Exhibit 10.1

 

VOTING AND SUPPORT AGREEMENT

 

THIS AGREEMENT is made as of the ____ day of ________________, 20__.

 

BETWEEN:

 

THE PERSONS LISTED ON APPENDIX “A” HERETO, (collectively, the “Shareholders” and each individually a “Shareholder”)

 

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC., a corporation existing under the laws of Nevada (“Torchlight”)

 

WHEREAS each Shareholder is the registered and/or direct or indirect beneficial owner of the common shares (“META Shares”), stock options, deferred share units and/or common share purchase warrants (“META Convertible Securities”) in the capital of Metamaterial Inc., a corporation existing under the laws of Ontario (“META”) set forth opposite such Shareholder’s name in Appendix “A” hereto (collectively, the “Subject Securities”);

 

AND WHEREAS each Shareholder understands that, concurrently with the execution and delivery of this Agreement, META and Torchlight are entering into the Arrangement Agreement (as defined herein) providing for the Arrangement (as defined herein) whereby Torchlight proposes to indirectly acquire all of the issued and outstanding voting and equity securities of META;

 

AND WHEREAS in order for each Shareholder to realize the benefits that will accrue to such Shareholder in connection with the consummation of the Arrangement, each Shareholder desires to enter into this Agreement to provide his or her support for completion of the Arrangement on the terms and conditions set forth herein;

 

AND WHEREAS each Shareholder acknowledges that Torchlight would not enter into the Arrangement Agreement but for the execution and delivery of this Agreement by such Shareholder;

 

AND WHEREAS this Agreement sets out the terms and conditions of the agreement of each Shareholder to abide by the covenants in respect of the Subject Securities and the other restrictions and covenants set forth herein;

 

AND WHEREAS the foregoing recitals, and the representations, warranties and covenants provided herein, are made or provided by each Shareholder only with respect to such Shareholder and such Subject Securities and, for greater certainty, are not made or provided in relation to any other Shareholder or such Shareholder’s Subject Securities;

 

NOW THEREFORE this Agreement witnesses that, in consideration of the premises and the covenants and agreements herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

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ARTICLE 1
INTERPRETATION

 

1.1Definitions

 

In this Agreement:

 

Affiliate” has the meaning ascribed thereto in the Securities Act (Ontario) and the rules, regulations, instruments (including national and multilateral instruments) and published policies made thereunder, as now in effect and as they may be promulgated or amended from time to time;

 

Arrangement” means the arrangement of META and Torchlight under Section 182 of the OBCA on the terms and subject to the conditions set out in the Plan of Arrangement, subject to any amendments or variations to the Plan of Arrangement made in accordance with the terms of the Arrangement Agreement or the Plan of Arrangement or made at the direction of the Court in the Final Order with the consent of the parties to the Arrangement Agreement, each acting reasonably;

 

Arrangement Agreement” means the arrangement agreement, including the schedules thereto, of even date herewith, between Torchlight and META, a copy of which is attached hereto as Appendix “B”, as it may be amended, supplemented or modified from time to time in accordance with its terms; and

 

Transaction Shareholder Approval” has the meaning ascribed thereto in Section 2.1.

 

1.2Definitions in Arrangement Agreement

 

All terms used in this Agreement that are not defined in Section 1.1 or elsewhere in this Agreement and that are defined in the Arrangement Agreement shall have the respective meanings ascribed to them in the Arrangement Agreement.

