Interview with Ed Turner, CEO Galena Mining Ltd (ASX: G1A): A World Class Lead Silver Project that can be in Production by 2020
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Galena Mining Limited (ASX: G1A) owns 100% of the Abra base metals deposit, located in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia, one of the biggest undeveloped lead deposit in the World. Galena completed a very successful drilling campaign in Q4 2017, with high grade lead and silver mineralization intersected in every one of the 12 holes. We learned from Ed Turner, CEO of Galena Mining, that since they listed last September, they raised 15 million Australian dollars and came up with the new resource of approximately 11 million tons at 10% lead and 28 grams per tons silver. Plans for 2018 include finishing the pre-feasibility study and bankable feasibility study that should take about one year to complete. The financing options and off-take agreements will be considered during that stage. According to Mr. Turner, there's been a shortage of lead supply, so the prices are very good and the demand continues to be very strong. The company has good base metal targets to explore and they have just commenced drilling the Woodlands' copper prospect, which is about 50 km to the west of Abra.
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Continental Gold (TSX: CNL; OTCQX: CGOOF): Developing Large High-Grade Precious Metals Properties in Colombia , Supported by Newmont Mining, Interview with Paul Begin, CFO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, U7


Continental Gold (TSX: CNL; OTCQX: CGOOF) is an advanced-stage exploration and development company with an extensive portfolio of 100%-owned gold projects in Colombia. The Company’s flagship, Buriticá project, is a high-grade and multi-million-ounce precious metal project, boasting mineral reserves of 3.7 million ounces at 8.4 g/t gold (13.7 million tons), with production scheduled for 2020. We learned from Paul Begin, CFO of Continental Gold, that the Buriticá project is a high-grade vein system and the feasibility study shows robust economics and rapid return on investment. According to Mr. Begin, there's significant upside to growing the resource at Buriticá, and he believes that it is the best undeveloped gold asset in the world today. In May 2017, Newmont Mining invested US$109 million at a 46% premium to market to purchase a 19.9% interest. The company is advancing on schedule with construction of its Buriticá mine and is commencing an aggressive 137,000-metre drill program on the property.
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Interview with Normand Champigny, President and CEO of Sphinx Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SFX), Focus on Precious Metals and High-Grade Zinc in Quebec
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Sphinx Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SFX) is engaged in the generation and acquisition of exploration projects in Québec, one of the world’s most attractive mining jurisdictions. We learned from Normand Champigny, President and CEO of Sphinx Resources, that they are currently focused on zinc and recently they've done deals with Osisko Metals to advance their Grenville Zinc Project, and also with SOQUEM for the Calumet-Sud zinc project. We learned from Mr. Champigny that zinc is a critical metal for infrastructure, and demand for zinc is rising, largely driven by new infrastructure investment in China, so zinc prices are climbing. We learned from Mr. Champigny that in April they helped create a new company called Quebec Precious Metals Corporation to create a leading gold explorer in the James Bay region of Quebec, and Sphinx will receive shares of the new company as part of the transaction. According to Mr. Champigny, they have an excellent team of actual mine finders. They are working in a very favorable jurisdiction, and the company's plans for 2018 include drilling the two exciting zinc projects.
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Argo Gold Inc. (CSE: ARQ): Exploring High-Grade Projects in Ontario. Interview with Judy Baker, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Argo Gold Inc. (CSE: ARQ) is a Canadian company focused on gold exploration projects, with indications of economic viability, located in central and northwestern Ontario. All of Argo Gold’s projects are 100% owned. We learned from Judy Baker, President and CEO of Argo Gold, that their flagship Woco Gold Project is a small high-grade gold vein located 50 kilometers east of Red Lake. Argo Gold is advancing gold exploration with the target of identifying enough ounces to advance the project to a small gold producer. Plans for 2018 include bringing a strategic corporate investor onboard to execute a 5,000 meter drill program at the Woco Project. Ms. Judy Baker believes that the Woco Project has a lot of upside potential given the high-grade of the mineralization that was initially discovered in 1993 and the lack of exploration since then.
