Gold Canyon Resources Inc.
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Gold Canyon Resources Inc.

May 30, 2012 08:30 ET

Gold Canyon Announces the Appointment of Troy J. Fierro and Richard J. Hall to the Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) - Gold Canyon Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GCU)(PINKSHEETS:GDCRF) ("Gold Canyon" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Troy J. Fierro, and Mr. Richard J. Hall to the Board of Directors of Gold Canyon Resources, effective immediately.

Gold Canyon rapidly advanced its 100% controlled Springpole Gold Project over the past three years with a small, focused management and exploration team. Recognizing that Springpole is now one of the most exciting gold projects in Canada, Gold Canyon is pleased to strengthen its team with two proven, development-focused mining executives, Troy J. Fierro and Richard J. Hall. Both Mr. Fierro and Mr. Hall have long track records of advancing North American gold projects to production. Gold Canyon sees their collective experience as essential to advance the Springpole Gold Project toward feasibility and production.

"Gold Canyon's Board is extremely pleased to have two well-seasoned and successful mining executives join Gold Canyon - Mr. Fierro and Mr. Hall as Members of the Board of Directors," states Conrad Pinette, Chairman of the Board of Gold Canyon. "In addition, Mr. Fierro has entered into a Mining Consulting Agreement with Gold Canyon to focus on the development of the Springpole Project. Their collective exploration, mine development and executive experience will help expand the Springpole gold deposit and systematically address project risks as Gold Canyon moves the project towards feasibility."

Troy J. Fierro, BSc Mine Engineering

Mr. Fierro is a successful mining engineer with over 28 years of industry experience. He has previously held executive positions with Fronteer Gold Inc., Metallica Resources Inc., and Coeur d'Alene Mines where he has overseen the development, construction or management of mines in Nevada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Alaska. At Fronteer, which was acquired by Newmont Mining Corp. for $2.1 billion, Mr. Fierro acted as COO. He was also Vice President Operations of Metallica where he played the lead role in the construction of the Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico. In August 2008, Metallica was part of a $1.6 billion merger with Peak Gold Ltd. and New Gold Inc. Mr. Fierro was a director of Grayd Resources which was acquired by Agnico-Eagle in December 2011. Currently, he is a Board Member with Timberline Resources. Mr. Fierro graduated with a Bachelor of Science - Mine Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines where he serves on the Advisory Board.

Richard J. Hall, MS Geology, MBA

Mr. Hall brings to Gold Canyon over 35 years of mining exploration and development experience. Mr. Hall was newly appointed a director of IAMGOLD on March 22, 2012. Mr. Hall brings nearly 40 years of exploration, development, mining and corporate experience. Mr. Hall currently serves as Chairman of Premier Gold, a position that he has held since 2010. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northgate Minerals from July 2011 until October 2011 when Northgate was acquired by AuRico Gold. From 2008 until 2011 he held the position of Chairman of Grayd Resource Corporation when Grayd was acquired by Agnico Eagle in December 2011. He also served as a director and Chairman of the Special Committee of Creston Moly during its acquisition by Mercator Minerals in 2011. In addition to his Board activities, Mr. Hall acts as a mineral industry consultant to various companies. From 1999 to 2008 he served as President and CEO of Metallica Resources Inc., where he was involved in all aspects of the company's development including the financing, construction and commissioning of the Cerro San Pedro gold-silver mine in Mexico. While at Metallica, the El Morro deposit was discovered in Chile and was brought through to a final feasibility study in conjunction with Metallica's operating partner on the project, Xstrata Copper. In August 2008, Metallica was part of a $1.6 billion merger with Peak Gold Ltd. and New Gold Inc. to form what is now New Gold Inc. Previous to his tenure at Metallica, Mr. Hall held senior management positions with Dayton Mining Corporation and Pegasus Gold Corporation. Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Geology and an MBA from Eastern Washington University. He has also completed an Executive Development Program at the University of Minnesota.

Lisa Sharp, CGA

The Company is also pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Sharp, CGA as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Lisa Sharp, CGA has over 15 years of senior management experience in a variety of industries including mining, environmental technology and remediation and for the past eight years has focused on public companies listed on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange and AMEX. Ron Schmitz has stepped down as Chief Financial Officer and has resigned his position as a Director but will continue to serve Gold Canyon in the capacity as Executive Vice President.

The Company further announces that pursuant to the Company's Rolling Stock Option Plan (the "Option Plan"), it has granted incentive stock options to the newly appointed directors and Chief Financial Officer to purchase an aggregate of 1,250,000 common shares. The stock options have a term of five (5) years, subject to one-third vesting of the grant every 6 months from grant day with full vesting in the first 18 months of the term, and have an exercise price of $1.45 per share, representing yesterday's closing price of the Company's common shares as reported on the TSX Venture Exchange.

