Evan Gappelberg on the Intersection of Ecommerce and Augmented Reality

CSE’s Barrington Miller recently caught-up with NexTech AR Solutions Corp. (CSE:NTAR) CEO Evan Gappelberg to discuss his company’s current state of operations during the Coronavirus outbreak in NYC.

During this discussion, Evan provides commentary on the (positive) impact that the pandemic is having on his business (1:19), how their AR (augmented reality) technology fits within the shop-from home-paradigm (4:43), and his prospects for the stock market and predicted timeline for recovery (15:18).

Listen to the entire show to learn about Evan’s past history with Grand Theft Auto (the video game) and his positive experience taking a company public on the Canada Securities Exchange.

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Northstar Gold: The new face shining brightly in the Kirkland Lake gold camp

When you’re a new name in exploration on the market, it helps to have an established project with a proven team at the helm.

This statement certainly holds true for recently listed Northstar Gold (CSE:NSG), a company that is working on advancing the Miller Gold Project in Ontario’s famous Kirkland Lake Gold District. This region has historically delivered more than 25 million ounces of gold from seven mines.

Northstar is led by Chief Executive Officer Brian Fowler, a seasoned mining executive with over 38 years of experience in mineral exploration under his belt. Behind Fowler is a veteran team of mining and capital markets experts with decades of insight and success advancing resource companies and projects.

Miller is a 1,100 hectare property just south of the town of Kirkland Lake, central to a district that has been producing gold for more than a hundred years.

In the early 1900s, the historic Miller Independence Mine saw a number of shallow shafts and three levels of development on the high-grade gold No. 1 Vein, with limited success. Exploration by Northstar and others since then has defined additional shallow high-grade gold veins, with a historic estimate of 270,000 ounces of gold at 11.5 grams per ton, and a lower-grade bulk tonnage gold exploration target at Planet Syenite that may contain up to 500,000 ounces of near-surface gold ranging in grade from 1 to 3  grams per ton. None of these targets has been tested at depth.

It’s the geology, however, that excites Northstar’s CEO the most. “The Miller Gold Property has very compelling geological similarities to the Macassa SMC (South Mine Complex) and other Kirkland Lake gold deposits,” explains Fowler. “Miller has the same style of vertical and flat, high-grade gold-telluride veins that are a unique feature of the Kirkland Lake District. Furthermore, gold mineralization on the Miller Property is controlled by a ‘first order’ fault structure (the Catharine Fault) that joins the regional Kirkland Larder Break and similar first order structures within the Kirkland Gold District. These fault structures acted as channels and traps for gold deposition.”

Fowler goes on to explain that it has been determined that gold mineralization at Miller was emplaced at the same time as that at the Kirkland Camp gold deposits, some 2.6 billion years ago. These similarities and geological features suggest Miller could be tapping the same gold source as the Kirkland Gold District.  The Macassa mine has been in production since the 1930s and owner Kirkland Gold continues to find and produce high-grade gold more than 2 kilometres below surface. The Miller Property, on the other hand, is essentially unexplored below 300 metres.

“We’re really excited [to have] both Kirkland-style high grade gold-telluride veins and broad low-grade intrusion-related gold mineralization in significant quantities on the Miller Property,” Fowler says, “Our main job now is to do some drilling on these targets and bring them to 43-101 status. If you stand back and look at it, we could be knocking on the door of around 700,000 to 800,000 ounces here.”

Since Northstar picked up Miller in 2012, the company has spent around $2 million on exploration. Including the use of  ground magnetics, 3D IP surveying, and nearly 6,000 metres of diamond drilling in 27 holes. Those holes returned multiple high-grade and broad low-grade intersections with abundant visible gold. In 2016, the company mined and processed a 932 ton bulk sample from the historic No. 1 vein that averaged 5.1 grams per ton gold.

Most of the past drilling done at Miller has been vertical in nature.  Subsequent surface stripping and sampling by Northstar has defined numerous vertical high-grade gold veins and structures, which cannot be assessed, let alone discovered, by vertical drilling. This year’s drill program will see Northstar utilize angled holes to properly test these new targets.

