Timberline Resources Corporation (OTCQB: TLR; TSX-V: TBR): Advancing District-Scale Gold Exploration and Development Projects in Nevada; Interview with Dr. Steven Osterberg, President and CEO; PDAC Booth 2848
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Timberline Resources Corporation (OTCQB: TLR; TSX-V: TBR)
is advancing district-scale gold exploration and development projects in Nevada, where the Company controls mineral rights on over 43 square miles. We learned from Dr. Steven Osterberg, President and CEO of Timberline Resources, that they chose to focus on Nevada because it is a world-class mining and mining investment jurisdiction, with well-established districts. Timberline's projects are located on the prolific Battle Mountain-Eureka gold trend. The Company has drill discoveries in three projects, including a high grade multi-gram discovery on Eureka Project that holds over 500,000 ounces of qualified resources and is open for expansion. We learned from Dr. Osterberg, that Timberline has a very tight share structure, very high insider ownership, with Directors and Management holding about 37% of the Company, and a very diverse Board, with both technical and capital markets experience.
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Galileo Mining (ASX: GAL): A Greenfield Exploration and Prospecting Company, Focusing on Cobalt, Nickel and Gold/Copper in Western Australia; Interview with Brad Underwood, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We talked with Brad Underwood, Managing Director of Galileo Mining (ASX: GAL) about their nickel and cobalt projects in Western Australia. Galileo is focused mostly on greenfield exploration. Brad Underwood describes them as, “an exploration and prospecting company, wrapped into one.” They are experts in target generation and focus on drilling targets to make discoveries. Two projects, both based in Western Australia, have advanced targets for nickel and cobalt. They have a very strong Board with a wide range of expertise and the ability to create value. Galileo Mining is a Company to watch, with upcoming drilling programs to provide a strong news flow in the first half of 2020.
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Piedmont Lithium Limited (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL): In the World-Class Carolina, USA Tin-Spodumene Belt, Becoming the World's Lowest Cost Lithium Hydroxide Producer: Interview with Keith Phillips, Managing Director and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Piedmont Lithium Limited (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL)
holds a 100% interest in the Piedmont Lithium Project, located approximately 30 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina, within the world-class Carolina Tin-Spodumene Belt and along trend to the Hallman Beam and Kings Mountain mines, historically providing most of the western world’s lithium between the 1950s and the 1980s. We learned from Keith Phillips, Managing Director and CEO of Piedmont Lithium, that this is a very large, high-grade, high-quality lithium belt, with outstanding mineralogy, located in an enviable area from an industrial infrastructure perspective, in close proximity to customers and with a low-cost operation. The region is also known for its large, by-product, industrial minerals like quartz, feldspar and mica. Piedmont Lithium is working on developing a large enough market for these minerals to reduce their already low costs even further and become the world's lowest cost lithium hydroxide producer, for the high-nickel cathode materials industry.
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Discussion with Robert Phillips, Managing Director of in Global Corporate Client Group at Nasdaq and Ian Ball President and CEO of Abitibi Royalties
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


In our work at Nasdaq, our mission is to help our Global clients maximize their engagement with the capital markets. That includes listings and corporate services, trading, technology and data. We're honored to have over 3,000 on the US listed side, 3,000 companies across the entire spectrum of all market caps and sectors.
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Rockridge Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ROCK, OTCQB: RRRLF, Frankfurt: RR0): Focused on Two Main projects, in World-Class Mining Camps, with Proven Geologic Potential: Interview with Grant Ewing, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Grant Ewing, CEO of Rockridge Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ROCK, OTCQB: RRRLF, Frankfurt: RR0), that they are focused on two main projects, located in world-class mining camps, with proven geologic potential. The Company's high-grade Raney Gold exploration project, in Ontario, is located in an area with excellent access and infrastructure in the same greenstone belt that hosts the world class Timmins and Kirkland Lake lode gold mining camps. The Company’s other core asset is a near-surface copper-cobalt-gold-silver-zinc VMS deposit, called Knife Lake Project, located in Saskatchewan, which is ranked as the #3 mining jurisdiction in the world by the Fraser Institute. According to Mr. Ewing, this deposit is open along strike and at depth and holds excellent potential for additional discoveries. The Company is well financed for 2020 and is about to embark on an early drilling program at the Raney Gold project, in mid-February through April, followed by summer exploration work at their Knife Lake copper project.
