David Laidley - Proposed Director
Mr. Laidley is Chairman Emeritus of Deloitte LLP (Canada), an audit and financial services firm, where he was a partner from 1975 until his retirement in 2007. Mr. Laidley served as Chairman of Deloitte LLP from 2000 to 2006 and during that time, he also served on the Global Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as well as its Governance Committee and he chaired its Audit Committee. As a chartered accountant, he has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning 40 years with Canada's largest professional services firm, with specialization in its tax and audit practices. Applying his background in tax, he has counseled many clients in the areas of corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Laidley serves on the boards of Aimia Inc., EMCOR Group Inc., ProSep Inc., Bank of Canada, Nautilus Indemnity Holdings Limited (where he is Chairman), and on a number of other boards of private institutions and foundations. Mr. Laidley is a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agrees du Quebec (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.
Dr. Lorne Hepworth - Proposed Director
Dr. Hepworth is President of CropLife Canada, the national trade association representing developers, manufacturers and distributors of plant science innovations for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings. Dr. Hepworth is currently the Chair of the Board of Genome Canada, a member of the Board of CARE Canada and on the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Scientific Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Independent Review Committee for Assiniboia Farmland Limited Partnership. He recently served on the Expert Panel on Sustainability Management of Water in Agriculture. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Research Council of Canada, Plant Biotechnology Institute, the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council, the federal Pest Management Advisory Committee and National Biotechnology Advisory Committee. A graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (1971), Dr. Hepworth was a veterinarian in Alberta and Saskatchewan until 1982, when he was elected to Saskatchewan's Legislative Assembly. He subsequently served nine years in Cabinet, during which he was minister of Agriculture, Education, Finance, and Energy and Mines. From 1993 to 1997, he held several executive positions with the Canadian Agra group of companies specializing in agri-food/feed production, processing and marketing.
Gord Nystuen - Vice-President, Market Development
Mr. Nystuen is the Vice-President, Market Development of Input. He has played an important role in the development and growth of Input's canola streaming business. He has an extensive background in a variety of senior roles in the Saskatchewan Government, including Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, at Saskatchewan Power Corporation, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Chief of Staff to the Premier, Chairman of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, and a variety of other roles in transportation, gaming, health, and finance. He has also been a director of the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP) and the Saskatchewan Agrivision Corporation. Prior to his roles in government, Mr. Nystuen had a background in commercial and agricultural lending. Mr. Nystuen is a director of Avena Foods Ltd., a specialized oat processor based in Regina. He grew up on a farm near Naicam, Saskatchewan, and is a partner in Golden Acres Seed Farm. In 2009, Mr. Nystuen managed a project for Assiniboia Capital Corp. on behalf of a large corporate client conducting a $20 million land acquisition program in Saskatchewan.
Completion of the Qualifying Transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSX Venture Exchange acceptance. Where applicable, the Qualifying Transaction cannot close until the required approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.
Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circular or filing statement to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of a capital pool company should be considered highly speculative.
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This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction.
ANY SECURITIES REFERRED TO HEREIN WILL NOT BE REGISTERED UNDER THE U.S. SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "1933 ACT"), AND MAY NOT BE OFFERED OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES OR TO A U.S. PERSON IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH REGISTRATION OR AN EXEMPTION FROM THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE 1933 ACT.
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Notice on forward-looking statements
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding WB II, Input, and their respective businesses. Such statements are based on the current expectations of the management of each entity. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release, including completion of the Qualifying Transaction, may not occur and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the companies, including risks regarding the agricultural commodity streaming industry, economic factors and the equity markets generally. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and WB II and Input undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise
WB II is a capital pool company governed by the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. WB II's principal business is the identification and evaluation of assets or businesses with a view to completing a Qualifying Transaction.
WB II Acquisition Corp.
Ronald D. Schmeichel
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