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Interview with Peter Clausi, President, CEO of CBLT Inc. (TSXV: CBLT): A Successful Canadian Cobalt Project Generator
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


CBLT Inc. (TSXV:CBLT) is a Canadian mineral exploration company and a project generator with a proven leadership team, targeting cobalt in reliable mining jurisdictions. We learned from Peter Clausi, President, CEO of CBLT, that the company was one of the first to move into cobalt space three years ago and were able to acquire cobalt properties fairly cheaply. According to Mr. Clausi, cobalt is an essential ingredient in the electrification of the world; without it, we don't have efficient lithium ion batteries. In 2018 and 2019 the company plans to stick with their business plan to monetize some of the assets turning them into non-dilutive financings. With cobalt prices right now up roughly 400% since February of 2016 and with the supply chain for cobalt from Congo being so unsteady, Mr. Clausi believes that the cobalt market is going to skyrocket.
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Granada Gold Mine Inc. (TSX.V: GGM): Developing the Granada Gold Property Situated in the Heart of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt and Along the Prolific "Cadillac Trend". Interview with Frank Basa, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Granada Gold Mine Inc. (TSX.V: GGM) is developing the Granada Gold Property situated in the heart of the famous Abitibi Greenstone Belt and along the prolific "Cadillac Trend". This potential high-tonnage, near-surface deposit is located 15 minutes from Rouyn-Noranda Quebec, near excellent infrastructure, airport, paved roads to the mine site, and good supply of skilled labour throughout the region. The property includes the former Granada Gold Mine, which produced more than 50,000 ounces of gold in the 1930s. We learned from of Granada Gold Mine, that they have a fairly large resource, which is a combination of open pit and underground. Plans for this year include a lot of drilling to exceed the five million ounce resource, open pit and underground combined, then prepare for a feasibility study that is due in the first quarter of next year. According to Mr. Frank Basa, President and CEO, Granada Gold Mine is positioned to increase its resource by an order of magnitude.
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Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSXV: LMR, OTC: LMRMF, FSE: DH8B, ISIN: CA54163Q1028, WKN: A0Q9W7): Advancing High-Grade Flake Graphite Project in Quebec, Paul Gill, President and CEO
by Allen Alper, Jr., with MetalsNews.com


Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSXV:LMR, OTC: LMRMF, FSE: DH8B, ISIN: CA54163Q1028, WKN: A0Q9W7) is a Canadian-based, exploration-stage company, that discovered high-grade graphite at its La Loutre Property in Quebec and is working toward a new resource and 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 A. Paul Gill, President and CEO of Lomiko Metals, that they have received a drilling permit for the La Loutre property and are about to get the drills turning on that project. At the same time, they are planning a small financing to complete that work, as well as work on the two very interesting tech projects owned by Lomiko: their Prometheus Cryptocurrency project and SHD Smart Devices their smart home devices project. According to Mr. Gill, graphite prices have gone up about 30% and the demand for graphite's will increase as China clamps down on exporting the material.
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Lithium Chile (TSX-V: LITH): 15 Premier Lithium Projects, In the World’ Highest-Grade Lithium District, Interview with Steve Cochrane, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Lithium Chile (TSX-V: LITH) owns fifteen projects, encompassing 148,100 hectares on Li-rich Salars in Chile – which has the largest, high-grade lithium reserves and lowest-cost lithium production in the world. The portfolio includes projects, with high-grade lithium brines and excellent chemistry, at shallow depths – all of which have good access to infrastructure. The company is well-funded and has a top-tier team. Exploration is underway and the company is targeting initial resource estimates in 2018. We learned from Mr. Steve Cochrane, President and CEO of Lithium Chile, that out of the fifteen properties they have identified, six have large high-grade priority targets, near good infrastructure with easy access. Having completed the geo-physics survey on all of the properties, Lithium Chile applied for drill permits and hopes to start drilling before the end of the summer.
