Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

November 02, 2009 08:49 ET

Great Western Minerals Group Announces the Appointment of the Honourable Bill McKnight as Director

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) – Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GWG) (PINK SHEETS:GWMGF) ("GWMG" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Honourable Bill McKnight has joined the board of directors of the Company, subject to approval by the TSX Venture Exchange.

Mr. McKnight served Canada as a Member of Parliament for fourteen years, nine of those as a senior Member of Cabinet. During those nine years, Mr. McKnight held seven portfolios, including Labour, Canada Mortgage and Housing, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, National Defence, Agriculture and Energy, Mines and Resources.

As a successful private businessman and a Senior Minister and Member of the Inner Cabinet, Mr. McKnight developed a unique strategic planning ability that is important in today's global business environment. Mr McKnight continues to consult for companies doing business in Asia where his network and connections are extensive.

Mr. McKnight holds board positions with several public and private organizations. He is currently Chairman of McKnight & Associates; Chairman and Director, Cline Mining Corporation; Director, Diadem Resources Ltd.; Director, Golden Opportunities Fund, and Director, Maple Leaf Reforestation Inc. In addition, Mr. McKnight is also an Honourary Chief of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.

In June, 2007, Mr. McKnight was appointed Treaty Commissioner for the Province of Saskatchewan, a position which he currently holds.

Mr. McKnight recognizes the importance of developing a North American solution to the impending global rare earth elements shortage, since these elements are critical to North American industry, particularly in the defense, automotive, and aerospace sectors.

Gary Billingsley, Executive Chairman of Great Western Minerals Group said "We are very pleased to have Mr. McKnight join our board of directors. Mr. McKnight brings a great deal of experience in the public and private sectors in areas that are relevant to our business here at GWMG. His international expertise in business and public and private policy will be very important for Great Western Minerals Group as we continue to implement our global mine to market business strategy."

Gary Billingsley
Executive Chairman

About Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. is a Canadian-based company with six rare earth exploration and development properties in North America with an option on a sizable additional property in South Africa. In addition, as part of the Company's strategy to pursue a vertically-integrated business model, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries of Less Common Metals Limited located in Birkenhead UK, and Great Western Technologies Inc., located in Troy, Michigan, produce a variety of specialty alloys for use in the battery, magnet and aerospace industries. These "designer" alloys include those containing copper, nickel, cobalt and the rare earth elements.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Contact Information

  • Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    Ron Malashewski
    Manager of Investor Relations
    (306) 659-4500
    Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    226 Cardinal Crescent
    Saskatoon, SK S7L 6H8