Novo Resources Corp. (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF): Well-Funded Canadian Gold Exploration Company, Three Main Projects of Conglomerate Gold, Significant Land Package Pilbara Region of Western Australia; Interview with Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Chairman and President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Novo Resources Corp. (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF)
is a Canadian gold exploration company, with a significant land package covering approximately 13,000 sq km, with varying ownership interests in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. We learned from Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Chairman and President of Novo Resources, that they have three main projects that host conglomerate gold. Their fully permitted and shovel ready Beatons Creek project has a resource of about 900,000 ounces indicated and inferred at the grade of about 2.5 g/t. Currently Novo is advancing their Karratha conglomerate gold project, through permitting, towards the production decision. Their third project, called Egina, is a joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation, and is fully financed. According to Dr. Hennigh, the high-grade Egina project can be fast tracked very quickly because the gold is free from rock matrix and therefore easily mineable and easily recoverable.
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Ascot Resources Ltd. (TSX: AOT, OTCQX: AOTVF) Focused on Re-Starting the Past Producing, Premier Gold Mine, located in Northwestern British Columbia in the highly prospective area known as the Golden Triangle. Interview with Derek White, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ascot Resources Ltd. (TSX: AOT, OTCQX:AOTVF)
, a Vancouver based, junior exploration company, is focused on re-starting the past-producing, historic, Premier gold mine, once North America’s largest gold mine, located in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. We learned from Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot, that after the acquisition of the Red Mountain and the Silver Coin projects, the Company has about 12 million tons of 50% measured and indicated and 50% inferred high-grade gold resource, around 7.7 to 7.8 grams of gold per ton and about 21 to 22 grams of silver per ton. Near term, Ascot is actively working on upgrading the resources and then converting into either proven or probable reserves. According to Mr. White, what differentiates Ascot is its ability to restart mining, at a very low capital cost, because of the low volume and high-grade nature of the resource and the infrastructure that is already in place. Plans for 2020 include completing feasibility study and permitting, and then financing to restart the mine.
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Wealth Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: WML; OTCQX: WMLLF; SSE: WMLCL; Frankfurt: EJZN): Lithium -Focused, Partnered with Rosatom, Separate Lithium out of Brines, without an Evaporation Process, Interview with Henk van Alphen, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Wealth Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: WML; OTCQX: WMLLF; SSE: WMLCL; Frankfurt: EJZN)
is a lithium focused, mineral resource company, with interests in Canada, Mexico, Peru and Chile. We learned from Henk van Alphen, CEO of Wealth Minerals, that they have partnered with Rosatom, a Russian state corporation and the largest nuclear power corporation in the world, with the goal to use its resources and its technology (that can separate lithium out of brines, without an evaporation process). We learned from Mr. van Alphen that, as of recently, Wealth Minerals is expanding into the copper business, with two copper projects in Chile that will be operating as an independent company by the name of Wealth Copper, with a large ownership in Wealth Minerals. According to Mr. van Alphen, they have an opportunity, in the near term, to consolidate the lithium space, with the help of Rosatom.
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Nickel Mines Limited (ASX: NIC): Becoming a Significant Player in the Global Nickel Industry; Interview with Justin Werner, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Nickel Mines Limited (ASX: NIC)
is on the cusp of becoming a significant player in the global nickel industry, having established a financial, operational and strategic partnership with China’s Tsingshan group, the world largest stainless-steel producer. We learned from Justin Werner, Managing Director of Nickel Mines, that it is more industrial than a mining company. They have an option to move to an 80% interest in the Hengjaya and Ranger Nickel Mines. According to Mr. Werner, Nickel Mines Limited is the only nickel story that offers the exposure to the lowest cost nickel units anywhere in the market, with growth optionality.
