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Aurvista Gold president/CEO Matthew Hornor comments on the company’s $10.1-million private placement

August 15th, 2017

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Aurvista Gold names technical advisory committee for Abitibi advancement

July 27th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 27, 2017

Flush with $10.1 million in recent financings and data from an extensive drill campaign, Aurvista Gold TSXV:AVA continues to beef up its personnel. Three days after announcing nominees for an expanded board of directors, the company named its appointees to a newly created technical advisory committee to help further the Douay gold project in Quebec’s Abitibi.

Aurvista Gold names technical advisory committee for Abitibi advancement

“We are in a period of growth and transition and will continue putting the best people, processes and systems in place,” said president/CEO Matthew Hornor, himself a newcomer as of last May. “We are going to take a hard look at all of the project data and results to date and complete the necessary exploration and preparation work to ensure our technical decision-makers have the information and resources required to succeed.”

Just nominated to the board of directors, David Broughton and Maurice Tagami join the advisory committee as well.

Mining engineer R. Dennis Bergen’s 40-plus years of experience include managing the Golden Bear gold mine in northern British Columbia, the Cantung tungsten mine in the Northwest Territories and the Ketza River gold mine in the Yukon.

Electrical engineer John Casson specializes in infrastructure design, project evaluation and implementation analysis in world class mining and beneficiation projects. He has held senior positions on major projects including Voisey’s Bay, Mary River and the El Aouj iron ore project in Mauritania.

Previously Aurvista’s president/CEO, Jean Lafleur now moves from his current position as VP of exploration into the advisory committee. He was instrumental in discovering new reserves for McWatters Mining gold projects in the Val-d’Or and Malartic camps, as well as developing a bulk gold exploration program at the Canadian Malartic property.

Thanking Lafleur for his service, Hornor said, “He has done an admirable job leading exploration and will continue to be a key contributor as we shift to a committee approach to integrate some of the brightest minds in the industry into our exploration planning and strategy going forward.”

Aurvista’s 30,500-hectare Douay project has a highway and transmission lines crossing the property and benefits from the Abitibi region’s labour, supplies and services. A March resource update, using a 0.5 g/t cutoff, calculated an inferred category for seven zones totalling 83.3 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t for 2.81 million gold ounces.

The recently completed spring/summer drill program totalled 59 holes and 23,965 metres.

King’s Bay prepares for Newfoundland copper-cobalt field program

July 26th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 26, 2017

Update: Effective August 14, 2017, King’s Bay Gold begins trading as King’s Bay Resources TSXV:KBG.

Copper-cobalt findings dating to the 19th century have King’s Bay Gold TSXV:KBG about to begin Phase I exploration on its Trump Island project off Newfoundland’s northern coast. The company has a team ready to study historic data prior to geophysics and grab sampling on the 200-hectare property. Depending on results, Phase II could incorporate drilling.

King’s Bay prepares for Newfoundland copper-cobalt field program

The property’s exploration history dates to 1863, when a Cornish miner sunk a six-metre shaft to follow a zone of massive chalcopyrite. Mineralization reportedly expanded with depth but the technology of the time prevented further excavation. Nevertheless the Cousin Jack reportedly shipped to Wales high-grade copper-cobalt material archaically recorded as “40 pounds per fathom.”

Grab samples collected near the shaft in 1999 showed historic, non-43-101 results up to 3.8% copper, 0.3% cobalt, 2.9 g/t gold and 10.9 g/t silver.

Located seven miles south of the town of Twillingate, Trump Island has boat access to a highway 1.5 kilometres away.

Last month King’s Bay reported geophysical results from another copper-cobalt project, this one along a provincial highway in Labrador. Airborne VTEM over the 24,000-hectare Lynx Lake property revealed a shallow anomaly of high resistivity about 400 metres in diameter and 50 to 300 metres in depth. The results came from the project’s West Pit, where historic, non-43-101 grab samples showed up to 1.03% copper, 0.566% cobalt, 0.1% nickel, 5 g/t silver, 0.36% chromium, 0.39% molybdenum and 0.23% vanadium.

