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Project Location and Description



The Sisson Project is an initiative to develop a world-class deposit of tungsten and molybdenum into a modern, long-life mine.

The Project is located on Crown land in central New Brunswick, 100 kilometres northwest of Fredericton by road, and near the communities of Napadogan, Juniper, and Stanley. Situated within the Nashwaak Watershed, the area has supported logging activity for over a century. The Sisson Project-area is well served by local and regional infrastructure including highways, roads, railways, deep sea ports and power lines.

The Sisson Project will be developed as a conventional mining operation. Site facilities, as described in the 2013 Feasibility Study include:
  • an open pit;
  • mineral processing facilities to produce tungsten and molybdenum concentrates, and ammonium paratungstate (APT);
  • a water treatment plant;
  • a tailings storage facility; and
  • ancillary buildings including offices, laboratory and warehouse.
The Sisson Partnership recognizes the value that New Brunswickers place on their land, water and natural resources, and is committed to advancing the Sisson Project in a manner that respects these values.

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The Sisson Partnership



The Sisson Partnership is responsible for the development of the Sisson Project. The Sisson Partnership is owned by Northcliff Resources Ltd. ("Northcliff Resources") of Vancouver, Canada and Todd Minerals Ltd. ("Todd Minerals") of New Zealand.

A public company listed on the TSX, Northcliff Resources holds a controlling interest in and is the operator of the Sisson Partnership. Todd Minerals is a subsidiary of the family owned Todd Corporation, one of New Zealand's most successful companies, with a growing portfolio of mineral investments.


History of the Sisson Project



Mineralization at the Sisson Project was discovered in 1978. Drilling by various operators to 2009 delineated the majority of the Sisson deposit and confirmed the consistency of mineralization. Northcliff Resources completed an additional 66 drill holes between late 2010 and late 2011 to support development of a Feasibility Study and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report. Environmental baseline studies were initiated in 2007, and expanded by Northcliff Resources in 2011. An updated mineral resource estimate was released in May 2012.

In addition to the drilling and environmental programs, extensive metallurgical and engineering studies have been undertaken. A positive Feasibility Study was completed in January 2013 detailing a 27-year mining operation at the Sisson Project.

Northcliff Resources completed and submitted an EIA Report to both levels of government on July 31, 2013. The Sisson Project received provincial EIA approval in December 2015 and federal approval in June 2017.

Timeline Chart



  • 1978-82


    Mineralization discovered and initial exploration programs undertaken by Kidd Creek Mines
  • 2004


    Project taken over by Geodex Minerals
  • 2005-09


    46,500m of drilling in 237 drill holes by Geodex
  • 2007


    Preliminary environmental, metallurgical and engineering studies undertaken by Geodex
  • 2008


    Project registered with the government of New Brunswick initiating an Environmental Impact Assessment
  • 2009


    Preliminary Economic Assessment completed
  • Nov. 2010


    Northcliff signs agreement with Geodex Minerals for 70% earn in interest in the Sisson Project
  • Apr. 2011


    Project Description filed with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Summer 2011


    Drilling program to support engineering studies and economic feasibility evaluation
  • May 2012


    Updated resource estimate indicates potential to extend the life of mine to 27 years
  • Jan. 2013


    Northcliff announces positive feasibility study
  • October 2013


    Todd Corporation of New Zealand became a financing partner; Todd holds an 11.5% interest and Northcliff an 88.5% interest in the Sisson Partnership, which owns the Sisson Project.
  • July 2015


    Submission of final EIA
  • Dec. 3, 2015


    Provincial EIA Decision issued
  • April 2016


    Release of the Federal Comprehensive Study
  • February 2017


    Province of New Brunswick and New Brunswick's six Maliseet First Nations announce accommodation agreement on Sisson Project
  • March 2017


    Sisson Signed Cooperation Agreement with Woodstock First Nation
  • June 23, 2017


