Midland discovers a new high-grade Copper-Gold-Molybdenum-Silver mineralized system of at least 700 meters strike lenght on the Mythrill project in James Bay

16 October 2018

Montreal, October 16, 2018. Midland Exploration inc. (“Midland“) (TSX-V : MD) is pleased to announce a new recent discovery of a copper-molybdenum-gold-silver system its wholly owned (100% Midland) Mythril (formerly Lothlorien) project in James Bay, Quebec. The Cu-Au-Mo-Ag mineralized system is at least 700 meters long on surface, oriented east-west, open in both directions. The mineralized system is interpreted based on outcrops and locally sourced, angular float fields. It is interpreted to be of the “Cu-Au-Mo porphyry” type. The full dimensions of the mineralization are not known yet.


  • Cu-Au-Mo-Ag mineralized system interpreted over 700 meters, open east and west.
  • Fifty-four (54) new high-grade Cu-Au-Mo-Ag mineralized floats; average values of 2.61% Cu, 1.25 g/t Au, 0.13% Mo, 28.7 g/t Ag over the 54 floats (grab samples); maximum values of: 13.2% Cu; 16.8 g/t Au; 0.58% Mo; 112 g/t Ag. Float are concentrated in five major fields. Most of the float are angular and are interpreted to be locally derived (<100m transport distance).
  • Channel result of 2.74% Cu, 0.44 g/t Au, 0.06% Mo, and 24.3 g/t Ag over 2.7 meters, including 4.52% Cu, 0.65 g/t Au, 0.1% Mo, and 40.1 g/t Ag over 1.5 meters on the Celeborn showing. Mineralization open in all directions.
  • New “Arwen” Cu-Au-Mo-Ag mineralized float field, that returned high-grade gold values, with up to 16.8 g/t Au. It is the easternmost float field.
  • New “Legolas” showing with grab sample of 4.89% Cu, 1.5 g/t Au, 46 g/t Ag.

The following tables summarize the results of channels and of the main float fields found on the mineralized trend.

Table 1: Summary of major new float fields found in September 2018

Table 2: Channel results from the Celeborn and Galadriel showings

Note that grab samples are selective by nature and values reported are not representative of mineralized zones.

Note that true thicknesses of the channels cannot be determined at this time with the information available

The Mythril project is located about 7 kilometers south of the Trans-Taïga road, James Bay Eeyou Istchee, Quebec. The project was initiated in June/July 2018 following the discovery of three Cu-Au-Mo-Ag showings, found over 225 meters laterally. The “Galadriel” showing had returned up to 4.3 g/t Au; 7.19% Cu; 0.45% Mo; 61.9 g/t Ag, in grab samples. The “Celeborn” showing had returned up to 0.95% Cu, 0.66 g/t Au and 21.2 g/t Ag in grab samples from three locally sourced float. The “76” showing had returned 0.66% Cu, 1.0 g/t Au and 15.4 g/t Ag. Only half a day of prospecting was spent on the project in June. Exploration in September consisted in additional prospecting, as well as manual trenching and channel sampling of the showings.

Descriptions of showings and float fields

The Celeborn showing was manually stripped and exposed on a 2.7 meters x 2.5 meters area. A single channel performed on the trench yielded 2.74% Cu, 0.44 g/t Au, 0.06% Mo, and 24.3 g/t Ag over 2.7 meters, including 4.52% Cu, 0.66 g/t Au 0.1% Mo and 40.1 g/t Ag over 1.5 meters. Mineralization at Celeborn is open in all directions, in thickness (N-S) as well as laterally (E-W), under surficial deposits. Twenty-two (22) locally sourced mineralized float were found in a 25 meters radius around the showing. They yielded up to: 13.2% Cu; 2.92 g/t Au; 0.58% Mo; 112 g/t Ag in grab samples; the average grade of the twenty-two (22) float is 4.2% Cu, 0.95 g/t Au, 0.19% Mo and 40.9 g/t Ag. Mineralization in the trench and float mainly occurs as disseminated chalcopyrite and molybdenite in paragneisses that exhibit strong potassic alteration and/or silicification. Semi-massive chalcopyrite clusters are also found in felsic intrusions; quartz-chalcopyrite veins are also found in the paragneisses.