Lynx Lake’s summer agenda includes higher-resolution ground geophysics, possible stripping to expose bedrock south of the pit and follow-up work on historic soil samples on the property’s southeastern area, along with mapping and sampling over both areas.

The company’s portfolio also includes three Quebec properties with historic, non-43-101 cobalt results.

Earlier this month King’s Bay closed a first tranche totalling $316,250 of a private placement offered up to $725,000. The company expects to close the second tranche by the end of August. King’s Bay closed a previous financing of $938,752 in January.

Read about cobalt supply and demand.

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Hedging his energy bets

July 24th, 2017

Adrian Lamoureux of 92 Resources pursues green lithium and fossil-fuel frac sand

by Isabel Belger

Isabel Belger

Isabel Belger

Isabel: I would like to introduce the CEO of 92 Resources TSXV:NTY Adrian Lamoureux. Hi Adrian, it is a pleasure to talk to you again. To get started I would like to ask you to tell us a little bit about your background and how you became CEO of 92 Resources.

Adrian: Hi Isabel, thank you for having me. I had been active with finance and investor relations for public companies for about a decade before I received my opportunity to run one. Raising capital and marketing helped me form very strong opinions on how a company should be run, so I was always looking to move up the corporate ranks.

Isabel: 92 Resources has two lithium projects. One is in the Northwest Territories and one is in Quebec. What makes these projects so valuable?

Adrian: Lithium is not only a commodity for today, but rather a commodity for tomorrow. We see today’s strong demand as just the beginning, with a global push towards green energy. Simply put—lithium is the way of the future.

Isabel: What are the highlights on these projects so far?

Adrian: Hidden Lake, NWT, has been successful right from the get-go. Last summer we pulled a sample high of 3.08% Li2O and a channel sample of 1.9% Li2O over 9.02 metres. Most recently we conducted a metallurgical program, where we produced a 6.16% Li2O concentrate.

Adrian Lamoureux of 92 Resources pursues green lithium and fossil-fuel frac sand

Initial metallurgical tests suggest the suitability of conventional
processing methods for pegmatites from Hidden Lake. The 1,100-
hectare property has nearby highway access leading to Yellowknife,
about 40 kilometres west.

Isabel: 92 Resources also has a frac sand project in British Columbia. I am not sure if everyone knows what frac sand is and is used for. Could you give a brief introduction to the application and demand, as well as of course about your project itself?

Adrian: The Golden frac sand property is ideally situated. Our project sits immediately adjacent to a frac sand [deposit] and rail access. Some of the biggest oil basins in North America are shale, and the best method of extraction is through fracking. Sand is forced down horizontal wells under high pressure, bracing cracks within the shale open, which is where the oil can be liberated and pumped out. The demand for frac sand has continued to grow in light of a slip in oil prices. This is attributed to re-fracking of older wells, a higher rig count and increased frac sand intensity on a per-well basis.

Isabel: What is the most exciting thing happening right now at 92 Resources?

Adrian: We’re having success on multiple fronts. I feel we are at the right place at the right time.

Isabel: What are the plans for the rest of 2017 and what are the next milestones for 92 Resources?

Adrian: Our plans are focused, continued growth through acquisition and development. We need to move vertically with current demand and always be looking to where future demand should be.

Isabel: What do you like about the mineral exploration business?

Adrian: I like being able to take an idea or concept and turn it into something real, something that shareholders and hopefully the world can benefit from.

Isabel: What is your favourite commodity and why?

Adrian: Lithium is my favourite. This green energy commodity is changing the world as we know it.

Isabel: Thank you very much for your time, Adrian.

Adrian Lamoureux

Adrian Lamoureux,
92 Resources CEO

Bio

Adrian Lamoureux has worked in the venture capital markets for the past eight years, specializing in the design and implementation of market strategies and corporate development. He has particular expertise in the mineral exploration and development sector. During his time working in venture capital markets, Lamoureux has financed a number of successful private and public companies.

