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West Red Lake on the impending “gold bull market”
 
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July 5, 2017 -- Tom Meredith, Executive Chairman of West Red Lake Gold Mines Inc. (CSE: RLG | OTCQB: RLGMF) in an interview with InvestorIntel CEO Tracy Weslosky discuss gold exploration and property development. Tom tells us that West Red Lake is an exploration and development company whose goal is to make their Red Lake property an appealing purchase for mining companies. Tom also discusses their Rowan Mine joint venture (JV) partnership with gold veteran, Goldcorp. Tracy Weslosky: We recently had an analyst do a headline story about you called, The Junior Gold Rally. Lara Smith is a big believer that we have the making of a gold bull market. She picked, out of all the companies and all the juniors on the planet, she picked West Red Lake to profile. Can you tell me why she picked you? Tom Meredith: Well, I can tell you that we have a story that’s— First of all, I agree that we have a gold bull market in the junior mining shares. It started about a year ago and it will probably go for several years. One of the reasons that people do like our story is because we’re in Canada, we’re in Red Lake, we do have gold deposits, we have Goldcorp as our partner and we have a 43-101 resource. We tick a lot of the right boxes. Tracy Weslosky: I believe the quote was — she believes that (during) this time period, based on looking at the market, she sees a potential buying frenzy. Lara related it to your (West Red Lake Gold Mines) recent announcement about starting a drilling program. Can you tell us more about that?Tom Meredith: Well, we carry on drilling programs over the years and we’re drilling right now. We’ve reported some results a little while ago. Our basic plan is to expand gold resources, build gold resources and also do the odd exploration hole looking for a new area that might yield a big deposit. Tracy Weslosky: You specifically announced earlier this month that you were going to start an exploration drilling program. Can you give us more detail? Disclaimer: West Red Lake Gold Mines Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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I-Minerals – “A gold mine without the gold”
 
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October 19, 2017 -- Thomas Conway, President, CEO and Director of I-Minerals Inc. (TSXV: IMA | OTCQB: IMAHF) (“I-Minerals”) in an interview with InvestorIntel Senior Editor Jeff Wareham discuss their fully permitted Bovill Kaolin industrial minerals project in Idaho. The Bovill Kaolin project features the industrial minerals halloysite, kaolin, metakaolin, K-Spar, and quartz. Thomas points out, though not everyone may know what these minerals are used for, we do use them in a variety of ways in our everyday life. In fact, the German Institute of Diabetes, in partnership with the company DURTEC GmbH have been using I-Minerals’ Ultra Hallopure Halloysite, as a key ingredient to develop a state of the art wound treatment cloth – investors can expect to hear more on this in the coming months. As there is limited information available in regards the value of industrial minerals, Thomas recommends investors review the publicly listed company Imerys SA, to get a feel for how lucrative their industry is and how much money there is to be made. In a closing thought, Thomas states I-Minerals is a “Gold mine without the gold." Disclaimer: I-Minerals Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Nigel Lees on “Making Sage (Gold) great again!”
 
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April 4, 2017 -- Nigel Lees, President, CEO and Director of Sage Gold Inc. (TSXV: SGX) in an interview with InvestorIntel’s CEO Tracy Weslosky to discuss Sage’s Clavos Gold Project. They recently completed a C$11.5 million financing and Nigel points out that their primary focus is in Timmins, which is “one of the great areas for gold mining in Canada, if not in the world.” With a permit for their mine and a life-of-mine mill agreement with Premier Gold’s mill, located 10km away, Sage is planning on going into production in Fall 2017. Tracy Weslosky: Nigel, in 2007 you said your market cap was $40 million and you had two exploration projects. Today you’ve got two projects, one that’s going into production this year and -- you have a market cap of only $10 million: this is a great opportunity today, yes? Nigel Lees: I think it is, yes. Make Sage great again! Tracy Weslosky: Speaking about this opportunity, why don’t you start by giving us an overview of what Sage Gold is. Nigel Lees: We’re focused on the Clavos Gold Project in Timmins. Timmins, as many people know, is one of the great areas for gold mining in Canada if not in the world. We have a deposit that our previous owners spent over $60 million dollars. We’re going to spend just over $7 million to put it in production. We have a permit and we have a life of mine mill agreement with Premier Gold’s mill, which is about 10 kilometers away. It’s ready to go for dewatering, going into rehabbing, producing hopefully some mineralized material and shipping it by September this year…. Disclaimer: Sage Gold Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Sage Gold moving quickly towards production
 
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September 11, 2017 -- Nigel Lees, President, CEO and Director of Sage Gold Inc. (TSXV: SGX) (“Sage Gold”) in an interview with InvestorIntel Senior Editor, Jeff Wareham discuss Sage Gold’s production timelines. Nigel states Sage Gold is getting very close to be moving mineralized ore to the mill and they are expecting to be shipping ore by the end of September/beginning of October. Nigel also comments on what investors can expect to hear next from Sage Gold, which includes their planned explore drilling of the historical “very high-grade Kinross holes”. Jeff Wareham: Nigel, you were on a few weeks ago. Things are moving fast in the gold world. You guys are quickly moving towards production. Why should investors be picking up Sage Gold at this point in the market? Nigel Lees: First of all, it is summer time and we often get a weakness in the gold price, the gold shares. Normally it is a very good time to own gold before we get into the season. The other thing, we are getting very close to moving mineralized ore to the mill. The mill is 10 kilometers away. We are expecting the end of September/beginning of October to be shipping ore. It is very, very close. Jeff Wareham: You have received the last stages of your gold financing. Nigel Lees: Yes we have. That is the capital we need to get us to that position. We currently have 5 drills underground operating right now and about 55 employees and we started at the beginning of this year to dewater. We have been moving very fast. Disclaimer: Sage Gold Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
Views: 10592 InvestorIntel
Mark Smith explains why niobium is the unsung hero of the metals industry
 
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NioCorp Developments Limited (TSX: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF | FSE: BR3) is developing North America's only niobium / scandium / titanium project. Located near Elk Creek, Nebraska, the Elk Creek Project is the highest grade niobium project in North America, as well as the largest prospective producer of scandium in the world. NioCorp is positioned to emerge as the United States' only producer of niobium and scandium. These elements are unique and valuable superalloy materials that are strategic and critical to many industries and national defense technologies. No new niobium mines have come into production since 1976. Three years ago, Geoscience Australia combined and averaged all the “critical metals” lists (compiled by the United States, Britain, the European Commission, Japan and South Korea) and found that niobium rated the seventh most critical metal in the world (after rare earths, gallium, indium, tungsten, platinum group metals and cobalt). April 26, 2016 -- Mark A. Smith, President, CEO and Chairman of NioCorp Developments, describes the primary uses of this critical – and technology – metal. “To me that is one of those unsung heroes in the metal industry is niobium,” he says in this explanation of what part niobium plays in today’s world. Its key role is providing strength to steel and, in so doing, means less steel has to be used – and when it comes to automobiles, for example, that extra lightness means big fuel savings. Those primary uses are: ◾Infrastructure and architecturally large buildings ◾The automobile industry, and ◾Providing strength and corrosion resistance in oil pipelines. Mark A. Smith: Niobium is one of those very special elements that a lot of people don’t really understand how much it’s used in today’s world. Let’s talk about its primary uses though. The very first use, about 45% of all the niobium used in the world today, is for infrastructure or architecturally large buildings. That’s because it provides the strength that you need for the steel, it lightens the steel and it makes it much easier to haul materials to the site. I mean, just think about the large bridge in France that was built, the largest suspension bridge in the world and because they used a niobium based steel they were able to reduce the weight of the steel and the concrete used to build that bridge by 60%. Just think of the cost savings for that project because you don’t have to haul all that heavy material onsite and the emissions that we save because of hauling those materials onsite … to access the full video, click here Disclaimer: NioCorp Developments Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
Views: 2704 InvestorIntel
Scythian CEO on the potential impact of cannabinoid drugs on traumatic brain injuries
 
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August 29, 2017 -- Jonathan Gilbert, CEO and Director, and David Schrader, COO of Scythian Biosciences Corp. (TSXV: SCYB) (“Scythian”) in an interview with InvestorIntel Senior Editor Peter Clausi discuss the cannabinoid drug Scythian has developed to treat traumatic brain injuries. David states the drug is for immediate use after impact “to try and prevent” continuing brain damage, tissue damage from inflammation and any additional damage from the body’s own immune response. Scythian has partnered with the “world renowned” University of Miami Medical Center, who will be completing the preclinical and clinical testing of Scythian’s cannabinoid drug. Peter Clausi: Today we are discussing Scythian Biosciences Corp., a biotech company doing research in the cannabinoid space. Could you tell us something about the company? David Schrader: This company started out in the medical marijuana field in Canada, and has a license application pending. About 2 years ago we changed into the drug development sector where we are focusing on drugs that are marijuana related, cannabinoids and we have one drug currently in testing at the University of Miami. Peter Clausi: What drug are you testing? David Schrader: We are testing a drug...It is a combination drug for traumatic brain injury. Whenever somebody gets a head injury, aside from the initial impact, there is a lot of tissue damage that happens after the actual injury. Peter Clausi: This is what the NFL, CFL and the NHL have been addressing with their concussion protocols. Is that right? David Schrader: It is, but a lot of the focus on the football arena really is the cumulative effect, CTE, that take place over a long period of time. Our drug is focused on immediately after an impact to try and prevent continuing brain damage that occurs, tissue damage from inflammation and from the body’s own immune response immediately after an injury. Peter Clausi: You mentioned you are doing research with the University of Miami. Why Miami? David Schrader: University of Miami Medical Center and the hospital have an amazing staff. They have a division that actually is world renowned, one of the top couple in the country that focuses on brain and spinal cord injuries. We have a team of some of the top doctors in the country who are specialists in different areas relating to brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Disclaimer: Scythian Bioscience Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
Views: 12589 InvestorIntel
Expert Jennetta on the real truth of the global uranium market
 
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March 27, 2018 – "The current truth of the uranium market is, it is an incredibly tough space. It is incredibly misunderstood. For the average investor trying to find out exactly what is going on is like a needle in a haystack. It is hard." states Andrea Jennetta, President and Founder of International Nuclear Associates Inc., in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Peter Clausi. Peter Clausi: You are one of the global uranium experts on the real market, not on all the noise around the market.  Andrea Jennetta: That is correct. Peter Clausi: How did you get to be here?  Andrea Jennetta: I got to be here by hook, by crook, by clawing, by scraping, by starting my own company, having my own vision and wanting to tell the truth about the uranium market, good, bad, ugly. Peter Clausi: What is your current truth in the uranium market? Andrea Jennetta: The current truth of the uranium market is it is an incredibly tough space. It is incredibly misunderstood. For the average investor trying to find out exactly what is going on is like a needle in a haystack. It is hard. Peter Clausi: Earlier this week Kazakhstan was here at PDAC talking about supplying the Chinese with as much uranium as China wants. What is your take on that? Andrea Jennetta: China is Kazatomprom’s number one customer. When we talk about Kazakhstan we need to understand the difference between Kazatomprom . . . Peter Clausi: Which is the government owned agency. Andrea Jennetta: That is right; and the country. The country itself is the leading producer of uranium in the world. It has several mining operations, most of which are run and managed with western companies, except for Uranium One, which is now owned by the Russians. Cameco is in there. Kazatomprom itself . . . Peter Clausi: The difference between the country and the marketing arm Andrea Jennetta: Yes, I think that is very important. With respect to a marketing arm they do not have one. That is a myth. China is their biggest customer. Most of the material that Kazatomprom is entitled to through these joint ventures goes to China. Peter Clausi: Kazakhstan number one. Who is number two? Andrea Jennetta: That would be Canada. Peter Clausi: What is happening in Canada? Go Canada, Cigar Lake! Andrea Jennetta: What is happening in Canada is incredibly interesting and perhaps, dare I say it, possibly risky. Peter Clausi: How so? Andrea Jennetta: Risk is not a word that you normally associate with Cameco. However, Cameco decided in November 2017 to shut down McArthur River thereby taking 18 million pounds out of the market immediately. They want to get prices higher. The only way to get prices higher is to take away demand. Peter Clausi: Basic capitalism; supply and demand curve. Andrea Jennetta: Absolutely. Cigar Lake continues to produce; the problem though is that Cameco also cut its capex, its development capex to almost zero. Peter Clausi: There are risks in the pipeline. Andrea Jennetta: Absolutely. If they cannot expand Cigar Lake fast enough to meet their own delivery commitments who knows what is going to happen? Peter Clausi: Now one of the largest consumers of uranium in the world is the United States. Yet it only produces 5% of its needs. Andrea Jennetta: Yes that is correct. Peter Clausi: You have some sovereign risk there. They are not in control of their own destiny...to access the complete interview, click here
Views: 4516 InvestorIntel
Search Minerals CEO at #CTMS2017 on becoming the next North American Rare Earth Supplier
 