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Atico Mining Corporation (TSX.V:ATY, OTC:ATCMF): Focused on Becoming a Mid-Tier, Copper-Gold Producer in Latin America; Interview with Igor Dutina, Corporate Development
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Atico Mining Corporation (TSX.V:ATY, OTC:ATCMF)
is focused on developing and operating copper-gold projects in Latin America, with the strategy to build a mid-tier, copper-gold producer, by acquiring advanced-stage projects, with potential for high-margin operations and sustainable organic growth. We learned from Igor Dutina, Corporate Development of Atico Mining, that their plan for the past two year has been is to transform the El Roble Mine to raise operational standards and improve the capacity. Atico managed to grow copper production over 14 times and gold production over five and a half times. Currently Atico is doing regional exploration to improve the resource and organically grow the operation through discovery. We learned from Mr. Dutina that Atico Mining recently acquired Toachi Mining Inc., creating a leading Latin American copper-gold operator, developer and explorer.
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Chalice Gold (ASX: CHN, TSX: CXN, OTCQB: CGMLF): Portfolio of District-Scale Gold and Nickel Sulfide Exploration Projects, in High-Grade Mining Regions of Australia; Interview with Alex Dorsch, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Chalice Gold Mines (ASX: CHN, TSX: CXN, OTCQB: CGMLF)
is focused on a portfolio of district-scale gold and nickel sulphide exploration projects, in high-grade mining regions of Australia: the 100%-owned Pyramid Hill Gold Project, in the highly prospective and reinvigorated Bendigo gold district of Victoria, and the King Leopold Nickel Project, in the frontier west Kimberley region of WA. Chalice has been actively exploring across both projects, with an exciting new phase of drilling, recently commenced in Victoria. We learned from Alex Dorsch, Managing Director of Chalice, that multiple well-timed asset sales have positioned them in a strong and unique financial position for a small exploration company. Since 2012, Chalice has returned about a third of that profit to its shareholders, while still keeping ~30 million AUD in working capital. According to Mr. Dorsch, Chalice hasn't raised any capital for about eight years, avoiding dilution. Mr. Dorsch believes that the large-scale gold targets they are currently drilling at their 5,190km² Pyramid Hill Project in Victoria, represent high profile targets, with strong upside potential. The Company's team is made-up of highly credentialed mining executives, who have made discoveries and run successful mining companies before.
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Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: LMR, LMRMF, FSE: DH8B): Exploration-Stage Company, that Discovered High-Grade Graphite in Quebec; Interview with Paul Gill, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


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, CEO of Lomiko Metals, that the exploration has been completed and it is showing two different areas of deposits: the graphene battery zone and the refractory zone. The consolidated 43-101 resource estimate is expected soon. According to Mr. Gill, the material at Lomiko's discovery is of similar or better quality than the material at the Imerys Carbon Graphite Mine, 53 km to the Northwest and 100 kilometers from the Imerys processing facility at the Port of Montreal. The Imerys mine has a mine closure plan for 2022 and needs replacement. Located near a producing mine, with an experienced workforce, with excellent infrastructure and year around working capability, La Loutre property has great potential to become the next graphite mine.
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Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSXV: BSR, OTCQB: BBSRF): Near term producer targeting 125,000 oz/yr at an AISC of less than $600/oz. 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, completed in January (the “Feasibility Study”), 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. We learned from Darren Klinck, President, CEO, and Director of Bluestone Resources, that the Company is working to put together a financial package to begin construction next year, with a goal to be in production by the end of 2021. According to Mr. Klinck, Bluestone is on track to become a producing gold mine at great margins, with the support of major shareholders such as the Lundin Family Trust, CD Capital, Newmont Goldcorp, and management, Bluestone Resource’s sole focus over the next two years will be bringing this mine into operation.
