Tuesday 21st November 2017

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‘Grade is king’

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

 

Update: As of November 2, 2017, the company’s name and stock symbol changed to Rockcliff Metals Corp TSXV:RCLF.

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Isabel Belger

Isabel: This week I would like to introduce you to the president and CEO of Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU, Kenneth Lapierre. Hi Ken, good to see you again. Let’s start with you telling a bit more about your background and what brought you into the industry.

Ken: It’s great to see you again as well Isabel, and thanks for this opportunity to reach out to people who are interested in knowing a little bit about Rockcliff.

It’s amazing to look back from when I first started in this business in the 1970s in Timmins, Ontario. I was amazed at the exploration and mining in that city with “the heart of gold.” For me, becoming a geologist was something I seriously thought about as a teenager. Hunting for “buried treasure” had an instant appeal for me back then and that appeal, attraction and passion is still with me today 40 years later. What has now drawn me to central Manitoba is the untapped potential of finding mines in a proven mining camp with some of the highest-grade base metal-gold deposits and mines in the world. As a geologist, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Isabel: Rockcliff Copper’s land position is in Manitoba with a focus on copper, gold and zinc. Could you give a little overview about the work you did there up to now—results, what makes the projects really exciting, etc.?

Ken: Our ultimate goal is to become mine finders. It’s what drives us and fuels our passion to go to work every day looking for that “buried treasure.” To that end, we have been in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake mining camp for the past 10 years, have spent over $20 million in exploration, drilled over 80,000 metres in a mining camp with excellent infrastructure including operating mines and mills. Our Snow Lake project is now significantly de-risked for our shareholders. We now control eight of the highest-grade unmined base metal deposits (gold and silver-rich copper and zinc) in the Snow Lake mining camp. One of those deposits is nearing a production decision at the end of 2017 and, if proven positive, could generate a royalty stream of millions of dollars over its mine life to Rockcliff. We also control Manitoba’s first and highest-grade former gold mine in the camp. For us, there is no better place to find high-grade mines than in Manitoba, which is presently ranked as the #2 jurisdiction in the world for exploration, mining and investment. There is peace of mind in knowing that the discovery made will ultimately benefit our shareholders with assurance that ownership and title to your land is never in question.

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Isabel: What is the most exciting thing happening for Rockcliff at the moment?

Ken: I believe that grade is king in our business. The higher the grade, the better chance of a deposit becoming a mine. The remainder of 2017, Rockcliff will balance the focus on drilling its highest-grade copper deposit (Talbot), its highest-grade zinc deposit (Bur) and its highest-grade gold property (Laguna). We feel very confident that we will have success through the drill bit and we will have exciting news with positive drill results for 2017 and into 2018.

Isabel: What are your plans for the next three to six months?

Ken: Drilling is the key to discovery and our plans are fairly straightforward: prepare the highest-grade deposits (Talbot, Bur and Laguna) for drilling. Drilling leads to discovery and discovery leads to advancement of our assets.

Isabel: How much money do you have in the bank right now?

Ken: We presently have $1 million in our treasury.

Isabel: For how long can you work with that?

Ken: We can work with that well into 2018 if needed.

Isabel: Where do you see the gold price until the end of 2017? And what about the zinc and copper prices?

Ken: It’s very difficult to predict where prices will be at the end of 2017, so I’ll leave that to the experts. However, I believe most people would agree that every day that goes by we consume more metal around the world. These are finite commodities so as each day passes the supply/demand fundamentals become more and more out of balance, especially with the added pressure of a growing population. I believe that both of our base metals (copper and zinc) are or will be in significant deficit soon, and for this reason I believe both commodities will continue to rise in price and we are beginning to see this now. Gold is a haven for comfort in a world that is distracted and uncertain. I believe gold will continue to rise over time.

Isabel: What do you like most about this job?

Ken: That’s a curious question to answer for me. I’ve always believed people who are passionate about what they do don’t really have a job, but are fulfilling a dream. Yes, I know that sounds silly, but I do enjoy coming to work each day and justifying my “job” and my responsibility to my shareholders.

Isabel: What do you find is the hardest part of your job?

Ken: Time. We are in a volume business and we must find the best land to make a discovery and prove a mine’s worth in the shortest time possible… and it’s a big world to hunt for that treasure! It simply takes time to do that, and to educate the public and the shareholders of that one simple fact is, well, difficult. Today’s world is “instant everything.” However, it takes time in this business where one needs to focus on a strategic, scientific and systematic approach to success. Those with patience for this business will benefit the most!

Isabel: Thank you for taking the time, Ken! Always good to talk to you.

 

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Kenneth J. Lapierre
president/CEO of Rockcliff Copper

Bio

Kenneth J. Lapierre, P.Geo., is a professional geologist and a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario who graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1983. He was the founder, director and president/CEO of Rockcliff Resources since its inception in 2005 until its merger with Solvista Gold in 2015, and now Rockcliff Copper. Prior to that Mr. Lapierre held management positions as president/CEO of JML Resources (2001 to 2006) and vice-president of exploration with Mustang Minerals (1996 to 2006), Findore Minerals (1987 to 1995) and Tyranex Gold (1986 to 1989). Mr. Lapierre has over 30 years of experience in exploration, discovery, production and mining in base and precious metals across North and South America.

Fun facts

My hobbies: Search for buried treasures 24/7/365
Sources of news I use: Internet, newspapers, app, TV
My favourite airport: Flin Flon, Manitoba
My favourite commodity: Copper, gold, zinc, H2O
My favourite tradeshow: PDAC, Cambridge show in Vancouver
With this person I would like to have dinner: My wife and kids
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Two wishes with the last wish being two more wishes!

Recent news: Rockcliff Copper readies for gold exploration on three of its northern Manitoba projects.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper.


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