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June 28, 2017 -- In a recent presentation at InvestorIntel’s 6th Annual Technology Metals Summit, Greg Andrews, President and CEO of Search Minerals Inc. (TSXV: SMY) delivered a presentation titled “Search Minerals Reaches Another Milestone to Becoming the next North American Rare Earth Supplier”. Addressing industry and investors alike, Greg provides an overview of their milestone-based financing strategy, where money is raised on a step-by-step basis. Located in Southeast Labrador, Canada, Greg also discusses the community and government support that comes from working in the district.
Views: 5416 InvestorIntel
John McKimm of SEB on the $81 Billion Employee Health Benefits Processing Industry
 
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November 6, 2017 -- John McKimm, CEO, CIO, President and Director of Smart Employee Benefits Inc. (TSXV: SEB) (“SEB”) in an interview with InvestorIntel Senior Editor, Jeff Wareham discuss their software technology solutions for offices to process and track health benefits of its employees. The employee health benefits processing industry is over $81 billion this year alone and is a huge market opportunity for SEB. John states the sector grows 4-8% annually and explains how for every dollar spent, $0.10 goes towards processing costs. Citing many health benefit processes presently being utilized as “old and archaic”, John explains the competitive advantage of SEB’s technology which includes processing software with more automation, efficiency in fraud identification processing and better overall analytics for employers. Jeff Wareham: Why should an investor want to own Smart Employee Benefits today? John McKimm: Smart Employee Benefits has invested heavily in its technology solutions over the last 6½ years. We have got over $30 million invested and we have launched those solutions in the marketplace. A big chunk of our business is pretty stable; grows 10% to 15% a year. The big growth area for us is the back office processing for health benefits. That is a massive market opportunity. It grows 4-8% a year regardless of the economy and you have got over $0.10 of every dollar spent in that sector goes to pay for back office processing. That market this year is over $81 billion dollars, which is a huge processing revenue base to go after. Jeff Wareham: What is the growth opportunity in that market? John McKimm: In Canada there is somewhere over 25 million individuals that have health benefits. It is a huge market opportunity. It is a diverse market. That technology that is deployed in managing the back office environment is old, archaic. Our opportunity is technology that will provide a lot more automation, a lot more reporting fraud identification, better analytics for our client base, allow them to make better decisions on the billions of dollars that they are spending on health benefits. Disclaimer: Smart Employee Benefits Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
Views: 13609 InvestorIntel
NextSource at #CTMS2017 presents "Delivering the World’s Next Source of High Quality Flake Graphite"
 
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June 28, 2017 -- In a recent presentation at InvestorIntel’s 6th Annual Cleantech & Technology Metals Summit (#CTMS2017), Brent Nykoliation, Senior Vice President of NextSource Materials Inc. (TSX: NEXT | OTCQB: NSRC) delivered a presentation titled, “Delivering the World’s Next Source of High Quality Flake Graphite”. Addressing industry and investors alike, Brent provides an overview of, “one of the largest graphite properties in the world,” the Molo Graphite Project in Madagascar. Brent also highlights how the plant’s modular design will affect the project’s capital expenditure (CapEx).
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Signature Resources Hunts for Gold
 
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May 24, 2017 -- John Leliever, a multi-generation prospector and the Founder of Signature Resources Ltd. (TSXV: SGU | OTCQB: SGGTF) in an interview with InvestorIntel CEO Tracy Weslosky discuss the origins of Signature’s Lingman Lake property. John goes through the history of discovery, the timeline for acquiring the land and goes onto add “this will probably be my best success story, maybe until retirement.” Tracy Weslosky: John you are a shareholder and a founder of Signature Resources. We brought you in today for something interesting. We want to talk to you has a prospector. John Leliever: Very proud of that title. Tracy Weslosky: How did you find the Signature Resources property and how did you put this deal together? John Leliever: Finding the property was by chance up in Timmins; right place, right time. The property was introduced to me back in 2003. The property’s been on my radar since 2003. I was in a position to put the financial package to acquire the property together in 2010 and introduced it to a small little public company called Signature Resources. Tracy Weslosky: I’d like to disclose here that I personally am a shareholder at this time of Signature Resources. It was you, John, who got me interested in Signature. There’s gold everywhere in Canada, and with all these gold exploration companies out there, can you tell me what makes Signature competitive for shareholders looking for a gold exploration property? John Leliever: That’s a good question because that’s the challenge in developing a junior exploration property, gold property. It was the prompting of Walter Hanych doing his research back in 2003 saying that this property has the opportunity to develop into a big gold camp one day. As a prospector, third generation, that’s something that’s very exciting so I pursued it. I think this is going to be one of Canada’s next big gold camps…to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: Signature Resources Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel
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Dr. Richard Spencer on the rising uranium market?
 
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June 26, 2018 – "The uptick has been in the last couple of weeks. There is a certain excitement in the market. It started late last year with Cameco and the Kazaks taking almost 15% of world production off the market. Since then there have been a couple of other transactions that have taken about 30% of uranium supply off the market. The market is just starting to react. For the first time we are starting to see an uptick in the uranium price that I think is going to be sustainable." States Dr. Richard Spencer, CEO, President and Director of U3O8 Corp. (TSX: UWE | OTCQB: UWEFF), in an interview with InvestorIntel Corp. CEO Tracy Weslosky. Tracy Weslosky: Richard, I was noticing, when we were doing some analysis this last week, what seems to be an uptick of interest in uranium. I think you had mentioned to me previously that you have seen a turnaround happen over the last several months. Can you talk to us about this?  Richard Spencer: Tracy it is less than that. The uptick has been in the last couple of weeks. There is a certain excitement in the market. It started late last year with Cameco and the Kazaks taking almost 15% of world production off the market. Since then there have been a couple of other transactions that have taken about 30% of uranium supply off the market. The market is just starting to react. For the first time we are starting to see an uptick in the uranium price that I think is going to be sustainable.  Tracy Weslosky: Why? We have waited 4 or 5 years. I have been a closeted uranium bull. Actually, I have not been that big of a closeted uranium bull. Why now? We know there is a shortage for uranium. Why recently? It is a geopolitical issue or what is making this happen?  Richard Spencer: I think part of it is a geopolitical thing. I think the U.S. is recognizing that it imports 93% of its uranium. We are starting to hear the U.S. talk about the strategic side of its power grid needing reliable baseload power without increasing the carbon footprint. It is reliability of the power that is driving that move in the U.S. and Trump’s administration is saying, hey we need reliable power in this country and we cannot have these nuclear power stations shutting down. Bellefonte, they just got approval to go ahead with the construction of their power plant or continue with the power plant in the U.S., which it is just huge news...to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: U3O8 Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Weslosky with "the Wolf of Weed St." on marijuana stocks
 
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November 11, 2014 — In a very special InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews “the Wolf of Wall Street” on the investment opportunities in the evolving marijuana and hemp markets. Tracy Weslosky: Today I have the pleasure of speaking to the Wolf of Weed Street. I think you are the publisher and founder of MarijuanaStocks.com as well, yes? The Wolf: Yes. Tracy Weslosky: We are delighted to have you because I have all of these investors that are self-directed accredited investors, very large United States American audience, Canadian, Australian and European and they want to get involved in the medicinal marijuana blossoming market, but they don't even know where to start. Where do we start? The Wolf: Where do we start? I guess we can start at the beginning. You know, with any investment you're always looking for the trends. In marijuana the trend seems to be that the picks and shovels will win the battle. What I always tell investors is to take a step back and really look at the ancillary businesses that are attached to marijuana. As you know, we just had an election so you had Oregon, Alaska and D.C. going. Florida didn't unfortunately. I think you're going to see a residual effect that companies that supply grow lights, companies that supply agricultural products, water, power, all of those are going to be, you know, very big topics and very good investments for people moving forward. Tracy Weslosky: Alright. Well, my audience is going to want to know what publically listed companies are currently on your hot list. The Wolf: Well, today actually--- the last week I was looking at Tweed, which is actually, you know, a Canadian company. They've been doing very well. I'm looking at some of the other Canadian companies cause they're not seeing the impact of the elections and the ballots in the States. I'm looking Supreme Pharmaceuticals as one, Abattis, Affinor. I'm just looking at pretty much right now the Canadian companies because they're not being affected by the emotion in the United States right now in the last couple of days. In the United States though I am looking at a couple of plays. I'm looking at Stevia, which is STEV and that's a hemp play. I think hemp is going to be one of those products going into the future that everybody's going to jump on. Tracy Weslosky: Alright. I just want to jump you back and mention to you that we're following Grow Pros because they're utilizing cannacash to make wise investments at acquiring some of these companies right now during the growth period. Have you heard of this company? The Wolf of Weed Street: What's the symbol? Tracy Weslosky: Grow Pros is MZO on the CSE. I noticed you have some CSE coverage as well. The Wolf of Weed Street: Yes. I actually have spoken with the guys from MZO. Yeah, actually I have them on my ticker -- was put through to them by a mutual friend. It's like I told them, they have to really crack into the market and get off of the graze before the United States becomes really interested in the story. It's all about narrative. Right now, especially in the marijuana sector, if you're in the graze, you're dead in the water, you know? All the volume is going to come from us unfortunately. Tracy Weslosky: Well, I hear you and I think you've made a couple critical points, which I hope our audience will hear…for the rest of the interview, click here
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Nano One’s Dan Blondal on the evolving cobalt free solid-state battery
 
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February 21, 2018 -- “There is lots more to come. Some of the partners we are working with, some of the agreements we are working on will certainly bring value to the table.” – states Dan Blondal, CEO of Nano One Materials Corp. (TSXV: NNO) (“Nano One”) in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Jeff Wareham. Jeff Wareham: Welcome back to InvestorIntel. I am joined again today by Dan Blondal who is with Nano One Technologies. Dan you guys have had a very, very exciting past month. Announcements in lithium around your cathode stuff. Personally, what I want to hear about is your cobalt-free battery announcement. What is a solid-state battery? Dan Blondal: A solid state battery gets rid of the liquid electrolyte in the lithium-ion battery, which is the flammable part of the battery actually and replaces it with glass or a ceramic material between the two electrodes. It allows the manufacturer to put a very ultrathin anode on it so it actually halves the size of the battery, makes it safer, costs come down and energy goes up. It is a very attractive architecture for batteries; very much next generation. We are not going to see them for probably 2 to 5 years in the marketplace, but we are really thrilled to be involved with it. Jeff Wareham: It sounds like with what is going on the cobalt market there is going to be a lot of interest in anything where you can eliminate that from the process. What do you think? Dan Blondal: I absolutely think so. We are working on both cobalt containing materials and cobalt-free materials. Our cobalt-free high voltage spinel is particularly applicable to solid state batteries so it is a natural fit there. Jeff Wareham: Is this primarily going to be an automotive application, or would there be other places where that battery could be used as well? Dan Blondal: Anywhere the energy density and that would be portable electronics. Anything where the density and the weight and the thickness of the battery has consumer battery so that would be so that would be in electric vehicles, consumer electronics, tools, anything like that. Jeff Wareham: So, a direct competitor of the lithium-ion space? Dan Blondal: Well, it is still a lithium-ion battery actually. The cathode materials are pretty much the same. You are still inserting lithium-ions back and forth in the battery. It is still considered a lithium-ion battery just that you are replacing that liquid component with a solid component….to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: Nano One Materials Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Elcora’s Dr. Ian Flint on Tesla’s challenge to find graphite
 
