Vereecke has served on the Treasury Metals’ Board of Directors since 2015 and is a member of the Audit Committee and and chair of the Compensation Committee.