Midland expands its field position and begins a helicopter-borne Mag-EM survey and IP survey on its new Cu-Au-Mo-Ag discovery on Mythrill

27 November 2018

Montreal, November 27, 2018. Midland Exploration Inc.’s (“Midland“)(TSX-V: MD) is pleased to announce the acquisition of new claims by map staking on the Mythril Cu-Au-Mo-Ag project in the James Bay region, as well as a significant position in other favourable areas with the acquisition by map staking of six (6) new claim blocks.

In addition, Midland will soon begin a major helicopter-borne magnetic and electromagnetic survey on the main block surrounding the Mythril discovery. A Dîpole-Dîpole (PP-Dipole-Dipole) and gradient (PP-Gradient) induced polarization survey will follow next winter to cover the Mythril discovery and its extensions.


  • Midland is solidifying its land position by map-designating several new claims in the area with a total of 1,581 active claims covering an area of approximately 804 square kilometers.
  • Beginning of a new 2,300 line-kilometre helicopter-borne Mag-EM survey, followed by a 195 line-kilometre IP-Dipole and IP-Gradient survey in early winter 2019.
  • Results of the soil survey have been received and confirm its effectiveness as a technique. In addition to confirming the corridor containing the known showings and boulder fields, this survey identified a new anomalous area further east.

Table 1: Summary of top Cu-Au-Mo-Ag indices found in 2018.

Table 2: Summary of the best boulders found in 2018.

*Metal prices for the Cu Eq calculation: Au $1200/oz, Cu $2.83/lb, Ag $14/oz, Mo $11.8/lb with 100% assumed metal recovery.

Note that the samples chosen are selective in nature and the grades obtained are not representative of the mineralized zones.

Table 3: Summary of Celeborn and Galadriel channel results

Note that the true groove thicknesses cannot be determined with the available information

Mythril; A significant new Cu-Au-Mo-Ag discovery at James Bay

The Mythril discovery is located approximately 7 kilometers south of the Trans-Taiga Highway, in the James Bay Eeyou Istchee territory of Quebec. In only 4 days of prospecting between June and September 2018, four (4) new high-grade Cu-Au-Mo-Ag showings found on surface returned values such as 2.74% Cu, 0.44 g/t Au, 0.06% Mo and 24.3 g/t Ag over 2.7 meters in channel (Celeborn Showing). In addition, fifty-four (54) new high-grade mineralized boulders were found. The average grade of these 54 blocks was 2.61% Cu, 1.25 g/t Au, 0.13% Mo and 28.7 g/t Ag (grab samples). The mineralized corridor was identified over more than 700 meters during this first phase

During the month of October, four (4) additional days of prospecting extended this mineralized corridor from 700 meters to more than 2 kilometers (remains open to the east and west). Nine (9) new showings returned average values of 2.04% Cu, 0.36 g/t Au, 0.11% Mo and 17.6 g/t Ag (from 45 grab samples of >0.1% Cu), with maximum values of up to 12.65% Cu; 1.51 g/t Au, 1.7% Mo; 69.8 g/t Ag) In addition, fifty-six (56) new Cu-Au-Mo-Ag mineralized boulders (>0.1% Cu) were discovered in the eastern and western extensions of the system with average values of 1.33% Cu, 0.52 g/t Au, 0.09% Mo and 13.3 g/t Ag, and maximum values of : 16.95% Cu; 4.91 g/t Au; 0.44% Mo; 49.4 g/t Ag. The majority of the boulders are angular and their sources are interpreted as being very local (<100m transport distance).

