Interview with Edward Karr, President, CEO and Director of U.S. Gold Corp.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


U.S. Gold Corp. (NASDAQ: USAU) is a U.S. focused junior gold exploration and development company with two flagship assets: The Copper King gold-copper-silver-zinc project located in Southeast Wyoming, and the early stage Keystone exploration property on the Cortez Trend in Nevada, 10 miles south of Barrick Gold's Cortez Hills Mine. We learned from Edward Karr, President, CEO and Director of U.S. Gold Corp., that Copper King's PEA shows a pretty robust resource with $178 million NPV, and IRR of approximately 33%. According to Mr. Karr, 2018 was a transformative year for their Keystone property, where they are potentially very close to making a discovery.
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Interview with Mark Jarvis, President and CEO of Giga Metals Corp. (TSX.V: GIGA, OTC: HNCKF, FSE: BRR2): Nickel and Cobalt for the Battery Industry
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


At PDAC 2019, we learned from Mark Jarvis, President and CEO of Giga Metals Corp. (TSX.V: GIGA, OTC: HNCKF, FSE: BRR2), that they are currently advancing their world class Turnagain nickel-cobalt project to the pre-feasibility study stage. Giga Metals recently sold a 2% NSR on future cobalt and nickel production at the Turnagain Project to Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (TSX.V – KBLT) for US$1 million in cash and 1,125,000 shares of KBLT. Near term plans include a new resource model and getting their capex down. According to Mr. Jarvis, Giga Metals will be producing a high-grade, class one nickel concentrate for the battery industry, with a significant cobalt by-product credit.
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Interview with Paul Cowley, President & CEO of First Vanadium Corp. (TSXV: FVAN, OTCQX: FVANF, FSE: 1PY)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


