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Mining Events Recap – Post-Q1 2023

It’s been a whirlwind start to 2023. Over the past three months, the CSE team has enjoyed connecting with friends both old and new in mining and from across the capital markets at the many mining events and activities taking place across the country.

From VRIC to PreDACs to PDAC, there was no shortage of opportunities to engage in lively discussion on the latest trends driving activity and interest in the mining and exploration sectors.

Regardless of the event, consistently strong event attendance was an indicator of renewed enthusiasm for the mining sector with a clear interest in battery and precious metals. In particular, our time at PDAC in Toronto as both a media sponsor and exhibitor enabled us to provide a pulse of mining-related developments taking place at the CSE.

Check out our highlights from this year’s signature mining events below, and be sure to visit our events calendar to see where we’re headed next.

Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) & Cross-Border Networking Reception

The CSE team was thrilled to be back in Vancouver for VRIC, produced by Cambridge House, and to celebrate the opportunities and benefits that Canadian and US investors and companies experience in accessing capital on both sides of our shared border. 

At VRIC, the CSE exhibited alongside CSE-listed issuers, Western Uranium (CSE:WUC), Snowline Gold (CSE:SGD), Sitka Gold (CSE:SIG), Sassy Gold (CSE:SASY), Quebec Nickel (CSE:QNI), Inflection Resources (CSE:AUCU), Headwater Gold (CSE:HWG), Green River Gold (CSE:CCR), Getchell Gold (CSE:GTCH), and Bunker Hill Mining (CSE:BNKR). Plus, we previewed our new branding at the CSE’s Vancouver office in conjunction with this event.

Our Cross-Border Networking Reception was a fun and well-attended event that closed out VRIC. A big thank you to our event partners, OTC Markets, Odyssey Trust, MNP, Investing News Network, DealMaker, Grove Corporate Services, and Bennett Jones!

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PreDAC Vancouver & PreDAC Toronto

Leading up to PDAC, the CSE continued our tradition of gathering and discussing the most important trends ahead of this world-renowned mining convention. This year, we partnered with Investor.Events to co-host our mining industry networking events PreDAC Vancouver and PreDAC Toronto, both of which were sold out.

These events featured great lineups of companies delivering quick pitches, and there were vibrant conversations around mining for battery metals, the small cap space, as well as interesting outlooks on the industry for 2023 and beyond. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and a big thank you to our event sponsors, Newsfile, W.D. Latimer, Purves Redmond, Vested, SmallCap Communications, BTV, Stanford & Turner Marketing Group, MNP, Grove Corporate Services, and OCI Group!

Click here to see the PreDAC Vancouver album, and click here to see the PreDAC Toronto album.

PDAC Investor Luncheon

It was great to be back at the PDAC convention and to host our annual networking luncheon. 

The event featured a keynote address from Peter Kent, CEO of First Phosphate (CSE:PHOS),  a former Minister of State for the Americas with the department of Foreign Affairs and former Environment Minister of Canada, who provided fascinating insights on the global mining landscape. Following this presentation, CSE-listed mining companies delivered rapid-fire company pitches and were among the strongest slate of companies that have ever presented at this luncheon event! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and a special thank you to our sponsors, MNP, DSA Corporate Services, Marrelli Support Services, Investor.Events, BTV, INN, Market One, Newsfile, Purves Redmond, W.D. Latimer, Vested, and SmallCap Communications! 

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Mangia Bevi Festa

Our Mangia Bevi Festa networking event, presented in partnership with MNP and Aird & Berlis, was once again a huge success! To celebrate a busy PDAC, the CSE team was thrilled to meet with colleagues and unwind over great food, great drinks, and great company. 

Thank you once again to everyone who joined us at the many events that took place, and a big thank you to everyone who continues to support the CSE as we move into this exciting new phase in our company. 

We look forward to seeing everyone again at upcoming mining events and of course at PDAC 2024!

Upcoming Mining Events – Q1 2023

Home to over 300 mining listings (and counting), the CSE team understands and appreciates the importance of cultivating strong relationships in the mining industry. It’s why we’ve proudly made a name for ourselves in the sector by attending, sponsoring, and speaking at a range of mining and exploration events within Canada and globally over the years. 

As the mining sector continues to flex its muscle, renewed interest in gold and battery metals is generating lots of discussion and deal flow, especially at mining events and conferences. 

Check out which mining events we’ll be heading to in the first quarter of 2023.

Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) 2023

Produced by Cambridge House International, VRIC, now in its 28th year, is a renowned junior mining and exploration industry event that is anticipated to host thousands of attendees. Featuring mining companies, investors, and mining industry thought leaders, attendees will enjoy insightful discussions, a tradeshow and exhibition, networking opportunities, and more.