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AVZ Minerals Ltd (ASX: AVZ): Developing the vast Manono Lithium and Tin Project in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Interview with Nigel Ferguson, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


AVZ Minerals Ltd (ASX: AVZ)
is a mineral exploration company focused on developing the Manono Lithium and Tin Project located in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in central Africa. AVZ has a 60% interest in the Manono Project. We learned from Nigel Ferguson, who is Managing Director of AVZ Minerals, that Manono is a world class, tier-one asset, with over 400 million tonnes of 1.65% lithium as well as 300,000 tonnes of tin under the present JORC resource, which he believes makes it the third largest tin resource in the world. Near-term plans include completing the definitive feasibility study and environmental studies, securing additional equity from a joint venture partner, construction of the camp and, ultimately, going into production in 2021.
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Adriatic Metals PLC (ASX: ADT, LSE: ADT1): Developing the World Class High Grade Polymetallic Vareš Project in Bosnia & Herzegovina; Interview with Paul Cronin, Managing Director and CEO. PDAC Booth 2738
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Adriatic Metals PLC (ASX: ADT, LSE: ADT1)
is a precious and base metals explorer and developer, with the first mover advantage, via its 100% interest in the polymetallic Vareš Project in Bosnia & exploration deposit at Rupice. Adriatic’s short-term aim is to expand the current JORC resource at Rupice, as well as conduct exploration on a number of other prospects within the property. We learned from Paul Cronin, Managing Director and CEO of Adriatic Metals, that this is a very strong economic project, low capital cost, high value, and quick payback in eight months. Adriatic has been very successful in terms of its share price and market capitalization, as well as in raising the capital needed to expedite its exploration efforts and to advance the project rapidly into the development phase.
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Newmont Corporation (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT): World’s Leading Gold Company and Producer of Copper, Silver, Zinc and Lead; Interview with Omar Jabara, Group Executive for Communications. PDAC Booth 2912
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Newmont Corporation (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT)
is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company’s unmatched portfolio of world-class assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa. Newmont Goldcorp is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and is widely recognized for its principled environmental, social and governance practices. We learned from Omar Jabara, who is in charge of communications for Newmont, that the Company was ranked top miner in Newsweek's list of America's Most Responsible Companies, which together with robust financial performance and effective risk management is an indication of a well-run and well-managed business. We learned from Mr. Jabara that 2019 was a pivotal year for the Company because of the successful acquisition of Goldcorp, which was the largest acquisition in gold mining history, as well as the successful joint venture in Nevada with Barrick Gold called Nevada Gold Mines, also a very significant transaction, within gold mining space. Newmont's new five year guidance released in December indicated to the market that they are in a very strong position to deliver the highest production profile of any gold producer, while also leading in safety as well as in sustainability performance.
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GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF): Africa’s Emerging Uranium Producer, Backed by Very Strong Strategic Shareholders; Interview with Daniel Major, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF)
https://www.goviex.com/ is a mineral resource company, focused on the exploration and development of uranium properties in Africa. GoviEx’s principal objective is to become a significant uranium producer, through the continued exploration and development of its flagship mine-permitted Madaouela Project in Niger, its mine-permitted Mutanga Project in Zambia, and its other uranium properties in Africa. We learned from Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx Uranium that, with the uranium market improving, they believe they can bring their Madaouela project, currently at the stage of bankable feasibility study, to production. Mr. Major foresees rising uranium prices as the result of the imminent uranium supply deficit.