“We’re very confident that we’re going to make new discoveries at Miller, possibly within the Catherine Fault zone itself, which amazingly has never been drilled,” Fowler says. “It’s comparable to Kirkland Lake Gold’s Amalgamated Break where they’ve found an incredible amount of high-grade gold mineralization that remains open at depth. These structures can be incredibly rich and with kilometre-scale strike and depth continuity. We believe we have all the makings of a Macassa SMC-like gold mineralizing system at Miller and we’re really anxious to get the drill spinning.”

At 3,000 metres, the Phase 1 drill program is scheduled to commence in late February. This will have a preliminary focus on confirming and expanding portions of the near-surface Miller Independence historic estimate and the Planet Syenite bulk tonnage gold exploration target. Drilling will also follow up other known near-surface, high-grade and intrusion-hosted gold targets, including Allied Syenite.

Having a few million dollars on hand to support exploration doesn’t hurt – Northstar closed its $3 million initial public offering on December 31st of last year at $0.30.

“Everyone thinks we either definitely have a gold market or we’re heading into a solid gold market,” Fowler says of the company’s healthy IPO. “We believe our timing was perfect.”

There’s even more to Northstar Gold than Miller, though. The explorer also has the Bryce Gold Property and the Milestone copper-nickel-cobalt claims. These could add value at the drill bit or through farm-out opportunities.

The task ahead for Northstar is to prove up the claims at Miller. “We’re going to do it through a concerted and robust exploration effort, which we are now permitted and funded to complete,” Fowler concludes. “I really believe there is excellent potential to make some significant gold discoveries at the Miller Gold Property this year.”

This story was featured in the Public Entrepreneur magazine.

Learn more about Northstar Gold at https://www.northstargoldmining.com/.

Anthony Sandler on Building a Pandemic-Ready Portfolio

CSE’s Anna Serin was joined for a Friday edition of “Westcoast Wednesday” with Anthony Sandler, Investment Advisor at Mackie Research Capital Corporation.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Anthony shares his market insights including the economic and market impacts of not knowing how long the Coronavirus pandemic will last (3:12), specific advice for investing in SMEs (10:24), and his prospects for the cannabis space during these uncertain times (12:20).

Listen until the end to hear Anthony’s advice on how to watch the market and gather information, and his predictions for growth sectors during the “next” economic cycle.

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The information provided on this podcast is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific financial, investment legal, tax or accounting advice and should not be relied upon as such. The contents of this podcast are not a solicitation to buy or sell securities. Mackie Research Capital Corp. is regulated by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and is a member of Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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Brian McKinney on Turning Your Phone Into a Life Saving Device

CSE’s James Black was recently joined by Brian McKinney, President and CEO of ICEsoft Technologies (CSE:ISFT), to discuss why his company has never been busier as it currently serves its clients during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In this discussion, Brian shares how ICEsoft delivers enriched emergency information via its Voyent Alert! platform (1:08), how the platform specifically applies during a pandemic scenario (3:54), and the benefits of running a company that has always relied on ‘distributed employee sets’ (7:50).

Listen until the end to hear Brian’s perspective on running a public company in this challenging environment and the significant resources and time the company is putting behind the deployment and servicing of their life-saving technology.

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Sean Kingsley on How to Prepare for the Roaring 20s

CSE’s Anna Serin and Sean Kingsley sat down in the Vancouver #HashtagFinance studio before this year’s PDAC to discuss Sean’s insights into the mining exploration market and his perspectives from the frontline of investor relations.

In this discussion, Sean shares what makes the Golden Triangle in BC so special (5:48), why collaboration with First Nations will be the biggest development in the mining industry over the next 10 years (10:34), and the key benchmarks for investing in a junior resource company (12:38).

Listen until the end to hear some of the best investment advice that Sean ever received and about the “30 things” project that was developed by the Mining Association of Canada.

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Talisker Resources: Shorter timelines to discovery are the goal with prime BC projects

Terry Harbort, Chief Executive Officer of Talisker Resources Ltd. (CSE:TSK), is convinced that he and his team have found the perfect gold project to catapult their junior resource company into the big leagues.

This past December, the Toronto-based explorer purchased 100 percent of the Bralorne Gold Project in south-central British Columbia from Avino Silver & Gold Mines in a multimillion-dollar cash and stock deal.

