West High Yield (TSXV:WHY) is an exploration and development mining company focusing on critical minerals with a high-grade magnesium/silica/nickel project that is nearing the production phase. The company’s Record Ridge property project leverages the opportunity to create a new supply of magnesium outside of China and Russia. West High Yield has an experienced management team ready to bring its project to production.
China currently controls a staggering 90 percent of the global magnesium supply and plays a significant role in meeting Europe’s Mg consumption. Demand for magnesium is growing in multiple verticals, including the renewable energy sector and pharmaceutical industry. In addition, magnesium is a necessary mineral to reach global net-zero emissions goals by 2050. These global dynamics highlight the need to develop an onshore, secure and strategic domestic supply chain for magnesium amid continuing supply shortages.
No matter what decarbonization path one follows, the metals and mining sector will be at the core of enabling the energy transition that underpins modern society’.
West High Yield’s advanced 100-percent-owned Record Ridge project in British Columbia, Canada is poised to create a secure, strategic domestic supply chain to cater to North America’s magnesium/silica/nickel demand. The company is currently awaiting permits to begin production. Once production commences, West High Yield will start generating cash flow through the sale of ore and is in discussion for new offtake agreements.
The Record Ridge asset has one of the largest and highest-grade magnesium deposits in North America, and globally. The company’s resource estimate shows 43 million tonnes (Mt) of ore at 24.6 percent magnesium, which implies a world-class asset containing 10.6 Mt of magnesium. In addition, West High Yield’s pre-feasibility study indicates strong economics with an after-tax NPV of 5 percent of $872 million, an internal rate of return (IRR) of 72 percent over a 172-year mine life, and payback in 1.5 years.
Additionally, the company has developed a green mining and refinement process to minimize carbon emissions during the production cycle. This green process utilizes over 90 percent of the ore extraction, yielding not only magnesium, but also marketable quantities of silica, nickel and iron. Magnesium is widely used in renewable energy technologies, so maintaining a strong ESG rating is essential for downstream manufacturing.
Record Ridge Proprietary Hydrometallurgical Process
WHY continues to consult with Indigenous groups, the local community and government stakeholders throughout the permitting process for Record Ridge. In July 2023, the company announced a series of mitigation strategies to address concerns that have been raised through the public engagement process, including: substituting the use of explosives with mechanized equipment for ore extraction; implementing enclosed environments for crushing equipment to effectively manage dust and noise; and exploring the option for an alternative trucking route to avoid passing through the city streets of Rossland, BC.
In addition, WHY has signed a cooperation agreement with the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) with respect to the Record Ridge Project, which falls within OIB’s asserted territory. The agreement assures OIB’s oversight of the project to protect its people’s environmental and economic interests. The company is actively engaged in further dialogues with other Indigenous groups.
An experienced management team with expertise throughout the mining industry leads the company towards fully leveraging its promising asset. Experts in geology, corporate administration and engineering create confidence in the team’s ability to reach its goals.
West High Yield (TSXV:WHY) is an exploration and development mining company focusing on its advanced-stage magnesium (Mg) asset, which is nearing production.The company’s flagship Record Ridge asset has the potential to strengthen the secure critical mineral on-shore North American magnesium supply chain and reduce dependence on production from China and Russia.Magnesium is used throughout several verticals, such as aerospace, clean energy, pharmaceuticals, and automotive manufacturing. This versatile critical mineral is in high demand, and its supply and its supply is gradually diminishing, creating an opportunistic tailwind for WHY Resources and the development of the Record Ridge Project.Mining permit application for Record Ridge is undergoing its final technical review, while WHY continues to work with the Indigenous groups, the local community and the government to ensure the Record Ridge evolves into an exemplary project that delivers mutual benefits for both the company and the community.West High Yield has completed a pre-feasibility study for the MgO plant indicating robust economics that encourages the company to move forward.The company prioritizes clean energy operations to reduce emissions and ensure a positive ESG rating, creating a low-cost, high-pedigree magnesium product that results in virtually no CO2 emission.An experienced management team leads the company toward fully realizing the potential of its assets.
Record Ridge Magnesium Project
The 100-percent-owned Record Ridge project covers 8,972 hectares, approximately 7.5 kilometers west to southwest of Rossland, BC. The project is only 5 kilometers away from the US-Canadian border and has excellent regional infrastructure, including power, water, roads, proximate labor force and transportation.
Nearing Production: The advanced-stage project is currently awaiting a mining permit to initiate production which is currently in the final technical review. Once production commences, the company will begin generating cash flow through the sale of ore. West High Yield will also continue to discuss new offtake agreements and begin moving towards capitalizing on the property’s gold deposits.Sustainable Production with Minimal Carbon Emissions: The HCI leaching process the company will be using produces minimal CO2 emissions. The company’s specific process was developed to produce virtually no waste and low environmental impact. These efforts result in a top-tier ESG rating that will reflect on downstream manufacturers.