First Vanadium Corp. (TSXV: FVAN, OTCQX: FVANF, FSE: 1PY) (formerly Cornerstone Metals Inc.) has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Carlin Vanadium Project, located in Elko County, Nevada. The Carlin Vanadium Project contains North America’s largest highest-grade primary vanadium resources and is situated 6 miles south of a major rail hub and mining community of Carlin, Nevada, a major highway (I-80) and power. We learned from Paul Cowley, President & CEO of First Vanadium Corp., that vanadium is used in the steel industry to strengthen and lighten steel, as well as in the battery sector for large power storage and sustainable energy applications. We learned from Mr. Cowley that First Vanadium Corp. was recognized as the second best-performing mining stock on the Toronto Venture Exchange for 2018. According to Mr. Cowley, the company is run by professional engineers and geologists who have all worked for major mining companies in the past. It has a very tight share structure of under 39 million shares, and has enough cash in the treasury for another year.
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Interview with Mike Davies, Chief Financial Officer of Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF) is currently the largest underground gold and silver producer in Colombia, with several mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. At PDAC2019, we learned from Mike Davies, Chief Financial Officer of Gran Colombia Gold, that they have been producing over 200,000 ounces of gold a year and expect 210,000 to 225,000 ounces of gold this year, most of which is largely coming from their high-grade Segovia operations. According to Mr. Davies, Segovia operations have large upside potential. In 2019, the Company plans to raise money to increase its high-grade resource via step-out and brownfield drilling. We learned from Mr. Davies that with the current political changes in Venezuela, Gran Colombia hopes to be able to return to the country and reclaim some of the gold projects that were nationalized in 2011 by the government.
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Interview with Omar Jabara, Communications Group Executive for Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) Interviewed 2/28/19
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) is a leading gold and copper producer, founded in 1921, with operations currently in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. We learned from Omar Jabara, Group Executive for communications, about the combination with Goldcorp Inc. that was announced in January and is expected to close in the 2nd quarter of 2019, to create world’s leading gold company. The combined Company will have the world's largest gold reserves and will be able to deliver production of between 6 to 7 million ounces of gold a year over year for at least two decades. Mr. Jabara also discussed an inferior, unsolicited proposal from Barrick to acquire Newmont.
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Nicola Mining Inc. (TSX.V: NIM): Exploring and Developing North America’s Highest Grading Historic Copper Mine in British Columbia; Interview of Peter Espig, CEO
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Nicola Mining Inc. (TSX.V: NIM) is in the process of recommencing mill feed processing operations at its 100% owned state-of-the-art mill and tailings facility, located near Merritt, British Columbia. It has already signed four mill profit share agreements, with high-grade gold producers. The fully-permitted mill can process both gold and silver mill feed, via gravity and flotation processes. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Peter Espig, the CEO of Nicola Mining, that they are the only site in British Columbia that is permitted to accept gold and silver material from anywhere in the Province and they will commence gold production in 2019. The mill is situated, within the company's 100% owned New Craigmont Project, North America’s highest grading historic copper mine, located approximately 10 kilometers west of Merritt and 20 km south of the Highland Valley Operation. According to Mr. Espig, the mine is low-cost, thanks to the developed infrastructure, cheap power and water, and warm weather. Plans for this year include commence gold production at the Merritt Mill, and releasing the 43-101 resource on the New Craigmont Mine, which will be significant, according to Mr. Espig.
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Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU, OTCQB: AUIAF, Frankfurt: 20Q): Proven Team in Search of the Gold-Rich Lost Cities of Ecuador; Interview with Dr. Richard Spencer, President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Dr. Richard Spencer, President and Director of Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU, OTCQB: AUIAF, Frankfurt: 20Q) that Aurania is a junior exploration company with a focus on precious metals and copper. Its flagship asset, The Lost Cities – Cutucu Project, is located in the Jurassic Metallogenic Belt in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range of southeastern Ecuador. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Dr. Richard Spencer, President and Director of Aurania Resources, that they are in the middle of stream sediment sampling of their 2,080 square km concession area, and they already have an immense line up of exciting targets. Plans for 2019 include a scout-drilling program that is designed to prioritize those targets better for the benefit of the shareholders.
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Lithium Chile (TSX-V: LITH): Owns Fifteen Projects, 159,950 Hectares on Li-Rich Salars in Chile; Interview with Steven Cochrane, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Lithium Chile (TSX-V: LITH) owns fifteen projects, encompassing 159,950 hectares on Li-rich Scalars in Chile – which has the largest, high-grade lithium reserves and lowest-cost lithium production in the world. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Steven Cochrane, who is President and CEO of Lithium Chile, that 2018 was a successful year. The Company drilled its first property, called the Ollague prospect and hit lithium bearing brines across the entire five holes. We learned from Mr. Cochrane that the company augmented its already outstanding team, with Mr. Jose De Castro Alem, who is the South American lithium expert and a recognized pioneer in lithium brine exploration, development and production. He was on the team responsible for Orocobre’s growth from a sub-$10 million market cap to over $1 billion market cap. Plans for 2019 include beginning of exploration at the company's second prospect called Turi, which offers two sources of potential lithium on the property — hypothermal and the leeching action. Lithium Chile also hopes to have final approval from the Community at Coipasa to begin their drill program on Coipasa and Turi exploration concurrently.
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Interview with Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals (TSX: WPM, NYSE: WPM)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Wheaton Precious Metals™ Corp. (TSX: WPM, NYSE: WPM) is one of the largest precious metals streaming companies in the world. Wheaton currently has streaming agreements for 19 operating mines and 9 development stage projects. We learned from Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals, that in 2018 the Company made their first venture into cobalt, by acquiring a cobalt stream from Vale's Voisey's Bay mine in June. They have also closed a new precious metals purchase agreement, with First Majestic, on the San Dimas Mine, whereby Wheaton will now get 25% of gold production as well as 25% of the silver production paid in gold. At the end of 2018, Wheaton reached a settlement with the Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA"), which has taken much of the tax risk out of the Company. According to Mr. Smallwood, 2018 was a foundation year, from which the company can grow.
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Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSXV: BSR, OTCQB: BBSRF): Feasibility Study, Quick Pay Back, Production to be 146,000 Ounces per Year; Interview with Darren Klinck, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSXV:BSR, OTCQB:BBSRF) is a mineral exploration and development company that is focused on advancing its 100%-owned Cerro Blanco Gold and Mita Geothermal projects, located in Guatemala. A Feasibility Study on Cerro Blanco returned robust economics, with a quick pay back and an average annual production projected to be 146,000 ounces per year, over the first three years of production, with all-in sustaining costs of $579/oz gold. The Mita Geothermal project is an advanced-stage, renewable energy project, licensed to produce up to 50 megawatts of power. We learned from Darren Klinck, President, CEO, and Director of Bluestone Resources, that Cerro Blanco is one of the highest-grade undeveloped gold projects today. In its first full year of annual production it is expected to generate more free cash flow than the current market cap of the Company. The capital expenditure estimated to build the project is $200 million and Bluestone plans to finalize the project's financing in 2019. Near-term plans also include drilling to upgrade the inferred resource into measured and indicated, which will add significant NPV and value to the overall project.
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Idaho Champion Gold Mines Canada Inc. (CSE: ITKO): Highly Prospective Gold Exploration in Idaho USA; Interview with Jonathan Buick, the President and CEO
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News


