Ascot Resources Limited (TSX.V: AOT): Large Scale High-Grade Gold Targets of 20M Oz in the Golden Triangle of British Columbia, Interview with Bob Evans, CFO and Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ascot Resources Limited (TSX.V: AOT) is a focused gold and silver explorer with a portfolio of advanced and grassroots projects in the Golden Triangle region of British Columbia. The company’s flagship Premier Project is a near-term high-grade advanced exploration project, with large upside potential. We learned from Bob Evans, CFO and Director of Ascot Resources, that the most significant development is that Ascot has exercised its option to acquire the Premier and Dilworth properties. According to Mr. Evans, there is excellent infrastructure around the project so the cost of putting in an operation will be substantially lower than a lot of comparable mines. We also learned from Mr. Evans, that there is some spectacular high grade found just north of the Premier mine area, and Ascot is planning to come up with an NI 43-101 resource at the end of this year's drilling campaign.
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Carpentaria Exploration Ltd.’s (ASX: CAP) Quentin Hill, Managing Director of this Emerging Producer of Premium Quality Iron Ore in Eastern Australia
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Carpentaria Exploration, Limited (ASX: CAP) is an emerging producer of iron ore in eastern Australia. The company aims to build a long term, low cost premium quality iron ore business from the development of its flagship asset, the Hawsons Iron Project, utilizing existing infrastructure. Hawsons Iron Project is the largest magnetite discovery in eastern Australia. Located only 60 kilometres from Broken Hill, a mining city in the far west of outback New South Wales, Australia. It is near the border with South Australia on the crossing of the Barrier Highway (A32) and the Silver City Highway (B79), in the Barrier Range. Hawsons has access to established rail, road, port and power infrastructure in a region with a long, proud mining history and a town with generations of skilled mining workers. We learned from Quentin Hill, Managing Director of Carpentaria Exploration, the Hawsons Iron Project is extremely high grade and will supply the world's best pellet feed at competitive production costs. According to Mr. Hill, there are very few projects that can supply high-grade material and pellet feed, and be incentivized into production at the long-term iron ore prices. This makes Hawsons Iron Project strategically very important and Mr. Hill believes this will help them get the funding required.
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Mustang Resources Limited (ASX: MUS), Interview with Christiaan Jordaan, Managing Director: Only Pure-Play Ruby Mining Company, First Sale Planned in October for 200,000 Karats of Medium to High-Quality Rubies.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Mustang Resources Limited (ASX: MUS) is an emerging gemstone developer and producer focused on the near-term development of the highly prospective Montepuez Ruby Project in northern Mozambique. We learned from Christiaan Jordaan, who is the managing director of Mustang Resources that they are one of the two companies listed that are mining rubies and shortly will be the only pure-play ruby mining company. Mustang flagship property is a very exciting recent discovery in the Montepuez gem field in Northern Mozambique. They have rapidly grown their ruby inventory to 132 000 carats of rubies on hand and they have their first sale planned in October this year for 200 000 carats of medium to high-quality rubies. Arena Investors LP, a major US institutional investor, has just invested in Mustang, committing $8.5 million of new capital. They are also making progress on their flake graphite project, which is shaping up to be one of the highest grade flake graphite projects in the world.
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Interview with David Grondin, President and CEO TomaGold Corporation (TSXV: LOT): A Rapidly Growing, Well Diversified Canadian Project Generator, has Three Joint Ventures with IAMGOLD, Goldcorp and New Gold
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


TomaGold Corporation (TSXV: LOT) is a rapidly growing, well-diversified Canadian project generator, engaged in the acquisition, assessment, exploration and development of gold mineral properties, together with major mining companies. We learned from David Grondin, President and CEO of TomaGold that they have 3 joint venture agreements with: IAMGOLD Corporation, for the Monster Lake project that recently published high grade drilling results, Goldcorp Inc., for the Sidace Lake property, and Goldcorp and New Gold Inc., for the Baird property. Additionally, TomaGold has interests in six gold properties in northern Quebec: Monster Lake, Winchester, Lac-à-L'eau-Jaune, Monster Lake East, Obalski and Lac Cavan near the Chibougamau mining camp. It also has an interest in the Sidace Lake property, near the Red Lake mining camp in Ontario. Finally, it has an option to acquire a 70% interest in the Hazeur property, at the southern edge of the Monster Lake group of properties. According to Mr. Grondin, TomaGold has good exposure with institutions, a good portfolio, is well diversified, well financed, and participates in joint ventures, with established companies - all significant plus factors to invest in the company.
