Board of Directors

Above, from left to right: Wade Nesmith, Grant Edey, Michael Riley, David R. Demers, Joseph F. Conway, Robert A. Quartermain, and Eduardo Luna (former Director). Not Pictured: Brad Marchant, Ernest Mast

Wade Nesmith , , , Chairman

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Wade Nesmith is the founder of Primero. He was the Company's CEO and Co-Chair until June 2010 when he assumed the role of Executive Chairman of Primero, a position he held until March 2012. Mr. Nesmith obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977. He was the Superintendent of Brokers for the Province of British Columbia (1989 – 1992), and subsequently a senior partner, specializing in securities law with Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP) (1993 - 1998). Mr. Nesmith was a founding director of Westport Innovations and from 1998 to 2003 he worked for the company, helping to lead their public markets activities and retiring as President, Westport Europe. He was a founding director of Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX,NYSE), serving from 2004 to 2016. Mr. Nesmith has previously been a director of, among others, Geovic Mining, Selwyn Resources, Polymer Group, Inc., Broadpoint Securities and Oxford Automotive.

Joseph F. Conway , , , Vice Chairman

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Joseph F. Conway became Primero's Vice Chairman on January 31, 2016 after serving as Chief Executive Officer from June 2010. Mr. Conway has nearly 30 years of mining and financial industry experience. He was previously President & CEO of IAMGOLD Corporation, having grown it from a $50 million joint venture company to a $6 billion leading intermediate gold producer. Mr. Conway has a B.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1981), and an MBA from Dalhousie University (1987). He was a mine and exploration geologist from 1981 to 1985. After completing his MBA in 1987, he joined Walwyn Stodgell Cochran and Murray as a stock analyst from 1987 to 1989. From 1989 to 1995, he was a Vice President and Director with Nesbitt Burns, a Canadian investment dealer. From September 1995 to January 2003, Mr. Conway was President, CEO and Director of Repadre Capital Corporation. Mr. Conway is a member of the Board of Directors of Orezone Gold Corporation.

Ernest Mast , , , President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

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Ernest (“Ernie”) Mast was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on January 31, 2016 and was previously the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Mast is a metallurgical engineer and brings to Primero over 25 years of international mining experience. Mr. Mast previously held leadership positions including Vice President of Corporate Development at Copper Mountain Mining, owner of the 35,000 tonnes per day Copper Mountain mine in British Columbia, Vice President of Operations at New Gold Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing approximately 1,600 employees at 4 mines producing a combined 400,000 ounces per year of gold and substantial silver and copper by-products. Mr. Mast was also the President and CEO of Minera Panama, a subsidiary of Inmet Mining (now First Quantum), during the development of Cobre Panama, a 290,000 tonnes per year copper project. In addition, he was President and General Manager of the large-scale Falcondo ferronickel operations in the Dominican Republic, now owned by Glencore. In addition he was Technical Director for Noranda’s South American Operations based out of Chile. Mr. Mast has a Master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Henley College in the UK. He is a registered professional engineer and fluent in English, Spanish and French.

David R. Demers2, 3 , , , Director

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David R. Demers has been a director of the Company since October 28, 2008. He was one of the founding members of Westport Fuel Systems, a University of British Columbia spinoff company that has grown into the world’s leading alternative fuels automotive systems company, supplying CNG and LNG systems to many of the world’s leading manufacturers of cars and commercial vehicles. Mr. Demers served as CEO and a director of Westport from 1996 until July 2016, when it merged with Fuel Systems Solutions of New York. Mr. Demers has worked as a Director of a number of technology start-ups, including EnWave (TSX:ENW) as it was spun out of the University of British Columbia until it completed its initial public offering, and was Chair of BrightSide which was sold to Dolby. He also served as a Director of Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) through its NASDAQ listing. Mr. Demers obtained a Bachelor of Science (Physics) in 1976 and a Juris Doctor in 1978, both from the University of Saskatchewan.