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Melior Resources Inc. (TSXV: MLR): Well-Funded with Offtake for Sale of Ilmenite and Apatite, Production Scheduled for this November, Interview with Mark McCauley, Director and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Melior Resources Inc. (TSXV: MLR) is the owner and operator of the Goondicum ilmenite mine, a past-producing ilmenite and apatite mine strategically located in Queensland Australia. We learned from Mark McCauley, Director and CEO of Melior Resources, that the ilmenite price has been very strong and stable for the last twelve months and just a week ago the company completed its funding and off-take package, which enables it to restart the Goondicum Project and be back in production in November this year. According to Mr. McCauley, Melior Resources plans to start shipping ilmenite to China, early next year and will be cash positive by second quarter of 2019. Ilmenite is used in manufacturing general consumable items, such as paint, plastics, ink, cosmetics and sunscreen. The project also contains high quality apatite that is excellent for manufacturing organic fertilizer and the company partnered with an Australian domestic organic fertilizer manufacturer. The other half of the corporate strategy, according to Mr. McCauley, is to grow the business via mergers and/or acquisitions.
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Dr. Diane Garrett, President and CEO, Nickel Creek Platinum Corp. (TSX: NCP, OTC-QX: NCPCF) Known for Extreme Success as a Mine Developer. Nickel Creek in the Yukon, Host to Measured and Indicated 2 B Lbs. Ni, 1 B lbs. Cu, 6 M oz. ("PGM's") , 120 M Lbs.Co
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Nickel Creek Platinum Corp. (TSX: NCP, OTC-QX: NCPCF) is a Canadian mining exploration and development company focused on advancing its 100% owned Nickel Shäw project towards becoming Canada's next world-class nickel sulphide mine. Located in the Yukon, Nickel Shäw project is host to over 2 billion pounds of nickel, 1 billion pounds of copper, 6 million ounces of platinum group metals ("PGM's") and 120 million pounds of cobalt in the measured and indicated categories. We learned from Dr. Diane Garrett, President and CEO of Nickel Creek Platinum, that their world class project is uniquely positioned right off the Alaska Highway, in a great mining jurisdiction, and with exceptional access to infrastructure. The company is currently doing the metallurgical test work program for nickel-copper separation that has advanced into Mini Pilot Plant testing. Plans for 2018 include the updated PEA to be out towards the end of the third quarter and then they expect to make a decision to move straight into the engineering phase.
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Telson Mining Corporation (TSXV: TSN): Two Producing Precious and Base Metal Mines in Mexico, Interview with Ralph Shearing, President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Telson Mining Corporation (TSXV: TSN) is a Canadian-based junior resource mining company, currently in pre-production at two Mexican gold, silver and base metal mining projects, and is advancing both towards commercial production, over the coming months of 2018. According to Ralph Shearing, President of Telson, the company is a new multi-mine producer in Mexico, delivering and selling metal concentrate from its two mines. At the recently acquired Campo Morado Mine in Guerrero, Mexico, Telson re-commenced mining and processing operations at 1,400 tonnes per day, in October 2017, recently, in April 2018, reaching 2,000 tonnes per day and intends to advance towards commercial production, at full capacity of approximately 2,500 tonnes per day, over the coming months 2018. Telson's Tahuehueto Project, located in north-western Durango State, Mexico is currently in pre-production at approximately 125 tonnes per day, utilizing a toll mill for processing and has entered a construction phase, with a timeline to be producing, on site, in its own mineral processing plant, capable of milling at least 1,000 tonnes per day, towards the end of 2018.
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Mayo Lake Minerals (MLM): Exploring for Gold in the Heart of the Yukon, Interview with Tyrell Sutherland, VP of Exploration
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Mayo Lake Minerals (MLM) is a private Ontario-based company that owns a 100 per cent interest in five claim blocks, presently consisting of 1,117 claims, in the Mayo Mining District of the Yukon. These claim groups all lie within the Tombstone Plutonic Belt of the Tintina Gold Belt (TGB). We learned from Tyrell Sutherland, VP of Exploration for Mayo Lake Minerals, that these are all brand new properties, never drilled before. Plans for 2018 include a 1,200 to 2,500 meter drilling program. Judging by the amount of placer operations that have been active in this area and based on the style of soil anomalies, Mr. Sutherland is confident they are going to find gold mineralization on their claims
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Harte Gold Corp. (TSX: HRT, OTC: HRTFF, Frankfurt: H4O): One of the Highest-Grade Gold Deposits, Commercial Production in 2018, Interview with Stephen G. Roman, Chairman, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Harte Gold Corp. (TSX: HRT, OTC: HRTFF, Frankfurt: H4O) is focused on the exploration and development of its 100% owned Sugar Zone Property, in Ontario, Canada, where it has recently completed a 70,000 tonne Advanced Exploration Bulk Sample and mined 30,000 tonnes, under its Phase I Commercial Production Permit. The Sugar Zone Property is located 80 kilometers east of the Hemlo Gold Camp. We learned from Stephen G. Roman, who is Chairman, President and CEO of Harte Gold, that they currently have a quarter billion-dollar market cap, and recently came out with an update to their resource, which increased to 300% to the 1.5-million-ounce level. We learned from Mr. Roman that they have completed the construction of approximately 60% of the processing plant at Sugar Zone with start-up scheduled for July 2018.
