In one sense, White Gold (TSX-V: WGO, OTC – Nasdaq Intl: WHGOF, FRA: 29W) could be considered famed Yukon prospector Shawn Ryan’s project development company. Years ago, Ryan explored and staked swaths of the Yukon’s Dawson Range to the south of Dawson City. The claims were optioned to many junior exploration companies. The companies went in, did the work, significant discoveries were made by some that led to take outs by majors like Kinross and Goldcorp, but unfortunately for others, they ran out of time and money, so all those claims reverted to Ryan. Shawn spent the next 3 years reviewing all the data, picking the best projects, assembling them and then partnered with PowerOne Capital to create White Gold Corp where all the properties were rolled into, with the goal of owning and exploring the entire land package systematically and with a regional view of the district.
Canadian Orebodies (V.CORE) was very quiet over the summer and early fall. Few press releases. No hype. Just prospecting and then an October announcement of a drilling program at the company’s Wire Lake project. As Gord McKinnon put it in this release, “This first phase of drilling is designed to test six target areas, several of which are virgin discoveries made by our prospecting teams over the last two seasons that have never seen any advanced exploration or drilling”.
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Marathon Gold (V.MOZ) has gone from being a gold explorer to a gold mine developer over the last two years. Phillip Walford, the company’s President and CEO, is supervising this transition and was very pleased with the company’s updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA).
If you go to Google maps and look at the Dominican Republic you can see Barrick Gold’s huge Pueblo Viejo gold mine. It is the largest gold mine in the Americas and the fourth largest in the world. The mine has reserves and resources of over 15 million gold ounces.
It is a short exploration and drilling season in BC’s Golden Triangle. Jim Pettit, CEO of Aben Resources (V.ABN), knows the company has only four or five months to accomplish its program. Aben’s property is in the North Coastal Mountains where 30 or even 40 feet of snow could fall. “Winter drilling is possible,” said Pettit, “But it is a logistical nightmare and really, really expensive.”
Part of the job of an exploration company CEO is doing corporate presentations. Janet Lee-Sheriff, CEO of Golden Predator (V.GPY), was in Philadelphia to do a lunch presentation to a group of high net worth individuals. She began her presentation by showing Kaska Kayeh, a video about how the First Nations on whose land GPY is exploring, understand the land, the wildlife and the water and moving forward with mining interests. A video produced by Golden Predator and a former Kaska chief and featuring Kaska Elders speaking, often in their own language, about the sacredness of the land and how to work together.