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September 12, 2014 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews Dr. Ian Flint, VP of processing and Refining at Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA), about some of the misconceptions that investors have about graphite. Tracy Weslosky: Today I have the privilege of speaking to one of the most world-renowned experts on graphite, Dr. Ian Flint. How are you today? DR. IAN FLINT: I'm very good. Thank you very much. TW: Dr. Flint, there are is so many misconceptions out there on graphite right now I don't even know where to begin. How about we start with the famous flake size? Does flake size matter? DR. IAN FLINT: Yes. There's the short answer. The long answer is that there is a trough in the middle and on both ends worth more money, which means as you go from a middle point of about 100 microns and go larger you value increases. As you go smaller, your value increases so yes it matters. TW: Alright. Then, of course, we have different types of graphite so for instance, Sri Lankan graphite or the unusually fine that Zenyatta has. Can you speak to this type of graphite; these different types? DR. IAN FLINT: There's no difference between them. They're both vein type. They're both geothermal. The difference is in basically the speed at which they were formed, which means Zenyatta has a finer crystal size then Sri Lankan does. The Zenyatta was forming basically in a big pit whereas Sri Lanka is a lot of very fine veins. TW: We have a couple of companies that have spoken to us about how their graphite is better because it comes out of softer soil and that apparently the harder the rock that you pull the graphite out you actually destroy some of the graphite in the extraction process. Is this true? DR. IAN FLINT: Absolutely. TW: It is true? DR. IAN FLINT: Yes. TW: Okay. It's beneficial then if it's, I don't know, closer to the top of the surface and --- Talk to me a little bit about this. DR. IAN FLINT: Now what you're concerned about is preserving the crystal morphology or what the crystal looks like. The more crushing and grinding and processing you have to do the more you are going to affect that. If you have a graphite mine that you're basically just taking out the soil and the graphite is in the soil, you don't need to do any crushing and grinding and you preserve the crystal that much better. The opposite end of the scale is when you're mining just out of sinuous where you have silica interground into the graphite. You have the very easy to the very hard. To hear the rest of the interview, click here: http://youtu.be/KFfsZKMWVuI Disclaimer: Elcora Resources is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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NioCorp's Mark Smith on the rising global interest in superalloys scandium and niobium
 
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April 8, 2016 - In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Mark Smith President and Executive Chairman of NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX:NB | OTCQX:NIOBF | FSE:BR3) about their successful CAD$11.5 million raise in support of the Elk Creek super alloys initiatives. They also discuss the merits of the project, sustainability and increased global market attention in NioCorp’s super alloys: scandium, scandium and titanium. Tracy Weslosky: Mark there’s been so much news with NioCorp lately and, I want to start with the fact that you managed to raise $11,500,000 recently for NioCorp with the leadership team and obviously with the super alloys that you have, can you tell us a little bit more about this? Mark A. Smith: It was very difficult because of the market conditions at the time, but as I’ve said before, this project speaks for itself. When you let people kno¬¬¬w the facts of this project, the wonderful world-class resource we have out in the southeast corner of Nebraska, the people that want to work for this company and we’ve hired to really run this project to ground and get up and operating, it’s very compelling and people support it. They’ve proven once again that when we need to raise money to continue the efforts on the feasibility study they’re there to support it and it’s because they really believe in the project. Tracy Weslosky: You just put out a recent announcement, about the super alloys that NioCorp has. You’ve got the scandium, niobium and titanium. I’d love it if I you give our InvestorIntel audience an update on what NioCorp actually has, the advantage. Mark A. Smith: Well, the advantage is, again, you start with ore grade. You know, that’s one of those things you learn early on in the mining industry, ore grade is king. Well, we’ve got very good ore grades for all three of those elements in our deposit. We’ve got a fantastic location. I mean the people in southeast Nebraska -- you couldn’t ask for better support. We’ve got a town hall that we’ve announced for next week that’s coming up and it’s oversubscribed by the local citizens. The little town of Elk Creek has about 110 people in it. We have 275 people already registered and RSVP’d for this town hall because the entire local community supports it and they want to know what’s going on. About every 6 to 8 months we try to do a town hall so all part of that open communication and honesty with the local people. They respect it, we respect them and we’re working well together. Tracy Weslosky: Well, in addition, of course, to having community support for your project, the industry is watching you very closely. There’s quite a bit of buzz actually about scandium. Would you mind talking to us about the supply and demand issues related to scandium because, you know, we’re finding that we’re getting a lot of inquiries about this right now? Mark A. Smith: It’s a really exciting part of the project. We still consider niobium to be our base material, great foundation for any project because it’s a very good ore grade and it’s a very stable price for this material so banks are supportive, investors are supportive…to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: NioCorp Developments Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Demand exceeds supply by 20% in “explosive” vanadium market
 
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March 27, 2017 -- Mark Smith, President, CEO, and Director of Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX: LGO | OTCQB: LGORF) in an interview with InvestorIntel’s CEO Tracy Weslosky to discuss the economics and applications of vanadium. The supply of vanadium is 20% lower than the demand for it - “We are virtually on the edge of something very explosive”, says Mark about the metal’s price in response to a rise in demand. Vanadium is a reinforcing super metal and steel is the largest market for it. But because of their top tier product, Largo can tap into the higher end applications (aeronautics for example) at a premium price. Mark can be seen as the keynote speaker at the Cleantech and Technology Metals Summit on May 15-16, in Toronto. Tracy Weslosky: For everybody out there, the reason we’re talking to Mark today is because he’s the CEO of one of the only vanadium producers in the world. Today we’re going to talk to you about vanadium. Mark Smith: Perfect. I love to talk about vanadium. Tracy Weslosky: Well, Mark I actually love vanadium myself. If you could just start real quickly with an introduction to vanadium for those out there that are new to this super metal. Mark Smith: Vanadium is a super metal. Bottom line is it makes steel stronger. Over 50% of the vanadium in the world is used in rebar. I always like to say that cause I think people need to be able to, kind of, touch and feel in their own minds what vanadium actually does. It’s primarily used in rebar and it is used to strengthen steel. It’s in a lot of the car bodies and chassis. It’s in tools because you have to have a very strong tool to do chipping or chiseling or something like that or a hammer. Those are the primary uses and it’s got all kinds of specialty applications as well. A lot of it depends on purity levels of your vanadium. That’s the story right now I think is purity levels. Tracy Weslosky: I think the story would also be the increase in the price for vanadium. Yes? Mark Smith: Yeah. It’s more than doubled in less than 12 months. If you take a look at the supply and demand fundamentals in the world right now it would appear as if supply is about 20% below the demand level. That’s making very conservative assumptions on the demand level. If there’s any little uptick in demand at all, that spread just becomes worse and worse. You couple that supply and demand information with inventory information, which we’ve been plotting for 10 to 15 years now, and the inventory information suggests that we’ve been digging into inventory to meet the difference between supply and demand for over 6 years now, it’s our opinion that there’s very little inventory in the world…to access the full interview, click here Disclaimer: Largo Resources Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel
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Farquharson confirms coming cobalt deficit, outlines Formation's mine timeline
 
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Formation Metals Inc. (TSX: FCO OTCQX: FMETF FWB: FOQ) is a Canadian mineral exploration and mine development company that through its wholly owned subsidiaries has interests in base and precious metals and uranium projects in Canada, United States and Mexico. The company's primary asset, located in the mining friendly state of Idaho, is the 100% owned, fully-permitted Idaho Cobalt Project which is comprised of the mine and mill near Salmon, Idaho, and the proposed Cobalt Production Facility for refining mine concentrate. The mine site is now prepared to commence underground development contingent on successful conclusion of mine financing. As InvestorIntel readers well know, the availability of cobalt for batteries is complicated by the looming shortage of the metal and the competing demand for it. While projections for 2018 show that battery chemicals will require 49% of cobalt output, the metal is also needed for superalloys, hard metals, ceramics and pigments, catalysts, tyres and paint dryers, electroplating, animal feed, synthetic diamonds and other battery technologies. May 5, 2016 – In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with J.Paul Farquharson, President and CEO of Formation Metals Inc. In this interview, Paul outlines: ◾The advances made in metallurgical work ◾How Formation owns the only primary cobalt mine in the Western Hemisphere, and only one of two in the world ◾The timeline to production as a cobalt deficit looms Tracy Weslosky: Paul I rarely have a situation where all my editors and analysts all kind of crowd around me and say you have to follow this story. We have to write more about Formation Metals and you’re certainly an example of this. Last month for instance your stock was up +80% proving that, again, my analysts and editors know what they’re talking about. Can you tell me why your stock did as well as it did? Paul Farquharson: Well, I think Tracy, you know, there’s a lot of different factors there, but we have been, kind of, trying to get the word out lately about the company. We’ve just finished a lot of metallurgical test work. That work is done now so we can prove that we can make a product from our actual ore itself and the Prospectors and Developers Association it happened just a little while ago so we were really out talking about the company and making things happen. Tracy Weslosky: Well, of course, you had a corporate update. This corporate update — I’ve seen a lot of companies put out corporate updates that do not get as good of a response as yours did. You did earlier in March. Of course, the metallurgic studies that you were talking about, I was reading it included a final high purity cobalt salts results. Can you help me understand what this means? Paul Farquharson: Well, the metallurgical work is feasibility level metallurgical work and that’s where we’re heading toward, a feasibility study. What we did, we actually took our own ore from our project in Salmon, Idaho and we delivered it to Hazen Engineering in Denver and Hazen made a concentrate from our ore. Then once you have a concentrate it goes to Cytec. Cytec are the ones that provide us with the reagents. They hit it with the reagents and they make a pregnant leach solution, which once again is our ore. That solution then gets shipped to General Electric because they have the crystallizers and we made an ultrapure cobalt chemical, cobalt sulfate heptahydrate, which is used in the battery industry. It was proof that on a bench test level we could go from our ore to a final ultrapure product. That’s very huge for us and the company. To access this interview, click here. Disclaimer: Formation Metals Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Nemaska CEO on becoming a new supplier to the emerging Lithium Ion battery markets
 
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June 28, 2017 -- In a recent presentation at InvestorIntel’s 6th Annual Cleantech & Technology Metals Summit (#CTMS2017), Guy Bourassa, President, CEO and Director of Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX: NMX | OTCQX: NMKEF) delivered a presentation titled, “Becoming a New Lithium Supplier to Emerging Lithium Ion Battery Markets”. Addressing industry and investors alike, Guy provides an overview of their Nemaska Property in Quebec, Canada. Guy takes the CTMS2017 audience on a mine-to-final-product tour of the Whabouchi Mine in Nemaska, Quebec, and the Hydromet Plant in Shawinigan, Quebec.
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Lifton says Ucore's rare earth technology will be innovative and disruptive
 
