September 28, 2016, Vancouver, B.C., Metallic Minerals Corp. (TSX-V: MMG; US OTC: MMNGF) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Craig as Executive Vice President, Scott Petsel as Vice President, Exploration, and Tim Thiessen as Chief Financial Officer.
Ms. Susan Craig is a highly-respected professional geoscientist, who has worked in the Yukon and BC for over 25 years, on projects from the exploration and development stage, to construction and production, and final mine closure. Ms. Craig's experience includes work with publicly-listed mining companies, Territorial and Federal Governments, First Nations, and industry groups.
Ms. Craig successfully led the Environmental Assessment process for NovaGold's Galore Creek project and played a key role in establishing the landmark Participation Agreement with the Tahltan Nation. During her time with Viceroy Resources, Ms. Craig was part of the team that explored, permitted and developed the Brewery Creek heap leach gold mine near Dawson City, Yukon in the early 1990s. In this role, she collaborated with the First Nation to implement one of the first Socio-economic Accords in all of Canada. Ms. Craig served for six years as President/CEO and Director of Northern Freegold and is currently a Director of Yukon Energy Corporation, the Yukon Mineral Advisory Board, the Association of Mineral Exploration BC, and the Yukon Chamber of Mines. Ms. Craig has received a number of awards recognizing her contributions toward environmental stewardship and sustainable development, and has been nominated for the Canadian Women in Mining Trailblazer award.
Mr. Scott Petsel, P.Geo., brings over 28 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine geology, project management and advancement from exploration to feasibility. He has spent more than 18 years working in Alaska and British Columbia at the Galore Creek project, Donlin Gold project, Alaska-Juneau mine, Kensington mine, and, most recently, at the Arctic and Bornite deposits in northern Alaska. In addition, he has extensive international exploration experience from his work with Placer Dome (now Barrick Gold) and Echo Bay (now Kinross Gold).
Prior to joining Metallic Minerals, Mr. Petsel was Project Manager of NovaCopper's (now Trilogy Metals) Upper Kobuk Mineral Project, where he managed the exploration activities that resulted in the expansion of the resource base by over 5 billion pounds of copper. During his time with NovaGold and NovaCopper, he played an integral role as Exploration Manager and Senior Geologist during the discovery and definition of over 40 million ounces of gold, 150 million ounces of silver and 12 billion pounds of copper. Mr. Petsel was part of the teams credited with these discoveries that were awarded the 2009 Thayer Lindsley Award for an International Mineral Discovery success and the AMEBC 2015 Colin Spence Award for Excellence in Global Mineral Exploration.
Mr. Tim Thiessen is a Chartered Accountant with almost 20 years of international accounting and finance experience, the last 13 years in the mining industry. His experience includes holding the position of Chief Financial Officer at three publicly-listed minerals companies: Foran Mining, SnipGold (recently acquired by Seabridge Gold), and Aurcana Corporation. Prior to this, Mr. Thiessen spent 7 years as Vice President of Finance for TSX-listed Endeavour Financial, an advisory firm in the mining industry specializing in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing. He was part of a team that spawned industry-leading companies such as Silver Wheaton, UrAsia Energy, Peak Gold and Coastal Energy Corp. Mr. Thiessen is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and has also held positions as Controller with Endeavour Mining Capital Corp. and as an auditor for Deloitte LLP, with a focus in the mining and financial services industries.
Mr. Greg Johnson, CEO and Chairman of Metallic Minerals, stated, "I am excited to be able to bring together such an experienced, dynamic and successful management team to Metallic Minerals. Each of these individuals shares in the vision of creating value for our shareholders through an entrepreneurial approach to exploration. The complementary experience of these accomplished individuals brings significant depth to our management group. I look forward to working with the new management team as we build Metallic Minerals into a leading explorer in the region."
Mr. Greg Johnson further stated, "The Company would like to thank Mr. Andrew de Verteuil for his dedication and valuable contributions as CFO of the Company. Mr. de Verteuil will continue to work with Metallic Minerals and Mr. Thiessen during this transition."
About Metallic Minerals Corp.
Metallic Minerals Corp. is a growth stage silver and gold exploration company focused on creating value through a disciplined entrepreneurial approach to exploration in mining districts with proven potential for top-tier "company-making" deposits that remain under-explored. Our core Keno-Lightning property is located in the historic Keno Hill silver district of Canada's Yukon Territory, a region which has produced over 200 million ounces of silver and currently hosts one of the world's highest grade silver resources. Metallic Minerals is led by a team with a track record of discovery and exploration success, including large scale development, permitting and project financing.
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