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Michael Sutton, Director, Galway Metals
Mr. Sutton graduated in 1984 from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc., Geology with Honours. Mr. Sutton’s career spans 37 years as an exploration geologist. He has worked in some of the largest gold camps in the world, including Witwatersrand, Timmins, and Kirkland Lake, serving in various capacities related entirely to the exploration and mining of gold. Mr. Sutton influenced the acquisition of Macassa that gave birth to Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. and was awarded the Prospector of the Year for Ontario (along with Stew Carmichael) for the discovery of the South Mine Complex (SMC) while he was Chief Geologist and Assistant Manager. He guided Vault Minerals as Vice President of Exploration to a takeover by Queenston Mining Inc. He then worked as Senior Geologist (Consultant) at Queenston, Osisko, and Canadian Malartic through their takeovers. Previous to that, he worked for Kinross, Barrick, Lac Minerals, and Corona. He was a Director of Galway Resources, where he played a significant role in the company’s take over by AUX for $340 million. He is a director of Rupert and a director for Galway Metals.
Clarence Stream is located along and controlled by, the Sawyer Brook Fault boundary of the Gander and Avalon terranes of the Canadian Appalachians in Palaeozoic age intrusive and sedimentary rocks, which are the primary hosts of gold mineralization. The deposits are intrusion-related quartz-vein hosted fault-controlled gold with pyrite, base metal sulphides, and stibnite plus anomalous concentrations of bismuth, arsenic, antimony and tungsten, with sericitization and chloritization. Gold is present in two main areas—the South Zone along the Sawyer Brook Fault and the North Zone 3.5 km NW. The South Zone is steeply dipping, east-northeast trending, with two horizons identified to date, and multiple shoots extending over more than 2.5 km with the resource extending to a maximum depth of 336 metres to date along contacts and within sheared and altered metagabbro and microgranite sills and dikes that crosscut the meta-sedimentary rocks and are related to the Saint George Batholith to the south (presence of hornfels + veined and altered auriferous microgranite dikes + high concentrations of Bi, As and Sb). The North Zone consists of four lenses that appear to be part of the same shallow dipping horizon up to 37.4 metres thick within a one km by two km area to a maximum depth of 90 metres, and is hosted within metagreywacke and argillite, and in quartz veins with stringers and semi-massive stibnite, arsenopyrite, and pyrite.
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