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April 26, 2016 -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU | OTCQX: UURAF | FSE: U9U) is a development-phase company focused on rare metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies. On March 3, 2015, Ucore announced the right to acquire a controlling ownership interest in the exclusive rights to IBC SuperLig® technology for rare earths and multi-metallic tailings processing applications in North America and associated world markets. The company has a 100% ownership stake in Bokan- Dotson Ridge, the highest-grade heavy rare earth project within the United States, and with the emphasis being on the dysprosium, terbium and yttrium content. Last week, in Part 1 of a special interview, InvestorIntel spoke with technology metals advisor Jack Lifton, who explained how SuperLig® technology made Ucore “the company to beat” in the non-Chinese tech metals refining space. Now, in this second part, Jack elaborates on those points and talks about ◾The “culling of the herd” – how only the real REE companies are left ◾How it will be possible to recycle rare metals just as we do copper, lead and platinum ◾How Ucore can make Western industrial nations competitive in the rare earth sector Jack Lifton: Ucore’s output product in the rare earth area is immediately of great interest to the great industrial nations; the United States, Germany, Japan, Korea. None of them is currently producing rare earths from mines or processing rare earths in any way. Every one of them - added together 50% at least of the world’s rare earths go to those four nations. That’s your market. The industrialized nations for - majority of course for consumer devices, but a significant minority for military. There are two ways to look at the demand for rare earth permanent magnets or the materials to make them and we’re – the reason I mention we’re at permanent magnets, they’re the overwhelming majority of end use of rare earths. There are two reasons to be optimistic. One is that China is using more and more of these materials every year and simply cannot produce enough to meet its own demand. But better than that is that there is no source of these materials for the rest of the world, none. What’s the demand? The demand is will people continue to buy cell phones? Will people continue to buy automobiles, washing machines, vacuum cleaners? Every one of them uses rare earth permanent magnets. They’re manufactured in the United States, Germany, Japan, Korea. That’s where they’re really manufactured. Those nations produce most of them. Those nations do not have domestic supply or domestic self sufficiency. You are bringing to the market a competitive edge for the western industrial nations. As an American, I’m proud to say you’re going to be in Utah and it’s going to help us get back to being self sufficient in production of consumer goods which we cannot be without plants like yours...to access the complete video, click here Disclaimer: Ucore Rare Metals Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Scandium, the 'spice' metal that enhances the qualities of alloys and new technologies
 
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March 12, 2013 -- In a ProEdgeWire special focus interview, Tracy Weslosky interviews Andrew Gillies, CEO of Metallica Minerals (ASX: MLM) on scandium. The #2 critical mineral, scandium "It is very difficult to buy scandium, hence the prices are going up. Obviously there is a lot of activity in the fuel cell sector...depending on the quantity and the purity it can be between $3000 and $7000 a kilogram." Scandium is the eighth rarest element on Earth (it can offer appear in meteorites) and it is powerful refiner of particles, which when added to aluminum alloys increases its strength and durability by 50% (almost twice as strong as aluminum series 6061 or 7005), in turn allowing for the use of less material to achieve the desired characteristics, translating to less weight. For an additional comparison, consider that if a carbon structure were to have the ability to withstand the same rigors as a scandium alloy, it would end up being heavier than the scandium structure itself. Scandium also increases stiffness and stress resistance when compared to alloys in the same class and it improves 'quality', durability, inhibiting the re-crystallization of aluminum alloys showing improved resistance to hot cracking during welding. Disclaimer: Metallica Minerals is a member of ProEdgeWire.
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Talga Taking Strides to be World’s Largest Graphene Producer
 
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Mark Thompson, Managing Director of Talga Resources Ltd. (ASX: TLG) in an interview with InvestorIntel Editor Peter Clausi discuss a unified graphite/graphene supply chain. The Australian company is autonomous at every step from deposit to final product. Sourced from north Sweden, the graphitic carbon is unconventionally processed at a pilot plant in Germany. Mark details the processing technique and discusses test results from graphene infused concrete. Peter Clausi: I’ve been interested in talking with you since I saw you were on the list. Talga has been up to a very lot over the past year. Mark Thompson: Yeah. We’re starting to hit some straps on our graphene developments and some of the other things we’ve had on the background. The cobalt is starting to come into its own of course. Peter Clausi: So let’s do big picture. You have your own deposit and you have your own R&D departments and you have your own end-users that you’re targeting. Tell us about your deposits first. Mark Thompson: The deposits; we’ve got about 25 deposits. Three are JORC resource status and one of them, our flagship project, has got an average grade of 25.5%. These are in north Sweden. Peter Clausi: That’s graphite? Mark Thompson: Yeah. That’s graphitic carbon for graphite. That’s in north Sweden. Then about a couple of years ago we set up a test plant because we’ve got a really different way of processing the ore. We’ve got a pilot plant basically running down in Germany to make the materials and scale up the process. Peter Clausi: You mean you have a different kind of processing technique? Mark Thompson: Yeah so we actually cut the ore. We don’t drill and blast. We actually cut the ore out in blocks, which are --- Because our ore is so conductive straight out of the ground it’s like an electrode so we actually use electricity to break the ore down to atoms rather than crushing and grinding. Peter Clausi: Okay. Mark Thompson: Obviously that’s fairly new to scale up. Normally there’s lots of electrode processors, but normally you’re keeping them going, you’re not destroying them. We’re doing that. We’ve been trial mining for 2 years. We’ve been processing the material on a bigger scale. About mid last year we announced a product development strategy…to access the full interview, click here Disclaimer: Talga Resources Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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#CTMS2017 panel on the cobalt bull market
 
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June 13, 2017 -- In a recent panel, from InvestorIntel’s 6th Annual Technology Metals Summit, moderated by Tracy Weslosky, CEO of InvestorIntel Corp., the following people spoke on the topic “The Cobalt Bull Market”: - Monty Sutton, Corporate Development for eCobalt Solutions Inc. (TSX: ECS | OTCQB: ECSIF) - Peter Clausi, CEO, President and Director of CBLT Inc. (TSXV: CBLT) - Christopher Ecclestone, European Editor for InvesotrIntel Corp. - Mark Thompson, Managing Director of Talga Resources Ltd. (ASX: TLG) - Jack Lifton, Jack Lifton LLC
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U308 CEO on the gradual strengthening of the uranium market
 
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March 28, 2018 – "I think that what happened in December last year with both Kazakhstan and Cameco taking supply off the market that was just huge. I do not think people understand quite the extent of that cutback." States Dr. Richard Spencer, CEO, President and Director of U3O8 Corp. (TSX: UWE | OTCQB: UWEFF), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Andy Gaudry. Andy Gaudry: What is the chat about the uranium market at PDAC this year?  Richard Spencer: I think the chat is that we are through the bottom of the market. I think that what happened in December last year with both Kazakhstan and Cameco taking supply off the market that was just huge. I do not think people understand quite the extent of that cutback. If we apply it to the zinc market, when the zinc in 2015 had been in the doldrums, a declining market for a long time, one of the big producing companies, Glencore, took 3½% of world supply off the market. It did not have a dramatic impact on the zinc market at the time. It was just a gradual rise, but looking back at the zinc market that was the bottom of the market. I think that we are going to look back on the 2017 in the uranium market and see that those cuts by those two big producers they did define the bottom of the market. I think that we are through it. People are talking about the amount of uranium inventory that there is above ground. The old adage is that a bull market climbs all of worry and I think that we are going to see a gradual strengthening of the uranium market from December 2017.  Andy Gaudry: How is the market going to be affected now with Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin going head-to-head?  Richard Spencer: That is a real interesting question. I think that it is bizarre that we have Russia that controls or is very friendly with two-thirds of the suppliers or the suppliers of two-thirds of the world’s uranium. We have got the uranium market just trundling along ignoring this escalation of discussion between Russia and the U.S. If I were a U.S. utility knowing that my President instead of going toe-to-toe with someone who supplies or controls or is very friendly with the suppliers of two-thirds of the world’s production of X, I would start taking action. I would start building my own inventory to keep my reactor running. I think that is exactly what we will see happen in the uranium industry, but at the moment no one seems to care that the U.S. is upping the ante with the Russians or vice versa between the two of them. The ante is rising and the uranium market is doing absolutely nothing. It is absolutely bizarre. I think we are going to look back at this and say, why were not people reacting to this? I think they need to be reacting to it, which is good for the uranium suppliers. Andy Gaudry: Your company is operating in Argentina. How is that affecting the world markets? Richard Spencer: The Argentinians have a strong nuclear program. They have got 3 reactors, bit reactors that are operating. They are building another 2 and they are talking about building a sixth reactor as well. These are the big reactors. Their aim is to produce about 20% of their electricity from nuclear by 2025...to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: U3O8 Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Aurora Cannabis’ CEO on the impact of the Allard decision and the election on the Marihuana Industry
 
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September 22, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky, speaks Terry Booth, President, CEO and Director of Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CSE: ACB) on the two new Board members and securing the former executive director of the CMCIA for the Aurora management team. They also discuss how Aurora is positioned as rising leaders in the marihuana sector and what the Allard decision and elections will mean to the overall industry. Tracy Weslosky: Terry I noticed you had a big corporate update, but I also noticed that you keep attracting some of the leaders in the industry, a new brand manager, a couple of new board members. Can you tell us just a little bit more about this? Terry Booth: Adam Szweras joins us, Chuck Rifici, ex-CEO of Tweed and Neil Belot, he was an executive director of the CMCIA, association of LPs in Canada. Quite happy with the team we're assembling. Tracy Weslosky: Well, I think there's a lot of other companies looking at you because you seem to be attracting all the best and brightest. Could that be your personality or does it have to do with the actual story, which I'm assuming it does? Terry Booth: I'd like to say it's the personality, but it's not. It's the team we've assembled, it's the facility that we've built and I think it's the corporate vision that we have. Tracy Weslosky: And, of course, all of you out there who may not be familiar with Aurora Cannabis, can you just step back and give us an overview as you were one of the first facilities in Canada? Terry Booth: Yes. We're one of 26, I believe, licensed producers in the country out of 1,400 applicants. The facility itself is over 55,000 square feet. It's in a very tax friendly jurisdiction in Alberta. We're the very first facility in Canada built brand new from the ground up. We're ready to roll. We've got a license to produce. We've pulled over seven harvests in to our vault and looking forward to the sales. Tracy Weslosky: It's my understanding that you have some competitive advantages to this processing facility. Would you mind telling us what those are? Terry Booth: Sure. Well, building brand new, the flow of the facility itself is built for growing cannabis. There's tax advantages in Alberta with its corporate tax rates. We hope that remains the same. We're in a rural location in Alberta. We don't pay for our water, its mountain fed. There's farm tax credits in Alberta that a lot of provinces don't have and our power rates are the second lowest in the country and the lowest in the country when we get our discounts for deregulation. Tracy Weslosky: Of course, there's a lot happening in the marijuana sector in Canada right now. We have a major election and we also have the Allard decision. Can you give us some insight into both of these events? Terry Booth: On the election front both the opposing candidates have said they'll either decriminalize or legalize it. Either way the existing government is who we're answering to now. If it changes then it will only be good for us and we're poised to take on any increase in market. With respect to the Allard decision…to access the rest of the interview, click here Disclaimer: Aurora Cannabis Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel
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Jack Lifton's 'Most Likely to Succeed' Rare Earth Element Companies
 
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July 23, 2013 -- Tracy Weslosky, Publisher of InvestorIntel.com in an interview with Jack Lifton, Co-Founder of Tech Metals Research (TMR) discuss Jack's "...companies most likely to succeed..." in the rare earth element sector. Jack explains that the analysis and evaluation metrics for selecting industry leaders were based on "...their business model and management skills..." and went on to say that "the industry needs materials not promises." His work today is principally as a due-diligence consultant for institutional investors, looking into opportunities where rare and technology metals availability are a factor in determining the probability of commercial success of a metals-related venture. Jack is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.
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Orlee Wertheim on the TSX being the leading exchange for resource companies
 
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In a recent presentation at InvestorIntel’s 6th Annual Technology Metals Summit (#CTMS2017), Orlee Wertheim of TMX Group Limited (TSX: X) delivered a presentation titled, “A Capital Opportunity: A Global Market for Mining Companies”. Addressing industry and investors alike, Orlee provides an overview of trends seen amongst mining and technology companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSXV). Orlee also discusses the access to both capital and a global market that is gained by listing on the TSX and TSXV.
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Global mining expert Joseph Carrabba discusses NioCorp’s niobium project PEA results
 
