CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2016) - BACANORA MINERALS LTD. ("Bacanora" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BCN)(BCN.L), the Canadian and London listed lithium exploration and development company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Strauss as a Non-Executive Director of the Company, subject to normal regulatory checks. Bacanora is currently working towards completion of a Feasibility Study at its Sonora Lithium Project in Mexico ("Sonora"), in tandem with advancing offtake discussions with potential Asian and other international partners as part of a wider project finance strategy. Having raised in excess of US$1bn in recent years for natural resource projects spanning the globe, Mr. Strauss' proven ability to engage with institutions in North America, Australia and Europe to secure funding will be highly valuable to Bacanora in this process.
Jamie Strauss is the founding partner of Strauss Partners Ltd. He has worked as a stockbroker in the City of London for over 25 years, specialising in the natural resources sector for nearly 20 of these. He was previously Managing Director of UK Equity product at BMO Capital Markets, prior to which he was a director of Hargreave Hale Ltd. where he founded, developed and then sold a Mining institutional sales and research department. Jamie started his career in 1986 at Strauss Turnbull (subsequently bought by Société Générale). Jamie has experience in sales, research, transaction structuring, IPOs and syndication. He is a Non-Executive director of Altius Minerals and Gold Standard Ventures. He was on the board of Extorre Gold Mines until its successful sale to Yamana in 2012. He is also a trustee of The Julian Baring Scholarship Fund.
Bacanora interim Non-Executive Chairman James Leahy said, "Sonora has already proved itself to be attractive to institutional investors and we believe that Jamie will be invaluable in helping us to strengthen our relationships with additional investors of this kind as we look ahead to the next stages of developing our lithium carbonate operation in Mexico. Given his background and network, we view his decision to join the Board as an endorsement of our vision to capitalise on the attractive economics presented by developing a 35,000 tonne per annum lithium carbonate operation with mine life of over 20 years. We believe his experience will blend well with the operational experience we boast from our management team."
Bacanora is a Canadian and London listed minerals explorer (TSX-V: BCN and AIM: BCN). The Company explores and develops industrial mineral projects, with a primary focus on lithium. The Sonora Lithium Project, which consists of ten mining concession areas covering approximately 100 thousand hectares in the northeast of Sonora State. The Company, through drilling and exploration work to date, has established an Indicated Mineral Resource (in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101")) of 4.5 million tonnes (lithium carbonate equivalent) and 2.7 million tonnes Inferred. A Pre-Feasibility Study completed in Q1 2016 demonstrated the positive economics associated with becoming a 35,000 tpa lithium carbonate and 50,000 tpa SOP producer in Mexico. The Company is led by a team with lithium expertise which have proven mine development, construction and operational experience.
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