Denison Mines Corp. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ron F. Hochstein as Chair of the Board of Directors (“Board Chair”). Mr. Hochstein was elected Board Chair, and Mr. Brian Edgar was elected Lead Director, at a meeting of the Company’s independent directors following the Company’s Annual General Meeting. The Company is also pleased to welcome David Neuburger and Jennifer Traub to the Board of Directors.
Ron Hochstein, Denison’s Board Chair, commented, “I am honoured to have been elected Chair of Denison’s Board by the Company’s independent directors. This is a very exciting and important time in the modern history of Denison – as the Company focuses on advancing its low-cost Phoenix In-Situ Recovery (‘ISR’) uranium development project, at a time when the uranium market is showing signs of a sustained recovery.
Navigating years of challenging uranium markets, with a view of building a sustainable low-cost uranium mining company, has taken great vision from the Company’s Board and management. Accordingly, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Catherine Stefan and Jack Lundin for their contributions to the Board, and specifically express our appreciation to Ms. Stefan, the Company’s outgoing Board Chair, for her legacy of leadership and oversight of the Company during her six year term as Chair and Lead Director and 17 year tenure as a Director of the Company and its predecessor Denison Mines Inc.”
David Cates, Denison Director and President & CEO, added, “We are also pleased to welcome the addition of two highly qualified new Directors to join Denison’s Board. Jennifer Traub serves as Co-Chair of the Mining Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and has been recognized as a legal leader in the Canadian resource sector. Joining Jennifer as a new Director is Dave Neuburger. Few people have the same caliber of directly applicable technical experience that Dave brings to our Board – including previous executive oversight of Cameco’s international ISR mining operations and various mining operations in the Athabasca Basin.”
While both Mr. Hochstein and Mr. Edgar are considered by the Board to be independent, the appointment of Mr. Edgar as Lead Director is a corporate governance initiative designed to enhance the Company’s overall governance practices by further capitalizing on the diversity of qualifications that each of Denison’s directors brings to the Board – including Mr. Edgar’s 30-plus years of experience serving on public company boards and 16 years of practice in corporate and securities law.
Mr. Hochstein is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lundin Gold Inc. (“Lundin Gold”), which owns and operates the high-grade and multi-million-ounce Fruta del Notre (“FDN”) gold mine in southeast Ecuador. Under Mr. Hochstein’s leadership, Lundin Gold acquired FDN in late 2014, completed a feasibility study, signed several agreements with the Ecuadorian Government, financed, and then constructed the mine and infrastructure on time and on schedule within five years – achieving first gold production in November 2019. Mr. Hochstein is a Professional Engineer and holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta. Mr. Hochstein has served as a director of Denison since April 2000, and sits on the Board of Lundin Gold (TSX, Nasdaq Stockholm) and Josemaria Resources Inc. (TSX, Nasdaq Stockholm).
Brian Edgar is the Chairman of Silver Bull Resources Inc., a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX and the OTC MKTS. Mr. Edgar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Law degree, both from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Edgar practiced Corporate and Securities law in Vancouver, BC Canada for 16 years before retiring from the law in October 1992. Since that date, Mr. Edgar has served on the board of numerous private and public mining and oil & gas companies and had co-founded a private investment company, Rand Edgar Investment Corp. Mr. Edgar has served as a director of the Company since March 2005.
David Neuburger is a corporate director and consultant, with more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership, operations management, corporate strategic planning, projects, and mine engineering for companies involved in uranium, gold, nickel and copper/zinc mining. From 2013 to 2018, Mr. Neuburger was Vice President, General Manager, Kupol Operations for Kinross Gold Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Neuburger held the positions of Vice President, International Mining (2010 to 2013) at Cameco Corporation (“Cameco”), where he was responsible for oversight of Cameco’s ISR mining operations and joint ventures in the United States and Kazakhstan and Vice President, Mining Division (2004 to 2010) with oversight of Cameco’s uranium mining operations in the Athabasca Basin region of Northern Saskatchewan. Additionally, Mr. Neuburger has served as President and held other executive committee roles with the Saskatchewan Mining Association. Mr. Neuburger is a Professional Engineer registered in Saskatchewan, and holds B.Eng. (Mining) and B.Sc. (Biology) degrees from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Jennifer Traub is a partner in the Securities Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Mining Group. Ms. Traub represents both issuers and investment dealers in connection with M&A, public and private securities offerings and other financing transactions. She has particular expertise and experience in the resource sector and has played an integral role in managing some of the largest and most complex Canadian corporate finance and M&A transactions in the mining industry. In addition to transactional work, Ms. Traub regularly advises public companies regarding general corporate and securities law matters, including continuous disclosure, corporate governance and Canadian stock exchange issues. Ms. Traub is a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia and Ontario, has completed the Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law, and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.