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April 22, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) Director Joseph A. Carrabba on the recent positive Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) results for the Elk Creek niobium project, which includes both a world class titanium and scandium deposit. Mr. Carrabba who is also a Director for both Newmont Mining Corporation and TimkenSteel Corporation, also discusses the current technology metals market and how he is utilizing his extensive experience and knowledge in exploration and global mining operations to add significant value to the proficiency of the existing NioCorp team. Tracy Weslosky: You recently put out your PEA announcements, we would love your feedback on what these results mean. Joseph Carrabba: Thanks for the opportunity to talk to everybody and all of the shareholders and investors that are out there today. As a company we were excited to release the PEA. I will say this for Mark Smith, the CEO, and Peter Dickie, the President, they did not rush the PEA when they got to the final numbers, which I think is important for the investors to understand. There was a lot of time, even a little extraordinary time spent on the preliminary estimate before we go into feasibility. I know there may be some surprise around the capital number of a $900 million dollar, you know, plus number that goes with it, but in today's world that's the cost of doing business in the mineral and mining businesses today. Even with that it supports an extremely robust IRR of the14%-15% of before and after the NPV and taxes that go with it. I think particularly where the investor should focus on is it's a 36-year mine life. It has high grades of material, particularly for the ferro niobium and it's got an EBITDA of $177 million dollars. The cash is going to be strong through the remaining years. It's a long live project that goes with it and the economics, even at this point, with the high capital number that some people may have projected a little less, it's still an extremely strong project at this stage. Tracy Weslosky: With the Elk Creek project I noticed that the extraction cost for the niobium was quite competitive. I think some people may have stepped over that: would you like to speak to that? Joseph Carrabba: I would. I think you're exactly right. You know, with the grade that we've got of the 0.82%, which is a pretty high grade that we've got with it for the underground mine, when we step back and we only have to mine 3,700 tons a day, if you will, that's a pretty small underground mining operation. When you start shrinking that back into the scale of this project, so for the shaft development that we're going to put in, that's really or I think it makes us competitive to go with us. So, we've used the top mineral processing engineers in the world really for these processes, as well as the rare earth processes that follow on to go with it. Again, I think the team has done a great job driving the operating costs down. The fundamentals are high-grade, which every miner loves to have. It's hard to beat high-grade when you have that going in. The lower tonnage that that produces of that underground mine it helps shrink the size of the infrastructure. Tracy Weslosky: For all of the InvestorIntel audience members who may not appreciate, who I'm actually speaking to right now, you previously served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources and you're currently sitting on two very prominent boards, Newmont Mining and, of course, TimkenSteel. I have to ask you, what made you decide or elect to be on the Board for NioCorp – you must believe you have something really great here? To access, the rest of this interview, click here Disclaimer: NioCorp Developments Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Electrovaya and the lithium-ion battery: it has the technology and the production capacity
 
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June 20, 2016 -- Sankar Das Gupta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Electrovaya Inc. (TSX: EFL) presented at the 5th Annual Cleantech and Technology Metals Summit, held recently in Toronto. Electrovaya designs, develops and manufactures proprietary Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® 2.0 batteries, battery systems, and battery-related products for the clean transportation, smart grid power, consumer and healthcare markets. Electrovaya is based in Mississauga, Ontario. It has become a Canadian-German venture with the acquisition of Europe's gigafactory. In the video of the presentation, Sanka Das Gupta: ◾Says it will cost $16.5 trillion to cut global pollution. ◾Cites estimates that the lithium-ion battery market could equal in size the pharmaceutical sector. Electric buses alone are expected to be a $30 billion market by 2026. ◾Outlines the combination required to succeed in the Li-ion business: Clear technological superiority, global production, focus and speed, and hyper growth by targeting multiple sectors. ◾Details those multiple sectors, from electric ferries, to power storage, to postal delivery vans. Electrovaya Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Galaxy Resources sees lithium demand remaining strong with electric storage booming
 
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May 25, 2016 -- Galaxy Resources Ltd (ASX: GXY) presented at the recent CleanTech and Technology Metals Summit held in Toronto on May 10-11th. In his presentation, Managing Director Anthony Tse explained Galaxy's duel strategy of having both hard rock and brine lithium assets — and ones spread over multiple locations (Australia, Quebec and Argentina). In this video presentation, Anthony Tse highlights his own company's achievements — such as reducing debt from about A$200 million to about $20 million — and gives a valuable insight into the global lithium market. He explains ◾That electric transportation is more than about electric cars ◾How China has switched from being a price-taker to a price-setter ◾The present structure of lithium prices ◾The future trajectory for lithium-based batteries in electricity storage For more information, email [email protected] Disclaimer: Galaxy Resources Ltd is an advertorial client for InvestorIntel Corp.
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George Glasier on the uranium and vanadium market
 
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March 16, 2018 – "What is going on just recently in the U.S. is a petition filed under the section of the law, the same that the U.S. steel and aluminum producers just apparently got some relief under. That has been filed on behalf of the uranium industry in the U.S. That is the political issue that is yet to be determined, but if that happens and that is successful, you are going to see, in my opinion, two tier pricing pretty soon where U.S. uranium could be worth 2 to 3 times the world price." states George Glasier, President, CEO and Director of Western Uranium Corporation (CSE: WUC | OTCQX: WSTRF), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Jeff Wareham. Jeff Wareham: George is not only the President and CEO of Western Uranium, but really quite widely recognized as being an expert in both the uranium and vanadium spaces in North America. George what is your thought on the state of the uranium market? It has been pretty tough for a long time.  George Glasier: That is right. Ever since Fukushima we have seen the price decline to probably the lowest in dollars that it has been maybe ever. If you take the low prices we had back in the eighties and nineties and bring that up for inflation, we are probably at a low, but that could change. It is expected to change, but when is the big question. Jeff Wareham: Any of the political things going on right now do you think could impact that market?  George Glasier: There are things that have gone on already that will impact the market given time. The Cameco cutback of production, the Kazakhs announcing they are cutting back, those things are going to influence the market. How long it takes, a year, two, three. What is going on just recently in the U.S. is a petition filed under the section of the law, the same that the U.S. steel and aluminum producers just apparently got some relief under. That has been filed on behalf of the uranium industry in the U.S. That is the political issue that is yet to be determined, but if that happens and that is successful, you are going to see, in my opinion, two tier pricing pretty soon where U.S. uranium could be worth 2 to 3 times the world price. Jeff Wareham: Good stuff. Vanadium, it has performed a lot different than uranium recently. What are we seeing in the vanadium market and what do you see moving forward? George Glasier: A lot of that is in relation to the Chinese cutting back production of vanadium from their small steel mills. If that continues we have got an out of balance where we are consuming more vanadium than we are producing. That is what has driven the price up. Now that brings on new production. Maybe the Chinese come back in. The vanadium market, even though it has recovered nicely, I am not sure what the direction is in the next year or two because the Chinese have a big control of that market. If they think vanadium prices are too high they may turn on some of that shutdown production...to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: Western Uranium Corporation is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Izatt on how the SuperLig technology (and molecular recognition) is critical to green technology
 
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May 24, 2016 -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU | OTCQX: UURAF) partner IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. is a privately held corporation headquartered near Salt Lake City in American Fork, Utah. IBC was founded in 1988 by, and named after, three distinguished professors, Reed M. Izatt, Jerald S. Bradshaw, and the late James J. Christensen who possess prominent international reputations and experience in macrocyclic chemistry, selective metal ion separations, and Molecular Recognition Technology (MRT ). Large-scale MRT separation systems incorporate SuperLig® solid phase particles (~0.5mm) such as silica gel or polymer substrates to which the selective ligand has been chemically attached. The SuperLig® beads are packed into fixed-bed columns that are built in skid-mounted modular form, and are fully automated for continuous operation. The feed solution is passed through the column and the target specie is removed selectively from the solution. In this presentation at the CleanTech and Technology Metals Summit, held in Toronto on May 10-11th, Steven R. Izatt of IBC outlined ◾Development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity. ◾How these can strip off selected elements, e.g. dysprosium, and then the rare earth elements go to another column where another element is selected ◾Why this science is critical to green technology ◾And IBC’s relationship with Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU | OTCQX: UURAF) Disclaimer: Ucore Rare Metals Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Nano One CEO is “Changing how the World Makes Batteries” at #CTMS2017
 
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June 28, 2017 -- In a recent presentation at InvestorIntel’s 6th Annual Cleantech & Technology Metals Summit (#CMTS2017), Dan Blondal, CEO, Director and Founder of Nano One Materials Corp. (TSXV: NNO) delivered a presentation titled, “Changing how the World Makes Batteries”. Addressing industry and investors alike, Dan provides an overview of how Nano One aims to deliver a cost reduction of roughly 50%, “in terms of dollars per kilowatt hour in the battery materials themselves.” Dan also discusses how Nano One has simplified the typical industry cathode manufacturing process, leading to a cheaper and higher quality product.
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A Turning Point in the Nuclear Industry?
 
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January 3, 2018 -- 2017 was an extraordinary year for the uranium industry: against a backdrop of steadily increasing nuclear energy generation and uranium demand, the world’s largest and lowest-cost producers cut output to essentially eliminate the oversupply that has dogged the uranium market since the Fukushima meltdown almost seven years ago. Underscoring the fact that today’s uranium prices are too low for profitable production, the State-run uranium producer in Kazakhstan, that produces 40% of the world’s uranium and is the world’s lowest-cost producer, has set up a trading arm that will allow its uranium to be sold at higher prices. Electricity Generation from Nuclear World-wide nuclear electricity generation has been growing steadily since the post-Fukushima low reached in 2013 (Figure 1). 49 TetraWatt-hours (“TWh”) more power was generated from nuclear in 2017 than in 2016 - a year-over-year increase of 2%. Uranium prices appear to have finally bottomed (Figure 2) in response to these developments. Production Cuts to Lead to Supply Deficit in the Uranium Market The latter part of 2017 saw two of the largest uranium producers cut production that should result in supply falling short of demand in 2018 and beyond. In November, Cameco announced a production cut of 13.7 million pounds (“Mlbs”) of uranium in 2018, and a few weeks later, Kazatomprom followed suit with a cut of 10.4Mlbs in 2018 and 9Mlbs in 2019 and 2020. This means that supply will fall by 24.1Mlbs in 2018 – that is 17% of world uranium production. To put this in context, a similar supply cut in the oil industry would require removal of all USA and Canadian oil production from the market. Cameco also indicated that it may buy uranium in the spot market to fulfill its higher-priced term contracts – which should apply upward pressure on the uranium price. Kazatomprom Sets up Trading Arm Kazakhstan has an anticorruption law that stipulates that State organizations are required to sell their production in a transparent market – one in which purchase and sale prices are quoted openly. Compliance with this law means that Kazatomprom, the Kazakh state uranium company, is forced to sell most of its production in the spot market instead of the higher-priced term market in which the uranium price is negotiated privately between buyer and seller. By setting up the trading arm, Kazatomprom can comply with Kazakh law by selling to its trading arm in Switzerland at the spot-market price and the trading arm would then be free to negotiate a contract price with clients at term-market prices. This business structure should significantly increase Kazatomprom’s revenues and bottom line prior to its listing later in 2018. The End of the Bear Market in Uranium? The world’s largest and lowest-cost uranium producers signaling that it isn’t worth selling their production at current prices: doesn’t this mark the end of a bear market? Isn’t this what happened with Glencore cutting production in late 2015 to ignite the zinc market after five years in the doldrums? Disclaimer: U3O8 Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Clausi on the Cobalt Bull Market
 
