May 8, 2017 - Vancouver, BC - ATAC Resources Ltd. (TSX-V:ATC) (“ATAC”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Cope as Technical Advisor and member of ATAC’s Technical Committee.
Prior to his retirement at the end of 2016, Mr. Cope spent 21 years with Barrick Gold Corporation. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Cope was Barrick’s Vice President of Exploration for North America.
During his tenure with Barrick, Mr. Cope helped build and guide the technical teams responsible for defining some of Barrick’s largest gold deposits within the Carlin and Cortez trends in Nevada. Most notably, Mr. Cope and his team were co-recipients of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s “Thayer Lindsley International Mineral Discovery of the Year” award for the discovery of the +10 million ounce Goldrush deposit on the Cortez Trend which is scheduled to be Barrick’s next producing mine in Nevada in 2021.
Mr. Cope holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Windsor and a M.S. in Economic Geology from Colorado State University. He is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), the Society of Mining Engineers (SME), the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN) and the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA).
Rob Carne, the Chairman of ATAC’s Technical Committee states: “We are pleased to welcome Ed to our technical team. Ed’s strengths in strategic planning, program development and project execution complement ATAC’s plans to accelerate the growth of our wholly-owned Rackla Gold Property projects.”
ATAC is a Yukon-based exploration company focused on developing Canada’s only Carlin-type gold district at the Rackla Gold Property. Recent work on the ~1,700 km2 project has resulted in a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Tiger Gold Deposit, drilling of multiple high-grade Carlin-type gold zones and the identification of numerous early-stage gold exploration targets. ATAC and Barrick recently partnered to explore the Rackla Gold Property’s Orion Project, with Barrick having the option to earn up to 70% of Orion by spending $55 million in exploration. ATAC is well-financed with approximately $22 million in its treasury and will conduct a $10 million, ~15,000 m diamond and RAB drilling exploration program at the Osiris and Rau projects in 2017 (which are not subject to Barrick’s earn-in right), while concurrently working with Barrick to advance the Orion Project.
On behalf of Management and the Board of Directors
of ATAC Resources Ltd.
Graham Downs, President and CEO
For further information, please contact:
Vanessa Pickering, Manager, Corporate Communications
ATAC Resources Ltd.
T: 604-687-2522 ext. 260
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