Members of the CSE team will be at booth #822, and CSE-listed issuers exhibiting at this year’s event include:

  • Western Uranium (CSE:WUC) 
  • Snowline Gold (CSE:SGD) 
  • Sitka Gold (CSE:SIG) 
  • Sassy Gold (CSE:SASY) 
  • Quebec Nickel (CSE:QNI) 
  • Inflection Resources (CSE:AUCU) 
  • Headwater Gold (CSE:HWG) 
  • Green River Gold (CSE:CCR) 
  • Getchell Gold (CSE:GTCH) 
  • Bunker Hill Mining (CSE:BNKR)

Be sure to stop by and say hi to our team!

Date: January 29–30, 2023

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building), Vancouver, BC

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

PreDAC 2023

Leading up to the renowned PDAC Conference, the CSE will once again be hosting our much-anticipated mining industry networking event, PreDAC, with dates in both Toronto and Vancouver. 

Attendees will hear quick pitches from industry-leading speakers on mining and exploration and also have the opportunity to network with mining professionals from across Canada and around the world.

PreDAC Vancouver

This year, PreDAC Vancouver will have an incredible line-up of speakers, including Bruce Campbell, Founder and Portfolio Manager of StoneCastle Investment Management; Gwen Preston, the Resource Maven; and Chen He, an investment advisor at Leede Jones Gable. 

Date: February 23, 2023, from 2:00 PM–5:00 PM PST

Location: Vancouver Club (Grand Ballroom), Vancouver, BC

PreDAC Toronto

We’re proud to be hosting this year’s PreDAC Toronto with Investor.Events. Stay tuned for our line-up of this year’s speakers. 

Date: March 1, 2023, from 4:00 PM–7:00 PM EST

Location: The Albany Club, Toronto, ON

Keep an eye on the CSE’s event page for information on how to register for PreDAC Vancouver and PreDac Toronto. 

PDAC 2023

Organized by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, PDAC has been the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention for over 90 years. As always, the conference will be packed with fascinating exhibits, networking, events, and programming with leaders in the mineral exploration and mining sectors.

The CSE will once again have a booth on the exhibition floor at the Investors Exchange to offer visitors a rich offering of mining-focused content produced by the CSE. 

Date: March 5–8, 2023

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

PDAC Investor Luncheon 2023

Now a mainstay of the PDAC experience, the CSE’s PDAC Investor Luncheon is a highly sought-after event that brings together a dynamic mix of investors, CSE-listed companies, and thought leaders from the finance and mining and exploration communities. 

Following opening remarks, we will invite several CSE-listed companies to present their company’s stories in a rapid-fire pitch format. Then, we’ll have an hour-long networking session for attendees to meet in-person. 

Date: March 7, 2023, from 11:30 AM–2:00 PM EST

Location: InterContinental Toronto Centre (Ontario Room), Toronto, ON

Keep an eye on the CSE’s event page for information on how to register for the PDAC Investor Luncheon 2023.

Jay Martin on Making Investment Personal (Again) | The CSE Podcast Ep3-S3

Jay Martin, President and CEO of Cambridge House International makes his long-overdue return to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs podcast!

In this episode we follow-up 30 months after our last conversation with Jay when the impact of the global pandemic was starting to irreversibly alter the path of his business at Cambridge House International – a business anchored by several well-known investment conferences. Since that time Jay has moved most of Cambridge’s activities into the online-content world with the exception of the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC), which takes its rightful place again in Vancouver from January 29-30, 2023.

In this discussion Jay reveals the reasons for bringing back the show and why its still critically important to bring investors and entrepreneurs together under one roof. He also highlights how his experience with one former Prime Minister re-affirmed his belief in bringing the conference back as an in-person event.

Mr. Martin also discusses his viewpoints on investors newsletters and how he sources his own motivation for writing a weekly digest for his followers. For those looking for advice on who to follow or what newsletters to consider then look no further than Jay’s principles shared on this week’s program.

Learn more about Cambridge House International at https://cambridgehouse.com/

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Galen McNamara on the Wild History, Promising Future of the Silver State | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Galen McNamara, CEO of Summa Silver Corp. (CSE:SSVR), about the colourful history of the Silver State – Nevada – and the company’s ambitions to revive the Belmont Mine, one of the most prolific silver producers in the United States between 1903 and 1929.