 

1.3Appendices

 

The following Appendices attached hereto constitute an integral part of this Agreement:

 

Appendix “A” - Subject Securities
     
Appendix “B” - Arrangement Agreement
     

ARTICLE 2
COVENANTS OF THE SHAREHOLDERS

 

2.1Shareholder Support

 

In connection with the Arrangement (and any transactions contemplated in connection with the Arrangement Agreement), if and only if, any approval of securityholders of META is required under applicable Securities Laws (including the Canadian Securities Exchange and, for greater certainty, any “minority approval” as such term is defined in Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Securityholders in Special Transactions) (“Transaction Shareholder Approval”), each of the Shareholders severally, and not jointly or jointly and severally, hereby covenants, undertakes and agrees from time to time, until such time as this Agreement is terminated in accordance with Article 4, to cause to be counted as present for purposes of establishing quorum and to vote (or cause to be voted) all of the Subject Securities (to the extent they carry a right to vote): (i) at any meeting of any of the securityholders of META at which the Shareholder or any registered or beneficial owner of the Subject Securities are entitled to vote to obtain the Transaction Shareholder Approval; or (ii) in any action by written consent of the securityholders of META, in favour of the approval, consent, ratification and adoption of any resolution approving the Arrangement (and any transactions contemplated in connection with the Arrangement Agreement).

 

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2.2Restrictions with Respect to Subject Securities

 

Each Shareholder hereby severally, and not jointly or jointly and severally, covenants and agrees that, from the date hereof until the earlier of (i) the Effective Time, (ii) the termination of this Agreement in accordance with Article 4, or (iii) it being determined (by mutual agreement of Torchlight and META) that the Transaction Shareholder Approval is not required, except as permitted by this Agreement, such Shareholder will:

 

(a)not, directly or indirectly, option, sell, assign, transfer, pledge, encumber, grant a participation or security interest in or power of attorney over, hypothecate or otherwise convey or dispose of any Subject Securities, or any right or interest therein (legal or equitable), to any Person or group or Persons acting jointly or in concert or enter into any agreement, option or other arrangement to do any of the foregoing (each of the foregoing, a “Transfer”), other than to one or more of a parent, spouse, child or grandchild of, or a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity controlled solely by, the Shareholder or a trust or account (including a Registered Retirement Savings Plan, Registered Education Savings Plan, Registered Retirement Income Fund or similar account) existing for the benefit of such Person or entity; provided, that a Transfer referred to in this sentence shall only be permitted if, as a precondition to such Transfer, the transferee agrees in writing, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Torchlight, to be bound by all of the terms of this Agreement with respect to the Subject Securities; and provided further, that in the case of a Transfer to a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity solely controlled by, the Shareholder, such entity shall remain solely controlled by the Shareholder until the earlier of: (i) the Effective Time; and (ii) the termination of this Agreement in accordance with Article 4. Any purported transfer of any Subject Securities or interest therein in violation of this Section 2.2(a) shall be null and void;

 

(b)not, directly or indirectly, grant or agree to grant any proxy or other right to vote any Subject Securities, except for any proxies granted to vote in favour of any Transaction Shareholder Approval in accordance with Section 2.1, or enter into any voting trust, vote pooling or other agreement with respect to the right to vote, call meetings of any of the shareholders of META or give consents or approval of any kind as to any Subject Securities;

 

(c)not vote or cause to be voted any Subject Securities in favor of, and vote or cause to be voted all Subject Securities against, any proposed action, transaction or agreement by or involving META or any of its Affiliates or the Shareholder or any other Person in a manner which could reasonably be expected to (i) prevent, hinder or delay the successful completion of the Arrangement or the transactions contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement; or (ii) change in any manner the voting rights of any class of shares of META;

 

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(d)other than set forth herein, take all such steps as are necessary or advisable to ensure that at all relevant times his, her or its Subject Securities will not be subject to any shareholders’ agreements, voting trust or similar agreements or any option, right or privilege (whether by law, pre-emptive or contractual) capable of becoming a shareholders’ agreement, voting trust or other agreement affecting or restricting the ability of him or her to exercise all voting rights attaching to such Subject Securities;

 

(e)not withdraw, amend, modify or qualify, or publicly propose or state an intention to withdraw, amend, modify or qualify, support for the transactions contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement; and

 

(f)irrevocably waives to the fullest extent permitted by Law any and all rights of the Shareholder to dissent with respect to the Arrangement, and will not exercise any such rights with respect to the Arrangement or the transactions contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement.

