Opta Minerals Inc. Announces Appointment of John Dietrich as

Opta Minerals Inc. Announces Appointment of John Dietrich as
Executive Vice President 
WATERDOWN, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/13 -- Opta Minerals Inc.
(TSX:OPM), today announced the appointment of Mr. John Dietrich to
the position of Executive Vice President. Mr. Dietrich will report
directly to David Kruse, President and Chief Executive Officer, Opta
Minerals Inc. Reporting to Mr. Dietrich will be finance and
administration and human resources. He will also be responsible for
legal matters, insurance and corporate development activities. 
Mr. Dietrich is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial
Analyst with 25 years of finance and accounting experience gained
during a progression of senior roles in both private industry and
public companies. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Dietrich has been
with SunOpta Inc. (66.2% owner of Opta Minerals) since 2002 and has
served in a number of roles including Vice President Corporate
Development and Chief Financial Officer. 
David Kruse, President and CEO of Opta Minerals Inc. commented, "I am
very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dietrich to the
position of Executive Vice President. John is very familiar with Opta
Minerals due to his tenure at SunOpta and has been indirectly
involved in many of Opta Minerals' major acquisitions in the past. We
welcome him to his new role with Opta Minerals as we focus on
continued growth in the future." 
About Opta Minerals 
Opta Minerals is a vertically integrated provider of custom process
solutions and industrial mineral products used primarily in the
steel, foundry, loose abrasive cleaning, water-jet cutting and
municipal water filtration industries. The Company has production and
distribution facilities in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Louisiana,
South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, New York,
Texas, Florida, Ohio, Idaho, France, Slovakia and Germany. Opta has
one of the broadest product lines in the industry.
Opta Minerals Inc.
David Kruse
President and Chief Executive Officer
905-689-7361 ext 405 
Opta Minerals Inc.
Peter Fryters
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
905-689-7361 ext 405
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