Management Team and Board Members
Frank Marasco Jr. – Founder, President, CEO and Director
Frank Marasco is the founder of West High Yield Resources. Marasco is also president and director of Big Mountain Development Corp. Over the course of 45 years, Marasco has built and sold 47 successful businesses, including hotels, motels, rental units, RV and mobile home parks, apartments, retail liquor stores, pubs, nightclubs and a retail mall. At the age of 47, he retired, later going into business in the oil and mining sectors. He had purchased 81 oil and gas development sections in S.E. Saskatchewan in the Bakken, as well as gold mines in Rossland, BC. After briefly exploring for and finding gold on the project, Marasco and his team then discovered what is now a world-class, 2,000-acre, high-grade, low-cost, critical mineral magnesium deposit known as Record Ridge.
Barry Baim – Director and Corporate Secretary
Barry Baim brings over 35 years of activating and inspiring teams to achieve profitable revenue growth. His senior leadership experience is diverse having held executive positions with both private and public companies including Tier one CPG and in the natural resource sector mining site development projects in oil sands, 3d seismic, logistics, remote lodging and other service-related entities in energy, oil and gas. Baim is currently a director for SGV Canada and a past board member with Millennium Seismic, Paradigm Chemical Technologies and Siksika Resource Developments.
Patricia L. Nelson – Director
Patricia Nelson was controller for Sabre Petroleum’s, Petroterra Natural Resources and manager of Financial Control for Suncor. She is the vice-chair and director of the In Situ Oil Sands Alliance, director of Altalink, and director of Optiom. Nelson served 15 years as an elected member of the Legislature of Alberta. She was appointed and served as minister of energy, minister of economic development and tourism, minister of government services and finally, was appointed minister of finance. She served 12 years as a member of the treasury board and the agenda and priorities committee of the government. An active member of the community, she supports charitable organizations such as the kidney foundation, the cancer foundation, heart and stroke and juvenile diabetes.
Maria Marasco – Director
Maria Marasco is an independent businesswoman who has provided services in corporate restructuring finance, acquisitions, and strategic planning. She is also responsible for overseeing management information systems, human resource strategies, and property management systems.
Shelina Hirji – Chief Financial Officer
Shelina Hirji is a designated accountant with over 38 years of experience in infrastructure construction, oil and gas exploration, and mining. Hirji has been engaged in the oil and gas industry since early 1990, starting with various senior accounting and management roles in both public and private companies with extensive participation in growth opportunities. She has been a key member of the executive management team, assuming a strategic role in the overall management of the company. Hirji’s experience in financial management includes financial reporting, corporate accounting, budgeting and forecasting, as well as stewardship of internal controls. Hirji is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and the advisory committee for the TSX Venture Exchange.
Fouad Kamaleddine – Advisor
Dr. Fouad Kamaleddine is the founder/principal of AIS Inc., an integrated mining consulting partnership that provides technical services to mining companies including processing and metallurgy, project development and engineering studies. He has been an officer and director of many public and private mining companies. Kamaleddine has over 20 years of academic and industry experience with demonstrated success in conducting challenging industrial research leading to several inventions and multiple achievement awards.
James Gregory (Greg) Davison – Senior Geologist, Technical Advisor and Qualified Person
Greg Davison is a professional consulting exploration geologist, technical advisor, qualified person, project generator and manager, and ore mineralogist (exploration and metallurgy). Davison is currently licensed in British Columbia (EGBC) and has over forty-four years of practical field, laboratory and management experience in diverse geological settings. He completed his B.Sc. (honors geology) at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia (1974-1979) and his M.Sc. (geology) at Brock University, Ontario (1981-1984), and is on the board of directors of TSX-V-listed Silver Spruce Resources and Playfair Mining. Davison provides extensive management, operational and applied skills for mineral exploration, including technical analysis of process mineralogy, petrography and ore geology, at all project levels from grassroots through advanced development and mining.
Rick Walker – P. Geologist and P. Engineer
Rick Walker has over 25 years of geological and structural mapping experience in the mineral exploration industry. Walker has a strong background, ranging from structurally complex areas to advanced exploration property definition. In addition, he has worked on a wide variety of deposit types, including porphyries, sedimentary exhalative, volcanogenic massive sulphides, low tonnage vein-type, industrial minerals; gold, silver, base metals, rare to strategic metals and diamonds. Walker has delivered significant geological value throughout his career for companies, ranging from junior to major resource companies, both nationally and internationally. He has also served as a volunteer for industry-related organizations, serving for 12 years as president of the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, five years as a director of the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines (now the Association of Mineral Exploration for BC), on the committee that developed the initial Mineral Exploration Code for BC and as an industry representative in the Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) process resulting in the East Kootenay Land Use Plan.
Corey Peck – Junior Geologist
Corey Peck is a junior geologist who came to West High Yield Resources in the spring of 2007. He studied at the University of Calgary, where he received a B.Sc. in geology, with a minor in earth science. He has extensive training in both the field and lab settings. His skill set encompasses all aspects of geology, geophysics and geography, with particular emphasis on geotechnical logging, mineralogy and mapping. He currently resides full-time in Rossland, BC.