Here’s an overview of what Anil and Galen cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:35 – Introducing Galen McNamara
2:20 – Focus on Gold and Silver in Nevada
4:15 – The discovery story
8:21 – History: Tasker Oddie and Wyatt Earp
10:21 – History: Howard Hughes in Nevada
14:13 – Describing a Carlin-type gold deposit
15:50 – History: George Wingfield – a gambler
18:25 – History: George Graham Rice – one of the original stock promotors
22:35 – Industry analogs for Summa Silver
27:35 – The team at Summa Silver
31:35 – Galen’s first time as CEO
34:01 – His best exploration story
36:35 – What’s happening at Belmont Silver Mine
39:50 – The Bonanza King

Summa Silver Corp is a Canadian junior mineral exploration company. The Company has options to earn 100% interests in the Hughes property located in central Nevada and the Mogollon property located in southwestern New Mexico. The Hughes property is host to the high-grade past-producing Belmont Mine, one of the most prolific silver producers in the United States between 1903 and 1929. The mine has remained inactive since commercial production ceased in 1929 due to heavily depressed metal prices and little to no modern exploration work has ever been completed.

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https://www.summasilver.com/

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Derek Wood on Creating Wealth for All in Mineral Exploration | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Derek Wood, CEO of Tocvan Ventures Corp. (CSE:TOC), about his experience in mineral exploration finance and the many do’s and don’ts of building a public mining stock. The conversation also touches on Tocvan’s ambitions as an early-stage natural resource company engaged primarily in the acquisition, exploration and, if warranted, development of mineral properties. The company’s objective is to conduct exploration programs on the Pilar Gold project in the Sonora state of Mexico and the Rogers Creek project in Southern British Columbia.

Here’s an overview of what Anil and Derek cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

1:41 – How life after lockdown has never been busier.
3:40 – An overview of Tocvan Ventures.
6:43 – The difference between porphyry and epithermal deposits.
10:02 – The industry comps to Tocvan.
12:50 – Derek’s deep experience in the Canadian capital markets.
15:03 – How to create value for junior mining investors.
17:53 – The team at Tocvan.
21:50 – The benefits of mineral exploration in Canada.
28:29 – Canada’s global role in junior capital financing.
30:52 – The 5 Ps of the mining industry.
34:35 – Derek’s issue with the 43-101 standard.
38:12 – Tocvan’s Pilar gold-silver project in Sonora, Mexico.
41:35 – His advice for a young investor in the mining sector.
44:35 – The advantages of utilizing a broker for private placements.

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Guy Goulet on Green Resource Management in Peru | #HashtagFinance

On this episode of #HashtagFinance, CSE’s Barrington Miller talks with Guy Goulet, CEO of Cerro de Pasco Resources Inc. (CSE:CDPR) and how the company is focused on applying the latest technology in the production of commodity metals through the treatment and reprocessing of all material resources, dumps, tailings, mining waste and more in order to secure long-term economic prosperity in Peru.

Here’s an overview of what they cover in this podcast:

2:03 – Mineral rights by the numbers.
4:41 – Prospects for the mining sector, gold and silver specifically.
6:39 – Guy’s last visit to Cerro de Pasco.
8:20 – How raising $50M is easier than raising “small” money.
10:46 – Cerro de Pasco’s history including the largest copper stock in the world.
11:34 – Why processing tailings is easier than mining rock.
14:06 – How Guy utilizes his background as a geological engineer in the capital markets.
16:58 – The Cerro de Pasco puzzle and how it comes together.
17:42 – Why he needs to remind stakeholders that its a remediation project, not a mining project.
21:31 – The latest development including their merger with Volcan Compañia Minera S.A.A.

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https://pascoresources.com/
https://thecse.com/en/listings/mining/cerro-de-pasco-resources-inc

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Stephen Stewart on Hunting for Kirkland Lake Gold | #HashtagFinance

On this episode of #HashtagFinance, CSE’s Barrington Miller was joined by Stephen Stewart, Director of Mistango River Resources Inc. (CSE:MIS) to discuss the why they are hunting for Kirkland Lake gold. He also addresses the dramatic evolution of the company over the past 12 months and why he’s excited about the prospects for the company’s assets in the Kirkland Lake camp.

In this discussion, Stephen Stewart shares how the company is focused on two flagship assets located on the Abitibi Greenstone Belt (3:39), the intertwined history of Kirkland Lake and the mysterious Sir Harry Oakes (6:31), and what drew mining finance legend Eric Sprott to invest in the company. Listen until the end to hear Stephen’s views on the risk and reward factors in mineral exploration, how the “gold bug” narrative is impacting their business, and details concerning this summer’s exploration program.

