May 18, 2021 – Toronto, Ontario: Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV:RYR) (“Royal Road” or the “Company”) announces that due to professional commitments, Peter Mullens has stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors and resigned from the Company and that Liz Wall has moved from the position of Executive Director Sustainability to that of Non-Executive Chair.
“I was a co-founder of Royal Road and feel proud to have assisted the Company as it seized some compelling opportunities, navigated some significant challenges and flourished into the promising, well-regarded and dynamic organization it now is.” Said Peter Mullens, “I would like to thank Tim and his entire team, our shareholders and our financial services teams for their confidence, perseverance and dedication. I now have some significant professional commitments in the Australian time zone and so, it is with regret that I must tender my resignation. I am confident that Liz will more than fulfil the requirements of the role and I look forward to sharing in the company’s success as it advances its exciting projects in Colombia and Nicaragua.”
Liz Wall joined the Company as a Non-Executive Director in May of 2019 and took on the role of Executive Director – Sustainability in August 2020. Liz has more than twenty years of global experience assessing and addressing social and environmental risks and impacts associated with extractive sector investments in developing countries. Liz has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining, a Masters of Science and a Masters of Philosophy (Oxford). Originally trained as a mining engineer, a Rhodes Scholarship allowed Liz to pursue further studies in poverty reduction and environmental management. She has worked in more than forty countries, commencing her career with Rio Tinto in both project and corporate roles, focusing on health, environment and community aspects, before moving to the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) as a social development and environmental specialist. Liz has established a successful consulting business (Shared Resources Pty Ltd), has held several board-appointed roles and is regularly in the position of advising major mining companies on significant investment decisions. Underlining her commitment to effective corporate governance, she recently completed the renowned Insead International Directors Programme. Recognizing the evolving expectations of social and environmental performance, Liz retains close connections to fellow practitioners, delivers training courses on key topics, and authors books and papers on topics in this area.
“We are thankful for Pete’s invaluable insight and advice over the many years he has been with the Company and we are sad to see him go. We wish him the very best for his future endeavors” said Tim Coughlin, Royal Road’s President and CEO. “Liz is very much a known and highly-respected member of the Company and of the wider exploration and mining community. We welcome her to the position of Chair, look forward to her guidance and feel that her appointment is testament to the Company’s commitment to innovation in the role of sustainability and responsible exploration and mining”
In Colombia Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly-owned Colombian companies Minerales Camino Real SAS founded in 2015 and Exploraciones Northern Colombia SAS acquired from previous owners in 2019. In Argentina Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly owned Argentinian company, Minerales Camino Real Argentina. In Saudi Arabia and Morocco the Company operates through its 50% owned Saudi Arabian registered subsidiary, Royal Road Arabia.