TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 21, 2017) - CKR Carbon Corporation ("CKR" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CKR)(FRANKFURT:CB81) (WKN:A143MR) is pleased to announce that the TSX Venture Exchange has approved the change of name of the Company from "CKR Carbon Corporation" to "Gratomic Inc.". The change of name will become effective at the opening of the market on Friday, December 22, 2017 under the new symbol "GRAT". The CUSIP number assigned to the Company's shares following the name change is 38900X108. Gratomic refers to the one layer thick aka atomic scale technology or Graphenes/micro graphite the Company plans to produce to replace carbon black in tires.
The Company is also pleased to announce that Mr. Daniel Bloch has been appointed a director of the Company to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ian Flint and Mr. Denis Laviolette has joined the Board of Directors. Mr. Flint will continue to act as a technical advisor to the Company and has been appointed to the Company's Advisory Board. Messrs. Bloch and Laviolette join Sheldon Inwentash, Arno Brand, Luisa Moreno and Bernie Stannus on the Board of Directors of the Company.
Sheldon Inwentash, Executive Chairman and Co-CEO of the Company stated: "I would like to welcome Daniel and Denis to the Board of Directors as we embark upon this new stage in the evolution of the Company. The change of name to Gratomic better reflects the fact that the business of the Company is evolving from exploration, mining and processing of graphite to mining, processing and refining of graphite."
Daniel Bloch is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada for 18 years as well as being registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the Israeli Bar Association. Daniel's practice is global in nature and focuses on domestic and international matters in all areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and securities law. Daniel has advised on joint ventures and partnership structures in over 20 countries. Daniel regularly travels to South Africa, Europe and North America, where he has lectured on matters relating to financing structures for international joint ventures and the financing of oil and gas exploration projects. Most recently, he has been involved with the representation of a leading Israeli Pension Fund's investment in an offshore vehicle, the negotiation of Chinese Sino Foreign Joint Ventures, formation of a Namibian offshore oil exploration company, an Israeli offshore gas exploration company and the financing of a multinational gas exploration company. Daniel's extensive global energy and negotiation experience enables him to manage complex commercial relationships. In addition to his international commercial practice, Daniel regularly represents and provides general corporate and securities law advice to publicly and privately held entities ranging in size from start up to those with established multi-national operations. He has counselled on transactions in excess of $3 billion in various industry sectors, including natural resources and technology. Daniel has served as a both an officer and director of Canadian and U.S. publicly listed companies and is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Denis Laviolette brings more than a decade of experience as an exploration geologist and mining professional, having worked on three different continents. During his time in Northern Ontario (Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Red Lake), Norway and Ghana, he took on a diverse array of tasks, including advanced mine operations, start-up mine management, QA/QC, grass roots exploration, and financing and acquisitions.
Denis has also worked as Senior Investment Analyst with Pinetree Capital Ltd. ("Pinetree") in Toronto and now serves as Vice President of Resource Investments for ThreeD Capital, and Palisade Global. His responsibilities include market/portfolio analysis, appraising and vetting assets on a technical basis, providing valuation estimates, and reviewing corporate financial statements and technical reports.
Denis is currently President of Newfound Gold Corp., President/CEO of Goldspot Discoveries Inc., and a director of Xtra-Gold Resources Corp, Northern Sphere Mining Corp. and Tartisan Resources Corp. He received his B.Sc, Earth Science (Geology) from Brock University.
The appointments of Messrs. Bloch and Laviolette are subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
About CKR Carbon Corporation
CKR Carbon Corporation is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. We are collaborating with a leading European manufacturer of graphenes to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol CKR.
For more information: visit the website at www.ckr-carbon.com.
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