Fun facts

My hobbies: European football

My favourite airport: Schiphol, Amsterdam

My favourite tradeshow: PDAC in Toronto

My favourite commodity: Lithium

With this person I would like to have dinner: Cristiano Ronaldo

If I could have a superpower, it would be: Invisibility

My role model: My father

Read more about 92 Resources’ Hidden Lake lithium project and Golden frac sand project.

Aurvista Gold to expand BOD, add advisory committee to further Abitibi project

July 24th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 24, 2017

Update: On July 27 Aurvista Gold announced its technical advisory committee members.

Following an extensive drill program and ahead of an August 15 AGM, Aurvista Gold TSXV:AVA presented a lineup of nominees for an expanded board of directors and announced a management appointment to help advance the Douay project in Quebec’s Abitibi. Still to be named are personnel for a newly created technical advisory committee.

Aurvista Gold to expand BOD, add advisory committee to further Abitibi project

Aurvista hopes Highway 109 leads
to the “next big Canadian gold story.”

A veteran of Ivanhoe Mines TSX:IVN and its predecessor Ivanplats, David Broughton shared PDAC’s Thayer Lindsley and the Association for Mineral Exploration’s Colin Spence awards for major discoveries of copper at Kamoa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and PGMs at Flatreef, South Africa. Closer to Douay, he’s worked on mining projects in the Casa Berardi, Joutel, Timmins and Kirkland Lake areas. After retiring from his full-time position with Ivanhoe, Broughton became the company’s senior adviser of exploration and geology. He also works as a consultant for other companies.

Jay Chmelauskas acts as a corporate development consultant for Lithium Americas TSX:LAC after serving a number of roles including technology development, permitting, engineering, financing, construction and commissioning with one of the company’s predecessors, Western Lithium USA. As president/CEO of Jinshan Gold Mines, he led the development of China’s largest gold-producing operation and led exploration efforts that have since brought about an additional gold mine in China.

Pierre Lebel serves as chairperson of Imperial Metals TSX:III and a director of West Kirkland Mining TSXV:WKM. Holding an MBA as well as a law degree, he was named the Mining Association of British Columbia’s 2012 Mining Person of the Year and received AME’s E.A. Scholz medal for outstanding contribution to mine development in B.C.

With over 20 years of mining finance experience, Akiko Levinson has led Irving Resources CSE:IRV and Gold Canyon Resources TSXV:GCU, as well as serving as a director of Novo Resources TSXV:NVO.

Janine North’s background includes managing logging and trucking companies, as well as Crown land tenures in B.C. A former AME director who recently retired as the CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, she currently serves as a director of Conifex Timber TSX:CFF and BC Hydro.

We are focused on building the next big Canadian gold story. Establishing an independent and diverse board with experience discovering world class deposits and leading top tier companies puts Aurvista in the best possible position to achieve success.—Matthew Hornor,
Aurvista Gold president/CEO

A 35-year metallurgical engineer, Maurice Tagami acts as VP of mining operations for Wheaton Precious Metals TSX:WPM, where he’s responsible for maintaining partnerships with 21 mines and eight development projects. He also served as president/CEO of Asanko Gold TSX:AKG predecessor Keegan Resources up to July 2012.

Aurvista president/CEO Matthew Hornor will be the company’s sole management nominee for the board. Running for re-election will be chairperson Gerald McCarvill and directors Edmund King and Sean Charland.

Joining the company as VP of corporate development, Joness Lang’s most recent experience includes six years with prospect generator Riverside Resources TSXV:RRI, where he co-led equity financings, built joint ventures and strategic alliances, and negotiated numerous gold and silver acquisitions.

Aurvista plans to announce a newly created technical advisory committee made up of “personnel covering all of the key disciplines required to bring the Douay gold project to the next level,” Hornor stated.