About Springpole

Springpole is an alkaline intrusion hosting a gold system that represents a potentially new style of Canadian Archean Shield gold deposit. The Portage Zone is hosted by a trachytic porphyry intrusion displaying polyphase autolithic breccias that host gold mineralization. Other zones, including the East Extension and Main, consist of high-grade veins and pods hosted in diatreme breccias composed of intrusive and country rock fragments. These breccias surround the northwest and northern margins of the Portage Zone. The known mineralized zones underlie a total known area of about 4 square kilometers representing only about 15 percent of the greater alkaline intrusive complex which remains yet to be explored.

On February 27, 2012, Gold Canyon announced an updated NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate for Springpole, effective February 27, 2012, which included an indicated mineral resource of 1.22 million ounces gold and 4.82 million ounces silver and an inferred mineral resource of 2.45 million ounces gold and 11.58 million ounces silver (cut-off grade of 0.4 grams per tonne gold). Tonnage and grades were reported as 30.0 million metric tonnes at 1.26 grams per tonne gold and 5.0 grams per tonne silver for the indicated category, and 60.0 million metric tonnes at 1.27 grams per tonne gold and 6.0 grams per tonne silver for the inferred category. A technical report detailing this resource was filed by the Company on April 10, 2012 and is available through the Internet on the Canadian System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com.

Quinton Hennigh, Ph.D., P.Geo. is the Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 responsible for, and has reviewed and approved, the technical information contained in this news release. Dr. Hennigh is acting as a technical adviser to, and a director of, Gold Canyon.

About Gold Canyon Resources Inc.:

Gold Canyon is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral and precious metals properties. The Company controls a 100% interest in the Springpole Gold - Horseshoe Island Gold, Platinum, Palladium Project and Favourable Lake Poly-metallic property currently under option to Guyana Frontier Mining Corp. pursuant to an option and joint venture agreement entered into in December 2005 - all in the Red Lake Mining District of Ontario, Canada.

Through its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Gold Canyon Resources USA Inc., the Company controls a 100% interest in the Cordero Gallium Project situated in Humboldt County, Nevada, U.S.A.

Gold Canyon entered into a REE Joint Exploration Agreement with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) in January 2009.

Additional information can be found on the Company's website: www.goldcanyon.ca

Akiko Levinson, President & Director

Cautionary Note Regarding Mineral Resources

Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of mineral resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, sociopolitical, marketing, or other relevant issues. The quantity and grade of reported inferred resources in any estimation are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these inferred resources as an indicated or measured mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an indicated or measured mineral resource category.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Readers Regarding Estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources

This news release uses the term "inferred resources". We advise U.S. investors that while this term is recognized and required by Canadian regulations, it is not recognized by the SEC. "Inferred resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an "inferred mineral resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of "inferred mineral resources" may not form the basis of a feasibility study or prefeasibility studies, except in rare cases. The SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute "reserves" as in-place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. The term "contained gold ounces" used in this news release is not permitted under the rules of the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of a measured, indicated or inferred resource exists or is economically or legally mineable.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or "forward looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian provincial securities legislation (collectively, "forward looking statements"). Forward looking statements often, but not always, are identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "targeting" and "intend" and statements that an event or result "may", "will", "would", "should", "could", or "might" occur or be achieved and other similar expressions. forward looking statements in this news release include statements regarding the timing and nature of permitting studies, the timing and nature of infrastructure developments and construction, projections of future optimization, production timeline targets, the timing of negotiations with third parties, and the timing and nature of future exploration programs which are dependent on projections which may change as drilling continues, or if unexpected ground conditions are encountered. In addition, areas of exploration potential are identified which will require substantial drilling to determine whether or not they contain similar mineralization to areas which have been explored in more detail. The description of the extent of mineralized zones is not intended to imply that any economically mineable estimate of reserves or resources exists on any of Gold Canyon's projects.

The forward looking statements that are contained in this news release are based on various assumptions and estimates by Gold Canyon and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. As a consequence, actual results might differ materially from results forecast or suggested in these forward looking statements. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Gold Canyon to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ include; risks relating to fluctuations in the price of gold; the inherently hazardous nature of mining-related activities; uncertainties concerning resource estimates; results of exploration, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, inability to obtain required regulatory approvals, unanticipated difficulties or costs in any rehabilitation which may be necessary, market conditions and general business, economic, competitive, political and social conditions. These statements are based on a number of assumptions, including assumptions regarding general market conditions, timing and receipt of regulatory approvals, the ability of Gold Canyon and other relevant parties to satisfy regulatory requirements, the availability of financing for proposed transactions and programs on reasonable terms and the ability of third-party service providers to deliver services in a timely manner. Although Gold Canyon has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward looking statements, there may be other factors which cause actual results to differ. forward looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this news release and Gold Canyon disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. There can be no assurance that forward looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

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