    Federal EIA Approval issued

Our Team



  • Chris Zahovskis, B.Sc. (Hons) Mining Engineering, PEng

    Chris Zahovskis, B.Sc. (Hons) Mining Engineering, PEng

    President and CEO
  • Chris Zahovskis, B.Sc. (Hons) Mining Engineering, PEng

    Chris Zahovskis, B.Sc. (Hons) Mining Engineering, PEng

    President and CEO


    Chris is a mining engineer from Queen's University with over 30 years of experience. He began his career with Cominco Ltd. where he spent 17 years in a variety of engineering, production, project development and management roles. During this period, he was closely involved with the start-up of a gold operation in NW British Columbia and an early stage gold-copper development in Turkey. This was followed by nine years with Inco Limited where he was the Vice President responsible for the Mining, Milling, Smelting and Refining operations in Thompson, Manitoba and the early development of a nickel laterite project in New Caledonia. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic leadership and operations, project development, green field start up and due diligence assessments.
  • Bryce Hamming

    Bryce Hamming

    CFO
  • Bryce Hamming

    Bryce Hamming

    CFO


    Bryce holds both Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Accountant designations and has more than 15 years of corporate finance, tax and accounting experience. His area of expertise is debt and equity financing, acquisitions, valuations, transaction structuring and compliance. Prior to joining Northcliff, Bryce was an associate director with the Royal Bank of Scotland's secured debt capital markets division in London, UK. He also spent eight years with KPMG's Canadian tax group.
  • Kelly Boychuk, P.Eng

    Kelly Boychuk, P.Eng

    Vice President, Engineering
  • Kelly Boychuk, P.Eng

    Kelly Boychuk, P.Eng

    Vice President, Engineering


    Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in the exploration, development, permitting, engineering, construction and operation phases of precious and base metal projects in Canada and throughout the Americas. His focus is on the integration of project engineering into the environmental assessment process and development of the engineering strategy for the Sisson Project.
  • Louise Steward, P.Eng

    Louise Steward, P.Eng

    Vice President, Regulatory & Government Affairs
  • Louise Steward, P.Eng

    Louise Steward, P.Eng

    Vice President, Regulatory & Government Affairs


    Louise has more than 25 years of experience in New Brunswick working in regulatory affairs, environmental impact assessment and public and aboriginal consultation. She will oversee all matters dealing with governmental affairs and guide the development of the Sisson Project through the permitting process.
  • Greg Davidson

    Greg Davidson

    Manager, Community Relations
  • Greg Davidson

    Greg Davidson

    Manager, Community Relations


    Greg has more than 25 years of experience as a communications consultant in New Brunswick. A former outdoor writer, editor and publisher, he has provided consultation and project management services to a variety of Federal and Provincial government agencies, and private business clients throughout Atlantic Canada.

Tungsten and Molybdenum



Tungsten and molybdenum are essential minerals used in the manufacture of steel for a broad range of industrial and domestic purposes. Tungsten and molybdenum resources such as those found at Sisson have everyday applications that are often taken for granted.

Tungsten has the highest melting point (3422°C) of all pure metals, and has a similar hardness to diamonds, making it an important alloy in the manufacture of carbide cutting tools - enhancing hardness, cutting efficiency and speed. These tools are used to cut and shape metals, alloys, wood, composites, plastics and ceramics, which are, in turn, used in mining and many other industries. Tungsten alloys are also used in rocket engines, 5,660° heating elements, watches, jewellery, golf clubs, fishing lures, ballast keels for boats, and strings for guitars.

Many consumer products such as cars, cellular phones, flat screen TVs, and computers use tungsten. Without tungsten, many technologies that we rely on everyday would not be possible.

Molybdenum is an essential alloy, making steel stronger and more heat resistant. Common household items which incorporate molybdenum include stainless steel pots and pans, automotive grease, and electronic devices. Medical instruments such as scalpels and other surgical instruments also contain molybdenum.

The Sisson Project and New Brunswick have the potential to be one of the leading world producers of tungsten.

 
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