 

2.3Voting of the Subject Securityholders

 

Each Shareholder hereby agrees with Torchlight that it will, on or before the fifth Business Day prior to any meeting of any of the securityholders of META in respect of any Transaction Shareholder Approval, duly complete forms of proxy in respect of all of his, her or its Subject Securities, and any other required documents in connection therewith , and cause same to be validly delivered in support of (and indicating that all Subject Securities are voted in favour of approving) the Arrangement (and any transactions contemplated in connection with the Arrangement Agreement) and will not withdraw the forms of proxy except as expressly otherwise provided in this Agreement. Each Shareholder further agrees that it will, on or before the fifth Business Day prior to any meeting of any of the securityholders of META in respect of any Transaction Shareholder Approval to be called to approve the Arrangement (and any transactions contemplated in connection with the Arrangement Agreement), deliver or cause to be delivered to Torchlight in accordance with Section 5.10 of this Agreement, a copy or screenshot of the duly completed and signed forms of proxy described in the preceding sentence.

 

2.4Meaning of Subject Securities.

 

The term “Subject Securities” means that number of META Shares and META Convertible Securities set forth opposite a Shareholder’s name in Appendix “A” hereto, being all of the securities of META owned legally or beneficially, either directly or indirectly, by such Shareholder or over which the Shareholder exercises direct or indirect control or discretion, and will be deemed to also include (a) any META Shares and META Convertible Securities issued to the Shareholder pursuant to any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization, reclassification, combination or exchange of META Shares or META Convertible Securities on, of, or affecting the Subject Securities on or after the date of this Agreement and (b) any META Shares and META Convertible Securities acquired by the Shareholder on or after the date of this Agreement, or issued to the Shareholder, on or after the date of this Agreement (including pursuant to the exercise, conversion or vesting of any securities of META that are exercisable for, convertible into or vest as META Shares (including all Subject Securities)), and all such acquired META Shares and META Convertible Securities shall be deemed Subject Securities and subject to the terms of this Agreement as though owned by the Shareholder as of the date hereof.

 

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ARTICLE 3
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

3.1Representations and Warranties of the Shareholder

 

Each Shareholder hereby severally, and not jointly or jointly and severally, represents and warrants to and covenants with Torchlight as follows, and acknowledges that Torchlight is relying upon such representations, warranties and covenants in entering into this Agreement:

 

(a)Incorporation; Authorization. If the Shareholder is a corporation or other legal entity, such Shareholder is a subsisting corporation or other entity under the laws of its incorporating or organizational jurisdiction. The Shareholder has all necessary power, authority, capacity and right to enter into this Agreement and to carry out each of its obligations under this Agreement. This Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by the Shareholder and, assuming due authorization, execution and delivery by Torchlight, constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement enforceable by Torchlight against the Shareholder in accordance with its terms, subject, however, to limitations with respect to enforcement imposed by law in connection with bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and to the extent that equitable remedies such as specific performance and injunctions are only available in the discretion of the court from which they are sought.

 

(b)Ownership of Subject Securities. The Shareholder is, and, subject to any Transfer permitted pursuant to Section 2.2(a), will be continuously up until the Effective Time, the direct or indirect beneficial owner of the Subject Securities set out opposite such Shareholder’s name at Appendix “A”, with good and marketable title thereto, free and clear of any and all mortgages, liens, charges, restrictions, security interests, adverse claims, pledges, encumbrances and demands or rights of others of any nature or kind whatsoever. The Shareholder does not own or have any interest in any securities of META other than the Subject Securities. The Shareholder is not a party to, bound or affected by or subject to, any charter or by-law, contract, agreement provision, statute, regulation, judgment, order, decree or law which would be violated, contravened, breached by, or under which any default would occur as a result of, the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the consummation of any of the transactions provided for in this Agreement.