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Continental Gold (TSX: CNL; OTCQX: CGOOF), Interview with Paul Begin, CFO: High-Grade, Multi-Million-Ounce, Precious-Metal Project Scheduled for Production in Early 2020
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Continental Gold (TSX: CNL; OTCQX: CGOOF) is a development-stage gold mining company, with a portfolio of high-grade and high impact exploration and development properties in Colombia. Their flagship Buriticá project is a high-grade, multi-million-ounce, precious-metal project scheduled for production in early 2020. We learned from Paul Begin, CFO of Continental Gold, that with recent investments from Newmont Mining and Red Kite the company is well-funded to initiate construction of the Buriticá mine and initiate aggressive drill-programs throughout its portfolio of properties. According to Mr. Begin, Buriticá is a very large project, with tremendous growth potential, and their other exploration targets are also very promising.
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Alt Resources Limited (ASX: ARS}, Interview with James Anderson, CEO: Australian Gold and Based Mineral Exploration Company
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Alt Resources Limited (ASX: ARS) is an Australian based mineral exploration company. The company’s portfolio of assets includes the Paupong IRG Au-Cu-Ag mineral system, Myalla polymetallic Au-Cu-Zn project and the Mt Roberts Cottee Au project west of Leinster in WA and the Fiery Creek Au-Cu project in the Lachlan Orogen NSW. We learned from James Anderson, who is CEO of Alt Resources, that they are a small exploration entity with their own drilling rig equipment, their own IP survey equipment, and a group of dedicate geoscientists who work for the company, they are reasonably vertical with their exploration operations and progressing their projects nicely.
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Paramount Gold Nevada Corp.’s (NYSE MKT: PZG) Glen Van Treek, President, CEO and Director, Talks about Grassy Mountain High Grade Gold Project Advancing to Production
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (NYSE MKT: PZG) holds a 100% interest in the Grassy Mountain Gold Project in Malheur County, Oregon, as well as a 100% interest in the Sleeper Gold Project located in Northern Nevada. The Grassy Mountain project contains a gold-silver deposit (100% located on private land) for which a PEA has been prepared and key permitting milestones accomplished. Paramount’s strategy is to create shareholder value through exploring and developing its mineral properties and to realize this value for its shareholders in three ways: by selling its assets to established producers; entering into joint ventures with producers for construction and operation; or constructing and operating mines for its own account. We learned from Glen Van Treek, President, CEO and director of Paramount Gold Nevada, that currently they are conducting a pre-feasibility study on the Grassy Mountain project. The goal is to have the mine permitted sometime in 2018 or early '19, and to start building the mine. Once they begin receiving the cash flow from the Grassy Mountain mine, they plan to advance the Sleeper project which is the bigger asset in term of total ounces.
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TerraX Minerals Inc. Interview with Stuart W. Rogers, President and Director of (TSX.V: TXR; Frankfurt: TX0; OTC: TRXXF): Developing a Major Canadian Gold District at Yellowknife
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


TerraX Minerals Inc. (TSX.V: TXR; Frankfurt: TX0; OTC: TRXXF) is a junior gold exploration company that has been able to generate multiple new high-grade gold discoveries, cost-effectively, at their wholly owned district-scale Yellowknife City Gold project, located in the Canadian Northwest Territories, with a view to re-establishing Yellowknife as one of the premier gold mining districts in Canada. We learned from Stuart W. Rogers, President and Director of TerraX Minerals, one of the major cost benefits is being right near the city, with its infrastructure and homes for the miners. This year the company has already completed one half of their extensive drilling program and has acquired more land, tripling the size of their property. This summer they will be doing extensive initial surface exploration with flying airborne surveys as well as surface mapping in the area and boots and hammers on the ground to identify other targets.
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Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX.V: ULI): Lithium Exploration Company with Diversified Projects in Argentina, Canada and USA
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX.V: ULI) is a Canadian exploration and development company that holds an option to acquire a 100% interest in the La Borita Brine project in Argentina, and wholly owns the Georgia Lake Lithium Pegmatites project in Ontario, Canada and the Big Smoky Valley Project, located in Nevada, USA. We learned from Afzaal Pirzada, Vice President of Exploration of Ultra Lithium that they are currently compiling the results of the exploration work at Georgia Lake and later plan on drilling based on these results. Other plans for 2017 include sampling work on the Argentina property, as well as continued exploration at the Big Smoky Valley Project. According to Mr. Pirzada there are three main reasons to take a closer look at Ultra Lithium Inc. Their stock is stable and tightly held, they have a balanced portfolio of projects that includes hard rock and brine deposits, and they have a strong and experienced management team committed to maximizing shareholder value.
