Midland announces significant new gold results on Willbob near Osisko/Barrick’s Kan project

18 September 2018

Montreal, September 18, 2018. Midland Exploration Inc. (“Midland”) (TSX-V: MD) is pleased to announce new significant gold results obtained during its latest exploration campaign conducted on the Willbob project, wholly owned by Midland. The Willbob project is located in the Labrador Trough, approximately 70 km west of Kuujjuaq. The summer 2018 field campaign consisted in mechanical stripping and channel sampling of the best gold occurrences discovered in 2017, in addition to an extensive prospecting and geological mapping program covering the entire project. Several new gold showings and structures were discovered and will require a field follow-up over the coming weeks. 

HighlightsChannel on Didgeridoo Zone grading 2.30 g/t Au over 8.95 metres (open to the NW)New high-grade vein returned 140.5 g/t Au from selected grab sample, located 250 m SE of the Wayne showingNew gold zones including Ants showing; new extensive mineralized zone grading up to 4.27 g/t Au (grab sample)

Didgeridoo Zone

Channel sampling conducted on the Didgeridoo Zone returned several gold results including an interval grading 2.30 g/t Au over 8.95 metres, including 3.56 g/t Au over 3.15 metres. This channel sample is located at the northwestern edge of trench DJ-05; the zone thus remains open to the northwest. (Note that true thicknesses of the channels cannot be determined at this time with the information available).

The Didgeridoo Zone is located in the south part of the Willbob project, approximately 15 km southeast of the main gold showings found on the Kan project held by Osisko Mining and currently optioned by Barrick Gold. The Didgeridoo Zone consists of a 5 to 10-metre-wide shear zone trending NW-SE that hosts abundant fault-filling quartz-calcite veins, occurring in gabbros and quartz diorites. Up to six (6) occurrences of visible gold were observed within this zone, which was stripped over a distance of approximately 100 metres in length and which remains open at both ends.

Best results – 2018 channel sampling – Didgeridoo Zone

Channel DJ-05: 2.30 g/t Au over 8.95 m incl. 3.56 g/t Au over 3.15 m (open to the NW)

Channel DJ-02: 4.71 g/t Au over 2.90 m incl. 9.30 g/t Au over 1.30 m

Channel DJ-01: 1.67 g/t Au over 8.80 m (extension of the 2017 channel)

Channel DJ-04: 1.45 g/t Au over 6.70 m

Several other new promising results on Willbob

The prospection campaign has also revealed a new gold-bearing zone (“Ants”), located near the junction between the Mélèzes and Caniapiscau rivers. The Ants zone occurs as disseminated pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite and minor quartz veins in a strongly chloritized and ankeritized quartz diorite. The mineralized zone is observed on outcrop to be 70 meters long and 5 to 25 meters wide and is open to the east. A channel cut in the western part of the zone returned 0.81 g/t Au / 5.8 m, including 1.48 g/t Au / 2.8 m. Of the fourteen (14) grab samples collected on the zone, eleven (11) returned more than 0.1 g/t Au, and seven (7) returned more than 0.5 g/t Au, with a maximum of 1.8 g/t Au. The average grade of the grab samples is 0.66 g/t Au. Another grab sample of a strongly altered diorite with disseminated pyrrhotite, collected about 100 meters east of the zone, also yielded 4.27 g/t Au. It could represent a higher-grade eastern extension of the zone.

The Wayne showing is located in the northern part of the project and was found during the 2017 prospection campaign. Several high-grade gold values were found in grab samples, including 40.1 g/t Au, 32.7 g/t Au, 24.8 g/t Au and 6.5 g/t Au, as well as several lower grade values between 1 and 2 g/t Au. The Wayne showing was trenched and channeled in 2018. Many gold-bearing intervals were found in channel sampling: 2.70 g/t Au / 0.7 m, 1.76 g/t Au / 0.5 m, 1.37 g/t Au / 1.4 m, 1.34 g/t Au / 0.7 m, 0.84 g/t Au / 1.4 m, 0.59 g/t Au / 0.7 m and 0.56 g/t Au / 0.5 m. Mineralization at Wayne occurs as tension quartz veins and fractures and with strong chlorite-ankerite-pyrrhotite alteration of the host quartz diorite.

