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Interview with Dr. Diane Garrett, President and CEO of Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. (TSX: WG, OTC-QX: WGPLF)



Dr. Diane Garrett, President and CEO of Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. (TSX: WG, OTC-QX: WGPLF), a Canadian mining exploration and development company, focused on its 100% owned Wellgreen platinum group metal (PGM) and nickel project, located in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Based on 2015 PEA, the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project has the potential to become a large, low cost, open-pit producer of platinum, palladium, gold, nickel and copper.

Dr. Diane R. Garrett has more than 20 years of senior management and financial expertise, in the field of natural resources. Most recently, she held the position of President and CEO of Romarco Minerals Inc., taking the multi-million ounce Haile Gold Mine project from discovery to construction. Romarco was a very big success. Dr, Garrett and her team took that company from 20 million market cap to over $1 billion. Romarco was ultimately acquired by OceanaGold in 2015. Prior to that, Dr. Garrett held numerous senior positions in public mining companies including; Vice President, Corporate Development of Dayton Mining Corporation, Vice President, Corporate Development of Beartooth Platinum Corporation. Earlier in her career Dr. Garrett was the Senior Mining Analyst and Portfolio Manager in the precious metals sector, with US Global Investors.

Dr. Garrett is also a director of OceanaGold Corporation, a global gold producer and TriStar Gold, an exploration company, focused in Brazil.

Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. (TSX: WG, OTC-QX: WGPLF) is a Canadian mining exploration and development company, focused on its 100% owned Wellgreen platinum group metal (PGM) and nickel project, located in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Based on 2015 PEA, the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project has the potential to become a large, low cost, open-pit producer of platinum, palladium, gold, nickel and copper. Dr. Garrett holds a PhD in Engineering in addition to a Master of Arts in Mineral Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.



Diane R. Garrett (Ph.D.) President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Allen Alper: This is Dr. Allen Alper, Editor-in-Chief of Metals News, interviewing Dr. Diane Garrett, President and CEO of Wellgreen Platinum. Could you tell me a bit more about your background, your management team, your board?

Dr. Diane Garrett: Sure. My background is engineering. I started out on the buy side, with U.S. Global Investors. I have been with Dayton Mining and Romarco Minerals. Both companies developed projects such as this and put them into production. Romarco was a very big success, with the Haile gold mine in South Carolina. We took that company from 20 million market cap to over $1 billion. We were ultimately acquired by OceanaGold in 2015.

I looked at a number of CEO opportunities and found Wellgreen Platinum to be extremely fascinating. It checks all the boxes: large scale, base and precious metals, excellent infrastructure and a mining friendly jurisdiction. It is, in my opinion, very undervalued. I feel, with the skillset I bring to the table of project development and putting a good team together, we can add some real value here. That's the track we're taking. We know commodity prices are down from when the PEA was published in 2015 but I’d rather be de-risking the project and moving it towards production in this environment than chasing a rising commodity price environment, without having filed for permits yet. We feel bullish on the metals.

I also brought in Joe Romagnolo, who worked for me in finance at Romarco Minerals. He's now our CFO. For the moment, I’ve built a team of consultants to complete the current studies. We'll plan to start layering-in a full-time development team, once we get the next few months behind us in our studies.

Dr. Allen Alper: Diane, could you give our readers/investors an overview of Wellgreen Platinum?

Dr. Diane Garrett: Wellgreen Platinum is developing our flagship asset, the Wellgreen Project, located in the Yukon, Canada. It's a very large polymetallic deposit, but it also has a substantial PGM content, which makes it nearly unique and different from your typical polymetallic project. We're located in the Yukon, with excellent infrastructure, right off the Canada- Alaska Highway. We're currently in the process of doing the necessary work to take the project through to the pre-feasibility stage.



Dr. Allen Alper: Sounds great! Could you elaborate a bit more on your plans for 2017?

Dr. Diane Garrett: Sure. We've just completed all of the metallurgical test work, which essentially takes that work to the pre-feasibility level. Now we’re in the process of updating the geologic model, the block model and our resource. We anticipate having a new 43-101 resource update available in the third quarter of this year. We are also taking a new look at the mine plan, looking at various throughput rates and optimizing the economics of the project. We intend to initiate an infill drilling program this summer, to continue moving ounces into the measured and indicated category, and then also the reserve category.

Dr. Allen Alper: That sounds great. Could you tell me some of the metals present in your project?

Dr. Diane Garrett: We're quite unique in that we do have six payable metals. Approximately half our revenue will come from nickel, roughly 30% from the platinum group metals and gold, about 20% from copper. We also have some silver and cobalt. So it is a very unique project with a lot of significant metal content.



Dr. Allen Alper: That's excellent. Could you tell me a bit about how you're revitalizing Wellgreen Platinum?

