North American Nickel Inc. (NAN) has appointed Patricia (Patti) Tirschmann as vice-president, exploration, and Sharon Taylor as chief geophysicist of the company.
Ms. Tirschmann joined the company in 2014 for a temporary position as the principal nickel geologist. Ms. Tirschmann has since agreed to join the company full-time as vice-president, exploration. Ms. Tirschmann is a professional geoscientist with nearly 25 years of exploration experience specializing in magmatic nickel-copper sulphide deposits. Prior to her role as the company's principal nickel geologist, Ms. Tirschmann served for six years as vice-president, exploration, for Continental Nickel Ltd. and previous to that worked for over 18 years in various roles, including senior geologist, international nickel sulphide exploration, with Falconbridge Ltd. (now Glencore Xstrata PLC).
Ms. Taylor has a BSc from Mount Allison University and an MSc from Queen's University. Ms. Taylor has over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration, including 13 years with Falconbridge, Noranda and Xstrata. She has experience in both volcanogenic massive sulphide and nickel exploration in major mining camps, including Kidd Creek, Bathurst, Raglan, Sudbury and Kabanga. Her most recent employment with Continental Nickel included nickel exploration at the St. Stephen project in New Brunswick and the Nachingwea nickel project in Tanzania. Ms. Taylor's area of expertise is the application and interpretation of electromagnetic data and integrating results from airborne, ground and downhole EM methods.
NAN chief executive officer Keith Morrison commented: "The appointment of Ms. Tirschmann and Ms. Taylor brings a wealth of experience and exceptional nickel sulphide exploration to our team. Their combined skills in both geology and geophysics will provide additional expertise in the continued exploration at our Maniitsoq project."
The company has also granted incentive stock options to employees of the company to purchase up to 900,000 common shares in the capital of the company pursuant to the company's stock option plan. All of the options are exercisable for a period of five years at an exercise price of 27.5 cents per share.