NioGold Announces AGM Results and Welcomes Peter J Hawley to Board
May 14, 2012
VAL-D'OR, QC -- NioGold Mining Corporation (TSX-V: NOX) (OTCQX: NOXGF) (“NioGold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that all matters presented to shareholders at its Annual General Meeting held on May 10, 2012 were approved, including the appointment of Messrs. Michael Iverson, Michele Marrandino, Toby Lim and Peter J. Hawley to the Board of Directors, and the re-appointment of Davidson & Company, LLP, as auditors of the Company. Shareholders also approved the Company's amended stock option plan, and the adoption of the Company's shareholder rights plan.
NioGold is pleased to welcome Mr. Peter J. Hawley to the Board. Mr. Hawley is a professional geologist with over 30 years experience in the mining industry, from grassroots exploration through to mine development and production, on projects throughout the Americas. He spent over 22 of those years working in the Val D'Or mining camp, including the Norlartic, Kierens and Marban mines – all of which are now part of NioGold's current land holdings and being actively re-evaluated by NioGold.
Mr. Hawley has worked extensively with a number of large and established mining companies, including Teck Corp., Noranda Inc., Placer Dome Inc., Aur Resources and Barrick Gold Corp. In 1998, he founded Scorpio Mining Corporation, a low cost underground silver producer in Mexico which is listed on the TSX with a market capitalization of $200 million. Peter served as Scorpio Mining's CEO until November 2010 and currently holds office as Chairman of the Board. During his time at Scorpio Mining, Peter managed and participated in all exploration, staffing, mine development and production design, in addition to raising over $120M for the project's development. After stepping down as CEO of Scorpio Mining, he founded Scorpio Gold Corporation where he has served to date as CEO and President. Within 17 months of purchasing the Mineral Ridge Gold mine in Nevada, Scorpio Gold brought the low cost open pit gold mine into production with Peter overseeing all construction, mine planning and development, and exploration while raising all the capital required to build-out of the project. Mr. Hawley also continues to serve as a director and officer of a number of other public companies, and brings a wealth of experience in project exploration and development, financing and corporate governance to NioGold.
The Company also announces that it has granted 350,000 options, exercisable at a price of $0.39 for a period of five years, to Mr. Hawley. Mr. Michael Iverson has assumed the office of President of the Company in addition to that of CEO, and Mr. Yan Ducharme, Exploration Manager, has been promoted to the office of Vice-President of Exploration.NioGold Mining Corporation – « On Canada’s Golden Highway »
NioGold Mining Corporation is a mineral exploration company focused on gold. The Company’s flagship projects are located in the Cadillac - Malartic - Val-d’Or region of the prolific Abitibi gold mining district Quebec. The Cadillac, Malartic and Val-d’Or mining camps have produced over 45 million ounces of gold since the 1930’s and presently encompasses six producing gold mines including Osisko Mining’s new Canadian Malartic operations. NioGold’s land holdings within the Abitibi presently cover 130km2 and encompass four former gold producers, namely the Norlartic, Kierens (First Canadian), Marban and Malartic Hygrade mines that collectively produced 640,000 ounces of gold. NioGold has outlined Indicated resources of 598,000 ounces gold and Inferred resources of 361,000 ounces gold in and around these deposits.
NioGold’s experienced and qualified technical team are overseeing the advancement of these projects, with current drill programs underway, targeting expansion of the resource base.
NioGold invites you to visit the company website at www.niogold.com. For information on NioGold Mining Corporation contact:
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Michael A. Iverson, Chairman & CEO
Dale Paruk, Vice-President
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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We may use certain terms in this news release, such as 'measured resources,' 'indicated resources' and 'inferred resources,' which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. The news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties may not be indicative of mineral deposits on our properties.