July 14, 2020, Vancouver, BC -- Heatherdale Resources Ltd. ("Heatherdale" or the "Company") (TSXV: HTR) is pleased to announce that Don Birak, Ron Stewart, Edie Thome and Jessica Van Den Akker will be presented as new nominees to the board of directors of Heatherdale Resources Ltd, in addition to current director and CEO Robert McLeod, at Heatherdale's upcoming annual general meeting to be held on August 12, 2020. Directors Lena Brommeland and Robert Dickinson will not be standing for re-election.
"Our shareholders would be well served with this outstanding slate of Directors with a strong and diverse background in natural resources", said Rob McLeod, CEO of Heatherdale. "All four new candidates are aligned with management in the vision for the Company and possess a strong balance of technical, audit, finance, governance and ESG experience. Additionally, I would like to thank Directors Brommeland and Dickinson for their service to the Company and wish them well in their future endeavours."
Biographies of the Director Candidates are as follows:
Mr. Donald J. Birak is a senior geologist with over 40 years of experience in the minerals industry. Currently, he consults on mineral property evaluation and greenfields and brownfields exploration programs. Previously, Mr. Birak was Senior Vice President of Exploration for Coeur Mining Inc. with responsibility for the design and guidance of all aspects of the company's global exploration activities and also served as Vice President of Exploration for AngloGold Ashanti North America (formerly Independence Mining Co.) and Hudbay Mining (formerly Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting). In 2000 he was distinguished with the "Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year" award presented by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, along with his key exploration team members, in recognition of new copper and zinc deposit discoveries in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake region of Manitoba, Canada.
Mr. Birak has a Master of Science degree in Geology from Bowling Green State University, with a graduate thesis on the geology of the Groveland Iron Mine in northern Michigan. He has authored and co-authored several professional publications on the geology and metallurgy of sediment-hosted and epithermal precious metal deposits and on the use of geostatistics in resource modeling and grade control. He is an active member of the Society of Economic Geologists ("SEG") and is currently a member of the Budget and Investment committees of SEG. He is a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration ("SME") and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy ("AusIMM"). He is an independent director of Dolly Varden Silver Corporation and Revival Gold Inc.
Ronald Stewart, P.Geo
Mr. Ronald Stewart is a mining professional with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry and related capital markets. He was previously Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Corporate Development at Guyana Goldfields, and prior to that, President and CEO of Beaufield Resources, which was acquired by Osisko Mining. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as Vice-President of Exploration for Kinross Gold. He is also highly experienced in the capital markets and was an award-winning equity analyst and investment banker at Dundee Securities, Clarus Securities and Macquarie Capital Markets. He currently serves on the Board of Freeman Gold Corp. and is President of AuCu Consulting.
Ms. Edie Thome brings a wealth of senior leadership experience in government relations, governance, environmental permitting and compliance as well as on-the-ground experience working with stakeholders, First Nations and indigenous groups, elected officials and land owners on projects and operations in the natural resource sector. Through her work, she has a proven track record of success with advocacy efforts at both the provincial and federal levels and, specifically, contributing to changes to the legislative and regulatory frameworks that support responsible resource development within Canada.
Most recently, Ms. Thome was the President & Chief Executive Officer of The Association for Mineral Exploration ("AME") in Vancouver, B.C. Prior to that appointment, as the Director - Environment, Permitting and Compliance, Aboriginal Relations and Public Affairs at BC Hydro, she was responsible for permitting and compliance, Aboriginal relations and government/public affairs for the ~$9b Site C Clean Energy Project. Her management experience also includes over four years as Vice President, Customer Service, Airport Operations and Corporate Communications for Harmony Airways.
Ms. Thome brings a keen understanding of leadership and governance, gained through her service both in the AME Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hydropower Association, a national, non-profit organization. In addition, Ms. Thome serves as an independent director for Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.
Ms. Thome is completing her Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an Architectural Technology diploma as well as a BFA from The University of Alberta.
Jessica Van Den Akker, CA
Ms. Van Den Akker is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) with 15 years' experience in the resource sector. She gained extensive experience through a Canadian audit firm providing reporting and accounting assurance services to publicly traded companies, primarily in natural resources. She is the CFO for Kore Mining, and a Director Northway Resources Corp. and Lastmile Holdings Ltd.
Ms. Van Den Akker is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration. She is also Treasurer for The Association of Mineral Exploration.
For additional information, see the Company's information circular dated July 7, 2020 which is available at www.sedar.com.
Heatherdale Resources Ltd. owns 100% of the high-grade Niblack copper-gold-zinc-silver VMS project, located adjacent to tidewater in southeast Alaska. For more information on Heatherdale, visit the Company's website at www.heatherdaleresources.com or Rob McLeod at (604) 617-0616.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Robert McLeod, P.Geo
CEO and Director
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