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Surge Exploration Inc. (TSXV: SUR, OTC: SURJF, FRA: DJ5C): Exploring Early stage Gold, Copper, and Cobalt Properties in Outstanding Mining Regions of Canada and the United States; Tim Fernback, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Surge Exploration Inc. (TSXV: SUR, OTC: SURJF, FRA: DJ5C)
is a Canadian-based gold, copper, and cobalt explorer, focused on early stage mineral properties in the mining-friendly jurisdictions of Canada and the United States. The Company's projects include 100% interest in the Golden Triangle – Trapper Lake Copper-Gold Property in British Columbia, a 100% interest in the Mineral Mountain Copper-Gold Properties in British Columbia, a 60% interest in Hedge Hog Copper-Gold Property in British Columbia, and a 60% interest in Ontario Cobalt Properties in Ontario. We learned from Tim Fernback, President and CEO of Surge Exploration, that the Company is led by experienced professionals, with deep understanding of gold exploration in Canada. They have strategically chosen the assets, located near the well-known deposits that have a lot of interest. Near term plans for fall-winter of 2019, continuing into the spring-summer of 2020, include completing the exploration program at the Hedge Hog property and continuation of the exploration programs at the Trapper Lake, Golden Triangle, and the Mineral Mountain properties.
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Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (NYSE AMERICAN: GSV, TSX: GSV): Second Largest Land Package in the Carlin Trend, Nevada, Very Robust PFS Economics, Strong Corporate Support; Interview with Jonathan Awde, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (NYSE AMERICAN: GSV, TSX: GSV)
is an advanced stage, gold exploration company, focused on district scale discoveries on its Railroad-Pinion Project, located within the prolific Carlin Trend in Nevada. We learned from Jonathan Awde, President and CEO of Gold Standard Ventures, that with the support of such corporate shareholders as Newmont/Goldcorp and OceanaGold the Company has consolidated the second largest land package in the Carlin Trend. The recently announced PFS shows a robust project, with an initial eight year mine life, $657 all in sustaining cash costs, and a $194 million CapEx. The Company is currently working on lowering the capital, extending the mine life and enhancing the project economics.

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High-Purity Quartz Ltd (HPQ) Supplying the Booming Solar PV and Semiconductor Industries; Interview with Stuart Jones, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


High-Purity Quartz Ltd (HPQ)
, who is exhibiting and presenting at IMARC 2019, is aiming to be a new entrant into the global high-purity quartz-sand market, with near term plans to join a very limited group of High-Purity quartz-sand producers to supply manufacturers of ultra-High-Purity applications, such as optics, Solar PV wafers and Semiconductor wafers. HPQ Ltd will export its products under an Offtake and Sales & Distribution Agreement, signed earlier this year, with Wogen Resources Limited. We learned from Stuart Jones, CEO of HPQ, that Solar PV and Semiconductor manufacturing are fast growing industries, and they cannot manufacture without high-purity quartz-sand. There is currently only one main producing source of high-purity quartz-sands in the world, which is a supply concentration risk for the downstream manufacturers in China, Japan and elsewhere. According to Mr. Jones, the Company's flagship Sugarbag Hill high-purity quartz-mine in Queensland, Australia, once developed, is in a strong position to supply high-purity quartz materials to the green-tech, high-tech markets for decades to come.
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Mako Gold Limited (ASX: MKG): Exploring Large High-Grade Gold Deposits in West Africa; Interview with Peter Ledwidge, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Mako Gold Limited (ASX: MKG)
is focused on the discovery of large high-grade gold deposits in highly prospective and under-explored terrains in Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and other favourable countries in West Africa. The Company's flagship project is the Napié Gold Project, located in the north central part of Côte d’Ivoire 30km southeast of the city of Korhogo, it is easily accessed by a good road system. Mako Gold's other project is the Niou Project, located within the Goren Greenstone Belt, in the central part of Burkina Faso, 50km north of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou and is easily accessed by a good road system. The Company made a new gold discovery there, in January 2019, with grades of up to 53.80g/t Au. We learned from Peter Ledwidge, Managing Director of Mako Gold, that they are focusing on the Tchaga Prospect, at the Napié project, with the goal of coming up with the resource within the next year. Another drilling program is about to start at the Napié project in October.