 

(c)No Agreements. No Person has any agreement or option, or any right or privilege (whether by law, pre-emptive or contractual) capable of becoming an agreement or option, for the purchase, acquisition or transfer of any of the Subject Securities, or any interest therein or right thereto, except pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(d)Voting. None of such Subject Securities is subject to any proxy, power of attorney, voting trust, vote pooling or other agreement with respect to the right to vote, call meetings of any of the shareholders of META or give consents or approvals of any kind, except pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(e)Consents. No consent, waiver, approval, authorization, exemption, registration, licence or declaration of or by, or filing with, or notification to any Governmental Entity which has not been made or obtained is required to be made or obtained by the Shareholder in connection with (i) the execution and delivery by the Shareholder and enforcement against the Shareholder of this Agreement, or (ii) the consummation of any transactions by the Shareholder provided for herein.

 

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(f)Legal Proceedings. There are no legal proceedings in progress or pending before any Governmental Entity or, to the knowledge of the Shareholder, threatened against the Shareholder or any of its Affiliates, or any of the Subject Securities or other property of the Shareholder or any of its Affiliates, and there is no judgment, decree or order against the Shareholder or its Affiliates, or any of the Subject Securities or other property of the Shareholder or any of its Affiliates, that would adversely affect in any manner the ability of the Shareholder to enter into this Agreement or adversely affect the Shareholder’s ability to perform its obligations hereunder or the title of the Shareholder to any of its Subject Securities.

 

(g)No Commitment. None of the Subject Securities held by the Shareholder is the subject of any commitment, undertaking or agreement, the terms of which would affect in any way the ability of the Shareholder to perform the Shareholder’s obligations with respect to such Subject Securities as set out in this Agreement.

 

3.2Representations and Warranties of Torchlight

 

Torchlight hereby represents and warrants to each Shareholder as follows, and acknowledges that the Shareholder is relying upon such representations, warranties and covenants in entering into this Agreement:

 

(a)Torchlight is a corporation duly incorporated and validly existing under the laws of Nevada and it has the requisite corporate power, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder;

 

(b)this Agreement has been duly executed and delivered by Torchlight and constitutes a legal, valid and binding agreement enforceable by the Shareholder against Torchlight in accordance with its terms, subject, however, to limitations with respect to enforcement imposed by law in connection with bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and to the extent that equitable remedies such as specific performance and injunctions are only available in the discretion of the court from which they are sought;

 

(c)none of the execution and delivery by Torchlight of this Agreement or the compliance by Torchlight with its obligations hereunder will violate, contravene, result in any breach of, or be in conflict with, or constitute a default under, or create a state of facts which after notice or lapse of time or both would constitute a default under, any term or provision of: (i) any organizational documents of Torchlight; (ii) any contract to which Torchlight is a party or by which Torchlight is bound; (iii) any judgment, decree, order or award of any Governmental Entity; or (iv) any applicable law, except in each case as would not reasonably be expected, either individually or in the aggregate, to materially impair the ability of Torchlight to perform its obligations hereunder or that would reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the completion of the Arrangement; and

 

(d)there are no legal proceedings in progress or pending against or, to the knowledge of Torchlight, threatened against Torchlight or any of its Affiliates that would adversely affect in any manner the ability of Torchlight to enter into this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder or that would reasonably be expected to prevent or materially delay the completion of the Arrangement.

 

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ARTICLE 4
TERMINATION

 

4.1Termination

 

This Agreement shall terminate: (i) by a written instrument executed by each of the parties; (ii) in the event that the Arrangement Agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms; (iii) on the Effective Time, or (iv) it being determined (by mutual agreement of Torchlight and META) that the Transaction Shareholder Approval is not required.