A grab sample of a 5 cm thick quartz-galena tension vein about 250 meters southeast of the Wayne showing yielded 140.5 g/t Au (“Janet” showing). The quartz diorite wallrock, mineralized in pyrrhotite-arsenopyrite, also returned 1.06 g/t Au in a grab sample. This vein is located about 25 meters west of another similar vein that returned 250.1 g/t Au in 2017.

The new “Roméo” showing is located about 4 km west of the Wayne showing, in an area that was not previously explored. It is a 50 cm thick quartz vein within a quartz diorite mineralized in pyrrhotite. The vein returned 3.15 g/t Au while the host diorite yielded 1.94 g/t Au in grab samples.

Finally, the Lac H showing (1.75 g/t Au in a 2017 grab sample) was revisited and manually trenched. Further grab sampling revealed the following gold grades: 4.25 g/t Au, 3.81 g/t Au, 2.05 g/t Au, 1.37 g/t Au and 0.51 g/t Au.  The Lac H showing occurs as tension fractures and quartz veinlets with pyrrhotite mineralization within a quartz diorite. (Note that gold values obtained from selected grab samples during this program are not representative of mineralized zones).

A second phase of prospecting and channeling is planned in September on Willbob. Prospecting and channel sampling will be performed on the new Ants and Roméo showings, as well as further prospection for new gold zones in various parts of this large and promising project.

Quality Control

Rock samples on the project are assayed by standard 30 gram fire-assaying with AA or gravimetric finish at ALS Minerals laboratories in Val d’Or, Québec or Sudbury, Ontario. All samples are also analysed for multi-elements, using four-acid ICP–AES method. Samples with visible gold were further analyzed by metallic screen with fire assays (Au-SCR21) ; Au-SCR21 values were used to calculate gold intervals when available. Exploration program design and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices, including the use of standards and blanks with every 20 samples. 

The technical or scientific information in this press release has been prepared by Sylvain Trépanier, P.Geo., VP Exploration for James Bay and Northern Quebec at Midland, a “qualified person” as defined by NI 43-101.

About Midland

Midland targets the excellent mineral potential of Quebec to make the discovery of new world-class deposits of gold, platinum group elements and base metals. Midland is proud to count on reputable partners such as Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, IAMGOLD Corporation, Osisko Mining Inc., Altius Minerals Corp., SOQUEM INC., NioBay Metals Inc., Nunavik Mineral Exploration Fund and Abcourt Mines Inc. Midland prefers to work in partnership and intends to quickly conclude additional agreements in regard to newly acquired properties. Management is currently reviewing other opportunities and projects to build up the Company portfolio and generate shareholder value.

For further information, please consult Midland’s website or contact:

Gino Roger, President and Chief Executive Officer

Tel.: 450 420-5977

Fax: 450 420-5978

Email: info@midlandexploration.com

Website: www.explorationmidland.com

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This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from targeted results. Such risks and uncertainties include those described in Midland’s periodic reports including the annual report or in the filings made by Midland from time to time with securities regulatory authorities.



V.P. Exploration

More than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration in Quebec.

Mario Masson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the Université de Montréal. Before joining Midland’s team, Mario worked several years has a geologist at Nipadex and Muscocho. In 1990, he started working for Noranda Exploration in Matagami has a Project Geologist and was a part of the team that found the Orchan West and Bell Allars deposits. He was also involved in the discovery of the Perseverance deposit in the Matagami Mining Camp in 2000. After this discovery, Mario and his team win the PDAC Bill Dennis Award in 2001. From 2002 to 2007, he was in charge of the exploration activities in the Noranda Mining Camp has a Senior Geologist for Noranda Inc – Falconbridge ltée – Xstrata Copper. In addition, he was also involved in the discovery of the West Ansil deposit in the Noranda Mining Camp in 2005, which allowed the Falconbridge ltée exploration team to win the Prospector of the Year award at the QMEA. Since January 2008, he is a part of Midland Exploration team as VP Exploration.