Dr. Diane Garrett: Coming in with the new management team last year, were two very significant private equity funds, Electrum Strategic Opportunities Fund, which owns 27% of the company and Resource Capital Funds, which owns 9% of the company. We are now in a position to have the kind of financial support we need in order to advance the project properly. In addition, we’ve added to the depth and expertise of the Board of Directors.

Our new strategic initiative is getting all of the baseline permitting information completed. We're on a fast track to get our permits in a position to be filed next year, probably towards the second half of the year. Also, there are some key components you need when you take a project forward and get it ready for permitting and construction. That starts with metallurgy, so we've done that. Now we're doing the resource work. Our new strategic initiative is looking at the project in terms of what provides the best cashflow up front. The ore body will typically tell you exactly the rate at which it needs to be mined. We're taking a whole new look at the mine planning. We think we can implement some efficiencies and cost savings. It's a new team taking a fresh look and having the financial resources and the backing to be able to take it all the way through development.





Dr. Allen Alper: That's excellent. It's great to have the financial backing of two big financial groups. Could you tell me a bit more about your consulting team?

Dr. Diane Garrett: Our consulting team is led by Heather White, who's a project engineer. She designed and built the Voisey's Bay Mine. She's been in nickel for about 15 years and is a very, very talented mining engineer. We're also using Ausenco Engineering and AGP Mining Consultants, who are very well recognized in mine planning studies and optimization of projects.



Dr. Allen Alper: That sounds great. Could you tell me a little bit more about the mineral resources?

Dr. Diane Garrett: Sure. The Measured and Indicated category, from the 2014, NI 43-101 resource study, demonstrated 1.9 billion pounds of nickel, a billion pounds of copper, and 5 and a half million ounces of PGM’s and gold. In the inferred category, it was over 4 billion pounds of nickel, just under 3 billion pounds of copper, and another 14 million ounces of PGM’s and gold. A staggeringly sizable deposit!

Now we're in the process of taking a new, fresh look at that mine plan. We’re using all the detailed studies we've completed, and certainly looking at various commodity prices.

Dr. Allen Alper: That's a huge deposit with many very, very valuable metals.

Dr. Diane Garrett: And it's in the Western Hemisphere, which makes it very unusual having PGMs in the Western Hemisphere. And it's very unusual to have a PGM deposit open-pit. It's also very unique to have a platinum-palladium ratio of 1 to 1. That's virtually unheard of in PGM deposits. So this deposit really has a lot of things going for it.

Dr. Allen Alper: Well, that's really excellent. Could you say a bit more about your share structure and where you're listed?

Dr. Diane Garrett: Sure. We are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WG. We are also listed on the OTCQX under the symbol WGPLF. We have about 200 million shares outstanding. We have approximately $9 million Canadian in the bank. We have no debt. We have about 95 million warrants outstanding. Those are, predominantly, with our two largest shareholders, with a strike price of 34 cents, another million and a half in options and some stock appreciation rights of 5 million. On a fully-diluted basis, we're just shy of 300 million shares outstanding.



Dr. Allen Alper: That sounds very good. What are the primary reasons our high-net-worth readers/investors should consider investing in Wellgreen Platinum?

Dr. Diane Garrett: There are very, very few nickel sulfide plays out there. If you believe that commodity prices are going to turn, and they always do, they're cyclical - always have been, always will be. We just don't know when. We do know, when nickel turns, it turns very quickly. For a play to have something very unique, which is a nickel sulfide deposit in North America, in a mining-friendly jurisdiction, with excellent infrastructure and something of huge size is very important. But then, you layer on the precious metals component with the gold and also the PGMs, rare to find in the Western Hemisphere and it becomes an even more strategic play. We've seen the issues that South Africa's having with the PGM production and their mines. The opportunity to have a precious metals and base metals play of such significant size, in a great, safe political jurisdiction, is really quite rare. There're not many opportunities like this.



Plus if you don't know the management team and are not familiar with any of us, look where two of the biggest private equity funds have put their money. They're clearly in this story in a big way and they're very pleased with the work we're doing. That should be a good incentive for shareholders to want to participate as well.



Dr. Allen Alper: Those seem like excellent reasons to consider investing in Wellgreen Platinum. Is there anything else you would like to add, Diane?

Dr. Diane Garrett: We'll have a number of catalysts coming up during the year. So I would just encourage investors to follow our news and see the progress we're making. We intend to make this company very successful.

Dr. Allen Alper: That sounds excellent!

http://www.wellgreenplatinum.com/

Diane Garrett
President & Chief Executive Officer
1-416-304-9318
dgarrett@wellgreenplatinum.com
info@wellgreenplatinum.com


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