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Cornish Lithium in Cornwall UK Exploring Almost Untapped, Mining Province to Produce a Lithium Supply for the UK and Europe: Interview with Jeremy Wrathall, Founder and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Jeremy Wrathall, Founder and CEO of Cornish Lithium www.cornishlithium.com tells us more about the first crowd-funded mining company in the UK. Lithium in brine was first identified in Cornwall in 1864 and even then was identified as a source that could have great commercial significance. Demand for lithium in Europe is rapidly rising and the region is expected to become the second largest source of demand in the world. The fact that there is currently no commercial source of battery grade lithium is of great concern to European automakers, making the region totally dependent on imports. Given that lithium has been identified in both brine and hardrock in Cornwall, Jeremy is very excited about the potential that his projects have to supply the UK and Europe. He believes that “Cornish Lithium has a unique opportunity, here in the UK, to explore in one of the best, almost untapped, mining provinces of the world and to produce a lithium supply for the UK and possibly for Europe as well.” Cornish Lithium has a large role to play in the UK lithium market and is a Company to watch.
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GT Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GTT): Exploring for Precious and Base Metals in Canada's Golden Triangle, Backed by Newmont Goldcorp and Ross Beatty, Sucessful Team, Interview with Paul Harbidge, President & CEO. PDAC Booth 2323
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


GT Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GTT), https://www.gtgoldcorp.ca/
is focused on exploring for base and precious metals in Canada's Golden Triangle. The Company’s flagship asset is the wholly-owned, 46,827 hectare, Tatogga property, located near Iskut, BC, upon which it achieved two significant discoveries in 2017 and 2018, at its Saddle prospect: a near surface bulk-tonnage and potential deep high-grade, underground-style, epithermal gold-silver vein system, at Saddle South and, close by at Saddle North, a large-scale, richly mineralized porphyry gold-copper-silver intrusion. We learned from Paul Harbidge, President, CEO and Director of GT Gold, that their discoveries are brand new greenfield exploration discoveries, near the road and a hydro power line, with the cheapest electricity in Canada. Near-term plans include building geological model in Q1 of 2020 that will form the foundation for an initial NI 43101 compliant resource estimate in Q2 2020, and that will lead onto a PEA by approximately Q4 in 2020.
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Interview with MAS Gold Corp. - Collecting Channel Samples on the North Lake Gold Deposit; Ron Netolitzky, President and CEO of MAS Gold Corp. (TXSV-MAS): Focused on Gold Exploration Projects in Saskatchewan, along the La Ronge Greenstone Belt
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


MAS Gold Corp. (TXSV-MAS), https://www.masgoldcorp.com/
is a Canadian mineral exploration company, focused on exploration projects in Saskatchewan, along the La Ronge Greenstone Belt. We learned from Ron Netolitzky, President and CEO of MAS Gold that their goal is to develop over a 1,000, 000 ounces resource from their combined properties in the Belt. At the moment, the most advanced one is their high-grade Greywacke deposit, with 255,500 tonnes @ 9.92 g/t Au of indicated, and 59,130 tonnes @ 7.42 g/t Au of inferred NI 43-101 compliant resource. The bulk sample of 12,000 tonnes of material showed superb metallurgy at 81.3% gravity recovery (94% gravity plus CaCN leaching recovery), with potential of a low-cost operation. MAS Gold's other significant projects include; Preview Lake, North Lake, and Elizabeth Lake also showed high-grade drill results.
