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Thursday, 17 March 2016
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Presenter: Bob Coyle and Lowell Shonk of Cupric Canyon Capital LLC
Program: Paradigm Shift in the Kalahari – Cupric’s Khoemacau Copper-Silver Project
Program Synopsis: The Cupric Canyon Capital (Cupric) Khoemacau Project in Botswana and its flagship Zone 5 deposit represents one of the most significant high-grade copper discoveries in recent years. Zone 5 has a current sulfide resource of 100 million tonnes @ 1.95% copper & 20 g/t silver in a tabular, easily minable deposit via low cost underground mining methods.
Zone 5 re-defines Botswana's Kalahari Copper Belt as a key emerging mineral trend in a stable and pro-mining jurisdiction. Cupric has consolidated a core land position over the most prospective portion of this belt, and it is continuing exploration on Zone 5 and a number of nearby high-grade targets. The mining licenses and permits have been approved for
Zone 5 with several feasibility studies completed.
The Khoemacau Project enjoys the benefits of available water, local infrastructure, an operational concentrator from the near-by Boseto acquisition, industry leading capital efficiency and lowest quartile operating costs.
More about Robert D. Coyle: Chief Operating Officer, Cupric Canyon Capital Mr. Coyle began his career over 30 years ago as an exploration geologist in Nevada. Subsequently, he served as Senior Exploration Geologist and Senior Mine Engineer for Echo Bay Minerals. For Phelps Dodge and its successor company, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc., Mr. Coyle held the positions of Chief Mine Planning Engineer, Mine Superintendent, Strategic Commodity Manager, Senior Business Analyst and Program Manager-Mine Technology.
Mr. Coyle earned a Bachelors of Science degree with honors in Geology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.
More about Lowell A. Shonk
Vice Chairman and Director, Cupric Canyon Capital
Mr. Shonk has broad international mining industry and minerals manufacturing experience at operational, divisional and corporate levels primarily focused on copper and molybdenum as well as gold, coal, iron ore, industrial minerals and lithium industries. Key roles have included controllership/CFO positions at several large mines and divisions with Cyprus Amax (and predecessor companies) and leadership positions in financial and operational analysis groups with Phelps Dodge/Freeport-McMoRan.
Mr. Shonk served as CFO at Cupric as the company was being formed and for the first several years, and he served as CEO for a year before moving to his current position. Mr. Shonk has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University, a Masters degree in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines and a MBA degree from the University of Colorado (Denver). He also serves on the board of directors of Rare Element Resources Ltd. and serves as the Chairman of the SME Audit Committee.
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