African Queen Mines Ltd. (TSX.V: AQ, Frankfurt: QM0.F): Advancing their Flagship Yellowjacket Gold Project in the Atlin Area, British Columbia, Interview with Irwin Olian, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


African Queen Mines Ltd. (TSX.V: AQ, Frankfurt: QM0.F) is advancing their flagship Yellowjacket gold project that covers an aggregate of approximately 291.54 sq. km in Atlin area, British Columbia and has a fully permitted past producing mine. We learned from Irwin Olian, CEO of African Queen Mines, how they bought the property in 2015 for a very favorable price, which gives them tremendous upside as they manage to consolidate a very large exploratory portfolio and develop the geological model that gives them an idea of the potential gold deposits in the region. Mr. Olian expects a big work season in 2017. He is very proud of his terrific team that he feels is second to none from a geological standpoint.
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RJK Explorations Ltd. (TSXV: RJX.A): Gold, Silver and Base Metals Exploration Company, Located in Ontario and British Columbia; Interview with Glenn Kasner, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


RJK Explorations Ltd. (TSXV: RJX.A) is a Canadian mineral exploration company, with a solid focus on gold, having properties located in Ontario and British Columbia. RJK’s advanced Maude Lake Gold property, in Ontario has had over $11 million worth of exploration expenditures, including over 49,000 metres of drilling, pre-stripping for an open-pit, and underground development, utilizing a decline ramp to the 140 metre level. In 2017, RJK intends to increase the non NI43-101 compliant historical gold resource and explore both the open pit and underground production potential. We learned from Glenn Kasner, who is President and CEO of RJK Exploration, that the recent drilling program yielded some high-grade results.
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Richard Kern, President and CEO of Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSX‑V: ICM; OTC: BVTEF; FSE: YQGB): Acquiring and Exploring Precious Metal and Lithium Projects Primarily in Nevada, USA
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSX‑V: ICM; OTC: BVTEF; FSE: YQGB) is an exploration company focused on acquiring and exploring precious metal and Lithium projects in North America, primarily in Nevada, USA. We learned from Richard Kern, President and CEO of Iconic Minerals, they have accumulated very significant gold as well as lithium projects. The Bonnie Claire Sarcobatus Valley lithium property, located about 60 kilometers south of Clayton Valley, encompasses 1,155 claims covering over 35 square miles and can have recoveries as high as 98%. Their gold exploration portfolio includes the Hercules property in the Como mining district, 17 kms from the famous Comstock Lode mine, the New Pass property in the New Pass mining district, and the Squaw Creek property located in the northern area of the Carlin Trend.
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Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG): A Leading Gold Producer; Interview with Todd White, COO
by Allen Alper Jr., President of Metals News


Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) is a leading gold producer, focused on responsible mining practices and delivering long-term value with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines throughout the Americas. We learned from Todd White, the COO of Goldcorp, the company set up a very exciting "20/20/20" strategy over the next five-year period: to achieve 20% growth in production, 20% increase in reserves, and a 20% reduction in cost. Goldcorp actively invests in innovation to improve safety and reduce costs as well as their environmental footprint. In the current environment, where we see the trajectory of gold on the uptick, Goldcorp is well positioned in the senior gold market.
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EXPLOR Resources Inc…TSX-V: EXS; OTCQB: EXSFF; FSE & BE: E1H1…Focused on Exploration in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Ontario and Quebec; Interview with Chris Dupont, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