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Blackrock Gold (TSX: BRC, OTC: BKRRF, FSE: AHZ): Targeting High-Grade Gold at its Silver Cloud Property in Northern Nevada; Interview with Andrew Pollard, President and CEO. PDAC Booth 2419B
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Blackrock Gold (TSX: BRC, OTC: BKRRF, FSE: AHZ) https://blackrockgold.ca/
is a junior gold exploration company, targeting high grade gold at its Silver Cloud property, a low-sulphidation epithermal gold & silver project, located along the established Northern Nevada Rift gold trend in north-central Nevada, situated next to two prolific, high grade gold mines; Hecla's Hollister and Midas Mines. We learned from Andrew Pollard, President and CEO of Blackrock Gold, that they have just completed a five-hole 2,500-meter drill program, which was the first drilling the project had seen in over 15 years, following up right where Teck and Placer Dome left off, where two separate high-grade discoveries were made. Drilling by Teck between 1999 and 2001 cut multiple high-grade intercepts including 1.5m @ 157.7 g/t Au. With assays from this initial program still pending, near-term plans include identifying follow-up targets for a phase 2 program in Q1. Since a new management team stepped in May, the Company has been among the best performing gold equities on the Venture Exchange for the past six months, going from a low of 3c up to a high of 35c.
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Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (TSX-V: BAY; OTCQB: ATBHF): Exploring for Gold and Base Metal Deposits in Virginia, USA, and Nunavut, Canada; Interview with Thomas Ullrich, CEO. PDAC Booth 2106
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (TSX-V: BAY; OTCQB: ATBHF) https://astonbayholdings.com/
is exploring for gold and base metal deposits in Virginia, USA, and Nunavut, Canada. We learned from Thomas Ullrich, CEO of Aston Bay, that their original flagship project is the Aston Bay property, located up in Nunavut, where they are looking to discover some very high-grade copper and zinc deposits. The company’s current focus is on gold in Virginia, where the Company recently acquired a company exploring prospective private lands, located within a copper-lead-zinc-gold-silver mineralized belt at the Blue Ridge Project. The acquired company, belonged to renowned geologist Don Taylor, the founder of Arizona Mining and the discoverer of the Taylor Deposit. Don has now joined Aston Bay as technical advisor to these projects. The land has fantastic gold potential, in the historic Virginia Gold belt, as well as a fantastic base metals potential. The recent drill program at the Company's Buckingham Gold Property, in Virginia, showed very high-grade gold results in the quartz veins as well as disseminated gold. Aston Bay has a very small, but very tight and very experienced technical team and the management owns 9% of the Company.
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Element 25 Ltd (ASX: E25): Australia’s Largest Onshore Manganese Resource, 263 Mt of Manganese, Extremely Low Mining Costs, High Quality: Interview with Justin Brown, Executive Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Element 25 Limited (ASX: E25) https://www.element25.com.au/
owns 100% of the Butcherbird Project that hosts Australia’s largest onshore manganese resource. The project is located in a low-risk mining jurisdiction, in Western Australia, near excellent infrastructure. It contains around 263 Mt of manganese ore, with exceedingly simple geology. We learned from Justin Brown, Executive Director of Element 25, that they are finishing the pre-feasibility study at Butcherbird and perfecting a metallurgical flow sheet to make high purity manganese products, including electrolytic manganese metal, and a high purity manganese sulfite for lithium ion battery cathode manufacturers. According to Mr. Brown, their cost per unit of manganese is very low, thanks to extremely low mining costs, very low energy requirement, and use of renewable energy, including up to 50% wind and solar, which will make their high-purity manganese the cleanest, greenest, and possibly lowest cost manganese on the planet.
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Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM): Peru’s Largest, Publicly Traded, Precious Metals Company; Interview with Victor Gobitz, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM)
is Peru’s largest, publicly traded, precious metals company and a major holder of mining rights in Peru. Buenaventura currently operates several mines in Peru: Tambomayo, Orcopampa, Uchucchacua, Julcani - all wholly owned, as well as joint ventures: El Brocal, La Zanja and Coimolache. Buenaventura owns 43.65% of Minera Yanacocha S.R.L (a partnership with Newmont Mining Corporation), an important precious metals producer, and 19.58% of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, an important Peruvian copper producer. We learned from Victor Gobitz, CEO of Buenaventura Mines, that the Company's founders' philosophy, from the beginning, was organic growth and JV partnerships. 66 years later, Buenaventura has become the Company of choice to partner with in Peru. According to Mr. Gobitz, when you invest in Buenaventura you invest in Peru, the mining friendly country, with great mining infrastructure and long standing mining tradition, a leading mining territory in terms of production and reserves of gold and silver, as well as copper, zinc, and lead.