President,CEO, Director

Gino Roger has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 1, 2006. Mr. Roger has graduated as a geological engineer from Laval University in 1990. From May 1990 to October 2006, Mr. Roger was a Project Geologist, Senior Geologist and Regional Geologist for Xstrata, Falconbridge and Noranda. During those years he was actively involved in the generation, acquisition and negotiation of many significant projects and discovery of mineral deposits. He worked in Quebec, Ontario, B.C., Yukon and Sweden on a wide variety of projects involving gold, VMS, SEDEX, MVT, and IOCG ore deposits. Mr. Roger and his team received the AEMQ’s prestigious Prospector of the Year Award in 2005, for the discovery of the West Ansil deposit. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. He is a director of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association.


Chairman of the Board

Jean-Pierre Janson joined Richardson GMP in January 2005 as Managing Director, National Wealth Management. As such, he oversees the development of branches nationwide, and seeks new opportunities to bring some of the industry’s Top Investment Advisors to the firm. In addition, Mr. Janson also serves on the Richardson GMP’s executive committee and in that capacity works closely with the Executive Management Team on the firm’s strategic direction.

Mr. Janson was previously Managing Director of CIBC Wood Gundy Financial Services (Eastern Canada Region) and held senior management positions with both Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and Midland Walwyn Inc. Having built a reputation of trust and respect during more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Mr. Janson continues to demonstrate his involvement through Richardson GMP Limited. He also serves as trustee of BTB Real Estate Investment Trust and as member on the board of Tri-Origin Exploration Limited.


Secretary and Director

René Branchaud holds an LLB from Université Laval obtained in 1982. He has been a lawyer since 1983 and is a partner of the law firm Lavery, de Billy L.L.P. He has a vast experience as secretary and director of mining corporations.


Chief Financial Officer

Ingrid Martin holds a Bachelor in Business Management from the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC), in Montréal, Quebec. She is a member of the Order of Chartered professional accountants of Quebec since 1990 and possesses a vast experience as consultant for public companies. She acts, also, as Chief Financial Officer of Vior Inc. Mrs. Martin is devoting 40% of her time to Midland Exploration.



Paul Archer has a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering and a Master’s degree in Earth Science. He has more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry, particularly in exploration for gold and base metals in Archean terrains. He developed his expertise working with various companies, including Shell Minerals, Noranda Exploration, Northgate Explorations, Westminer Canada and SOQUEM, where he was Regional Manager for Northern Quebec. On May 1, 1996, Mr. Archer joined Virginia Mines as Vice-President of Exploration and Acquisitions and Director. Mr. Archer was actively involved in the discovery and development of the Eleonore project, from the preliminary field campaign through to the sale of the deposit to Goldcorp. In November 2014, he joined Osisko’s management team following the Osisko/Virginia merger. He was elected President of the Quebec Prospectors Association in 1996 and 1997. Over the years, Mr. Archer has received, on behalf of Virginia, several prestigious prizes, including the Bill Dennis Award from the PDAC in 2006 for the discovery of the Eleonore deposit.



Annie Dutil is a member of the Quebec CPA Order and is Nomad’s corporate controller. Ms. Dutil brings over 15 years of extensive mining knowledge, specifically in the areas of public accounting, compliance with financial information obligations and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Nomad, Ms. Dutil has held a number of positions at PwC, including a role as director where she has led the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services group in Montréal. In her current and previous roles, she has assisted several companies in their capital markets activities, including initial public offerings, financings, cross-border transactions and complex accounting and regulatory matters. Ms. Dutil is the co-founder of the Montreal chapter of Women in Mining and is involved in many community and philanthropic activities, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Factry, the School of the Creative Sciences, and Théâtre de la Banquette Arrière.