Grant Edey3, 4 , , , Director

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Grant Edey has been a director of the Company since June 28, 2010, and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Khan Resources Inc., since July 2010 and a director of Khan Resources Inc. since February 2007. Mr. Edey was Chief Financial Officer of IAMGOLD from 2002 until August 2007. From 1996 until 2002, he was the Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Repadre Capital Corporation. Before joining Repadre Capital Corporation, Mr. Edey held senior positions with Strathcona Mineral Services Limited, TransCanada Pipelines Limited, Eldorado Nuclear Limited, Rio Algom Limited and INCO Limited. Mr. Edey has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science (Mining Engineering) degree from Queen’s University.

Patricia A Fortier1, 3 , , , Director

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Patricia A Fortier has been a director of the Company since November 1, 2016. Ms. Fortier is a former Canadian diplomat whose career has focused on political relations, governance, international security, and trade and investment – notably involved with the extractive and defence industries abroad. She most recently acted in the role of Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Security, Consular, and Emergency Management in Global Affairs Canada. Ms. Fortier was the past Canadian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia and the Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. She was also the Minister-Counsellor (Political) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fortier’s past work abroad includes being Senior Advisor to the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Peru and Chief Advisor to the High Level Mission to Peru. In Costa Rica, she worked with international NGOs on climate change (Earth Council) and human rights/democracy (Instituto Interamericano de los Derechos Humanos). Other diplomatic postings included Chile, Canadian mission to the United Nations in New York, India, Kenya and Zambia. She was also a member of the board of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. Ms. Fortier has a Master's degree in Public Administration and a BA (Honours) from Queen's University and was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard University. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Brad Marchant1, 4 , , , Director

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Mr. Marchant has been a director of the Company since June 26, 2013. He is co-founder of Triton Mining Corporation and successfully took the Limon mine in Nicaragua from exploration through to production and expansion. Mr. Marchant has over 30 years of experience in the mining and environmental industry both in management and as a director. He has worked with numerous mining and technology companies including Coastech Research Inc., Triton Mining Corporation, Placer Dome Ltd., Equity Silver Mines Ltd., Enterra Feed Corporation and Wabush Mines Ltd. and was recently appointed director of Western Will Organic Farms Ltd. He also founded a new water treatment company, BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc., which is focused on finding water treatment solutions for mining companies experiencing metallurgical and environmental challenges. Mr. Marchant has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of New Brunswick and a M.A.Sc. in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Robert A. Quartermain1, 2, 3 , , , Director

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Robert Quartermain, D.Sc., has been a director of the Company since June 28, 2010. He is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Pretium Resources Inc. since October 2010. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Standard Resources Inc. from January 1985 until January 2010. Dr. Quartermain worked for the Geological Survey of Canada and in private industry on mapping and exploration programs from 1976 until 1981. He also worked for Teck Corp. from 1981 to 1984 before becoming President of Silver Standard Resources Inc. in 1985. Dr. Quartermain has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of New Brunswick, and a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration from Queen’s University. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in May 2009.

Michael Riley2, 4 , , , Director

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Michael Riley has been a director since April 22, 2010. He retired as a senior auditor partner from Ernst & Young LLP in September 2006 after more than 25 years with the firm. He became a partner in the firm’s Montreal office in 1985, where he worked with clients in the retail, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and resource industries. He relocated to the firm’s Vancouver office in 1995, where his responsibilities included serving as the lead audit engagement partner for the office’s largest Canadian and US listed public company clients in mining, transportation and banking. During that time, he also lead the office’s M&A due diligence practice for 2 years. Prior to Ernst & Young, Mr. Riley's professional background also included working for Bell Canada (now BCE), and his early years as an articling student and Chartered Accountant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co (now KPMG LLP). He has previously been a director for several organizations, including the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, CanAlaska Uranium Ltd., Seacliff Construction Corp., the Vancouver Symphony Society, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of British Columbia & Yukon and the BCAA Road Safety Foundation. Mr. Riley graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University in 1975 majoring in operations research and quantitative methods. He also holds a graduate diploma in public accounting from McGill University attained in 1977. Mr. Riley became a Chartered Accountant in 1978. He holds the Canadian CPA CA designation as a member of both the BC and Quebec CPA professional bodies.

Board Committees:
1. Corporate Responsibility 2. Human Resources 3. Governance and Nominating 4. Audit

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