Idaho Champion Gold Mines Canada Inc. (CSE: ITKO) is a discovery-focused gold exploration company that is committed to advancing its 100% owned, highly prospective, mineral properties, located in Idaho, USA. The Baner Project is in Idaho County, the Champagne Project is located in Butte County, near Arco, and four cobalt properties in Lemhi County, in the Idaho Cobalt Belt. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Jonathan Buick, the President and CEO of Idaho Champion Gold Mines, that they are a new company that started trading at the end of September of last year and their flagship project is the Baner gold project in Elk City, where they have made a discovery, during their 19-hole drilling program in October. Mr. Buick is confident that this could be a significant global resource. We learned from Mr. Buick that management owns 55% of the company, with large key shareholders. Idaho Champion Gold Mines is now looking to divest its cobalt properties to fund its gold exploration without dilution. Starting in the spring, the company will be doing a minimum of 3,000 meters up to 5,000 meters of drilling, depending on the transaction of cobalt.
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Blackstone Minerals (ASX: BSX): Exploring one of the world’s highest grade Cobalt Gold projects in British Columbia, Canada
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Scott Williamson: Managing Director of Blackstone Minerals (ASX:BSX), outlines the Company’s world class Little Gem Cobalt Gold property in British Columbia, Canada, and provides an overview of Blackstone’s Australian Gold properties. Blackstone has a proven management team that is ready and equipped to move this very high-grade project forward. It operates in safe, mining-friendly jurisdictions.
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Anaconda Mining Inc. (TSX: ANX, OTCQX: ANXGF): A Growing Gold Producer in Atlantic Canada; Interview Dustin Angelo, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Anaconda Mining Inc. (TSX: ANX, OTCQX: ANXGF) is a growing gold producer in Atlantic Canada. Anaconda Mining operates the Point Rousse Project, located in the Baie Verte Mining District in Newfoundland, and is also developing the Goldboro Gold Project in Nova Scotia, a high-grade Mineral Resource, subject to a 2018 preliminary economic assessment, which demonstrates strong project economics. We learned from Dustin Angelo, President and CEO of Anaconda Mining, that they are currently producing around 20,000 ounces at the Point Rousse Project, with plans to bring the Goldboro Gold Project to production by 2021. According to Mr. Angelo, this will allow Anaconda to get up in the 50 to 60,000 ounce range, ultimately looking at about 100,000 ounces a year, in production, through organic growth.
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Murchison Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: MUR): Exploring and Developing Zinc-Copper in North-Central Saskatchewan; Jean-Charles Potvin, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Murchison Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: MUR) is a Canadian based exploration company, focused on the exploration and development of the 100% owned Brabant-McKenzie zinc-copper project, located in north-central Saskatchewan, right next to the highway, an existing village, and power lines. We learned from Jean-Charles (JC) Potvin, President and CEO of Murchison Minerals, that they have just recently tripled their land position to 221 square kilometers and have completed an extensive airborne survey over the new claims, identifying a whole slew of very interesting new targets that they are excited to begin exploring as soon as the snow melts in May. We learned from Mr. Potvin that Rob McEwen owns 10% of Murchison.
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Westhaven Ventures Inc. (TSX-V: WHN):Exploring British Columbia’s Newest Gold Belt; Interview with Shaun Pollard, Director and CFO
by Allen Alper, Jr., President, Metals News


