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NEO Expands Board Expertise with New Directors, Lori-Ann Beausoleil and Ian Telfer

Toronto | October 1, 2021 – The NEO Exchange (“NEO”) is proud to welcome Lori-Ann Beausoleil and Ian Telfer as newly-appointed independent directors to the respective boards of the NEO Exchange and Aequitas Innovations Inc. (the parent company of NEO). They both bring exceptional expertise and experience to NEO’s highly-capable boards, and provide first-hand exposure to target audiences.

Lori-Ann Beausoleil, former National Compliance, Ethics and Governance Leader at PwC Canada, is a strategic addition for NEO. As a recognized and well-respected leader in her areas of expertise, Beausoleil’s skillset and connections make her an invaluable resource for NEO’s ongoing growth and success.

“The innovation and advocacy that NEO has introduced to the Canadian market has created an alternative for our publicly listed entities and has brought creativity and change to our capital markets, but there is still much more we can do,” commented Lori-Ann Beausoleil. “I look forward to bringing a balance of strong governance, sound strategy, and regulatory compliance to the board. I was also drawn to NEO’s plans to evolve its environmental, social, and governance initiatives and I am eager to put my expertise and network at their disposal.”

A prominent entrepreneur and executive in the mining industry, inductee of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, and active philanthropist, Ian Telfer offers a wealth of connections and insight into the international mineral exploration, development, and mining sectors. Following closely on the heels of NEO’s first full-fledged mining listings, Greenland Resources and Major Precious Metals, Telfer’s appointment is another strategic addition for NEO as it seeks to develop its presence in the mining, critical mineral, and natural resources space.

“Over the past several years, I have become fascinated with NEO, a truly disruptive force in the Canadian capital markets,” remarked Ian Telfer. “NEO has proven, time and again, that there is a better alternative for raising capital and going public. I am excited to bring my knowledge to the board, where I will focus my efforts on helping NEO expand its reach and unlock growth capital in the global mining industry.”

“We are honoured to welcome Lori-Ann and Ian to our boards, both of whom are renowned advocates in their respective industries,” added Jos Schmitt, President and CEO of NEO. “As a recognized leader and voice of the mining industry, Ian opens doors that were previously inaccessible to us, at just the right time. Canada’s mining industry is poised to lead the exploration, development, and production of the critical minerals that will drive our low carbon, clean technology future. Lori-Ann brings exceptional regulatory expertise and good governance practices, along with an in-depth understanding of the criticality of strong ESG performance. We are confident that she will prove to be an incredible asset to our organization, in the years that follow.”

The NEO Exchange is home to over 160 unique listings, including some of Canada’s most innovative up-and-coming public companies and ETFs from Canada’s largest ETF issuers. Backed by some of the most reputable financial organizations in Canada, the NEO Exchange is the third most active marketplace in the country – closing in on second – and consistently facilitates close to 15% of all Canadian trading volume. Click here for a complete view of all NEO-listed securities, and for an updated listing of the board of directors, click here.

About the NEO Exchange

The NEO Exchange is Canada’s Tier 1 stock exchange for the innovation economy, bringing together investors and capital raisers within a fair, liquid, efficient, and service-oriented environment. Fully operational since June 2015, NEO puts investors first and provides access to trading across all Canadian-listed securities on a level playing field. NEO lists companies and investment products seeking an internationally recognized stock exchange that enables investor trust, quality liquidity, and broad awareness including unfettered access to market data.

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