 

4.2Effect of Termination

 

If this Agreement is terminated in accordance with this Article 4, the provisions of this Agreement will become void in relation to such Shareholder and Torchlight and no such party shall have liability to such other party in respect of whom this Agreement has been terminated, except in respect of a wilful, intentional or material breach of the representations, warranties, obligations, terms or conditions of this Agreement which occurred prior to such termination in which case the non-breaching party to this Agreement shall be entitled to pursue any and all remedies at law or equity which may be available to it.

 

ARTICLE 5
GENERAL

 

5.1Fiduciary Obligations

 

Torchlight agrees and acknowledges that each Shareholder is bound hereunder solely in his, her or its capacity as a securityholder of META and that the provisions of this Agreement shall not be deemed or interpreted to bind the Shareholder or any of its directors, officers or principal shareholders in his or her capacity as a director or officer of META or any of META’s subsidiaries. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Agreement shall limit or restrict any party from properly fulfilling his or her fiduciary duties as a director or officer of META.

 

5.2Further Assurances

 

Each Shareholder will, from time to time, execute and deliver all such further documents and instruments and do all such acts and things as Torchlight may reasonably require to effectively carry out or better evidence or perfect the full intent of the parties and meaning of this Agreement.

 

5.3Survival of Representations and Warranties

 

No investigations made by or on behalf any party or any of its authorized agents at any time shall have the effect of waiving, diminishing the scope of or otherwise affecting any representation, warranty or covenant made by any other party herein or pursuant hereto.

 

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5.4Disclosure

 

No press release or other disclosure (public or otherwise) with respect to the existence or details of this Agreement or the Arrangement shall be made by a Shareholder without the prior written consent of Torchlight, except to the extent required by applicable law. Each Shareholder hereby consents to the disclosure of the substance of this Agreement in any press release by Torchlight and to the filing of this Agreement as an exhibit to any filing by Torchlight with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

5.5Assignment

 

Subject to prior written notice to the Shareholders, Torchlight may assign all or part of its rights under this Agreement to an Affiliate of Torchlight. Other then as expressly contemplated by Section 2.2(a), this Agreement shall not be otherwise assignable by a Shareholder without the prior written consent of Torchlight, which consent may not be unreasonably withheld.

 

5.6Time

 

Time shall be of the essence of this Agreement.

 

5.7Governing Law

 

This Agreement will be governed by, and interpreted and enforced in accordance with, the laws in force in the Province of Ontario (excluding any rule or principle of the conflict of laws which might refer such interpretation to the laws of another jurisdiction) and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein. Each party hereto irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ontario with respect to any matter arising hereunder or related hereto. The parties to this Agreement hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waive any objection to the laying of venue of any action, suit or proceeding arising out of this Agreement or the matters contemplated hereby in the courts of the Province of Ontario and hereby further irrevocably and unconditionally waive and agree not to plead or claim in any such court that any such action, suit or proceeding so brought has been brought in an inconvenient forum. This Section 5.8 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

 

5.8Entire Agreement

 

This Agreement, including the appendices hereto constitutes the entire agreement between the parties pertaining to the subject matter hereof. There are no representations, warranties, conditions, undertakings, commitments, other agreements or acknowledgements, whether direct or collateral, express or implied, that form part of or affect this Agreement, or which induced any party hereto to enter into this Agreement or on which reliance is placed by any party hereto, except as specifically set forth in this Agreement ..

 

5.9Amendments

 

This Agreement may be amended, modified or supplemented only by a written agreement signed by all of the parties hereto.

 

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5.10Severability

 

If any term or other provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced by any rule of law or public policy, all other conditions and provisions of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect. Upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the parties hereto shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties as closely as possible in a mutually acceptable manner in order that the terms of this Agreement remain as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.

