Vancouver, British Columbia, September 16, 2021 — Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX: BU NASDAQ: BRCN) a global technology leader in the development of plant-based proteins, is pleased to announce the results from its 2021 annual and special meeting of shareholders (the “Meeting”) held on September 15, 2021. All of the seven nominees set out in Burcon’s management proxy circular dated July 28, 2021 proposed by management for election to the board of directors at the Meeting were elected to the board. Each director elected will hold office until the conclusion of the next annual meeting of shareholders of Burcon or until his or her successor is elected or appointed, unless his or her office is earlier vacated in accordance with Burcon’s by-laws or with applicable law.
The results of the voting on the election of the directors are as follows:
|Director Nominee||Votes For||% Votes For||Votes Withheld||% Votes Withheld||Non Votes|
|David Lorne John Tyrrell||37,498,243||96.42||1,390,455||3.58||2,938,249|
|J. Douglas Gilpin||36,712,668||94.40||2,176,030||5.60||2,938,249|
|Peter H. Kappel||37,933,399||97.54||955,299||2.46||2,938,249|
|Debora S. Fang||37,464,659||96.34||1,424,039||3.66||2,938,249|
Shareholders of the Corporation also approved the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as auditors of the Corporation and the restricted share unit plan.
Burcon is also pleased to announce that, following the Meeting, Mr. Alfred Lau was appointed as a director of the Corporation. Mr. Lau brings extensive financial and business experience to the Burcon board. Mr. Lau is a director of WealthOne Bank of Canada (“WOBC”), a Canadian Schedule I Bank. Mr. Lau has been an independent member of the WOBC Board of Directors since 2018 and currently sits on the Audit and the Credit Review Committees. In addition, he is the founder and co-leader of a private equity firm with operations in Hong Kong and Beijing. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Lau was a partner of KPMG with over 35 years of experience at key locations around the world, including Beijing, Vancouver and London. He has held senior positions within KPMG including co-leader of the audit practice in Beijing and co-leader of the China Practice in Canada. He was the Audit Engagement Partner for a number of multi-national Fortune 500 companies and listed companies on the TSX. Mr. Lau is a former director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SUCCESS, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Canada.
Mr. David Ju and Mr. Calvin Ng did not stand for re-election at the Meeting this year. The board of directors of Burcon would like to extend its gratitude to Messrs. Ju and Ng for their valuable contributions to the board of Burcon during their tenure.
About Burcon NutraScience Corporation
Burcon is a global technology leader in the development of clean-label, plant-based proteins for foods and beverages. With over 290 issued patents and 200 additional patent applications developed over a span of more than 20 years, Burcon has grown an extensive portfolio of composition, application and process patents covering novel plant-based proteins derived from pea, canola, soy, hemp, sunflower seed and more. In 2019, Merit Functional Foods Corporation (“Merit Foods”) was established between Burcon and three veteran food industry executives. Merit Foods has built a state-of-the-art protein production facility in Manitoba, Canada to produce, under licence, Burcon’s novel pea and canola protein ingredients. For more information, visit www.burcon.ca.
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