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TORONTO, Aug. 30, 2023 — Olivut Resources Ltd. (“Olivut” or the “Company”) (TSXV:OLV) is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Kenny Ruptash to the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
Currently, Mr. Ruptash serves as President of Nahanni Construction, based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (“NWT”). Over the past 20 years he has played a significant role in northern mine development and reclamation, gaining expertise in the construction and remediation of mine sites. During this time, he has been involved in the construction of mines in the NWT and Nunavut (“NU”), as well as in the reclamation of major legacy mine sites such as the Lupin, Tundra and Giant Mines. His extensive experience has given him a deeper understanding of northern Canada while providing insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with extremely remote mining operations.
Mr. Ruptash is also currently serving his second term as the President of the NWT/NU Chamber of Mines which advocates for the interests of mining and exploration companies and promotes sustainable practices. He is a second-term director of the Business Development Investment Corporation, a government lending facility that supports businesses in the NWT. He is committed to empowering Indigenous communities and creating economic opportunities for Northern entrepreneurs and served as the Chair of the Métis Dene Development Fund.
Mr. Ruptash is a graduate of the University of Victoria, B.C. with a BSc. Honours Double Major Math and Statistics. His extensive experience will be a significant asset and the Olivut team looks forward to working with him.
The Company also announces that, pursuant to the Company’s stock option plan, the continuation of which was approved by ordinary resolution of the shareholders at the Company’s annual general meeting of shareholders on March 22, 2023, it has granted to Mr. Ruptash options to purchase up to 100,000 common shares in the capital of the Company. The options are exercisable for a period of ten years ending on August 30, 2033 and are exercisable at a price of $0.065 per common share, being the closing price of the Company’s common shares on the TSXV on the date immediately preceding the grant. The options vest as to one-third (1/3) one year after the date of grant, one-third (1/3) eighteen months after the date of grant and the remaining one-third (1/3) two years after the date of grant.
Olivut is a diamond exploration company with a 100% mineral interest in the HOAM Project (the “HOAM Project”) and a 50% interest in the Seahorse Project (the “Seahorse Project”), both projects being located in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
The HOAM Project has numerous drill ready targets. The Company considers the Seahorse Project to have the potential to host diamondiferous kimberlite bodies of significant size and other potential mineral deposits, based on a combination of the previously reported recent caustic fusion results; REE and titanium oxide results; 2019 program results; favourable diamond inclusion field indicator minerals found regionally and locally, including 18 macro diamonds found down-ice in regional samples to the west and northwest; specific geophysical targets; regional and local faults that would favour kimberlite emplacement; occurrence of diamondiferous kimberlites to the north and southeast, as well as other geochemical data in the area. As previously reported, a field program is being expedited to sample in the vicinity of the main Seahorse target. The program will include collection of a heavy mineral mini bulk sample from the beach sands to recover KIMs including diamond and other heavy minerals. It is anticipated that additional caustic fusion analysis will be required. Covid-19 and its effects prevented any field program related work being conducted since 2020 on the HOAM Project and on the Seahorse Project.
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Olivut Resources Ltd.