Jean des Rivières


Mr. Jean des Rivières holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master’s degree of Science in Geology from École Polytechnique de Montréal affiliated to the University of Montreal. He has over 35 years of diversified experience in the exploration and mining industries while working in more than 50 countries touching base and precious metals. He most recently held the position of global Vice President Metals Exploration at BHP and previously held managerial and technical positions at Rio Algom, BHP, and Noranda. With BHP, Mr des Rivières chaired the Inclusion and Diversity committee of the Americas. After a successful career, he recently joined the board of directors of First Majestic Silver Corp., Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd., and Midland Exploration Inc.


Project geologist

More than 20 years of experience in mineral exploration in Quebec.

Project geologist for Midland Exploration, Jean-François holds a PhD from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in Mineral resources, specialist in zinc-bearing mineralization with an expertise in metallogeny of metalliferous deposits.


Project geologist

More than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration in Quebec, British Colombia and Dominican Republic.

Project Geologist for Midland Exploration since 2012, Richard holds a Bachelor degree in Resources Geology from Université du Québec à Montréal. Before joining Midland’s team, he was a Project Geologist for Services Technominex – Aurizon Mines, Sirios and Unigold on several gold exploration projects. Between 1997 and 2006, he worked has a Project Geologist (5 years) and Technical Director (4 years) for the Nunavik Mineral Exploration Fund. At the beginning of his career, Richard worked as a Prospector for SOQUEM, Virginia Gold / Barrick Gold on gold projects in James Bay and Northern Quebec. He was also involved in the exploration of the Eskay Creek discovery in British Colombia.


Project geologist

More than 10 years of experience in mineral exploration in Quebec.

Project geologist for Midland Exploration, Louis-Philippe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Université Laval. Prior to joining the team, he worked 4 years for Nemaska Exploration / Monarch Resources / Nemaska Lithium in the Nemiscau area where he managed and participated exploration campaigns for lithium, gold and base metals. He also participated in the development of the Whabouchi lithium project.

Romain Deflin, P.Geo.

Project Geologist

Project Geologist for Midland Exploration, Romain Deflin holds a degree in geological engineering from l’ENSG (École National Supérieure de Géologie in Nancy) and a master degree in Mineral Resource Exploration from Université de Lorraine. He completed a 4 months internship with Midland before joining the team permanently in 2019.

Philippe Allard, Geo. M.Sc.

Project geologist

More than 20 years of experience in mineral exploration in Québec, Canadian Arctic, and Dominican Republic.

Project Geologist for Midland Exploration since May 2019, Philippe holds a Bachelor degree in Geology and a master in Earth Sciences from UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal). Before joining Midland’s team, Philippe worked as an Exploration Geologist for Goldcorp, Ressources Sirios, Unigold and the Nunavik Mineral Exploration Fund (NMEF). At the beginning of his career, he also worked as an assistant geologist and a geologist for Virginia Gold Mines, Cambiex, Miramar Mining, Noranda Exploration, SOQUEM and Services Miniers du Nord on gold and base metals projects, mainly in James Bay. Moreover, he was at the origin of the discovery by prospection of the Cheechoo deposit in James Bay in 2010.


Geologist Consultant

More than 20 years of experience in mineral exploration and research in Quebec.

Sylvain Trépanier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology, a Master’s degree in Earth Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Université du Québec à Montréal. Sylvain began his career for Noranda in 1995 and worked on various projects in Quebec until 2001. From 2004 to 2012, he worked has a research geologist at CONSOREM. During his years working at CONSOREM, he has carried out numerous research projects applied to mineral exploration and has developed expertise recognized in Quebec in various fields related to exploration: lake-bottom, streams and tills sediments geochemistry, alterations lithogeochemistry, statistical data processing and potential mineral evaluation by artificial intelligence. He is the author of several scientific articles, research reports and public presentations. He designed and developed the Lithomodeleur software for geochemistry treatment, which is now widely used in Quebec by exploration companies, governments and universities. From 2012 to 2016, he worked for Virginia Mines and Osisko Gold Royalties as a Senior Research Geologist and was involved in most of the company’s projects in James Bay and the Labrador Trough. He is co-recipient of the QMEA Jean-Descarreaux Award in 2011 with the CONSOREM team. Mr. Trépanier joined Midland in November 2016 as a VP Exploration James-Bay/Northern Quebec.