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Kore Mining Ltd (TSXV: KORE): Funded by Eric Sprott, 5-Million-Ounce Gold Opportunity in USA and B.C., Canada; Interview with Scott Trebilcock, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Kore Mining Ltd (TSXV: KORE)
owns 100% interest in the Imperial and Long Valley gold development projects, located in California, USA and the FG Gold and Gold Creek exploration projects, located in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. Combined, the Company’s projects boast a 5 million ounce gold opportunity. We learned from Scott Trebilcock, President and CEO of KORE Mining, that they were able to acquire their advanced gold assets at rock bottom prices, and then they were able to secure two strategic investments: $3 million from Eric Sprott for the exploration, and $4 million from Macquarie Bank for the permitting and development of the projects. All Kore projects have gold discoveries on them, two of which are quite advanced. According to Mr. Trebilcock, the Company is currently undervalued.
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Blue Sky Uranium Corp. (TSX-V: BSK, FSE: MAL2; OTC: BKUCF): The Leader in Uranium Discovery in Argentina and a Member of the Grosso Group; Interview with Nikolaos Cacos, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Blue Sky Uranium Corp.
is the leader in uranium discovery in Argentina and a member of the Grosso Group (TSX-V: BSK, FSE: MAL2; OTC: BKUCF). Blue Sky owns 100% of the district-size Amarillo Grande Uranium-Vanadium Project in Rio Negro Province. Their current focus is the Ivana deposit. They have completed a Mineral Resource Estimate and a Preliminary Economic Assessment on Ivana. Nikolaos Cacos, President, CEO and Director of Blue Sky Uranium, said that they have just under 23 million pounds of uranium and 11 million pounds of vanadium. He has determined that Ivana has close-to-surface mineralization, indicating a low-cost and a potentially very economic operation. His near-term plans include expanding the resource, with a targeted drill program that is aimed toward discovery and focused on quickly and cost effectively adding more uranium and vanadium. Blue Sky Uranium plans to develop a truly world-class uranium district, like what we see in Kazakhstan and in Australia.

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Champion Iron Limited (TSX: CIA) (ASX: CIA): Largest High-Grade, Low-Contaminant Iron Ore Pure-Play Producer, Listed Publicly in the World; Interview with Michael Marcotte, VP of Investor Relations
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Champion Iron Limited (TSX: CIA) (ASX: CIA)
is a producing iron development and exploration company focused on its flagship asset, the Bloom Lake iron ore property, located in Québec, Canada. We learned from Michael Marcotte, VP of Investor Relations for Champion Iron, that they are currently the single largest high-grade, low-contaminant iron ore pure-play producer that's listed publicly in the world. Following the acquisition of Bloom Lake, Champion implemented upgrades to the mine and processing infrastructure, and was able to reposition the property on a global basis, where it can compete with the majors. The Company has partnered in projects, associated with improving access to global iron markets, including rail and port infrastructure initiatives, with government and other key industry and community stakeholders. Plans for 2020 include advancing the Phase II expansion as proposed by the feasibility study released in August 2019, which proposes to double the capacity at Bloom Lake to 15 million tonnes per year of high-grade iron ore concentrate.
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Rogue Resources Inc. (TSX-V: RRS): Acquiring Cash Flow- Two New Limestone Quarries, to supplement its Advancing Silica/Quartz Business; Interview with Sean Samson, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Rogue Resources Inc. (TSX-V: RRS)
has been focused on advancing its silica/quartz business, with the Snow White Project, in Ontario and the Silicon Ridge Project, in Quebec, while at the same time watching the paper value of its other assets increase with rising metal prices, including the gold potential at Radio Hill and nickel potential at Langmuir. We learned from Sean Samson, President, CEO and Director of Rogue Resources, that Rogue is acquiring, at very good terms, two limestone quarries in Southern Ontario that are specifically focused on selling into the landscape stone market and will be immediately cash flowing. According to Mr. Samson, Management, and friends and family now own about 40% of the Company's stock, and they haven't been taking salaries, since last October, until they were able to see a path to cashflow- which they think the limestone quarries will provide.
