Kelowna, British Columbia, January 5, 2022 – SOUTH ATLANTIC GOLD INC. (TSX-V: SAO) (“South Atlantic” or the “Company”) announces the creation of a Technical Committee, Compensation Committee and changes to the Audit Committee. Two new members will be joining the Board of Directors including Mr. Rick Brown and Mr. Bill O’Hara while Mr. Antenor Silva is resigning from the Board. The number of Directors will be changed to seven in total.
Douglas Meirelles, CEO stated, “Following the successful financing we just completed, we have made positive changes to our Board structure including the formation of Technical and Compensation Committees. We are very pleased to welcome both Rick Brown and Bill O’Hara to the Board. The vast experience from both these men will strengthen the experience levels already seen at the Board Level at South Atlantic. We are also very pleased to work with Jon Hill on the Technical Committee with his broad skill sets, especially in Brazil. Lastly, we would like to thank Mr. Antenor Silva for his guidance during the formation of South Atlantic Gold as we move forward.”
The Technical Committee will be chaired by Mr. Rick Brown, a new director to the Company. Mr. S. Mitchel Wasel and Mr. Jonathan Victor Hill will be joining the Committee. Mr. Hill will not be joining the Board of Directors.
With over 30 years of management and operational experience in the junior mining industry, Mr. Brown will provide additional geologic and operational guidance to South Atlantic. He has been based in Latin America since 1993 in Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. He is credited with the outcrop discovery of the El Hilorico gold project (1 million ounces) in Peru, negotiating the acquisition of Newmont Argentina SA for Aquiline Resources, which included the the Navidad silver project (750 million ounces), and the acquisition of the Mara Rosa gold project (1.5 million ounces) in Brazil. Currently, he is an independent director of Peruvian Metals Corp. and an active investor in several listed (both TSX and ASX) junior explorers and developers. Mr. Brown holds a BApp.Sc degree in Geology from Curtin University of Techology, Australia, an MBA from Business School Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.
Mr. Jonathan Hill is currently Senior Advisor at Jaguar Mining Inc. Mr. Hill has over 30 years’ experience in global exploration, mining operational and project development in Africa, Australia and North and South America. He was directly involved in the discovery of several world-class projects while at AngloGold Ashanti Limited. His experience includes exploration, development, due diligence, corporate development, mine geology and coordination/liaison with mine planning and reporting of mineral reserves and resources. Mr. Hill is Chairman of the Board of Royal Road Minerals Limited and a director of Stratabound Minerals Corporation. His private company, Exploration Outcomes Ltda provides exploration advisory services to international client companies. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Economic Geology from the University of Cape Town and a BAppSc degree in Applied Geology from the Queensland University of Technology.
The Compensation Committee will be chaired by Mr. Marc Leduc. The other members of this Committee will include Mr. Adam Davidson and Mr. Bruce Higson-Smith.
Due to the resignation of Mr. Antenor Silva, Mr. Bill O’Hara will be joining both the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee.
Mr. O’Hara is currently Managing Partner of LACG Capital Inc. He started his career at First Marathon Securities in equity research analyzing gold companies. After moving into the institutional equity sales role at National Bank Financial and then Credit Suisse First Boston, he joined Haywood Securities Inc. in 2003. During his time at Haywood, Mr. O’Hara advanced to become Managing Director and Head of Equity Sales and a member of the Board of Directors. In late 2020, after almost 25 years identifying, analyzing capital raising and strategically advising both investment funds and corporate entities across many sectors, he formed LACG Capital Inc. whose mandate is to provide capital markets advisory services to both public and private companies in the early stages of growth. Sectors of focus include Mining and Psychedelics as well as Special Situations. Mr. O’Hara holds a Master of Science (Econs) degree from the London School of Economics with distinction, and the CFA designation.
Effective today the Company has granted an aggregate 3,560,000 stock options (the “Options”) to its directors, officers, consultants and employees of the Company.
The Options are exercisable for a period of five years at a price of $0.06 per common share in accordance with the terms of the Company’s 10% rolling Stock Option Plan approved by shareholders on October 22, 2021.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Douglas Meirelles, President and CEO
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Anne Hite, Vice President, Investor Relations
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