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Peloton Minerals Corporation (CSE: PMC, OTCQB: PMCFF): Exploring Properties with Potential interest to Major Mining Companies, Three Gold Exploration Projects, in Nevada and One in Montana; Interview with Ted Ellwood, President and CEO. PDAC Booth 2633
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Ted Ellwood, President and CEO of Peloton Minerals Corporation (CSE: PMC, OTCQB: PMCFF), that they have made the decision to focus purely on the exploration part of the mine life cycle and to look for properties that have potential to interest a major mining company. Peloton holds three gold exploration projects, located in Elko County, Nevada, one of which is under option to Kinross Gold USA Inc., and one gold exploration project in the Virginia City Mining District, Montana, which is under option to Frederick Private Equity Corporation and African Metals Corporation. We learned from Mr. Ellwood that exploration programs are under way on all of the four projects.
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Aben Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ABN, OTCQB: ABNAF, Frankfurt: E2L2): Flagship Gold Project 23,397 Hectors in the World-Class B.C. Golden Triangle; Interview with Jim Pettit, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aben Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ABN, OTCQB: ABNAF, Frankfurt: E2L2)
is a Canadian gold exploration company, developing gold-focused projects in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. We learned from Jim Pettit, President and CEO of Aben Resource, that they are focused on the high-grade North Boundary Zone, discovered in 2018 at the Forrest Kerr Gold Project, in the Golden Triangle region of British Columbia. Plans for 2020 include compiling and analyzing data from the two years of exploration drilling of 20,000 meters and surveys. Aben is a well-funded junior exploration company, with over $1.5 million in the Company’s treasury.
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Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF): Leading Underground High-Grade Gold Producer in Colombia, Improved Operations, Cash flow, Balance Sheet, Capital Structure; Interview with Mike Davies, CFO. PDAC Booth 2310
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF)
is an emerging mid-tier gold and silver producer and the leading underground high-grade gold producer in Colombia, with several mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. We learned from improving operations, improving cash flow, strengthening our balance sheet and capital structure, Chief Financial Officer of Gran Colombia Gold, that they have been recognized as one of the top 30 companies on the TSX based on their share appreciation over the last three years and included by the TSX in the inaugural TSX30 list of issuers in September of this year. The Company is on track to produce up to 240,000 ounces in 2019, with about 90% of production coming from its high-grade Segovia Operations, where the next 70,000 meter exploration drilling program is about to start. In Marmato, Gran Colombia Gold has completed a PEA in October, giving the Company a path forward to an underground expansion and development of the operations, to take it from its historical 25,000 ounces a year, ultimately to about 160,000 ounces a year by 2024.
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First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC; OTCQX: FTSSF): Working with Glencore on Domestic Cobalt from the only Permitted Primary Cobalt Refinery in North America; Interview with Trent Mell, President, CEO & Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Near-term North American cobalt refiner, First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC; OTCQX: FTSSF) is the owner of the only permitted primary cobalt refinery in North America: the First Cobalt Refinery in Ontario, Canada, could produce more than 5,000 tonnes of cobalt sulfate per year for the battery market. We learned from Trent Mell, President, CEO & Director of First Cobalt Corp., that they have recently announced a long-term partnership with Glencore that, based on the results of a feasibility study, will help fast-track the reactivation of the First Cobalt Refinery. Glencore provided $5 million to complete a feasibility study and is prepared to supply feedstock from their operations, provide the CapEx to finance the recommissioning, and place the offtake with an automotive partner. This partnership will allow First Cobalt Corp. to become a producer and achieve first cash flow, without diluting its shareholders.
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