Tri Origin's objective is to make a world-class discovery that is developed into a producing mine which results in extraordinary return to shareholders.
The Discovery Strategy
Tri Origin is a mineral exploration company focussed on making new discoveries in Canada's north. We have a unique target generating approach specialized in identifying prospective terrain in non-traditional environments where previous explorers have not ventured and in recognizing ineffectually explored, overburden covered extensions of well-trodden major mining districts. Early-stage exploration is conducted with the objective of making new discoveries that present opportunities with camp-scale potential that will have immediate attention to larger mining partners. As value is added to projects, partnerships are entered into to fund more capital-intensive phases of exploration and development. Return to shareholder investment is ultimately achieved through royalties, equity ownership, or participation in active mining operations.
The process required to make an economically-viable discovery requires an expensive and risky investment with long-odds of being successful and it takes time. Tri Origin understands the risk involved in the business and has adopted a consistent strategy that differs from the majority of its peers.
Tri Origin's exploration programs begin with its people and are based on a sound understanding of geological science and the formation of ore deposits. This expertise is combined with the use of innovative and up-to-date geophysical and geochemical technologies to identify ore-hosting environments in covered and often overlooked terrain. Detailed exploration is conducted systematically at selected areas to delineate targets for drill testing. Drilling is the litmus test for discovery. Continual drill testing and refinement of the targeting model is an ongoing process but if done with rigor results in the discovery of new mineral deposits and sees them developed into profitable mining operations.
Gold and other metals didn’t just deposit themselves randomly throughout the Canadian Shield. Only specific geologic settings can host major ore deposits and these settings are constrained by the types of rocks that are present, their depositional environment, how much heat and pressure these rocks have experienced, what kind of fluids and how much fluid has passed through the rocks, and whether they have been sheared, faulted, stressed, or otherwise deformed.
Tri Origin’s geologists are well-trained in the science of geology and ore deposits. The exploration cycle begins with scouring through and compiling available research and databases including reports, publications, and maps, on the geology and mineralization of the Canadian Shield looking for clues to overlooked and hidden mineralization. A general interest in the science of ore deposits keeps our geologists up to date with the latest research and reports from government, university and industry sources to keep skills sharp in the field and in the lab. Smart exploration starts with strong background knowledge of an area before site visits are initially conducted.
Once Tri Origin has identified a prospective area for mineral exploration, the company acquires the rights to explore in the form of claims over the land. Claims come in a variety of types and have specific ownership requirements depending on jurisdiction and government regulations. In much of northern Canada they may be acquired through staking of uninhabited crown land or by agreement with current claim holders.
Preliminary exploration, conducted by company geologists consists of a mix of prospecting, geological mapping, geophysical and geochemical surveying. Prospecting involves traversing the claims by foot and looking for signs of mineralization and/or alteration in exposed rock outcrops or boulders. Samples are collected and sent to specialized laboratories for detailed analyses of their concentrations of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc as well as other elements and minerals that may indicate their proximity to significant concentrations of metals. Geological mapping provides the detailed information required to reconstruct the depositional environment of the ancient rocks that underlie the property and identify the signs of ore forming events that have effected these rocks. Geological mapping provides the detailed information required to reconstruct the depositional environment of the ancient rocks that underlie the property and identify the signs of ore forming events that have effected these rocks.
Drill target selection commences with data integration and assuring its quality. When all data has been compiled and verified, Tri Origin’s geologists portray the information on a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional maps at both regional and very detailed scales. The large variety of geological, geochemical and geophysical data sets are overlain and integrated to allow interpretation of property-scale geological setting and the various geophysical and geochemical anomalies that occur in potentially ore-hosting environments. These anomalies are ranked and prioritized for drill testing.
A discovery is made when the concentration of metals in a drill intersection is of potentially economic grade and of potentially mineable thickness and continuity of the mineralization is evident in three dimensions. Discovery does not imply the existence of a mineable deposit. Further step-out and infill drilling and detailed studies are required to more accurately determine the size of the deposit, establish a resource and, most importantly, establish its economic viability.
Delineation of a Resource is the beginning step in the development of an orebody. Feasibility studies addressing all aspects of the design, capital requirements, construction, metallurgy and processing of products, operations, financial returns and rehabilitation are completed. If predicted economic returns are positive, a Resource can be classified as a Reserve. If capital can be raised, permits obtained and other hurdles met, mine development can commence. Development is capital intensive and there is a long lead-time before a mining operation commences and capital can be paid back and profits are generated.
Mining involves the extraction of the ore from the deposit and the metallurgical treatment of the ore to separate out valuable metals and produce metal concentrates which are saleable products. Tri Origin’s expertise is not in this area however our objective is to benefit from the mining of our discoveries by sharing profits that result from retaining a direct equity interest in a mining operation or by receiving a percentage of the value of metals produced through net smelter return royalties. Tri Origin is not a development or a mining company. Our strategy is to partner with well capitalized companies to participate in the financial returns that result from discovery. Tri Origin’s business is discovery.