Westhaven Ventures Inc. (TSX-V:WHN) is a Canadian based exploration company focused on advancing its wholly owned Shovelnose, Prospect Valley, Skoonka and Skoonka North gold projects covering over 35,000 hectares within the prospective Spences Bridge Gold Belt in British Columbia. The projects are situated within a geological setting like those which host other significant epithermal gold-silver systems. There is evidence of a significant mineralized alteration system within the property. The proximity to great infrastructure lowers the drilling costs. Recent drilling intersected 17.77 metres of 24.50 g/t Au, including 6.78 metres of 50.76 g/t Au. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Shaun Pollard, Director and CFO of Westhaven Ventures, that their management team has been very successful, to date, making multiple discoveries and creating billions of dollars in market value. The company was the best performing resource equity on the Toronto Venture Exchange for 2018 going from a low of nine cents to a high of $1.43. Plans for this year include a 5-7 million dollars of exploration drilling across the company's properties with the goal to define the size of the discovery before starting the infill drilling.
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Delrey Metals (CSE: DLRY, FSE: 1OZ): Own Four Vanadium Projects and One Cobalt Project; Interview with Morgan Good, Founder, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Delrey Metals (CSE: DLRY, FSE: 1OZ) is focused on sourcing, financing and developing undervalued, strategic energy metals assets. We learned from Morgan Good, Founder, President and CEO of Delrey Metals. They own four vanadium projects and one cobalt project. The Company's main focus is on vanadium. According to Mr. Good, the vanadium sector is expected to increase in size, demand, and value over the coming year. All four of Delrey's vanadium properties are located on tide water in BC and have exactly the types of geology and historic exploration results geologists want to see for further exploration when looking for potential deposits. The company plans to kick off 2019, with an exploration program in February, starting with geophysics and airborne magnetics, followed by fieldwork and drilling. Delrey's Sunset cobalt property is an early stage project, with a 43-101 resource and an NSR of 2% owed to Cobalt 27.
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Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: LMR, LMRMF, FSE: DH8B): Preparing to Supply the New Demand for Graphite in Li-Ion Batteries, Interview with Paul Gill, CEO
by Allen Alper Jr. President, Metals News


Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: LMR, LMRMF, FSE: DH8B) is a Canadian-based, exploration-stage company, that discovered high-grade graphite at its La Loutre Property in Quebec and is working toward a Pre-Economic Assessment (PEA) that will increase its current indicated resource of 4.1 Mt of 6.5% Cg to over 10 Mt of 10%+ Cg. We learned from Paul Gill, the CEO of Lomiko Metals, that they have raised funds and are drilling. About 30% of the deposit is large flake, 30% is intermediate sized, between 80 and 50, and the rest of it is fine grain, all of which is usable in various industries. According to Mr. Gill, this is a great market for graphite and Lomiko Metals is currently one of the most developed graphite juniors in the world. Recently, Simon Moores, of Benchmark Minerals, appeared before a Senate Committee on the Supply and Demand of Critical Battery Materials Lithium, Graphite, Cobalt and Nickel.
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American Manganese Inc. (TSX-V: AMY, OTC US: AMYZF, FSE: 2AM): Recycling Lithium-ion EV Batteries; Interview with Larry Reaugh, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


American Manganese Inc. (TSX-V: AMY, OTC US: AMYZF, FSE: 2AM) is a critical metals company, with a patent approved process for the recovery of metals from lithium-ion batteries, such as cobalt, lithium, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. Using a novel combination of reagents and unit operations, American Manganese can provide 100% extraction of cathode metals at battery grade purity. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Larry Reaugh, President and CEO of American Manganese, that they have built their pilot plant and it has recently been delivered to the Kemetco testing facility. They have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Dutch private company, called Battery Safety Solutions B.V., for the purpose of forming a partnership to create and commercialize a closed-loop circular economy solution, for the upcycling of lithium-ion battery cathode materials. Their goal is to be commercially ready by late 2019 and become the industry leader in recycling spent electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries.
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Golden Ridge Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: GLDN): Advancing High Grade Au-Ag Project in the Heart of BC’s Golden Triangle; Interview with Michael Blady, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Golden Ridge Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: GLDN) owns a 100% interest in the 1,700-hectare Hank copper-gold-silver-lead-zinc property located in the Golden Triangle district, approximately 140 kilometres north of Stewart, British Columbia. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Michael Blady, President-CEO of Golden Ridge Resources that in 2018 they drilled just under 7000 meters and discovered a Cu-Au-Ag alkalic porphyry, called the Williams Zone, which has become the Company's flagship deposit. Plans for 2019 include drilling the Williams Zone to depth and putting together an inferred resource.
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Golden Rim Resources Limited (ASX: GMR): Building on 1 Million Ounces in Burkina Faso; Interview with Craig Mackay, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Golden Rim Resources Limited (ASX: GMR), is an emerging West African gold developer, focused on its near term Kouri Gold Project, located in north-east Burkina Faso. The Kouri Gold Project contains 1.4Moz in defined Mineral Resources, with significant upside potential to grow. We learned from Craig Mackay, Managing Director of Golden Rim Resources, that they are in the process of acquiring more land next to their property and are looking forward to doing a lot more drilling there, over the next 12 months, to expand the resource base. According to Mr. Mackay, Burkina Faso is a mining friendly country with the fastest growing gold industry in Africa.
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