EXPLOR Resources Inc. (TSX-V: EXS, OTCQB: EXSFF, FSE & BE: E1H1) www.explorresources.com, is a gold and base metals exploration company, with mineral holdings in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada. We learned from Chris Dupont, President and CEO of EXPLOR, that the Company is currently exploring base metal targets on two of their extensive property holdings immediately north of the prolific Glencore Kidd base metals mine in Timmins, Ontario. They are also focused on further exploration at their Timmins Porcupine West Gold resource, their Ogden Gold Property, the PG-101 Gold property, the Chester Copper resource and the Duparquet (East Bay) Gold property block. The company plans to execute aggressive exploration programs on all of these very promising prospects during 2017.
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Trilogy Metals Inc. (TSX, NYSE-MKT: TMQ): Thirty M Tons of Six Percent Copper Equivalent, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Gold, Silver, the Highest Grade Copper Mine in the World in an Open Pit; Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Trilogy Metals Inc. (TSX, NYSE-MKT: TMQ) is a metals exploration company, focused on one of the richest copper-dominant districts in the world, called Ambler mining district, located in northwestern Alaska. We learned from Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President & Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy Metals, that their efforts currently are concentrated on advancing their high-grade, polymetallic Arctic VMS deposit, which holds roughly thirty million tons of six percent copper equivalent, copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, and is nothing less than the highest grade copper mine in the world, in an open pit. According to Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse, in early April, they should have a final resource update, which will convert inferred resource to measured and indicated. Next, this summer, they will come up with the mine plan. The pre-feasibility study is expected to be published in the first quarter of 2018.
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Silver Standard Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRI, TSX: SSO): A Canadian-Based Precious Metals Producer, with Three Wholly-Owned and Operated Low-Cost Mines; Interview with W. John DeCooman Jr., Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Silver Standard Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRI, TSX: SSO) is a Canadian-based precious metals producer, with three wholly-owned and operated low-cost mines, including the Marigold gold mine in Nevada, U.S., the Seabee Gold Operation in Saskatchewan, Canada and the Pirquitas silver mine in Jujuy Province, Argentina. We learned from W. John DeCooman, Jr., Vice President, Business Development and Strategy of Silver Standard, that they are an approximately $1.5 billion US market cap company and in 2016 they produced nearly 400,000 gold equivalent ounces at cash costs below $700 per ounce, generating over $170 million of operating cash flow, over $115 million of which they put on their balance sheet. According to Mr. DeCooman, Silver Standard's combination of a very seasoned, deep team of experts, quality assets, and capital provides internal growth and M&A opportunities with very attractive downside protection and liquidity should the markets get difficult.
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Ascot Resources (TSX.V: AOT): Gold and Silver Explorer Near-Term, High-Grade, Advanced Exploration Premier/Dilworth Project in the Golden Triangle Area of Northwest British Columbia; Interview with Bob Evans, CFO and Director, and Graeme Evans P. Geo, Con
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ascot Resources (TSX.V: AOT) is a gold and silver explorer focused on their near-term, high-grade, advanced exploration Premier/Dilworth project in the Golden Triangle area of Northwest British Columbia. This is a large past producer that had produced over two million ounces of gold. We learned from Bob Evans, CFO and Director, and Graeme Evans P.Geo, Consulting Geologist from Ascot Resources, the main features that make their project exciting are the spectacular high grades and the potential size of the resource. Plans for 2017 include a $13million surface resource program with the goal of coming up with the initial high grade resource, and another $7 million underground drilling program. Collectively they're talking 170,000 meters of drilling. According to Bob Evans, if you believe in gold, Ascot is one of your best opportunities around.
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Goldgroup Mining Inc. (TSX: GGA, OTC: GGAZF, BMV SIX: GGAN.MX): Canadian-Based Gold Production, Development and Exploration Company with Assets in Mexico and Ecuador; Interview with Keith Piggott, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Goldgroup Mining Inc. (TSX: GGA, OTC: GGAZF, BMV SIX: GGAN.MX) is a Canadian-based gold production, development and exploration company with assets in Mexico and Ecuador. Goldgroup owns the producing Cerro Prieto gold mine in Sonora State, Mexico, as well as 50% interest in the DynaResource de Mexico S.A. de C.V., which owns 100% of the near-term San José de Gracia project known as Sinaloa State's "Most Significant Gold Project". We learned from Keith Piggott, President and CEO of Goldgroup Mining, that Cerro Prieto is a stable, good cash-flow operation that keeps Goldgroup effectively out of any debt, and they are making modifications to increase gold recovery even further. Recently Goldgroup expanded to Ecuador, where they have a property, which is expected to be a small low-cost run of mine heap-leach gold mine called El Mozo. The Company expects the project to begin production at the end of 2017. According to Mr. Piggott, Goldgroup is looking forward to an extremely exciting future in the very near term.