Consisting of three main mines, Bralorne was one of the longest producing high-grade gold deposits in British Columbia, operating from 1929 to 1971. Though some 4.2 million ounces were pulled from the earth at a recovered grade of 17.7 grams per ton, the mining operation was eventually shut down due to depressed gold prices.

When mining in the area came to a halt, gold was at $200 per ounce, adjusted for modern inflation. With gold now selling for nearly $1,600 USD per ounce, Harbort says Talisker is eager to get at “that $200 rock still left in the ground” at Bralorne.

“We looked all throughout that region of south-central BC and we came across the Bralorne project, which initially was something that was probably bigger than what we were searching for,” explains Harbort, a veteran geologist who’s worked for major miners such as AngloGold Ashanti. “But we were able to do what became a transformational transaction for the company.”

For Talisker, which Harbort formed alongside some close industry colleagues, greenfield exploration was the plan when trading commenced on the Canadian Securities Exchange in spring of 2019. However, the acquisition of Bralorne advances the company into the next stage in one fell swoop.

Bolstered by $25 million in financing and royalty sales, the company kicked off 2020 by firing up the first drill rig at Bralorne in early February.

Harbort says Talisker will drill 3,000 metres along strike extensions of existing veins with plans of further drilling 6,000 to 7,000 metres in April, with results expected around the middle of the year.

The company has 45,000 samples from Bralorne and plenty of other data that, according to Harbort, is enough to give the company confidence that significant gold deposits remain in the ground.

“We can actually see where the samples intersected veins, and we can wireframe these into vein models and calculate what an approximate potential grade would be,” he says.

“We know, historically from the production, that the continuity was very high. So, it means as we go to depth and along strike we’ve got a pretty good chance of the veins continuing at a very high grade. We believe that’s what we’ll be targeting, as opposed to drilling and hoping we hit veins. We’re drilling the way we already know where the veins are. That really reduces our risk.”

Looking ahead to the rest of 2020, Harbort says Talisker is “working toward defining what the footprint is and how many millions of ounces are potentially there” as part of a crucial resource statement expected for release in early 2021.

In addition to Bralorne, Talisker also holds 85 percent of the gold belt at Spences Bridge, another exciting gold project in British Columbia. The claim stands as one of the largest land stakes in the province’s history.

At Spences Bridge, Talisker has formed a strategic alliance with Westhaven Ventures, which owns the Shovelnose high-grade epithermal discovery contiguous to Talisker’s claims.

“Initially, the Spences Bridge gold belt was what was called a frontier gold belt where people see indications of a certain style of mineralization but deposits there have never been discovered,” he explains.

But in September 2018, that all changed when Westhaven discovered a high-grade vein deposit, promoting the project from frontier status to emerging. Subsequently, “the whole belt could host a number of discoveries.”

Harbort says Talisker “aggressively” explored Spences Bridge in the last field season, when it was just starting up as a new company. During that time, Talisker had 23 geologists at the site who collected more than 3,000 stream sediment samples and defined eight drill targets. For 2020, the company has budgeted $3.5 million for 20 geologists working on five projects.

While Bralorne and Spences Bridge are Talisker’s most important projects in British Columbia, the company has several more in its portfolio, ranging from early stage projects to advanced ones. All told, Talisker’s properties comprise 270,605 hectares over 288 claims, three leases and 154 crown grant claims, making the company a dominant exploration player in south-central British Columbia.

Harbort says Talisker was attracted to the region in the first place not only because of the geology and celebrated mining history, but also the abundance of scientific theory.

“We believe that there are a number of belts in that part of British Columbia that haven’t been well explored simply because there’s not a large number of low sulphidation epithermal gold deposits or mines,” he explains. “What we noticed very quickly was that there was a knowledge gap in the exploration techniques for these types of deposits, and the textural and alteration interpretation, to tell where a deposit’s stratigraphy was.”

However, gold mining isn’t only about geology, science, or the data. Logistics, Mother Nature, and minding the bottom line for investors also play a crucial role as well. That’s why Harbort loves “the latitude and the weather” in south-central BC, not to mention a developed infrastructure, unlike some colder, more inaccessible regions of the province.