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“60% of the world’s cobalt comes from the Congo, which has been suffering through a horrific war since the late 1990s. It’s called Africa’s War and over 6 million people have died there with the resulting geopolitical corruption and disruption of supply chain. As a result we have seen cobalt production fall out of the Congo…we must source this critical metal for the benefit of our modern world as cobalt is used in electric vehicles, nuclear reactors and even the smartphones we use every day.” --- Peter Clausi, CBLT Inc. Peter Clausi, President, CEO and Director of CBLT Inc. (TSXV: CBLT), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s CEO Tracy Weslosky discuss cobalt in the world. Cobalt has found its way into the hi-tech sectors of cell phone and electric vehicle batteries. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to find. Cobalt is a trace by-product of copper and nickel production and is rarely, if ever, found on its own. The blue metal is currently sitting at $25 per pound as one of the top moving metals on the London Metal Exchange (LME). Peter will be discussing the world of cobalt in more detail at InvestorIntel’s 6th annual CleanTech and Technology Metals Summit on Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th (CTMS2017.com)… Disclaimer: CBLT Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Mark Smith on Largo raising $26.8 million for the only pure producer of vanadium in the world
 
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April 1, 2016 - In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Mark Smith of Largo Resources Ltd. (TSXV: LGO), the only pure producer of vanadium in the world, on their recent USD$26.8 million raise. Mark credits Largo’s “truly phenomenal resource”, which has the highest known vanadium ore grade, a well-known technology and a fantastic team as the reason “this one has to win.” Tracy Weslosky: For starters I’d like to congratulate you. You’ve just completed a private placement. Closing at what, 26.8 million U.S.? Mark A. Smith: Correct. Tracy Weslosky: This is obviously very challenging in these current markets. Can you tell me how you managed to do this? Mark A. Smith: Well, you start out with a great project, but also let me say that this was a recent financing that we announced. About 9 months ago we had completely refinanced the company so we’ve actually done this twice now in 11 months. I say that not to pat our team on the back for being able to raise the money. I say it because it speaks volumes about the project. This is a truly phenomenal resource. The technology is well known. The people are fantastic that work at this company. This one has to win. Tracy Weslosky: I think indeed that being able to close this financing shows confidence from your investors. Of course, all of you investors at InvestorIntel that are seeking companies that have capital, management and, of course, you’re the only pure producer of vanadium in the world. Is that correct? Can you talk to us a little bit about your production? Mark A. Smith: Well, the production is continuing to ramp up. We’ve been in that ramp up phase for probably about 16-17 months now. As you look forward sometimes it feels like it’s taking a long time, but as you look backward, I like the progress that we continue to make every day. Every day we learn something new about our process. We incorporate those learnings into what we do and we’re continuing to ramp up as we go. That’s what we want to see. Tracy Weslosky: I also want to ask you about the grade as you have the highest grade vanadium in the world as well. Mark A. Smith: That’s correct. Tracy Weslosky: Can you talk to us about why this is advantageous for not only Largo and your shareholders, but in general? Mark A. Smith: You know it’s a real simple calculation actually. We’re sitting there at about a 1.34% ore grade for our V2O5. Similar ore grades are probably half of that. That means that we have to process less than half the material to get the same amount of product that we get to sell to our customers. It’s a huge economic advantage for you as a mining company. Now the other thing about vanadium though, which a lot of people don’t understand or even realize, is that there’s two concentrations that are very important in the vanadium industry. One is the ore grade cause that tells you how much material you have to process. The second one is, how high of a percent V2O5 can you create in your concentrate? We’re also the winner in that category. We have the highest ore, ore grade…to access the rest of the interview, click here Disclaimer: Largo Resources Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Bourassa explains Nemaska's innovative financing strategy
 
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Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium (TSXV: NMX | OTCQX: NMKEF) presented at the 5th Annual Cleantech and Technology Metals Summit held recently in Toronto. Nemaska intends to become a lithium hydroxide supplier and lithium carbonate supplier to the emerging lithium battery market that is largely driven by electric vehicles, cell phones, tablets and other consumer products. The company is developing in Quebec what it considers to be one of the most important spodumene lithium hard rock deposits in the world, both in volume and grade. The spodumene concentrate produced at the Whabouchi mine will be shipped to the company’s lithium compounds processing plant to be built in Shawinigan, Quebec. In this presentation, Guy Bourassa ◾Outlines how Nemaska has avoided dilution through innovative financing. ◾Explains how, as a junior, it has been able to focus on value-adding to its project. ◾Predicts the coming supply crunch for lithium hydroxide. ◾Outlines the company’s aggressive development timeline. Disclaimer: Nemaska Lithium, Inc., is an advertorial client of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Lifton on Lithium: “It’s got to go higher.”
 
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“This is going to be a very good period for lithium-ion batteries.” – Jack Lifton January 11, 2016 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Jack Lifton, Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel about the increasing interest from the market on lithium-ion batteries. Jack goes on to explain that the real driver for the demand for lithium is going to be once again - China. Having recently visited the largest lithium ion battery recycler, Jack explains that there is no supply chain. And then discusses how the Chinese push for lithium ion batteries will impact our markets, including an increased interest in titanium. Tracy Weslosky: Jack there’s a lot of buzz on lithium-ion batteries on InvestorIntel. Can you tell us what the catalyst for this is? Jack Lifton: Yeah. What’s happening is that the American carmakers are finally stepping up to the mass production of lithium-ion battery powered electric cars. GM, the Detroit intergalactic auto show starts, I guess, in the next couple of days. We still call it international even though nobody else does. GM is introducing the Chevrolet Volt, its 200-mile range electric car, which goes on sale this year, at the end of the year as a 2017 for $30,000 including your government kickback on tax breaks. It’s really cheap and it’s good timing for them in the market because Tesla is having a problem bringing their low-cost car into production. Ford’s got a huge program, which at the Consumer Electronics Show the other day in Las Vegas their current President, Mark Fields announced a huge electrification program and self-driving cars and all that stuff. On top of that the Chinese 5-year plan coming out in March for the next 5-years mandates a switch to electric propulsion for cars to reduce pollution in the large cities. The Chinese are actually targeting 5 million units a year by 2020. Now these are the drivers for the interest in lithium-ion batteries. That’s what’s going on here these very largescale applications. At the very least you’re looking at millions of cars being made by the end of this decade using lithium-ion batteries. I know that the companies here in Detroit, we have several lithium-ion battery companies, are very active right now. Now to contrast this or on the other side of the coin, the national newspapers, like the Washington Post, are saying, well, the electric car is another flop, it didn’t work and all that. What I found in my life is that whenever the national newspapers say something isn’t happening, it’s for sure happening. If they say tomorrow’s weather is great, I’m getting my overcoat. They’re always wrong and they’re consistent in that. I think that this is it--- we finally hit--- this is going to be a very good period for lithium batteries. Tracy Weslosky: Okay. What I hear you saying is that the real demand is from China for lithium-ion batteries. I think you told me that the driver is going to be, once again -- China for this market and that this industry is going to in essence mirror what happened with the rare earth industry. Can you comment on this a little further? Jack Lifton: Well, I don’t think we’re going to have the silly season here with lithium because lithium is basically one item and its costs are very well known. Today it’s very low price. However, in my opinion we’re going to run into a deficit of this material in the very near-term because, as I mentioned, it’s not just China -- it’s United States also….to access the complete interview, click here
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Dr. Spencer of U3O8 Corp. on the vanadium redox battery market demand
 
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July 5, 2018 – "As China and India change their building codes so the buildings can withstand earthquakes, the amount of vanadium that goes into the rebar increases. The steel industry has been growing at about 3.8% over the last 10 years. Vanadium in that steel is growing at about 8% because they need more vanadium and it is being dictated that they have to use more vanadium in building steel. That is over 90%. There is also vanadium going into titanium alloys for the aerospace industry and that is huge. But, the most exciting component of the vanadium space is vanadium redox battery." States Dr. Richard Spencer, CEO, President and Director of U3O8 Corp. (TSX: UWE | OTCQB: UWEFF), in an interview with InvestorIntel Corp. CEO Tracy Weslosky. Tracy Weslosky: I do not think many of our investors out there in the InvestorIntel audience appreciate that U3O8 has vanadium. Why do we not start there?  Richard Spencer: We have a huge amount of vanadium. Vanadium would be the coproduct with uranium out of the project in Argentina and the project in Colombia. Both projects, the process that we use to extract the uranium would also extract the vanadium and a couple of other byproducts as well.    Tracy Weslosky: Many of us know you as a world renowned expert on uranium. Let us talk about your expertise on vanadium. For those of you that may not appreciate what a significant critical material that vanadium is, let us start there. Tell us a little bit about vanadium, the vanadium market in general please.  Richard Spencer: Over 90% of it is used in the steel industry, in rebar particularly. As China and India change their building codes so the buildings can withstand earthquakes so the amount of vanadium that goes into the rebar increases. The steel industry has been growing at about 3.8% over the last 10 years. Vanadium in that steel is growing at about 8% because they need more vanadium and it is being dictated that they have to use more vanadium in building steel. That is over 90%. There is also vanadium going into titanium alloys for the aerospace industry and that is huge. But, the most exciting component of the vanadium space is vanadium redox battery. These things are the ugly duckling of the battery industry. They are not miniaturizable. They will never be in cellphones. They will never be in computers and that kind of thing. These are great big honking industrial-scale batteries. They are easily scalable. Basically they are just two tanks. They have got vanadium +4 and +5 on the plus side of the battery, a tank, and in the liquid on the other side of the battery, on the negative side, is vanadium +3 and +2. These are just liquids. They can be charged instantaneously basically, I mean, in a lithium-ion battery because there is a crystal structure in there. Each little ion has to move out of there and that wears the battery out. If that same material is in a liquid, like it is in a vanadium redox battery, there is nothing to wear down. These batteries are guaranteed for 20 years. A lithium-ion battery, as we all know from our computers, degrades after 3, 4, 5 years or however long it is...to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: U3O8 Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Advancing 'Mine-to-Metal' vision: Great Western Minerals Group makes significant rare earth progress
 
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October 21, 2013 -- Tracy Weslosky, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of InvestorIntel, interviews Marc LeVier, President and CEO for Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (TSXV: GWG | OTCQX: GWMGF), discusses the just-released metallurgical update on Great Western Minerals' South African Steenkampskraal Rare Earth Project, as well as provides an update on Great Western Mineral's wholly owned subsidiary, Less Common Metals Limited, the need for a secure line of high-quality sustainable REEs, and some of the competitive advantages Great Western Minerals offers. GWMG is a leader in the manufacture and supply of rare earth--based alloys and high purity metals with a low-cost, high-grade critical rare earth asset. Its specialty alloys are used in the battery, magnet and aerospace industries. Produced at Great Western Minerals' wholly owned subsidiaries, Less Common Metals Limited in the UK and Great Western Technologies Inc. in Troy, Michigan, these alloys contain transition metals, including nickel, cobalt, iron and other rare earth elements. As part of the Company's vertical integration strategy, GWMG also holds 100% equity ownership in Rare Earth Extraction Co. Limited, which controls the former-producing Steenkampskraal monazite mine. Great Western Minerals' objective is to become a best-in-class developer and sustainable producer of critical rare earths through GWMG's fully integrated mine-to-metal business model. Tracy starts by asking Marc to discuss the very robust highlights from Great Western Minerals' latest announcement. "We started the metallurgical testing in the first quarter of this year. We wanted to go back and ensure we were testing all of our various options, available to us, in treating this monazite mineralogy. The biggest issue is ensuring that you have fully investigated any process development technology options available to you -- and that's what we've been working on," explained LeVier. Commenting on its subsidiary Less Common Metals, LeVier stated: "Less Common Metals is a world-class metal alloy facility that's an integral part of our vision: mine to metal. Less Common Metals allows us to use the latest technology in making metal alloy that we provide to our customers in Europe and Japan, particularly neodymium, iron and boron metal alloy. When it comes to rare earth production, LeVier says, "It all boils down to -- whether it's us or anybody else -- where are you going to get the material (the metal) to feed into that furnace to make the alloy? And at what price? You can buy it all day long from China at an elevated price. We have to buy it and be able to make a profit. Obviously, that's the challenge. That's the reason for having a secure supply line of a high-quality sustainable feed, such as we would achieve with Steenkampskraal." In closing, Tracy asked Marc to discuss some of Great Western Minerals' additional competitive advantages. "I'd like to reemphasize that -- regardless of where we are in the process and our studies -- I want everybody to remember one thing, this is still an extremely robust project," said LeVier. "It's the highest TREO grade, run-of-mine material in the world. It's the right-sized business model. The high grade allows to us process 150 tonnes per day, which is nowhere near any other project. That processing rate means that we are able to maintain a very low capital requirement and, at the same time, produce very high quality, 5,000 tonnes per annum of TREO concentrate. Those are the values that everyone needs to focus on and remember, because this project's going to go. This is one that needs to be developed. It needs to be in production for the rest of the world's supply." Disclaimer: Great Western Minerals Group is an advertorial Member of InvestorIntel.
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Rare Earth Expert Dr. David Dreisinger on Search Minerals Direct Extraction Process Technology
 