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Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (TSX.V – KBLT): Interview with Anthony Milewski, Chairman, CEO: A Pure-Play through Acquisition of Physical Cobalt Streams, Royalties and Interests in Mineral Properties
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (TSX.V – KBLT) is one of the only minerals companies that offers pure-play exposure to cobalt, an integral element in key technologies of the future, including the rapidly growing electric vehicle market and energy storage applications. Cobalt 27 is building an asset base that will be underpinned by physical cobalt material and enhanced by growth opportunities from streams, royalties and interests in mineral properties containing cobalt. We learned from Anthony Milewski, Chairman, CEO, and Director of Cobalt 27 that they currently have approximately six cobalt royalties, and are actively in the market, looking for large cobalt streams as well as additional physical cobalt. According to Mr. Milewski, it is management's intention to execute on that growth strategy, in 2017 or early 2018. The company is run by a highly-experienced team with a background that encompasses every aspect of the mining, minerals and battery materials industries.
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Thor Mining PLC (AIM, ASX: THR): Interview with Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, Advanced Shovel-Ready, Fully-Permitted Tungsten/Molybdenum Molyhil Project, Gold and Lithium Exploration projects
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Thor Mining PLC (AIM, ASX: THR) is an exploration and development company, with an advanced shovel-ready, fully-permitted tungsten/molybdenum Molyhil project in Northern territory of Australia. The company's second tungsten project, the Pilot Mountain project in Nevada, USA, is shaping up to be a much larger resource with lower operating costs. In addition, Thor has an early stage gold project in Western Australia, and they just acquired interest in a very early stage lithium project with tenements in Arizona and New Mexico. We learned from Mick Billing, Executive Chairman of Thor Mining that they will be drilling the Pilot Mountain and their new lithium project in Arizona this year. In a couple of weeks they expect the drill results from the gold project in Western Australia, so there will be lots of news flow over the next few months. According to Mr. Billing, we are heading into a time where tungsten prices will improve, and Thor is ready to bring Molyhil into production at the first uptick in tungsten prices.
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Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX-V: NGC; OTCQX: NGPHF) interview with Greg Bowes, CEO: Best Flake Size Distribution of any New Graphite Project
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX-V: NGC; OTCQX: NGPHF) owns a 100% interest in the Bissett Creek deposit, located in eastern Ontario. Bissett Creek is an advanced stage project with a bankable Final Feasibility Study and its major environmental permit. We learned from Greg Bowes, who's CEO of Northern Graphite, that the next stage is raising $100 million Canadian to build a mine. According to Mr. Bowes, their project has the highest percentage of large flakes, which are the most valuable product in the graphite business because they have much more desirable physical qualities that manufacturers need. The Company believes Bissett Creek has the highest margin, best flake size distribution and lowest marketing risk of any new graphite project, and has the added advantages of low capital costs, proximity to infrastructure, and realistic production levels relative to the size of the market.
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Interview with Patrick Donnelly, President of First Mining Finance Corp (TSX: FF, OTCQX: FFMGF, FRANKFURT: FMG): Executing a Mineral Bank Strategy Acquiring Valuable Properties at Low-Cost
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


First Mining Finance Corp. (TSX: FF, OTCQX: FFMGF, FRANKFURT: FMG) is a mineral property "bank" focused on acquiring, enhancing and monetizing high-quality mineral assets in the Americas. The Company currently holds a portfolio of 25 mineral assets in Canada, Mexico and the United States with a focus on gold, as well as silver, copper, lead, zinc and nickel. We learned from Patrick Donnelly, President of First Mining Finance Corp., that the company was founded in early 2015 by Keith Neumeyer with a vision to take advantage of the severe bear metals market and acquire high quality assets that were held by financially distressed junior mining companies. In the long term, the business model is to advance their assets to the point where they can be taken by larger mining companies, who would move the assets into production, while First Mining Finance retains some interest in a form of royalties, streams, joint ventures, spinouts, or a combination of the above.
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Interview with Dr. John Parker, Managing Director of Lincoln Minerals Ltd. (ASX: LML): Australian Graphite Developer and Emerging Iron Ore Producer
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Australian graphite developer Lincoln Minerals Limited (ASX:LML) is focused on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, where their flagship Kookaburra Gully Graphite Project is located just 35 kilometres north of the region's main hub, Port Lincoln. We learned from Dr. John Parker, Managing Director of Lincoln Minerals, that it is a small, but very high grade project which means lower operating costs per tonne of graphite concentrate, and on top of that high concentrate purity and 90% recovery according to their process flow sheet. According to Dr. Parker, some of the advantages of operating in Australia are the secure, mining friendly jurisdiction, as well as very strict environmental controls that will make their project one of the cleanest, greenest graphite projects in the world. We learned from Dr. Parker that a shipment of about 37 tonnes of samples is on its way to China for pilot plant test work that will result in a few tonnes of product concentrates for product development work with the aim of identifying potential customers most likely in lithium ion batteries industry.