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Fremont Gold Ltd. (FRE: TSX-V; FR2: FSE: USTDF: OTC): Controls Three Gold Projects in the Prolific Cortez and Carlin Trends in Northern Nevada; Interview with Blaine Monaghan, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA

Fremont Gold Ltd. (FRE: TSX-V; FR2: FSE: USTDF: OTC), who's mine-finding Management Team has discovered more than 4 million ounces of gold, and controls three gold projects in the prolific Cortez and Carlin Trends in northern Nevada. We learned from Blaine Monaghan, CEO of Fremont Gold, that this summer they sold their Gold Canyon project to McEwen Mining for 300,000 shares and are now looking to add several more advanced stage gold projects to the portfolio. Near term plans for the end of 2019 going into 2020 include strengthening the Company's property portfolio by bringing in more advanced stage gold assets that have the potential to host a minimum of a million ounces of gold and are economic. With the experienced team of mine finders, the projects located in great jurisdiction, and attractive capital structure, Fremont Gold is well positioned for a strong gold market.
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Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (NYSE American: SAND, TSX: SSL): Growing Portfolio of 190 Gold Streams and Royalties; Interview with Kim Forgaard, Director, Capital Markets
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (NYSE American: SAND, TSX: SSL)
is a gold royalty company, with a growing portfolio that consists of a stable base of cash-flowing royalties. We learned from Kim Forgaard, Director, Capital Markets for Sandstorm Gold, that Sandstorm has about 190 streams and royalties in its portfolio, 23 of which are producing. This year, in 2019, they are expecting to have between 63 to 70 thousand gold equivalent ounces from their producing assets. According to Ms. Forgaard, in addition to exploration upside, Sandstorm is expecting to more than double production by 2023 from their existing streams. We learned from Ms. Forgaard, that their largest stream to date - the stream from the Cerro Moro mine owned by Yamana Gold - just recently started producing and sending them ounces in Q2 of this year.
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Marathon Gold Corporation (TSX: MOZ): Rapidly Advancing Its 100%-Owned Valentine Gold Project, in Central Newfoundland; Interview with Dr. Matt Manson, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Marathon Gold Corporation (TSX: MOZ)
is a Toronto based gold Company, rapidly advancing its 100%-owned Valentine Gold Project, located in central Newfoundland, one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. To date, four gold deposits at Valentine have been delineated, including the large Leprechaun and Marathon deposits. We learned from Dr. Matt Manson, President and CEO of Marathon Gold, that Valentine is currently about 4 million ounces of combined measured, indicated and inferred, with 2.6 of measured and indicated, and 1.5 of inferred, with an average gold grade of about 1.8 grams per ton. 2018 PEA showed a healthy medium-to-large scale project, with the open pit mining and conventional milling of 125,000 ounces a year, over a twelve-year mine life, 30% rate of return, $500 million MPV, with a $350 million US CapEx. We learned from Dr. Manson, the Company has a straightforward strategy and all the means to develop, build, and operate this mine.
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Troy Resources Limited (ASX: TRY): Junior Gold Explorer and Producer in Guyana; Interview with Ken Nilsson, CEO and Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Troy Resources Limited (ASX: TRY)
is a junior gold producer, operating the Karouni project in Guyana. We learned from Mr. Ken Nilsson, CEO and Managing Director of Troy, that they have been in existence since 1987, and are one of the longest survivors in their class of small to mid-cap producers. We learned from Mr. Nilsson that Troy has a number of exploration-stage prospects in Guyana including Ohio Creek, Goldstar, Gem Creek and Upper Itaki, with the goal to increase the mine life, by bringing these new resources into the fold, as well as by mining the Smarts 3 pit cut-back. Troy has a long track record of mine development, low cost operations, strategic acquisitions and exploration discoveries, together with a strong commitment to health and safety, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
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