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Andrew Nelson’s Millennial Primer on Mining Exploration Investment

CSE’s Anna Serin was recently joined by Andrew Nelson, Partner at GNA Financial Advisors Inc., to discuss the many factors involved when evaluating investment opportunities in the mining sector. This wide-ranging discussion pulls generously from Andrew’s investment banking experience in finance and capital markets and serves as a great primer for those new to investing in the space.

In this chat, Andrew describes the “lifeblood” of companies when they are raising new capital (3:17), the pillars of crafting “digestible” messaging for prospective mining sector investors (6:12), and the two key variables that can combine to create exponential value for a mining stock (14:30).

Listen until the end to hear Andrew’s very simple strategy for starting a mining portfolio, his debunking of mining industry stereotypes, and the prospects for gold investing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cerro de Pasco Resources: A new generation breathes life into an old mine with benefits that reach far and wide

Cerro de Pasco is a centuries-old community nestled high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, but after nearly 400 years, a local mine that once brought prosperity must rethink a path forward in alliance with the nearly 50,000 people who now live there.

What began as an underground operation became an open pit at the centre of a growing population of miners and their families. Outdated mining technology resulted in inefficient yields. Tailings and stockpiles grew, and contaminated dust and water crept into surrounding areas.

There’s a huge economic opportunity in the tailings and stockpile at the site, though, not to mention known in-situ resources, 11,000 hectares of concessions, and unexplored areas.

But Cerro de Pasco Resources (CSE:CDPR) wants to do more than make money.

Chief Executive Officer Guy Goulet and Executive Chairman Steven Zadka have a vision that, if everything goes right, will see parts of the population relocate away from certain areas to new locations with clean drinking water, heat in their homes, and well-paying jobs – for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The company bought the mineral rights to the tailings and stockpile in 2012 and in November, inked a deal to acquire the mine itself and all accompanying infrastructure. Public Entrepreneur caught up with Goulet and Zadka as they began transitioning the company into production, initiating a multi-decade plan to revitalize a mine and restore a city.

Tell me about your background in the mining industry and how Cerro de Pasco came to be.

Zadka: In 2011, through my capacity as an investment banker, I came across the opportunity to buy the mineral rights on the tailings and stockpile in Cerro de Pasco and decided to jump on it.

Guy was running a company called Maya Gold & Silver in the early 2010s, and I was one of the bankers. He closed a very difficult client of mine and had incredible energy, so I said, “This guy knows how to do things.” He left that company in 2017 and I reached out.

Goulet: I was working in Morocco, and Steven approached me while I was on my way out, following the restart of a silver mine there.

We teamed up to accelerate the development of the project and list the company on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

I’m also attracted to pro-environmental projects. In 2000, I co-founded H2O Innovation, which is the largest water treatment company in Canada as of today.

What are we looking at here in terms of metals? What’s the game plan on the mining side?

Zadka: I knew that there was silver, lead, and zinc. And I discovered that there was also copper and gold in the tailings. The grades are pretty good, both because they’re old and they come from one of the richest mines in the world.

You’ve got material, metals literally sitting on top of the ground, which is much less expensive than traditional exploration.

We’re buying two subsidiaries that are producing and permitted. For 2019, we estimate their revenues were about $120 million combined.

Permitted capacity is about 20,000 tonnes per day on sulfides and right now, it’s doing 7,000 tonnes a day, and once we bring these tailings into production, the annual revenue starts getting into the $250 million to $300 million range.

With all the resources we have and what we’re acquiring, we have a 17 year mine life. But the reality is that the mine is going to go for much longer because there’s 11,000 hectares of concessions and areas that are largely unexplored.

Goulet: Post-acquisition combined, Cerro de Pasco will be the largest holder of silver in one single site. There is a need to increase the current production capacity up to its permitted level of 20,000 tonnes per day.  We estimate this will require about $35 million of capital. Once production levels are up, cash flow will start to generate rapidly.

We’re in the process of raising the capital required for the first phase, which is $65 million USD.

You’ve called Cerro de Pasco a resource management company. What does that mean?

Zadka: A traditional mining company is only focused on extracting metals from the ground. That’s what mining is; it’s going into the ground, digging up dirt, and putting the waste somewhere.

We call ourselves a resource management company because we plan to do more than just mining. There are some aspects of mining at Cerro, but there’s other aspects involved.

For one, we’re reprocessing the materials that are sitting on top of the ground, which is not theoretically mining. There’s also storage of waste.

If you can return clean water to the environment, you’re managing a resource. If you can turn your waste into building products, or turn pyrite into heat to generate hot water, you’re managing a resource.