The Galadriel showing is located about 150 meters east of Celeborn. It was manually trenched over a 12 meters x 3.5 meters zone. Mineralization occurs in its eastern part as a semi-massive chalcopyrite zone found in a felsic dyke and in the surrounding paragneiss, strongly affected by potassic alteration. Channel R2 returned 0.64% Cu, 0.13 g/t Au, 0.04% Mo, and 5.49 g/t Ag over 1.5 meters, while channel R1 yielded 6.34% Cu, 0.78 g/t Au, 0.23% Mo and 49.4 g/t Ag over 0.25 meters. In its western part, the mineralized zone becomes larger and more disseminated and returned 0.60% Cu, 0.28 g/t Au, 0.03% Mo and 5.8 g/t Ag over 2.5 meters in channel R3 and 0.55% Cu, 0.26 g/t Au, 0.25% Mo, and 5.39 g/t Ag over 3.3 meters in channel R4, mainly in the paragneiss with strong potassic alteration. Mineralization in channels R3 and R4 is open to the south. The Galadriel showing remains open east and west.

The Legolas showing is located about 160 meters west of Celeborn, and more than 300 meters west of Galadriel. The showing consists in two grab samples of paragneisses with disseminated to semi-massive chalcopyrite, collected on a 2 meters x 1-meter trench, that yielded 4.89% Cu, 1.5 g/t Au, 46 g/t Ag. Six (6) locally sourced mineralized float were also discovered a few meters from the showing. These floats have yielded up to: 5.13% Cu; 1.22 g/t Au; 0.26% Mo; 38 g/t Ag in grab samples, with an average of 2.28% Cu, 0.81 g/t Au, 0.11% Mo and 20.8 g/t Ag, for the 6 floats. The float are biotite-paragneisses with disseminated or stringers of chalcopyrite, as well as felsic intrusives that are strongly mineralized in semi-massive chalcopyrite.

The “Arwen” float field is located 250 meters east of Galadriel. In this area, a series of nine (9) locally sourced float of biotite-paragneiss, containing disseminated to semi-massive chalcopyrite were found. The nine floats yielded an average of 1.13% Cu, 3.5 g/t Au, 0.06% Mo and 22.4 g/t Ag in grab samples. The Arwen float field appear to carry locally high gold grades, with two float yielded high gold grades of 16.8 g/t Au and 9.09 g/t Au in grab samples. The Arwen float field is the richest in gold and is located at the known eastern edge of the mineralized trend; the trend is still open to the east.

The “Go West” showing is found 250 meters west of Celeborn. It is a mineralized layer at least 50 centimeters thick with disseminated chalcopyrite-pyrite-magnetite at the bottom of a paragneiss outcrop. It was followed over 30 meters laterally. It returned 0.45% Cu and 0.02% Mo, as well as 0.37% Cu, 0.02% Mo, in two grab samples. A locally sourced paragneiss float located at the bottom of the outcrop also yielded 1.87% Cu, 0.65 g/t Au 0.25% Mo, and 20 g/t Ag in a grab sample.

A field of seven (7) float of paragneisses and felsic intrusives mineralized in chalcopyrite and/or molybdenite was found 80 meters west of Celeborn. They yielded up to: 7.97% Cu; 1.47 g/t Au; 0.56% Mo; 64.3 g/t Ag, in grab samples, with an average of 2.29% Cu, 0.68 g/t Au, 0.11% Mo, and 23.7 g/t Ag for the seven floats. These floats could originate from the Celeborn showing or represent a distinct mineralized source.

Three additional biotite paragneiss float mineralized in chalcopyrite were also found more than 300 meters north-north-west of the Galadriel showing. They yielded up to: 0.88% Cu; 0.64 g/t Au; 0.11% Mo; 24.4 g/t Ag, in grab samples. The source of these float remains unknown.

The Galadriel, Celeborn, Legolas, Go West showings and the Arwen float field form a perfectly linear trend, oriented N070, at least 700 meters long and open to the west and east. The association of many showings with felsic dykes of varying grain size and the copper-gold-molybdenum-bismuth-silver association suggest that the mineralization is of the “porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum” type. However, it has clearly been affected by amphibole-grade regional metamorphism and deformation, which has obliterated the original texture of the rock and make it more difficult to recognize the deposit type. Future geoscientific investigations will be able to refine this model.

Next phases of work

Midland is very satisfied with these significant results obtained from only 4 days of prospecting in September on its Mythril project. An extensive soil geochemical survey as well as additional prospecting were performed during the last weeks to better define the extent of the mineralized system. A geophysical survey (induced polarization) will be performed in fall or winter to define mechanical trenching and eventual drilling targets on this very high potential new discovery.

Quality Control

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. Rock samples on the project are assayed by standard 30-gram fire-assaying with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) 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 that exceed 1% copper, zinc or nickel are reanalyzed by four-acid ICP-AES optimized for high grades.

The technical or scientific information in this press release has been prepared by Sylvain Trepanier, 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., Nuvavik 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

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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.