Mr. Scott Hand reports
RNC MINERALS STRENGTHENS BOARD WITH SIGNIFICANT GOLD OPERATING EXPERIENCE
Royal Nickel Corp. has appointed Paul Andre Huet and Warwick Morley-Jepson to its board of directors. Effective immediately, Mr. Huet will serve as a director of Royal Nickel and Mr. Morley-Jepson will serve as a board observer, providing his extensive insight and experience on all board matters until standing for election at the next annual meeting of Royal Nickel shareholders. Both Mr. Huet and Mr. Morley-Jepson bring significant gold industry technical and operating experience to the Royal Nickel board.
Scott Hand, executive chairman of Royal Nickel, commented: "I am pleased to welcome Paul Andre Huet and Warwick Morley-Jepson to the board. Having them join the team is a strong endorsement of the potential of the Beta Hunt mine. Paul and Warwick have successfully led the operation of some of the world's highest-grade gold mines during their respective plus-30-year careers in gold mining. Their experience will be invaluable as we continue to unlock the high-grade potential recently demonstrated at Beta Hunt. Both will serve on a newly created technical committee of the board to be chaired by Mr. Huet. We look forward to their contributions as we enter a very exciting phase in the growth of the Beta Hunt mine and its high-grade potential."
Mr. Huet has over 30 years of career experience in the mining industry and is an expert in narrow-vein, high-grade mining. Most recently, Mr. Huet was president, chief executive officer and director of Klondex Mines from 2012 to 2018, until it was acquired by Hecla Mining Company. Prior to joining Klondex, Mr. Huet served as chief operating officer of Premier Gold Mines Ltd., overseeing its gold projects. Mr. Huet also previously served as general manager at the Hollister mine (while owned by Great Basin Gold) and as mine manager at the Midas mine (while owned by Newmont and Franco-Nevada). Mr. Huet presently serves on the board of Havilah Mining Corp. and has served on several non-profit and publicly traded corporate boards. Mr. Huet earned an honours degree in mining engineering technology from the Haileybury School of Mines in Ontario and an executive MBA from the Stanford University School of Business.
Mr. Morley-Jepson has more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry, encompassing operations, project and business development in the precious metal sector. He previously served as executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Kinross Gold Corp. from October, 2014, to December, 2016, and as senior vice-president, operations, and vice-president and regional vice-president -- Russia, between October, 2009, and October, 2014. Prior to joining Kinross, Mr. Morley-Jepson served as chief executive officer of SUN Gold and was managing director of Barrick Africa, Barrick Platinum South Africa and three Russian-based companies in the Barrick group, and spent several years with Placer Dome leading its South African project and business development efforts. He graduated in the faculty of mechanical engineering (HND) at the Technicon Witwatersrand, now part of the University of Johannesburg.
About Royal Nickel Corp.
Royal Nickel has a 100-per-cent interest in the producing Beta Hunt gold mine located in Western Australia where a significant high-grade gold discovery -- Father's Day vein -- was recently made.
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