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Interview with Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF): One of the Largest Development-Ready Uranium Resources
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF) is a mineral resource company focused on the exploration and development of its African uranium properties. GoviEx’s principal objective is to become a significant uranium producer through the continued exploration and development of its mine permitted Madaouela Project in Niger, its mine-permitted Mutanga Project in Zambia, and its Falea Project in Mali. GoviEx controls one of the largest uranium resource bases among publicly-listed companies, with combined National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) measured and indicated resources of 124.29 Mlbs U3O8, plus inferred resources of 73.11 Mlbs U3O8. According to Daniel Major, the CEO of GoviEx Uranium, GoviEx recently announced an acquisition of assets adjacent to their Mutanga Project, which will add another 11 million pounds of uranium, and provide them with an expanded, fully permitted project in Zambia, ready to go. According to Mr. Major, GoviEx is a company with over 200 million pounds of uranium in resource, with three projects (two of them fully permitted), and interesting shareholders including Cameco, Denison, Toshiba, and Ivanhoe.
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Interview with Darren Blasutti, CEO of Americas Silver Corporation (TSX: USA; NYSE "MKT": USAS): Positioned to Become One of the Lowest Cost Silver Producers in 2018
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Americas Silver Corporation (TSX: USA; NYSE "MKT": USAS) is a leading Canadian-based junior silver producer, with assets in the Americas and a strong operating platform. The company owns and operates the Cosalá Operations in Sinaloa, Mexico and the Galena Complex in Idaho, USA. A third mine is in construction in Mexico, and an advanced stage exploration project. We learned from Darren Blasutti, who is CEO of Americas Silver, that their new mine comes on in the fourth quarter of this year, which will dramatically decrease their all-in silver cost for 2018. According to Mr. Blasutti, the company's vision is to be leveraged fully to the silver price, owning 100% of their properties, and having no third party royalties. With the market turnaround, Mr. Blasutti believes Americas Silver can develop some real momentum and growth around their asset base. Annual production for 2017 is expected to be 5.5-6.0 million silver equivalent ounces.
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Liberty Star CEO / Chief Geologist James A. Briscoe: Exploration of East & West Silverbell from 1990 to 2000 & the creation of Ironwood Forest National Monument
by Allen Alper, Jr., President of Metals News


Liberty Star Uranium & Metals Corp. (LBSR: OTCBB) (LBSR: OTCPK) is an Arizona-based mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in Arizona and the southwest USA. Currently the company controls properties which are located over what management considers some of North America’s richest mineralized regions for copper, gold, silver, molybdenum (moly), and uranium.
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Interview with Peter Clausi, President, CEO and Director of CBLT Inc., Discussion of Cobalt Market and their Cobalt Assets in Ontario and Quebec
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


According to Peter Clausi, CEO of CBLT Inc., cobalt - which is one of the main ingredients in lithium-ion batteries - is in a global deficit position. As 60% of the world's cobalt comes from the Congo in Africa, there's been a disruption of the supply chain, due to the horrible period of war, pestilence, political corruption, and famine in the country since the late 1990s. In other parts of the world, cobalt comes as a byproduct of copper/nickel operations that underwent a tough market recently. As a result, we are losing global cobalt supply. This will soon choke the fast growing lithium-ion market as cobalt prices will skyrocket. The company's main asset is located in the world famous Sudbury Basin in Ontario and holds gold and cobalt mineralization in a quartz vein. Other projects are located in Quebec and in the world famous Cobalt Embayment.
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Interview with Rudi Fronk, Chairman of Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA; NYSE:SA): Building the Best Leveraged Play to a Rising Gold Price
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA; NYSE:SA) holds one of the world's largest resource bases of gold, copper and silver in keeping with its prime objective of growing resource and reserve ownership per share. We learned from Chairman Rudi Fronk that from day one the company's intention was to build the best leveraged play to a rising gold price, so their share price would outperform not only gold but also other gold equities. The company holds an industry-leading 1.8 ounces of gold resources per common share. The company follows a risk-reducing project generator strategy that includes acquiring North American deposits and advancing them through exploration and engineering to the point where they can be sold or joint ventured to established producers for mine construction and operation.
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Interview with Robert Monro, Head of Business Development, Hummingbird Resources (AIM: HUM): Yanfolila Gold Project in Mali, Due to Pour Its First Gold in December of 2017
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Hummingbird Resources PLC (AIM: HUM) is a West African multi-project, gold explorer and developer with projects in Mali and Liberia. Their strategy, in the immediate future,, is to become a gold producer. We learned from Robert Monro, Head of Business Development for Hummingbird Resources, that the company has over six and a half million ounces of gold under management, with about four thousand square kilometers of exploration ground as well. Their current focus is on the Yanfolila Gold Project in Mali, which is under construction, fully financed and due to pour its first gold in December of 2017.
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