Significant claim acquisition; An important regional land position

The Mythril property, host to the Cu-Au-Mo-Ag showings discovered in September and October 2018, has been expanded and currently consists of a total of 603 claims covering an area of approximately 307 square kilometers. A new property located 1 kilometer east of the Mythril project was acquired and consists of a total of 408 claims covering 207 square kilometers. A second property of 374 claims for 189 square kilometers is located 21 kilometers northeast of the Mythril project and a third property consisting of 93 claims covering 47 square kilometers was acquired approximately 49 kilometers east-northeast of Mythril. The fourth and fifth new properties, consisting of 84 and 9 claims respectively, cover 43 and 4 square kilometers and are located approximately 31 southeast and 41 kilometers east of Mythril. The sixth property is located 27 kilometers north of Mythril and consists of 10 claims covering an area of 5 square kilometers.

These new claim acquisitions are located in areas deemed favourable based on observations made on known showings, public data and reconnaissance work completed by Midland during the summer. All these claims are 100% owned by Midland. These new properties also cover the best lake sediment Cu-Mo anomalies identified from the government’s regional surveys.

Extensive soil geochemistry survey; New target area identified

During the October program, Midland also completed a soil geochemistry survey (Horizon B) covering the known mineralized system and its possible extensions to the east and west. A total of 328 soil samples were collected over a distance of 3.8 kilometers in length on lines spaced 100 meters apart with samples collected every 15 meters along the lines. The survey confirmed the presence of the mineralized corridor between the known mineralized zones in outcrop and in the boulder fields. This survey returned values up to 0.12% Cu, 80 ppm Mo, and 0.1 g/t Au. In addition, this survey identified a new target zone to the east within the extension of the known mineralized corridor with values up to 116 ppm Cu.

Upcoming geophysical surveys; Effective tools for identifying new targets

A high-resolution magnetic and electromagnetic helicopter-borne survey as well as an induced polarization survey are planned for the next few weeks in the area of the discovery. Since this area has not been flown with a modern electromagnetic survey, Midland decided to cover the main Mythril block with a high-resolution magnetic and electromagnetic survey on 150-metre spaced flight lines for a total of approximately 2,300 line kilometers. This survey is expected to begin towards the end of November.

In addition, a PP-Dipole-Dipole ground survey (100 m lines) totaling approximately 30 linear kilometers will cover the Mythril discovery with 1 kilometer long lines. In addition, a PP-Gradient survey (200 m lines) totalling approximately 165 kilometers will cover the Mythril extensions with lines of 3 kilometers in length over a strike length of 10 kilometers. Mineralization identified in outcrop and in boulder fields consists mainly of disseminated and semi-massive chalcopyrite. This type of mineralization responds very well to IP, and the survey will go a long way towards delineating the mineralized envelopes at Mythril and discovering new mineralized zones.

Quality control

The design of the exploration program and the interpretation of the results is performed by qualified personnel using a quality assurance/quality control program that conforms to industry best practices, including the use of standards and blanks for every 20 samples. Rock samples from the project are analyzed by standard fire assay on 30-gram fractions with either an inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy finish (ICP-AES; Au-ICP21) or gravimetric finish (Au-GRA21) at ALS Laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia. All samples were also analyzed for several elements by a four acid dissolution ICP-AES method (ME-ICP61). Samples exceeding 1% copper, zinc, molybdenum or nickel were reanalyzed by 4-acid ICP-AES optimized for high content.

About Midland

Midland is counting on Quebec’s excellent mineral potential to make the discovery of new deposits of world-class gold, platinum group elements and base metals. Midland is proud to count on reputable partners such as Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd, Osisko Mining Inc, Altius Minerals Corporation, SOQUEM INC, NioBay Metals Inc, Nunavik Mining Exploration Fund and Abcourt Mines Inc. Midland prefers to work in partnership and intends to quickly conclude agreements in this regard with respect to its newly acquired properties. Management is currently evaluating other opportunities and projects to enhance the Company’s portfolio and create added value for shareholders.

This press release was prepared by Mario Masson, P.Geo. Vice President Exploration at Midland and a qualified person under NI 43-101. The qualified person has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release.

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

E-mail : info@midlandexploration.com

Website : www.explorationmidland.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 10 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, Geo., Jr

Trainee Geologist

Trainee 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.