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Nevada Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: NGE; OTCQB: NVDEF): Advancing a Portfolio of New, District-Scale, Gold Exploration Projects, along Nevada’s Cortez Trend, Interview with James Buskard, President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Nevada Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: NGE; OTCQB: NVDEF) is an early-stage project generator, focused on the discovery of large Carlin-type gold deposits in Nevada, through the application of a new and unique exploration technology, Groundwater Chemistry. The company is advancing a portfolio of new, district-scale, gold exploration projects, along Nevada’s Cortez Trend. NGE has completed the world’s largest groundwater sampling program for gold exploration, collecting approximately 6,000 samples to evaluate Nevada’s covered basins for new gold exploration targets. We learned from James Buskard, President of Nevada Exploration, that as a result of their regional-scale generative program, they've ended up with a pipeline of targets for drilling, with the two targets, South Grass Valley and Kelly Creek, ready for intensive, deeper core drilling programs this summer. We learned from Mr. Buskard, that the company is tightly held with 1/3 of shares held by management, insiders, and insiders' families. According to Mr. Buskard, Nevada Exploration has designed its exploration strategy specifically to target 5-10million-ounce size deposit.
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Golden Ridge Resources Ltd. (TSXV: GLDN): Focused on High-Grade Gold Discoveries in BC’s Prolific Golden Triangle, Interview with Mike Blady, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Golden Ridge Resources Ltd. (TSXV: GLDN) is actively exploring its flagship high grade Hank Au-Ag project in the heart of BC’s Golden Triangle. The project is located approximately 140 kilometers north of Stewart, British Columbia. Golden Ridge may earn 100% interest in the project by performing $1.7M of exploration work by the end of 2018. We learned from Mike Blady, CEO of Golden Ridge Resources, that in 2017, they drilled 4,250 meters at the Hank property, testing the historic geologic model that Barrick and previous operators had put forth. Their findings didn't agree with the model, so they've come up with a new model in the first couple months of 2018, which they unveiled at PDAC, with all of their new 2018 drill targets. Plans for 2018 include an 8,000 to 10,000 meters exploration drilling program that starts as early as they are able to get on the property this spring. According to Mr. Blady, very shortly Golden Ridge will earn 100% ownership of the Hank property, which is an exciting moment for the Company. Golden Ridge also owns a 100% interest in the North Canol Co-Ag-Zn project located in the Mac Pass region of the Yukon, this project has recently been optioned to Fireweed Zinc for cash and shares.
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Mustang Resources Ltd. (ASX: MUS): Developing Premier Ruby, Graphite and Vanadium Projects, Interview with Dr. Bernard Olivier, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Mustang Resources Ltd. (ASX: MUS) is a Mozambique-focused emerging multi-commodity developer and explorer, currently fast-tracking the development of its Montepuez Ruby and Caula Graphite and Vanadium projects, located adjacent to each other in northern Mozambique. We learned from Dr. Bernard Olivier, Managing Director of Mustang Resources, that they are focusing on the development of their ruby project in the Montepuez area, as well as the neighboring graphite and vanadium deposit called the Caula Graphite and Vanadium Project. Both projects are located in northern Mozambique, right next to each other, so they can share infrastructure and camp facilities. We learned from Dr. Olivier, that their aim, with the Ruby project, is to take it through exploration phase, and in the process identify the resources and areas that they can take from exploration into production.