 

5.11Notices

 

(a)Method of Delivery. Any notice, demand or other communication (in this Section, a “notice”) required or permitted to be given or made hereunder shall be in writing and shall be sufficiently given or made if:

 

(i)sent by electronic means of sending messages (in this Section, “Electronic Transmission”), by either facsimile transmission (if specified below) or e-mail, during normal business hours on a Business Day, but notice by Electronic Transmission shall only be sufficient if the notice includes or is accompanied by the sender’s name and facsimile number or e-mail address as applicable, the date and time of transmission, and if sent by facsimile transmission the name and telephone number of a Person to contact in the event of facsimile transmission problems or if sent by e-mail acknowledgement that the transmission is transmitted to the sender by the recipient or the recipient’s electronic system; or

 

(ii)delivered in person in a sealed package entitled Personal and Confidential addressed to the recipient during normal business hours on a Business Day and left with a receptionist or other responsible employee of the recipient, who is required to provide written acknowledgement of receipt, at the applicable address set forth below;

 

a.in the case of a notice to any Shareholder, to such Shareholder at the address indicated opposite to the name of the Shareholder in Appendix “A”; and

 

b.in the case of a notice to Torchlight, addressed to it at:

 

Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc.

5700 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 3600
Plano TX 75093

 

With a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:

 

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Suite 1700, 666 Burrard Street

Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2X8

 

and
 

K&L Gates LLP

1 Park Plaza, Twelfth Floor

Irvine, CA 92679

 

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(a)Deemed Delivery. Each notice sent in accordance with this Section shall be deemed to have been received:

 

(i)in the case of personal delivery, if delivered before 5:00 p.m., on the day it was delivered; otherwise, on the first Business Day thereafter; or

 

(ii)in the case of Electronic Transmission, on the same day that it was sent if sent on a Business Day and the electronic acknowledgement of delivery is received by the sender before 5:00 p.m. (recipient’s time) on such day, and otherwise on the first Business Day thereafter.

 

Any party hereto may change its address for notice by written notice delivered to the other parties hereto.

 

5.12Specific Performance and other Equitable Rights

 

It is recognized and acknowledged that a breach by any party of any material obligations contained in this Agreement will cause the other party to sustain injury for which it would not have an adequate remedy at law for money damages. Accordingly, in the event of any such breach, any aggrieved party shall be entitled to the remedy of specific performance of such obligations and interlocutory, preliminary and permanent injunctive and other equitable relief in addition to any other remedy to which it may be entitled, at law or in equity, and each Shareholder will waive, in any action for specific performance, interlocutory, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and/or any other equitable relief, the defence of adequacy of a remedy at law and any requirement for the securing or posting of any bond in connection with the obtaining of any such relief.

 

5.13Expenses

 

Each of the parties shall pay its respective legal, financial advisory and accounting costs and expenses incurred in connection with the preparation, execution and delivery of this Agreement and all documents and instruments executed or prepared pursuant hereto and any other related costs and expenses whatsoever and howsoever incurred.

 

5.14Counterparts

 

This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts. Each executed counterpart will be deemed to be an original. All executed counterparts taken together will constitute one agreement.

 

To evidence the fact that a party hereto has executed this Agreement, such party may send a copy of its executed counterpart to the other parties hereto by Electronic Transmission and if sent by email, in Portable Document File (PDF) format. That party will be deemed to have executed this Agreement on the date it sent such Electronic Transmission.

 

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5.15Independent Legal Advice

 

Each Shareholder acknowledges that:

 

(a)the Shareholder has read this Agreement in its entirety, understands this Agreement and agrees to be bound by its terms and conditions;

 

(b)the Shareholder has been advised to seek independent legal advice with respect to the Shareholder executing and delivering this Agreement and has received such advice or has, without undue influence, elected to waive the benefit of any such advice; and

 

(c)the Shareholder is entering into this Agreement voluntarily.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

  Per:  
  Name:    
  Title:  

 

Signature Page to Voting Support Agreement – Project Vision

 

 

  TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.

 

  Per:  
  Name:    
  Title:  

 

Signature Page to Voting Support Agreement – Project Vision

 

 

APPENDIX “A”

 

Subject Securities

 

 

APPENDIX “B”

 

Arrangement Agreement

 

See attached.