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March 30, 2015 — Dr. David Dreisinger, Vice President and Director of Metallurgy for Search Minerals Inc. (TSXV: SMY) in an interview with Tracy Weslosky, Publisher for InvestorIntel speaks about developing critical rare earths assets in Labrador with Neodymium, Europium, Terbium, Dysprosium and Yttrium. Further to explaining the Search Minerals resource, Dr. Dreisinger discusses their patent pending for a direct extraction process technology. Tracy Weslosky: I'm really excited about interviewing you, of course, have a doctorate in metallurgical engineering. Is that correct? Dr. David Dreisinger: That's correct. From Queen's University in Kingston. Tracy Weslosky: Okay so we have a metallurgy expert. That's one of the hottest topics on InvestorIntel right now because everybody claims they have a process to extract rare earths. Of course, you're with Search Minerals, right? Dr. David Dreisinger: That's correct. Tracy Weslosky: Can you start by telling us what Search Minerals has? Dr. David Dreisinger: Search Minerals has done exploration in Labrador at three different sites, including the Port Hope Simpson Belt, the Red Wine Complex and also up in Strange Lake. The Port Hope Simpson area is a wholly owned area of investigation, of exploration. We've identified the Foxtrot deposit at that site, which we now have an indicated and inferred resource for, which we've been focusing our metallurgy development on. Tracy Weslosky: Now your stock was up +14.50% in February and so we are very bullish on rare earths and you have a lot of heavy rare earths. Is that correct? Dr. David Dreisinger: That's correct. About 20% of our rare earths in our deposit are heavies, including the all-important dysprosium, which is very much in vogue in terms of the magnetic materials. Tracy Weslosky: Yes. Dysprosium is definitely in vogue, but so tell me more about this. You have a patent pending? Dr. David Dreisinger: Yes we do. We went through initial metallurgical development back in 2012 and did the classical upgrading to make a concentrate chemical treatment to extract the rare earths and made a rare earth --- a mixed rare earth oxide as our final product and then realized that was probably too expensive to do all those different steps with our material. We went back and looked at it and tried to simplify the process and came up with a direct extraction method. Tracy Weslosky: Can you tell us more? Dr. David Dreisinger: I sure can. The direct extraction method, instead of crushing and grinding to very fine size our mineral, we basically just crush the material to a fairly coarse size, about 3 millimeters, and then we apply modest amounts of acid and heat that acid ore mixture to about 200 degrees Celsius, about the same temperature as cooking cookies in the oven at home. Then allow the acid to penetrate into the rock and make the rare earth minerals converted into water soluble form. It starts as a rare earth mineral that's insoluble becomes soluble with the acid application. Then after water leaching the rare earths are extracted from the coarse rock into the solution from which we then recover our mixed rare earth product after some chemical purification steps. Tracy Weslosky: Of course, if you're an audience member of InvestorIntel you will appreciate that the extraction of rare earths is not like pulling gold from the ground. It's very complex. What is your real competitive advantage with your particular process? If you can just dumb it down for me please. Dr. David Dreisinger: We think that we're both low-cost and also scalable…to access the rest of this interview, click here https://youtu.be/qVnxU1EPMIk Disclaimer: Search Minerals Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel.
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Greg Bowes on why graphite should be next
 
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March 15, 2017 -- Greg Bowes, CEO and Director of Northern Graphite Corp. (TSXV: NGC | OTCQX: NGPHF) in an interview with InvestorIntel’s CEO Tracy Weslosky discuss the company’s past, present, and future in graphite purification. On Friday, March 10, 2017 a news release was issued about closing $2.5 million in a private placement that will be put towards three major things: the completion of operational permitting, an updated feasibility study to reflect the economic landscape of 2017, and the construction of a pilot plant to show off their new technology. Tracy Weslosky: Greg, I’d like to start by asking you about your timing for this private placement. Gregory Bowes: Yes. We have been in a holding pattern for the last year or two because we have a feasibility study done, we have our major environmental permit and we didn’t just want to issue press releases for the sake of issuing press releases. We wanted to minimize expenses. We wanted to minimize dilution and we wanted to wait until we felt the timing was right to move the company forward again. Now we feel the time is right and there’s a couple of reasons for that. One is just before Christmas the Chinese government announced that they’re building a stockpile equal to 80% of their annual production. They’re telling the rest of the world they have a graphite supply problem and they produce 80% of the world’s graphite, 100% of the anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The lithium price has already responded to that battery demand. Finally, we’ve seen cobalt respond and graphite should be next. That pretty much drove the timing. It’s time to move the company forward. Tracy Weslosky: I have to commend you on a very well written news release. You did something I rarely see and I think investors at InvestorIntel will appreciate this. In your news release you clearly identify what you plan on doing with this raise. Can you explain this to our audience? Gregory Bowes: Yes. Thank you for the compliment. We are raising $2.5 million non-brokered private placement. It’s over subscribed. A lot of it is retail brokers and high net worth people that did very well in Northern back in 2010 to 2012. They know the asset. They know the company and they came to me and said “Greg, it’s time to get back in…” Disclaimer: Northern Graphite Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Dr Ian Flint on the evolving global graphene and graphite market
 
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November 28, 2017 -- Dr Ian Flint, Senior Editor at InvestorIntel in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Kelly Bird discuss the graphite and graphene market. Ian explains that exploration companies in the graphite sector racing towards production are realizing that they have to do more than produce graphite. In fact they are they are more of a processor and intermediary for applications. For example, lithium-ion battery companies do not buy graphite off the shelf, they must collaborate to insure that their graphite flake is compatible with the battery being manufactured before any sales are made. He then goes on to discuss his advisory roles with CKR Carbon Corporation (TSXV: CKR), a company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products, and Giyani Metals Corp. (TSXV: WDG), a junior manganese mining resource company in South Africa. Kelly Bird: Tell me what is going on in the graphene market today? Ian Flint: There is a number of applications that are being developed in graphene, for example, into plastics as a composite. Now you can buy graphene hockey sticks for example. It is also being put into a lot paints for corrosion resistance. There is also work being done putting it into things, like, energy storage and things like that. The same problem that has been plaguing the graphene market  for many years still exists, which is quality control and a supply of reliable inexpensive graphene. Until those are solved the applications grow in slow increment. Kelly Bird: What about the graphite market? Ian Flint: The junior companies are slowly learning that to be into the graphite is you are not a miner. You are a processor and intermediary to applications as opposed to a mine. The classic model in which geologists get together and make a company and sell it to a senior in graphite just does not work. What you need in graphite is to identify the applications you are going to sell into then find the graphite source for that. You have to be prepared to start an operating company. You have to have the team together to do that. I think that the junior mining space is recognizing that fact. There has been a number of strides forward in the industry so I think it is a positive outlook. Kelly Bird: Which brings me to my next question, what is the difference, for those of us who do not know, between synthetic graphite and real graphite…
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Berry on the Tesla Powerall and the growing demand for lithium.
 
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May 18, 2015 — Chris Berry, co-editor of the Disruptive Discoveries Journal, founder of House Mountain Partners, LLC and Host for InvestorIntel in an interview with Tracy Weslosky discusses the recent Tesla Motors Powerall batter announcement, the energy storage market and the impact on technology metals. Tracy Weslosky: I think you're probably the best person in the world to talk to about this big Tesla movement and the Powerall battery announcement last week. Can you talk to us about the impact on the market from this announcement? Chris Berry: Sure. You know, Tesla has been rumored to be getting into what's called the stationary battery movement for a long time as a compliment to the car business that they've really been pushing. They're coming out with two types of batteries. One is more, I guess, commercial, larger in scale. The other one is for your home. I think the home one is about a 7 kilowatt hour. Just to put that in perspective the average American home uses about 30 kilowatt hours of energy per day. That gives you an idea of how the Tesla offering could potentially help or supplement energy use in the home. You know, I am glad that Tesla's leading the charge, but there's a lot of competition and there's a lot of choices in the energy storage business, but it's clearly a growing market that's here to stay. Tracy Weslosky: How is this going to impact lithium? I know you're an expert on most of the technology metals, but lithium in particular comes to mind as we have had some big announcements with Cobre Montana and Critical Elements Corporation. Can you tell us what is going to happen to the demand for instance in lithium? Chris Berry: Right now lithium is in demand as it is used in about 90 different products. When we focus on the battery though what we talk about is lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide. Lithium demand overall is growing is growing at about 8% per year. That's a pretty conservative estimate. If you talk to some other folks in the space they'll say it's 10% or 11%. I'm comfortable with 8% right now. That obviously is because of the battery business. Whether or not its electric vehicles or storage or communications devices, like the iPhone, it's really, really pushing it. What you're starting to see is tightness in the lithium space. You've got a situation where the oligopoly, which is SQM down in Chile, FMC and Albemarle, the Chinese, all have different issues, different production issues. I think it's an open question as to whether or not they'll be able to meet this budding demand from the battery business in the coming years. That really opens the door for companies, like you mentioned, Critical Elements or some of the other ones like Western Lithium or Lithium Americas, the really de-risked plays in the space, to potentially contribute in the coming years. To access the rest of this interview, click here
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Energy Fuels’ Mark Chalmers on the US uranium mining industry
 
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March 12, 2018 — “The nuclear industry in the United States has been challenged with natural gas and the increase in renewables lately. We do not want to be greedy here, but we do think that a frontend of the nuclear fuel cycle is required in the United States,” states Mark Chalmers, President & CEO of Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE American: UUUU | TSX: EFR), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Jeff Wareham. Jeff Wareham: Mark, uranium and vanadium have both been in the news a lot lately. First of all, can you comment on what is going on in the market and particularly what is going on politically in the U.S.? Mark Chalmers: Uranium itself has historically been a political, kind of, element. We as a company, with Ur-Energy, we filed a Section 232, a trade petition, to limit imports of uranium into the United States. Now Section 232 is quite in the media a lot right now with the steel and aluminum. I think people did not know what Section 232 even meant up until a few days ago when the Trump administration, after a review by the Department of Commerce, is looking at imposing tariffs on imports from various forms from different countries. We as a company we actually started this process about a year ago. We felt that the low level of production in the United States--- The United States is the largest consumer of uranium in the world, but we are only actually producing less than 5% of our requirements. The Section 232 is a trade act that is driven for any type of commodity, like uranium or vanadium or in the cases of steel or aluminum that may have national security implications. That is what we have put in with Ur-Energy. Jeff Wareham: I think that would be a pretty compelling case that uranium is an important strategic element. On that basis, you guys are already a producer. Obviously a U.S. producer would be extremely benefited by any kind of ruling under 232.  Mark Chalmers: Yeah, we would be benefited naturally. But, the thing is that we want to be reasonable with the Section 232. We want to survive as an industry. The nuclear industry in the United States has been challenged with natural gas and the increase in renewables lately. We do not want to be greedy here, but we do think that a frontend of the nuclear fuel cycle is required in the United States. It is really, again, when we talk about national security issues, it is not just Department of Defense. It is really more focused on the nuclear power generation industry for the electricity because 20% of our electricity comes from nuclear. Jeff Wareham: Sometimes people do not regard uranium production as being something that is particularly green. From my understanding of your business you guys provide some very green services, not only in how you process your own materials, but also in cleaning up other projects or other mining operations. Is that correct? Mark Chalmers: Yeah. We have the White Mesa Mill in Utah. It is the only remaining conventional mill in the United States that is operable. We have two sources of revenue with that facility. We have what we call alternate feed, which is basically taking out of spec material or low-level material that we can actually run through the mill and recover the uranium and repackage. We are basically recycling products that had uranium in it...to access the complete interview, click here. Disclaimer: Energy Fuels Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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GoviEx CEO on their uranium projects in Niger, Zambia and Mali
 