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Millennial Lithium Corp. (TSX.V:ML, FSE:A3N2, OTCQB:MLNL): Developing World Class Lithium Assets in Argentina, Interview with Graham Harris, Chairman
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Millennial Lithium Corp. (TSX.V:ML, FSE:A3N2, OTCQB:MLNL) is an emerging exploration and development company, focused on world class lithium assets in Argentina. Millennial Lithium controls over 20,000 hectares of prime land, in the heart of the famed Lithium Triangle – home to the world’s most prolific lithium riches. In Argentina, the Company is advancing two lithium projects to a production decision. Both are located within an emerging mining district that is home to several world-class lithium mines and in-development deposits. We learned from Graham Harris, Chairman and Director of Millennial Lithium, that their flagship project is Pastos Grandes, which is located in the Salta Province of Argentina. Subsequent to the drilling that they undertook last year, they came out with a very substantial 43-101 resource, in November, of close to three million tons of lithium carbonate reserves. They followed that up with a PEA, released in January of 2018, showing that the Pastos Grandes project is probably one of the biggest and best lithium brine resources in all of the lithium triangle. With a significant Chinese investor, GCL Poly, and 65 million dollars cash in the bank, Millennial Lithium plans to complete a bankable feasibility study during 2018, then enter into some strategic off-takes.
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Ascot Resources Ltd: (TSX.V: AOT): A Near-Term Producer, High-Grade Gold, Advanced Exploration Project with Large Upside Potential in the Golden Triangle of BC. Interview with Derek White, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Ascot Resources Ltd (TSX.V: AOT) is a focused gold and silver explorer and near-term producer in Northern British Columbia, with a portfolio of advanced and grassroots projects in the Golden Triangle region. Ascot’s flagship Premier Project is a near-term, high-grade, advanced exploration project with large upside potential and a historic mine. We learned from Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot Resources, that plans for 2018 include an infill-drill program at the Premier Project beginning in May, with the end-goal to restart the mine. According to Mr. White, Ascot's team is made of experienced mine builders, who really know how to do this. Mr. White believes Premier is a very attractive, high-grade opportunity, in the proven Golden Triangle, with existing infrastructure of the past-producing mine.
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Abitibi Royalties Inc. (TSX-V: RZZ): Owns Royalties, at the Canadian Malartic Mine, Canada's Largest Gold Mine, Interview with Ian Ball, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Abitibi Royalties Inc. (TSX-V: RZZ) owns various royalties, at the Canadian Malartic Mine, Canada's largest gold mine, that covers portions of Odyssey, East Malartic, Barnat Extension, Gouldie/Charlie zones and all of the Jeffrey zone. In addition, the Company is building a portfolio of royalties on early stage properties near producing mines. We learned from Mr. Ian Ball, President and CEO of Abitibi Royalties, that the company is debt free with approximately $40 million in cash and securities, and this year they expect to generate $3 - $3.5 million in cash flow and use that cash flow to buy other royalties, as well as to reduce their share account. Plans for 2018 include a 140,000 meters exploration campaign at Canadian Malartic, as well as developing ramp access to both Odyssey and East Malartic. Golden Valley Mines Ltd. and Rob McEwen hold approximately 49.2% and 12.2% interest in Abitibi Royalties, respectively.
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West Red Lake Gold Mines Inc. (CSE: RLG, FWB: HYK, OTCQB: RLGMF): Focused on High-Grade Gold Exploration and Development in Canada’s Prolific Red Lake Gold District, Interview with John Kontak, President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


West Red Lake Gold Mines Inc. (CSE: RLG, FWB: HYK, OTCQB: RLGMF) is based in Toronto and focused on gold exploration and development, in the prolific Red Lake Gold District of Northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Red Lake Gold District is host to some of the richest gold deposits in the world and has produced nearly 30 million ounces of gold, from high grade zones, including 18 million ounces from the nearby Red Lake Mine and Campbell Mine, operated by Goldcorp. West Red Lake Gold Mines has assembled a 3100 hectare property, which has a 12 kilometre strike length and 3 former gold mines. We learned from John Kontak, President of West Red Lake Gold Mines, that their most advanced deposit is the high grade, underground, close-to-surface Rowan Mine - 60% JV with Goldcorp – with an existing NI 43-101 resource estimate of 1.1 million ounces of 7.57 gram ore. The company is looking to expand and deepen the mineralized envelope at the Rowan Mine deposit and at the same time doing internal scoping studies and baseline environmental studies, with the goal of ultimately making it a valuable asset for Canadian gold miners.
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