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Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK, TSX: EDR): A Mid-Tier Precious Metals Mining Company with Three High-Grade Silver-Gold Operating Mines and Three Development Projects in Mexico, Interview with Brad Cooke, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE: EXK, TSX: EDR) is a mid-tier precious metals mining company that owns three high-grade, underground, silver-gold mines in Mexico and produced 9.7 million ounces of silver and equivalents in 2016. We learned from Bradford Cooke, Founder and CEO of Endeavour Silver that last year they had $157 million in revenue and their new focus, thanks to the turnaround in the markets these past few months, is to grow their business by building three new mines in Mexico. Mr. Cooke is a gold and silver specialist and according to him the purchasing power of the dollar, Euro, Yen are going sharply lower in the next three to five years and that's the main reason to own precious metals.
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Pasinex Resources Limited (CSE: PSE; FSE: PNX): Expecting Production of about 40 Million Pounds of Zinc this Year, Interview with Steven Williams
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Pasinex Resources Limited (CSE: PSE; FSE: PNX) is a metals company which is a 50% owner of the high-grade Pinargozu Zinc Mine, which has produced for several years and, under its DSO Program, is shipping directly to zinc smelters/refiners in Europe from its mine site in Turkey. We learned from Steven Williams, who is President and CEO of Pasinex, that since last September they doubled the production of their mine, expecting production of about 40 million pounds of zinc this year. The company's major well sought-after product is zinc oxide, which is 32% zinc, and constitutes 85% of their production. The second product is a zinc sulfide product, sphalerite, which is 48-49% zinc. Zinc prices went up 75% last year and Mr. Williams believes that there's still some upside on the zinc price.
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Rudi Fronk, Chairman of Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA; NYSE:SA): Leveraged Play to a Rising Gold Price - more Ounces of Gold in Ground Per-Share
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Rudi Fronk, who's chairman of Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA; NYSE:SA), that he started Seabridge almost 18 years ago with a contrarian view on gold. Their goal was to create what they thought would be the best leveraged play to a rising gold price. Their concept is driven on the idea of providing more ounces of gold in the ground on a per-share basis than anybody else in the industry and to that end, they've been highly successful. Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold projects. The Company's principal assets are the KSM Project located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada's Northwest Territories. Plans for 2017 include more exploration drilling at the Iron Cap deposit at KSM project.
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Interview with Scott Donaldson, Director and CEO of BMC (UK) Limited: Kudz Ze Kayah project (KZK) a High-Grade, Moderate-Sized VMS Deposit in the Southeast Yukon
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Scott Donaldson, Director and CEO of BMC (UK) Limited (PRIVATE:BMC), the parent company of BMC Minerals, that they started off as a strategic relationship between Global Natural Resources Investments (GNRI) and the management team. Their key asset, the Kudz Ze Kayah project (KZK) is a high-grade, moderate-sized VMS deposit in the southeast Yukon, which came with 20 years of environmental work out of the project and two complete baseline studies, roughly 20 years apart. The BMC executive team has a strong track record of discovery, development and operation of independent zinc, copper and other base metals projects worldwide. Recently, the government of Yukon awarded them the Robert E. Leckie award for environmental excellence. According to Mr. Donaldson, BMC has a very strong financial backing, thanks to their relationship with GNRI, and their business plan is fully funded through to the point of construction, and a little bit past that.
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Telson Resources Inc. (TSX.V: TSN): Planning Production during 2017 Advanced Stage Tahuehueto Gold-Silver Project in Northwestern Durango State, Mexico; Discussion with Ralph Shearing President (PDAC Booth #3033)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Telson Resources Inc. (TSX.V: TSN) is a Canadian-based junior resource company focused on the development towards production during 2017 of its advanced stage Tahuehueto gold-silver project in northwestern Durango State, Mexico. We learned from Ralph Shearing, who is president and secretary and director of Telson Resources, that they have recently published pre-feasibility study that shows very good economics to move the project forward into production at a five hundred and fifty ton a day underground mining operation. Late last year Telson collected an industry scale bulk sample, thirty-five hundred tons and has sold all of the concentrate.
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Mark Morabito CEO, Logan Resources Ltd. (TSX.V: LGR): Exploring Nine Gold Properties in Nevada & Utah, United States Under Option Agreement from Pilot Gold Inc (PDAC Booth # 2749)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Logan Resources Ltd. (TSX.V: LGR) is a junior exploration company in the business of acquiring and advancing mineral properties. We learned from Mark Morabito, CEO and Director of Logan Resources, that all of the company's projects are located in Nevada and Utah. Logan's focus is on actively exploring nine gold properties that are under option agreement from Pilot Gold Inc., earning a participating interest of up to 80% on up to four of the nine properties. Plans for 2017 include evaluating the drill results from the Brik Project, which contains significant gold mineralization near surface.
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Interview with David Cole, President and CEO of Eurasian Minerals (NYSE MKT: EMX, TSX-V: EMX) Update on Eurasian’s Royalty Generation Model (PDAC Booth # 2651)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