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March 26, 2018 – “I think what you see now is there were a lot of pressures on the top and each year we go past one of those pressures come off. I think the problem we have had is they have just taken longer for them all to add up. If you look at what UXC Consulting is saying they are looking at a deficit this year.” states Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSXV: GXU | OTCQB: GVXXF), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Peter Clausi.  Peter Clausi: GoviEx trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange, symbol GXU. You have uranium projects in Africa. Daniel Major: Yes that is absolutely correct. We have got projects in Niger, Zambia and Mali. Peter Clausi: What stage is each one of them at? Daniel Major: The primary one is Niger. It is Madaouela. It is fully permitted, environmental permits, mining permits. We are working on finalizing the feasibility study for that. We are already working on the debt structuring. We have got expressions of interest from two ECAs and five banks to cover our full debt, which is two-thirds of our total capital. We are working on optimizing that project still, bringing the OPEX down, bringing the CAPEX down while the market is quiet. In Zambia we picked up two projects. We have merged them together. Got 140 kilometers of strike length already permitted by merging them together; fantastic economies of scale. Both of those projects will produce over 2½ million pounds per annum. Peter Clausi: Where will you mill it? Daniel Major: We will do the processing on site in both companies. Peter Clausi: One mill for both sites or one mill each? Daniel Major: They are so far apart country-wise. One is up in North Africa and one is in Southern Africa. It is a really long way. Both sites are going to be designed to produce yellowcake and ship out yellowcake from them. Both projects less than $38.00 a pound all including, all their capital. All the infrastructure is there, great jurisdictions. The last project we have is in Mali. It is an advanced exploration play. It has actually gone to PF once, but it was never issued so all the technical study is there. You have got a company now that has had $250 million dollars of technical studies invested on it, so well advanced. Peter Clausi: The uranium market generally has been a hard one to predict over the past few years. We have all been waiting for a rebound in pricing and it is slowly battling its way up. What is your take on it? Daniel Major: I have been with this company for 5 years. I have enjoyed the pleasure of sliding uranium prices. I think I have to stay a little longer to enjoy the upside. I think what you see now is there were a lot of pressures on the top and each year we go past one of those pressures come off. I think the problem we have had is they have just taken longer for them all to add up. If you look at what UXC Consulting is saying they are looking at a deficit this year. I think the overhangs we have got at the moment; you have got the impact to the U.S. guys, the Section 232 … Peter Clausi: Right, from Energy Fuels and  . . . Daniel Major: What it has done is just take the U.S. buyers out of the market and they are the biggest spot buyers. The guys you want there are in the market buying, they are just not there at the moment...to access the complete interview, click here
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Global Cannabis Applications CEO on blockchain technology - changing the face of medical cannabis
 
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November 20, 2017 -- Brad Moore, CEO and Director of Global Cannabis Applications Corp. (CSE: APP | OTCQB: FUAPF) (“Global Cannabis”), a global leader in designing, developing, marketing, and acquiring innovative mobile applications in the medical cannabis sector; in an interview with InvestorIntel Senior Editor Jeff Wareham discuss their Citizen Green platform. The Citizen Green platform uses blockchain, artificial intelligence and mobile technologies to help regulators and regulatory medical programs around the world find a faster way to locate high quality regulated cannabis products. Brad explains what investors can expect to hear in next 90 days from Global Cannabis – wanna hear more? Disclaimer: Global Cannabis Applications Corp. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Fintech Select CEO on their competitive cryptocurrency solutions for point-of-sale
 
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November 14, 2017 -- Mohammad Abuleil, CEO and Director of Fintech Select Ltd. (TSXV: FTEC) (“Fintech Select”) in an interview with InvestorIntel Senior Editor, Jeff Wareham discuss their pre-paid card programs and point-of-sale cryptocurrency solutions. Fintech Select has been in the financial payment services market for over 18 years, originally deploying pre-paid card programs with various organizations and government agencies. To further expand Fintech Select’s financial services, they saw an opportunity to simplify the current process of buying and selling cryptocurrencies for the non-experienced consumer. Mohammad explains Fintech Select’s cryptocurrency solution process is 1) a customer logs into Fintech Select’s website with their information, 2) once logged in the customer links their closed loop card with their digital one, 3) when the customer goes to one of Fintech Select’s point-of-sale locations they swipe the card and are able to buy Bitcoins that will be deposited instantly into their digital wallets. He then goes on discuss the point of sale location network and what investors can expect to hear in the coming months. Jeff Wareham: Fintech Select is in point of sale and cryptocurrency. Everybody in the market is buzzing about both of those areas right now.  Tell me a little bit about the company. Mohammad Abuleil: Fintech Select has been in the market in serving its customers in financial payment services for more than 18 years. We have been deploying our prepaid card programs across multiple organizations and government parties as well. In an event, to keep expanding on the financial services that we provide, we started actually looking into expanding the point of sale cryptocurrency solutions and peer to peer solutions to the marketplace. The point-of-sale cryptocurrency actually, the idea behind it is to facilitate and simply the cryptocurrency transactions to Canadians where they can just have access at our point of sale locations to buy and sell cryptocurrency in a very fast and easy way than what exists now. Jeff Wareham: You indicated that a lot of your clients are typically clients that are now dealing with banks. How do they come in contact with your company? Mohammad Abuleil: Over the years the company has built a very good network of point of sale locations and retailers where we are going to try to utilize to you with this access of distribution network and retailer network. People will be going to these point of sale locations and with cash payments they can be able to buy cryptocurrency and Bitcoins in this way. Jeff Wareham: They would be purchasing these Bitcoin cards. Is that the plan? Disclaimer: Fintech Select Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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Wealth Minerals' Tim McCutcheon on where the lithium industry is headed
 
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March 8, 2018 --- “What we do know is that the paradigm shift in lithium consumption globally is happening before our eyes." starts Tim McCutcheon President of Wealth Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: WML | OTCQB: WMLLF) in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Andy Gaudry. Andy Gaudry: A Morgan Stanley report on the lithium industry was just released, can you comment on this? Tim McCutcheon: I think there is a lot of confusion about where the industry is going. It is a very small industry. There are not a lot of data points to get your hands on. What we do know is that the paradigm shift in lithium consumption globally is happening before our eyes. There is a famous picture of Time Square in 1890 where it is all horses and then in 1915 it is all cars. That paradigm shift is happening now. A lot of the analysts in the investment making industry are basically ramping up their expectations for lithium consumption in the next 5 to 10 years. I can understand an analyst wants to be contrarian. It kind of gets your name out there. It is the smart thing to do in terms of basically getting awareness up. The reality is that the lithium industry has a limited ability really to ramp up production. One, if you are talking about brine production, which is half of the world’s supply of lithium, it takes at least 9 to 12 month just to actually have that inventory on the market. He is talking about in a very short period of time ramping up production almost 200% globally. In that short period of time you are going to be waiting for all of the stuff to just dry under the sun, which is what solar evaporation is. I think there are some details here that he is not really fully processed in his report. Whatever, it gets the word out there. It is great. The fundamental reality is the world is shifting to lithium-ion battery technology. That is just the fact. We see that everywhere. The reality is that there has not been a lot of thought on, from the consumers of lithium, about where this actually is going to come from. They are putting billions of dollars into building factories. Frankly for them I think a couple of million dollars for lithium supply is almost an afterthought. The reality is that billion-dollar factory is going to stand still if they do not have the lithium supply. Now, it is only now that a lot of these big companies that have gone on the record saying they are going to do this, they are not going to realize --we need to really think about how we are going to tighten up our supply chain. Proof in the pudding, proof of this is Toyota just bought almost a 20% stake in Orocobre. What is that about? Auto manufacturers have been divesting of their suppliers of the raw material sources for decades because they just want to assemble stuff. Now for this company, this major company, to actually go back and buy its supply of raw material shows you how acute this situation is. Andy Gaudry: Interesting. Your stock was up. You just released a corporate update. Would you like to talk about that?…to access the complete interview, click here. Disclaimer: Wealth Minerals Ltd. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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WeedMD and Hiku’s Merker on having one of the largest cannabis production platforms in Canada
 
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April 19, 2018 – "In other words, what we have done is for a very low capital investment come up with a strategy whereby we will have one of the largest production platforms under the ACMPR..." states Keith Merker, CFO of WeedMD Inc. (TSXV: WMD), in an interview with InvestorIntel’s Andy Gaudry. Andy Gaudry: WeedMD has been in the news a lot lately. You guys recently announced your greenhouse expansion in Strathroy, Ontario. I am curious to know how your greenhouse deal differs from what your peers are doing.  Keith Merker: In a lot of ways so thanks for asking. Then again thanks for having me here today. What we have done in Strathroy has a number of benefits for WeedMD and our shareholders. I a lot of ways I think stands apart from some of the other expansion strategies you have seen across the industry. Essentially what we did is we landed upon an opportunity whereby WeedMD could lease 5 acres of greenhouse on a state-of-the-art property. It is a 98 acre farm. There is 14 acres currently under glass that up until quite recently was growing tomatoes, for instance, in the 5 acres that we are currently retrofitting. What we did is we leased that 5 acres from the group that owns this property. They are still operating the remaining 9 acres growing tomatoes currently and peppers and eggplants. This 5 acres that we have taken over for a very, very, very low cost to WeedMD. It is currently being retrofitted. We will have that complete over the next month and a half. We have already received approvals from Health Canada for the licensing. What that means is that the license will be issued once we have complete our security and that passes through Health Canada’s hands and we will have plants in there early spring for harvest to be ready by late summer. In other words, what we have done is for a very low capital investment come up with a strategy whereby we will have one of the largest production platforms under the ACMPR in production come this summer ready with harvest, ready for the advent of the recreational market in Canada. We are tremendously excited about it. One of the most capital efficient and efficient in terms of timeline and get to market that you will see in the industry. Andy Gaudry: That is wonderful news. With pending legalization, come summertime, what is your strategy moving forward?  Keith Merker: We have got a bunch of strategies that we are working on currently. Unfortunately I am not at liberty to disclose some of them quite yet because it has not been publically disclosed. We have not quite dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s on a couple of our exciting strategies. What I can tell you is that we do have relationships and we are at the table with the various provincial agencies to provide our product. On the branding side, again, that is the part that I have not disclosed yet and unfortunately I am going to have to leave you today in the dark on that, but stay tuned and you are going to see some really exciting stuff coming from WeedMD. I think critically beyond that we have got, again, a very successful platform currently operating in Elmer, full licensing regime so we will be able to provide dried product. We will be able to provide oil. We will also be able to provide live plants for those provinces that will allow it under the legalized recreational regime...to access the complete interview, click here Disclaimer: WeedMD Inc. is an advertorial member of InvestorIntel Corp.
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