“The field stage is very short and access can be problematic in other parts of BC. You often have to fly in with helicopters and fly them to a base. You’ve got to build camps. It becomes very expensive,” he says.

“The areas that we’re exploring are just a couple of hours drive from Vancouver. We don’t have to build camps; our geologists can stay in hotels in local towns. We don’t have cooks and kitchens. We don’t have any helicopter support.”

As a result, Talisker is much freer to capitalize on positive outcomes and to channel the savings back into the project. This makes it possible for them to work longer during the year, and shorten exploration timeframes.

“That means we can do a lot more with our investors’ money and hopefully give them a short discovery timeline so they can get a return a lot quicker than on projects in more northern areas,” Harbort explains.

When it comes to investors, current or prospective, Harbort points out that most of the company’s financing comes from deep-pocketed institutional investors who embraced Talisker in its early period. So, retail investors might want to take notice.

“They know they’re not backing us because of luck. They are backing us because of the management team, because of the assets that we have and our ability to get access to capital and then to successfully execute the plan.”

This story was featured in the Public Entrepreneur magazine.

Learn more about Talisker Resources Ltd. at https://taliskerresources.com/.

JB and Bear on Establishing New Norms in Times of Uncertainty

CSE’s James Black and Barrington Miller recently sat down to celebrate #HashtagFinance’s 100th(!) episode and reflect on the current state of work/life balance during the era of Coronavirus.

In this wide-ranging Sunday morning chat, JB and Bear discuss how they are adapting and delivering services from the exchange (1:18), the domino effect of events that occurred after PDAC (8:57), and the new WFH (work-from-home) routines that are being established in light of an extended quarantine (13:41).

Listen until the end to hear how the CSE will continue to help and communicate with clients during the pandemic crisis and the advice James and Barrington would give themselves 100 podcast episodes ago.

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Cameron Chell on the Race to Deploy An Epidemic-Tracking System

CSE’s James Black was recently joined by Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly Inc. (CSE:DFLY), to reflect on the new realities of operating a business during a quarantine and the opportunities being presented to his company during these challenging times.

In this conversation, Chell reflects on the ominous feelings he had during his trip through the Vancouver airport before the lock-down (1:15), how his company is working with the University of South Australia to deploy an epidemic-tracking system (3:50), and the “new normal” that will emerge as a result of COVID-19 (7:31).

Listen until the end to hear Cameron’s thoughts on how the pandemic will permanently change the way teams work together, the advantages of working from home, and his reflection on the opportunities that came from the last “black swan”.

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Live from Davos: Jason Paltrowitz & Richard Carleton on Innovations in Cannabis

CSE’s James Black was joined by Jason Paltrowitz, EVP of Corporate Services at OTC Markets, and CSE CEO, Richard Carleton, at the Cannatech Davos Cannabis House for the second installment of a live episode of #HashtagFinance.

In this discussion, Paltrowitz and Carleton talk about the advantages of transparency in the public markets (3:30), how public markets might recapture investor trust in the cannabis industry (7:45), the macro trends that might help lift the market (10:30), and how, instead of sweeping government action, it’s been innovators and entrepreneurs that have been driving the cannabis industry forward (15:30).

Listen until the end to hear about the impressive pace of innovation within this space (22:00) and how some companies are successfully grasping what it means to be a public company (24:30).

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Live From Davos: Jason Paltrowitz & Richard Carleton on Cannabis in Public Markets

CSE’s James Black was joined by Jason Paltrowitz, EVP of Corporate Services at OTC Markets, and CSE CEO, Richard Carleton, at the Cannatech Davos Cannabis House for a very special live episode of #HashtagFinance.

In this interactive discussion Paltrowitz and Carleton explain the advantages of being a publicly traded company and the importance of that funding in the cannabis industry (2:30), the lessons we can learn (again) from this burgeoning industry (12:00), why the US government is the worst weed dealer possible (17:30), and how the entrance of international biotech companies into the industry is helping to legitimize it on a governmental level (20:00).

Listen until the end to hear about the incredible potential of hemp to solve big problems the world is facing (27:00), and why North America continues to be the best place for cannabis companies to go public (36:00).

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