Midland provides an updates on its James Bay gold projects and reports the discovery of new gold occurences

11 August 2022

Montreal, October 10, 2019. Midland Exploration Inc. (“Midland”) (TSX-V: MD) is pleased to provide an update on its gold exploration programs underway in the James Bay region. New gold occurrences were discovered during the summer 2019 field programs on the Galinée, Elrond and Helm’s Deep projects. In addition, Midland would like to announce it is actively seeking new partnerships to launch new exploration campaigns for gold in the James Bay region.


The Elsa gold zone on the Galinée project was discovered by Midland in 2018. This zone yielded grades up to 14.85 g/t Au in grab samples in June 2018 (press release dated August 26, 2018; note that grab samples are selective by nature and reported values are not representative of mineralized zones). Manual trenching and channel sampling conducted in September 2018 returned the following results: 3.26 g/t Au over 2.4 metres, including 7.1 g/t Au over 1.0 metre; 2.62 g/t Au over 0.8 metre; 1.36 g/t Au over 0.6 metre; and 1.91 g/t Au over 0.7 metre ((press release dated May 23, 2019; the true thickness of mineralized zones intersected by channel samples has not been determined).). These channels cover a lateral extent of 12 metres. Gold mineralization at Elsa is hosted in a dextral shear zone with numerous quartz-tourmaline-pyrite±arsenopyrite±chalcopyrite veins accompanied by strong sericite and massive tourmaline alteration in the wall rocks. Visible gold was observed in many locationsin shear-hosted quartz veins. The gold mineralization appears to be orogenic.

An induced polarization survey conducted in the spring of 2019 clearly identified a strong 500-metre-long chargeability anomaly directly coincident with the Elsa gold showing. Another strong 600-metre-long chargeability anomaly was also defined southeast of Elsa. The Elsa zone is a high-priority drilling target.

In the west part of the Galinée project, a new gold showing was discovered in June 2019. A shear zone with mm-scale quartz veinlets and trace pyrite graded 0.96 g/t Au (grab sample; unpublished results). Follow-up work was carried out on this gold occurrence and the results will be received sometime this fall.

Midland is seeking partners to advance this high-potential project with drill-ready targets.


The Elrond project sits at the contact between the La Grande and Opinaca geological subprovinces, which hosts several gold deposits and showings in the James Bay region (e.g., Éléonore, La Grande Sud, Cheechoo, Corvet-Est, Orfée, La Pointe). In 2017, Midland discovered several new gold showings in this area where no previous occurrences were reported.

In the southwest part of the Elrond project, grab samples taken in amphibolite with strong arsenopyrite mineralization yielded grades of 4.52 g/t Au and 3.23 g/t Au (press release dated October 12, 2017). Approximately 100 metres further north, a grab sample of silicified amphibolite collected in a shear zone graded 1.81 g/t Au. Follow-up work on this showing in July 2019 confirmed the initial gold grade, with new samples grading 2.17 g/t Au and 1.69 g/t Au (grab samples; unpublished results). Also in July 2019, in the same area, a grab sample of felsic dyke graded 2.49 g/t Au, accompanied by very high bismuth values reaching 0.21% Bi.

In the northeast part of the project, another gold occurrence with high molybdenum and bismuth values was discovered in 2017. Here, anomalous values of 0.89 g/t Au, 0.43 g/t Au, and 0.38 g/t Au were reported in grab samples (press released dated October 12, 2017). New grab samples collected in the same area in June 2018 yielded even higher gold values, grading 1.63 g/t Au and 1.35 g/t Au (unpublished results). Gold mineralization is accompanied by strong molybdenum (up to 0.06% Mo) and bismuth (up to 0.05% Bi) values. Mineralization occurs within a decimetre-scale fault zone, where disseminated mineralization is observed in host rocks over a lateral extent of approximately 4 metres by 3 metres wide. The host rock is a late pink pegmatitic granite with biotite. The host rock is a pink late pegmatitic biotite granite. The mineralized zone remains open to the northeast. In July 2019, two additional grab samples collected in the northeast part of the project returned anomalous gold values, between 0.11 g/t Au and 0.23 g/t Au accompanied once again by very high Mo(up to 0.23% Mo)and Bi(up to 0.02% Bi)values, still in pegmatitic granites (unpublished results).

Many gold occurrences on the Elrond project exhibit an Au-Bi-Mo-W metal footprintand are associated with granitic/pegmatitic dykes, a setting typical of intrusion-related gold deposits. Work carried out in 2019 confirms the very strong potential on this project for this type of mineralization, typically associated with very high-tonnage gold deposits.. Midland is seeking partners to conduct further prospecting work on this high-potential project.