With that in mind, how is resource management going to help the people of Cerro de Pasco?

Zadka: We’ve been completely open and transparent with the community and the local government. We’ve told them the truth, and the truth is that this is a mess that can be turned into an opportunity with some reorganization, planning, and support from the local authorities and community.

The government acknowledges that Cerro de Pasco is laden with lead, and they have a plan to relocate sections of the city 30 kilometres away from the mine. What they need in order to do that, amongst other important factors, is support from the most important economic driver in town. That’s us.

Peru has a program called “Obras por Impuestos,” or taxes for works, that enables a company to use taxes generated from operations to fund infrastructure projects for the benefit of society. You can fund roads, sewer lines, hospitals, and schools.  One of our main objectives is to do just that.

We also want to take it a step further. None of the cities in the Andes Mountains have heat, and it’s freezing every night. We have so much pyrite, which produces heat on its own, that we can harness to produce hot water and we could pump that hot water through the city.

Goulet: We want to do more water treatment systems and educate the young people to wash their hands before they eat. We want them to play in parks where we’re going to renew the topsoil.

I come from Thetford Mines in Quebec, which was the world capital of asbestos. You know what I was doing as a kid? I was going with my bike and playing in the dumps. In Cerro de Pasco, we want to avoid that.

There is a problem of contamination in Cerro de Pasco, but just as important is the problem of poverty. That mine used to employ 7,000 people.  Some 1,200 work there now in some capacity. In an area that is 4,400 metres high, what else is there to do for work besides mining?

Let’s recall that the problem of contamination is not mainly due to mining activities. The old city is located on a geological natural accident: a massive intrusion of lead, zinc, copper, silver, and gold. A “mine” is what it’s called today! And the population has been living from that operation over the past 400 years.

We want to help solve that problem of poverty and restore prosperity in the community.

The company is listed in North America, but what does your management team look like in Peru?

Zadka: I’m based in New York, and Guy’s based in Canada, but the heart of the management team is in Lima and Cerro de Pasco.

We employ several Spanish speaking expat VPs, who are specialists in different areas like mining, geology, metallurgy, environment, health, and safety.

Everybody that works with us has a very special drive, and I don’t think you find that at other mining companies because this isn’t only about making money. Here, we’re trying to make a difference.

Goulet: We’re going to spend $58 million over the next four years on HSEC (Health, Environmental, Social and Communities). We have a social license, which is essentially a vote of confidence from a key component of the population that agrees with our business plan. That’s an important asset in Peru. We received positive signals from the Minister of Energy and Mines, the local government, and the President himself.

Can an environmental restoration project like this also be profitable?

Zadka: There are multiple benefits to the local population and the environment, but at the end of the day we believe this is a very compelling investment.

Not surprisingly, investors are cautious about tailings and stockpiles because they tend to be a finite resource. They would not normally offer the opportunity to find something above and beyond expectation that could make the stock go up by 10 times overnight.

However, Cerro de Pasco not only has 170 million tonnes of reserves in the tailings and stockpiles, but also 140 million tonnes of material in the ground and 11,000 hectares of concessions in one of the most prolific mining districts in the world, which has never been properly explored.

We’re talking about almost 1.6 billion ounces of silver equivalent.  That would be the biggest amount of silver in one location on the entire planet. Nobody else has that.

What does the long-term picture look like?

Seventeen years from now, a large portion of the population won’t be living in Cerro de Pasco anymore. They’ll no longer be affected by the hazards of the area.  They’ll have access to clean water and live in proper homes.

There are still two approaches to mining. There are companies that try to skirt ESG-related issues, and there are those that see the opportunity to deal with these issues head on.

We aspire to be a leading example of why you shouldn’t run away from these problems. If you’re innovative and you’re willing to go the extra mile, you’re going to have a much better impact on the outcome. Cerro de Pasco needs that outcome.

This story was featured in the Public Entrepreneur magazine.

Learn more about Cerro de Pasco Resources Inc. at https://pascoresources.com/.

Frank Holmes on the New Investment Realities in the Age of Coronavirus

CSE’s James Black recently hosted Frank Holmes, CEO and CIO at U.S. Global Investors for his second visit to the #HashtagFinance podcast.

In this discussion Frank shares his many investment observations including the global themes that are contributing to gold price speculation (1:50), why he thinks buying Bitcoin is now analogous to collecting art (7:07), and the impact of Coronavirus on recent mining and investment conferences like PDAC (14:46).

Listen until the end to hear Frank’s thoughts on how safety and technology will evolve in response to the Coronavirus and how to protect your money in a low interest rate environment.

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