Burcon Announces Results of Shareholder Meeting

Vancouver, British Columbia, September 20, 2023 — Burcon NutraScience Corporation (“Burcon” or the “Company”) (TSX: BU),  a global technology leader in the development of plant-based proteins for foods and beverages, is pleased to announce the results from its 2023 annual general and special meeting of shareholders (the “Meeting”) held on September 20, 2023.  All of the eight nominees set out in Burcon’s management proxy circular dated August 2, 2023 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 general 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 articles 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 37,879,913 96.06 1,555,647 3.94 3,637,669
Alan Chan 38,966,593 98.81 468,967 1.19 3,637,669
Peter H. Kappel 38,980,993 98.85 454,567 1.15 3,637,669
Debora S. Fang 38,471,351 97.55 964,209 2.45 3,637,669
Jeanne McCaherty 38,473,001 97.56 962,559 2.44 3,637,669
Alfred Lau 38,360,238 97.27 1,075,322 2.73 3,637,669
Aaron T. Ratner 38,854,894 98.53 580,666 1.47 3,637,669
John A. Vassallo 39,206,823 99.42 228,737 0.58 3,637,669

Shareholders of the Company also approved the appointment of KPMG LLP as auditors of the Company and re-approved the amended and restated 2001 share option plan.

Burcon is also pleased to announce that, Mr. John A. Vassallo was elected as a director of the Company.  Mr. Vassallo has over 30 years’ experience in asset acquisition, development and management across several industries in multiple states. As Founder and CEO of Mos RE, LLC, Mr. Vassallo focuses on real estate development, land entitlements, redevelopment and strategic reuse of underutilized buildings by utilizing multi-source financing packages, including historic tax credits, tax incremental financing and state development programs. Mr. Vassallo headed multiple capital raises for a variety of developments and acquisitions. Mr. Vassallo also has experience in purchasing distressed debt for profitable returns. As Founder and CEO of Global Restaurant Systems, LLC, Mr. Vassallo established a multi-faceted management and consulting company providing inclusive restaurant development and operating services including accounting, human resources, real estate analysis and acquisition, legal, marketing, IT and administrative support to its clients.  Mr. Vassallo currently holds approximately 3.8% of Burcon’s issued and outstanding common shares.

Mr. J. Douglas Gilpin did not stand for re-election at the Meeting this year.  The board of directors of Burcon would like to extend its gratitude to Mr. Gilpin for his valuable contributions to the board of Burcon during his tenure.


About Burcon NutraScience Corporation 

Burcon is a global technology leader in the development of plant-based proteins for foods and beverages.  Our proteins exhibit superior functionality, taste and nutrition, making them ideal ingredients for food formulators.  With over two decades of experience, Burcon has amassed an extensive patent portfolio covering its specialty plant-based proteins derived from pea, canola, soy, hemp and sunflower seeds, among other plant sources.  Burcon is striving to become a vertically integrated provider of specialty plant-based protein solutions that deliver on health, nutrition and sustainability.  Supporting the growing trend towards a plant-based diet, Burcon is developing premium protein ingredients that we believe are better for you and better for the planet.  For more information, visit


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Burcon NutraScience Corporation

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