Helm’s Deep

The Helm’s Deep project was launched in 2017, following the discovery of a new gold showing, where a grab sample of strongly sheared sandstone containing trace pyrite graded 2.42 g/t Au (press release dated October 12, 2017). Grab samples of sandstone with quartz-tourmaline-biotite veins and calc-silicate alteration also yielded anomalous values of 0.72 g/t Au and 0.68 g/t Au. Work carried out in 2018 and 2019 (unpublished results) resulted in the discovery of new gold showings on Helm’s Deep. In 2018, a quartz-pyrite-chalcopyrite veining system graded 0.74 g/t Au, 0.06% Cu and 7.1 g/t Ag over 0.5 metre in channel sample. Also in 2018, a grab sample of sandstone injected with quartz veinlets with chalcopyrite mineralization graded 1.13 g/t Au, 23.5 g/t Ag and 2.12% Cu. During the July 2019 field campaign, a grade of 2.95 g/t Au was obtained in a grab sample of a feldspar porphyry dyke with quartz veinlets and trace pyrite. Finally, in July 2019, a grab sample from a locally derived boulder of amphibolite with strong quartz veining was sampled and graded 0.64 g/t Au.

The Helm’s Deep project exhibits numerous zones with quartz-tourmaline veining and spectacular calc-silicate and biotite alteration zones in metasedimentary rocks, reminiscent of alteration zones associated with gold mineralization at the Éléonore* mine. The Helm’s Deep project is also adjacent to the Clearwater project held by Eastmain Resources, which hosts the Clearwater* gold deposit as well as the new Percival* discovery, located approximately 2 kilometres north of Helm’s Deep. Midland is seeking a new partner to continue prospecting work on the Helm’s Deep project.

Éléonore Centre

The Éléonore Centre project is located approximately 30 kilometres southwest of the Éléonore mine. The stratigraphic sequence on the project includes wackes and conglomerates of the sedimentary Low Formation, which is the main host unit for mineralization at the Éléonore mine. Previous work by Midland on Éléonore Centre identified that the contact between conglomerates of the Low Formation and adjacent amphibolites is a gold-bearing shear zone injected by quartz-tourmaline-pyrite-scheelite veins. On the Golden Gun West showing, grades up to 11.96 g/t Au in grab sample and 0.44 g/t Au over 4.0 metres in channel sample were obtained in a shear zone with quartz-tourmaline-pyrite-scheelite veins at the conglomerate/amphibolite contact (press release dated August 22, 2013). A grade of 18.8 g/t Au was also obtained from a grab sample of an amphibolite-hosted quartz vein (press release dated August 22, 2013). This favourable contact between conglomerates and amphibolites has been traced over nearly 20 kilometres on the project but has never been drill-tested. The Éléonore Centre project therefore offers strong potential for orogenic gold deposits and is ready to be drill-tested. Midland is seeking new partnerships for future drilling programs.

Update of the Mythril Cu-Au-Ag-Mo project

Phase 3 of drilling on the Mythril project has been recently completed. Ten holes for a total of 3397 meters have been completed during this phase. With current laboratory delays, complete assay results are expected for the end of October.

* Mines and deposits located near Midland projects in the James Bay region

Éléonore mine: The Éléonore mine held by Newmont-Goldcorp hosts 3.3 million ounces of gold in proven and probable reserves, 0.5 million ounces in measured and indicated resources, and 0.6 million ounces in inferred resources.

Clearwater deposit: The Clearwater deposit held by Eastmain Resources hosts measured and indicated resources totalling 853,000 ounces at a grade of 6.18 g/t Au, and inferred resources of 500,000 ounces at a grade of 6.53 g/t Au.

Percival discovery: The Percival discovery, made by Eastmain Resources in 2018, graded up to 2.35 g/t Au over 87 metres in drill hole.

Cautionary Statement: Mineralization occurring at the mines and deposits listed above is not necessarily representative of mineralization that may be found on projects held by Midland described herein.

Quality control

Exploration program design and interpretation of results are 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 for gold by standard 30-gram fire-assaying with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES; Au-ICP21) or gravimetric finish (Au-GRA21) at ALS Minerals laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia. All samples are also analyzed for multi-elements using the four-acid ICP–AES method (ME-ICP61), also at ALS Minerals laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia. Samples that exceed 1% copper, zinc, molybdenum or nickel are reanalyzed by four-acid ICP-AES optimized for high grades.

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 BHP Billiton Canada Inc., Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Osisko Mining Inc., SOQUEM 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.

This press release was prepared by Sylvain Trépanier, P.Geo., VP Exploration for James Bay and Northern Quebec at Midland and Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, who has also 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 : 450 420-5977
Fax : 450 420-5978 : 450 420-5978
E-mail : info@midlandexploration.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.