Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

October 09, 2007 17:17 ET

Great Western Minerals Group Announces Changes to Board of Directors

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2007) - Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GWG) (PINK SHEETS:GWMGF) ("GWMG" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the following changes to the Board of Directors.

J. Rupert Allan P.Geol, and Ian McNaughton, FICB, have joined the Board of Directors; Jeff Austin, P.Eng, has resigned from the Board due to other commitments, but will continue to be involved with the Company as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee.

Rupert Allan joins the Board with thirty-eight years of technical and management experience in Canada and globally with junior mining and exploration companies engaged in search and development of base and precious metals, diamonds, and uranium. Currently he is the President and CEO of Skeena Resources Limited, which is active with gold exploration projects in Canada and in Latin America. His experience is enhanced by directorships with many Canadian and international mineral exploration companies and consulting firms.

Mr. Allan is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, and a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

Ian McNaughton's successful career spans more than three and a half decades with TD Bank, one of Canada's largest banking and financial institutions where he achieved the level of Vice President and Manager Commercial Banking. He retired in October 2004 as Manager, Commercial Banking in Saskatoon.

Mr. McNaughton's experience also includes many years in Management, Commercial and Corporate Banking, primarily across Western Canada, focusing on a wide range of sectors including real estate, manufacturing, agriculture, and the service sector.

After completing studies at University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of British Columbia, Mr. McNaughton received the designation of Fellow, Institute of Canadian Bankers, in 1988. Mr. McNaughton remains active in the business community and is the Vice President and a Director of The Saskatoon Club.

Jeff Austin is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Mineral Process Engineering. He is a metallurgist with extensive laboratory research and full-scale operational experience, and has been Chairman of the Canadian Mineral Processors (a technical division of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum). Mr. Austin is currently President of International Metallurgical and Environmental Inc. and Western Canada Limestone Ltd. He will continue to contribute in-house expertise by monitoring all metallurgical work carried out on Company projects at independent laboratories.

Jim Engdahl, President and CEO of Great Western Minerals Group said, "We are pleased to welcome Rupert Allan and Ian McNaughton to our Board. Their extensive and diverse experience in key roles in mining and finance will further strengthen our Board as we move toward our goal of becoming a vertically-integrated, mine-to-market producer of rare-earth elements. Engdahl adds, "We certainly appreciate the contributions that Jeff Austin has made as a member of our Board of Directors, and his technical knowledge and experience will continue to be important to the Company as a member of our Technical Advisory Committee.

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. is a Canadian based company exploring for, and developing, strategic metal resources in North America. Pursuing a vertically-integrated business model, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary Great Western Technologies Inc., located in Troy, Michigan, produces 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.

Jim Engdahl, President

CUSIP: 39141Y 10 3

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

Contact Information

  • Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    Ron Malashewski
    Manager of Investor Relations
    (306) 668-0701
    Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    226 Cardinal Crescent
    Saskatoon, SK S7L 6H8