“We are focused on building the next big Canadian gold story,” he added. “Establishing an independent and diverse board with experience discovering world class deposits and leading top tier companies puts Aurvista in the best possible position to achieve success.”

The news follows a backlog of assays released last week from a 59-hole, 23,965-metre campaign on the 30,500-hectare property and recent financings that closed on $10.1 million.

BonTerra Resources expands new gold zone at Gladiator as $40-million campaign continues

July 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 20, 2017

BonTerra Resources expands new gold zone at Gladiator as $40-million campaign continues

A cross-section looking southwest shows expansion at depth.

 

A zone confirmed last month has been extended by more than 300 metres in depth as multiple rigs attack BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) Gladiator project. Four holes released July 20 come from the Rivage Gap, a 600-metre area between the property’s Gladiator deposit and the Rivage zone to the west. The star intercept hit 21.5 g/t over 3 metres but BonTerra emphasized hole BA-17-22, which assayed 12 g/t over 3.8 metres at a depth nearly 350 metres below the zone’s last reported assay. Drilling also extended the Main and North zones at depth.

The July 20 results show:

Hole BA-17-15 (Main zone)

  • 9.1 g/t gold over 4 metres, starting at 920 metres in downhole depth
BonTerra Resources expands new gold zone at Gladiator as $40-million campaign continues

Multiple rigs ensure an abundance of core
at BonTerra Resources’ Gladiator project.

BA-17-16 (North zone)

  • 3.1 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 418 metres

BA-17-21

  • 21.5 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 572 metres (North zone)

  • 2.2 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 618 metres (Footwall zone)

BA-17-22 (South zone)

  • 12 g/t over 3.8 metres, starting at 712.2 metres

Estimated true widths average between 60% and 80%.

The South zone extension marks “the first result from our southern island location,” said VP of exploration Dale Ginn. “This location provides access to drill the Rivage Gap area to depth from the hanging wall side of the Gladiator deposit and enables us to extend the under-plunge areas of the other four zones as well.”

While Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project garners the most attention in Quebec’s Urban-Barry area play, BonTerra raised $40 million this year. The 8,126-hectare property’s campaign features at least four rigs sinking up to 40,000 metres. Crying out for a resource update is the Gladiator deposit, with an inferred 273,000 ounces gold and remaining open in all directions. Drilling focuses outside the resource area, now targeting the property’s Deep East zone, the Rivage Gap western side and Rivage Gap infill, as well as possible exploration on the contiguous Coliseum property.

BonTerra also plans to drill its Larder Lake project in Ontario’s Cadillac/Larder Lake break. An historic, non-43-101 estimate gives the property’s Bear Lake deposit an inferred 683,000 gold ounces, while the Cheminis deposit has a non-43-101 estimate of 43,800 gold ounces indicated and 233,400 ounces inferred.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

Initial metallurgy looks positive for 92 Resources’ NWT lithium project

July 18th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 18, 2017

Encouraging metallurgical results have come early for 92 Resources’ (TSXV:NTY) Hidden Lake project. Preliminary beneficiation tests for the road-accessible Northwest Territories property suggest favourable liberation characteristics and “amenability to simple and conventional spodumene mineral processing methods,” the company announced July 18. The lab conducted five flotation tests on a composite sample from four pegmatites on the Northwest Territories project. A standard flowsheet was used.

Initial lithium metallurgy brings 92 Resources a 6.16% concentrate at 79% recovery for NWT project

Backed by encouraging lab work, 92 Resources reactivates
its Hidden Lake camp this summer for another field program.

Results brought a “high-grade” spodumene concentrate of 6.16% LiO2 at 79% recovery, with an average spodumene lithium content of 3.8% lithium (or about 8.2% LiO2), close to the maximum theoretical limit, 92 Resources stated.

A low iron content also suggests the high quality of Hidden Lake spodumene. In a further advantage to mineral processing, the company added, tests confirmed the property’s dominant mica to be muscovite with low levels of lithium. Muscovite with high lithium levels “would dilute the lithium content of a final concentrate, as typically the lithium content would be significantly less than that of spodumene.”

