PearTree Securities Appoints Trent Mell as President and Head of Mining Group

Former President and CEO of Falco Resources to lead mining capital growth efforts

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - PearTree Securities Inc., a subsidiary of PearTree Financial Services Ltd., the originator and leading provider of Flow Through Donation Financing in Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Trent Mell as President and Head of Mining.

Mr. Mell brings more than 15 years of mining industry and capital markets experience to PearTree, where he will be responsible for expanding the firm's deployment of capital for Canadian exploration and development mining projects. He previously served as President and CEO of Falco Resources and as Executive Vice President at AuRico Gold. He has also held senior leadership roles at Barrick Gold, Sherritt International and North American Palladium.

Mr. Mell is a Quebec native and was a securities and M&A lawyer with Stikeman Elliott LLP prior to entering the mining sector. He holds a B.A., B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University, an LL.M from Osgoode Hall and an executive MBA from the Schulich School of Business and Kellogg School of Management.

"We are excited by the opportunity to work with Trent as PearTree continues to grow," said Ron Bernbaum, founder of PearTree Financial. "What started as a format to assist charities has evolved into the most cost effective way for Canadian issuers to advance their projects and in doing so, create jobs and benefit northern communities across Canada. We are proud of our impact in providing over a quarter of all exploration capital in Canada during the past two years and in funding more than 150M$ in exploration and development during the past 12 months."

"I am pleased to become a part of what I know to be the most efficient corporate finance platform in resource exploration. As CEO at Falco, I directly experienced the success of using PearTree's unique format," said Mr. Mell. "My mandate is to build and deepen relationships with market participants including investors, issuers and their intermediaries to deploy our available capital."

The PearTree Securities core team also includes CEO Lisa Davis, Norman Brownstein, Head of Markets, institutional sales representative Marianne Jenkevice and mining analyst Eric Lemieux.

About PearTree Securities
PearTree Securities works with mining companies, brokers and strategic investors to structure flow through donation private placements, providing an important source of capital for Canadian exploration and development activities. Since 2009, PearTree has completed over 150 transactions and raised more than $600 million for Canadian resource companies. PearTree Securities Inc. is an exempt market dealer and a subsidiary of PearTree Financial Ltd.

SOURCE PearTree Securities Inc.

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For further information:

Trent Mell, President & Head of Mining
PearTree Securities Inc.
416-671-4922
trent.mell@peartreesecurities.com

Media, please contact:

Justin Young, Profis Communications
416-738-5360
justin@profis.ca

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