Vancouver, B.C. – Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. (TSX-V:NCX)(“Northisle” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin O’Kane as an independent non-executive director, effective immediately.
Commenting on the appointment, Dale Corman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “The Board of Northisle is pleased to welcome Kevin as he adds strong technical, operational, social, and environmental expertise. Moreover, his long tenure at BHP Billiton, working at the Island Copper Mine situated adjacent to Northisle’s project, will be an invaluable asset as we progress towards developing our attractive North Island Project to a production decision. As Kevin is recognized globally as a leader, mine developer and operator of world-class deposits, his appointment reaffirms the high quality and potential of our project.”
Mr. O’Kane has nearly 40 years of extensive business and operating leadership expertise in the natural resource industry. He spent 37 years at BHP Billiton developing, expanding, and operating some of the most formative copper mines in the world which included Spence, Cerro Colorado and Minera Escondida. Mr. O’Kane started his career at the Island Copper Mine situated adjacent to Northisle’s project, and spent the following 12 years progressing to the role of Chief Mining Engineer. During his tenure at BHP Billiton he also served as Vice President Health, Safety, Environment and Community for the Copper Business. Most recently, Mr. O’Kane held the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at SSR Mining Inc, where he led all aspects of its operations, permitting, and sustainability programs globally while achieving record production at all three of its producing mines. Mr. O’Kane currently serves on the board of SolGold Plc.
The Company also announces that John McClintock, previous CEO of Northisle and current Vice President of Exploration, has stepped down from Northisle’s Board effective November 4, 2020 and will be replaced by Sam Lee, President and CEO of Northisle, pursuant to the change in management announcement dated October 5, 2020.
In light of Northisle’s strategy of aggressively pursuing the development of its North Island Project, it intends to further augment its Board with relevant expertise.
The Board has approved the granting of stock options to Mr. O’Kane for the purchase of 500,000 common shares of the Company. The options will vest one-third per year over a three-year period starting immediately. These options have a five-year term and allow the holder to purchase one common share of the company for $0.175 per share until November 4, 2025.
NorthIsle Copper and Gold Inc. is a Vancouver based company whose mission is to become a leading and sustainable mineral resource company for the future. Northisle owns the North Island Project, which is one of the most promising copper and gold porphyry deposits in Canada. The North Island Project is located near Port Hardy, British Columbia on a 33,149-hectare block of mineral titles 100% owned by NorthIsle stretching 50 kilometres northwest from the now closed Island Copper Mine operated by BHP Billiton. The Project boasts a large resource base that serves as the basis for the Preliminary Economic Study issued in 2017.
For more information on Northisle please visit the Company’s website at www.Northisle.ca.
On behalf of Northisle Copper and Gold Inc.
President and CEO
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This news release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon the reasonable beliefs of Northisle and its management as of the date of this news release; however, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based upon factors that may change and assumptions that may prove, with the passage of time, to be incorrect as a result of exploration and other risk factors associated with mineral exploration and development that are beyond the control of Northisle. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon such statements. If factors materially change or assumptions are materially incorrect, the actual results, performance or achievements of Northisle may be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Northisle does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.