“This initial work demonstrates the high-lithium/low-iron nature of the spodumene at Hidden Lake, as well as its favourable upgrading characteristics, both of which are highly attractive attributes of the project,” said president/CEO Adrian Lamoureux.

Phase II beneficiation tests will include magnetic separation, heavy liquid separation and further flotation on material collected during the upcoming summer field program.

Channel sampling last year tested four of the property’s six known lithium-bearing spodumene dykes, bringing assays up to 1.58% Li2O and 31 ppm Ta2O5 over 8.78 metres.

In January the company filed a 43-101 technical report for Hidden Lake. The 1,659-hectare property has year-round road access to Yellowknife, about 40 kilometres southwest.

92 Resources also keeps busy with its Golden frac sand project in eastern British Columbia, adjacent to Heemskirk Canada’s Moberly silica mine. Last month’s 10-day field program at Golden will provide data for a 43-101 technical report.

In northern Quebec, 92 Resources also holds the 5,536-hectare Pontax River lithium project.

The company closed an oversubscribed $895,199 private placement in February and received a $140,000 award under the NWT Mining Incentive Program in June to offset Hidden Lake expenditures.

Aurvista Gold unloads assays as drilling extends and expands Douay mineralization

July 17th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 17, 2017

Aurvista Gold unloads assays as drilling extends and expands Douay mineralization

 

Following a $10.1-million private placement that closed the previous business day, Aurvista Gold TSXV:AVA greeted July 17 with a backlog of long-awaited assays from its Douay gold project in Quebec. The results wrap up a 59-hole, 23,965-metre campaign on Abitibi’s Casa Berardi deformation zone. Forty holes targeted the property’s four-kilometre-long porphyry trend, extension targets and mineralized zones parallel to the core porphyry system, the company reported.

Aurvista last released assays in early May.

Some high-grade highlights of the current batch came from the main porphyry zones, including the Porphyry, 20, 10, Central and new North zones:

Hole DO-17-197A

  • 0.51 g/t gold over 23.9 metres, starting at 80.4 metres in downhole depth

  • 13.35 g/t over 1.2 metres, starting at 130 metres
Aurvista Gold unloads assays as drilling extends and expands Douay mineralization

DO-17-200

  • 4.68 g/t over 4.5 metres, starting at 285 metres
  • (including 6.01 g/t over 1.5 metres)
  • (and including 7.16 g/t over 1.5 metres)

DO-17-202

  • 4.53 g/t over 9 metres, starting at 255 metres
  • (including 15.7 g/t over 1.5 metres)
  • (and including 6.86 g/t over 1.5 metres)

True widths were estimated at 90%.

DO-17-200 and 202 demonstrate additional potential along the North zone, while several strong intercepts from DO-17-187 expand known mineralization at the southern edge of the Porphyry zone, Aurvista stated.

Wide intervals were numerous too, with some standouts including 2.2 g/t gold over 23.1 metres, 2.11 g/t over 20.6 metres, 0.89 g/t over 36 metres and 0.79 g/t over 34.5 metres. The program also expanded known mineralization between the Porphyry and 20 zones, as well as one hole that extended mineralization past 600 metres in depth.

Looking at a final hole on Douay West, Aurvista sees potential to more than double the zone’s original footprint, making it a priority for further drilling. Twenty stepouts, meanwhile, confirmed the porphyry system extends northwest, the company added. Another 11 exploration holes tested VMS-style mineralization, finding results that included 1.81 g/t gold over 1.5 metres and 2.77% zinc over 6.4 metres.

The campaign naturally encourages speculation about the resource, last updated in March with a 0.5 g/t cutoff showing a total for seven zones:

  • inferred: 83.3 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t for 2.81 million gold ounces

Aurvista’s technical committee plans an early August site visit to help guide its next drill program, buoyed by $10.1 million in fresh financing.