David Cole, President and CEO of Eurasian Minerals TSX-V: EMX updates us on the Eurasian royalty generation business model. Eurasian acquires prospective mineral rights around the world and adds value through the geological process, and then sells those properties keeping a royalty. They have promising portfolios in Russia, Arizona and Northern Europe. Eurasian has a strong management team, with excellent technical backgrounds that are perfectly suited to identify highly prospective properties worldwide. During the downturn in the mining market, EMX management and other insiders showed their commitment to and confidence in the company by increasing their share in EMX.
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Dr. Alper Interviews Tom Drivas, President, CEO, Director and Founder of Appia Energy Corp.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Tom Drivas, President, CEO, Director and Founder of Appia Energy Corp. exploration company looking for uranium and rare earth in the Athabasca Basin. Appia has promising projects in areas with strong infrastructure in place. Insiders hold approximately 64% of Appia. With an experienced management team and a good risk reward stock ratio, Appia should be closely watched. Appia trades on the CSE: “API” and in the USA, “APAAF.US OTC”, and in Germany “A0I.F”, “A0I.MU”,”A0I.BE”.
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Kirill Klip, CEO and Chairman of International Lithium Corp. (TSX-V: ILC.V): Robust Financial Support, Strategic Partner and Keystone Investor Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


International Lithium Corp. (TSX-V: ILC.V) is a “Clean Tech” lithium resource developer and an exploration company with an outstanding portfolio of projects, strong management ownership, robust financial support and a strategic partner and keystone investor Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd., a leading China based lithium product manufacturer. We learned from Kirill Klip, who is CEO and Chairman of International Lithium, that Ganfeng Lithium is holding 18% in the company. International Lithium is currently developing projects on three continents: one in Ireland, the Avalonia Lithium project with Ganfeng Lithium, one in Argentina, the Marianna project, also with Ganfeng, and two projects in Canada. Plans for 2017 include resource definition on their most advanced project - the brine lithium potash project in Argentina called Mariana.
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Ross Orr, President and CEO, BacTech Environmental Corporation (CSE: BAC, OTC Pink: BCCEF): Using Commercial Bioleaching Technology to Remediate Highly Toxic Tailing Areas
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


BacTech Environmental Corporation (CSE: BAC, OTC Pink: BCCEF) is a pioneering, environmental technology company that has developed and commercialized a proprietary technology to remediate highly toxic tailing areas resulting from abandoned mining operations. BacTech holds the perpetual, exclusive, royalty-free rights to use the BACOX bioleaching technology for the reclamation of tailings and mining waste materials. The company's principal focus is a high-grade silver/copper/tin tailings project called Telamayu, located in Atocha, Bolivia, in association with COMIBOL, the state mining group. According to Ross Orr, who is President and CEO of BacTech, this project should lead to cash flow later this year. Plans for 2017 include finishing drilling the tailings and moving on to metallurgy and then designing a simple gravity flotation plant by the end of the year.
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Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx (TSXV: GXU): Advanced Uranium Projects in Niger, Zambia and Mali with a Very Strong Team and Shareholder Base (PDAC Booth # 2146)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We talked with Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx (TSXV: GXU), a uranium Development Company with three projects in Africa: one in Niger, one in Zambia, and one in Mali. Mr. Major tells us that the uranium price is positioned to increase with a serious market gap by 2020. The two GoviEx properties are fully permitted in an environment where it is increasingly hard to permit uranium mines, and its stock is likely to be significantly re-rated after mine construction.
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