Aurvista Gold closes $10.1-million private placement for Abitibi drilling

July 14th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 14, 2017

A financing that began with a $7-million offer raked in gross proceeds of $6 million in charity flow-through and another $4.1 million in hard dollars, Aurvista Gold TSXV:AVA announced July 14. Insiders participated for $261,250. The total surpasses the $7.5 million raised last year to advance the Douay gold project in Abitibi’s Casa Berardi deformation zone.

Aurvista Gold closes $10.1-million private placement for Abitibi drilling

Past drilling brought visible encouragement for Aurvista Gold.

The private placement supplies “the necessary funds to carry out significant exploration and drilling in the months ahead with the aim of making new gold discoveries, connecting existing zones of mineralization and increasing resources,” said president/CEO Matthew Hornor. “We will also continue to make corporate improvements by establishing an expert technical committee and enhanced board of directors this summer.”

Using a 0.5 g/t cutoff, a March resource update for seven zones brought an inferred total of 83.3 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t for 2.81 million gold ounces. The company last reported assays in May, when results had been received for 25 of 53 holes totalling 21,065 metres.

Out of Douay’s 30,500 hectares, Aurvista holds a 100% interest in approximately 29,300 hectares and a 75% interest in the 1,190-hectare North West zone, a joint venture with 25% partner SOQUEM, the mineral exploration branch of the provincial government’s Investissement Québec.

Read more about Aurvista Gold.

Commerce Resources signs MOU for tantalum-niobium processing

July 11th, 2017

by Greg Klein | July 11, 2017

While focused on its Ashram rare earths deposit in Quebec, Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE has plans for its other critical minerals project. Under a memorandum of understanding announced July 11, a one-tonne sample from the company’s Upper Fir tantalum-niobium deposit in British Columbia would be tested for suitability under a proprietary separation process developed in Estonia by Alexander Krupin.

Commerce Resources signs MOU for tantalum-niobium processing

Previous drilling has established a resource estimate for two
critical minerals on Commerce Resources’ Upper Fir deposit.

The sample should arrive within the next several weeks, with tests expected to begin immediately afterward. The goal would be to process Upper Fir feed stock into independent tantalum and niobium products.

Krupin’s background includes over 35 years in this area, including more than 15 years processing high-grade tantalum and niobium ore concentrates, Commerce stated. “His research activities have developed new technologies for the chemical upgrading of low-grade tantalum and niobium ore concentrates.”

Based on a tantalum price of $381 a kilo, Upper Fir has a 2013 resource showing:

  • indicated: 48.41 million tonnes averaging 197 ppm Ta2O5 and 1,610 ppm Nb2O5 for 9,560 tonnes Ta2O5 and 77,810 tonnes Nb2O5

  • inferred: 5.4 million tonnes averaging 191 ppm Ta2O5 and 1,760 ppm Nb2O5 for 1,000 tonnes Ta2O5 and 9,600 tonnes Nb2O5

The road-accessible east-central B.C. project has transmission lines and CN Rail crossing the western part of the 105,373-hectare property, and a 20-MW run-of-river electricity facility situated adjacently.

Commerce has found niobium in Quebec too, where samples showed very high grades up to 5.9% Nb2O5 on the company’s property about a kilometre from Ashram. Nevertheless the advanced-stage rare earths deposit remains the company’s priority, as it advances towards pre-feasibility. Among Ashram’s features are high grades, an impressive distribution of magnet feed elements and, crucial to the REE space, relatively simple mineralogy amenable to commercial processing. The deposit shows potential for a fluorspar byproduct as well.

Last month Commerce signed an MOU with Ucore Rare Metals TSXV:UCU to assess the suitability of Ashram concentrate for a proprietary method of REE processing at a plant Ucore plans to build in Utah. A Colorado pilot plant has already produced an Ashram concentrate exceeding 45% rare earth oxides at about 75% recovery.

The U.S. Geological Survey lists tantalum, niobium and rare earths among the critical minerals that the United States depends entirely on imports.

Read more about Commerce Resources’ Ashram rare earths deposit.