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Lithium Brine Mining and Sustainability

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Lithium brine mining produces evaporation ponds, called salars

Lithium Brine Mining is Environmentally Friendly

Clean energy relies on lithium. Electric vehicles, smartphones and PCs all use lithium-ion batteries. Consequently, lithium brine mining is the most eco-friendly way to extract it.

Ultra Lithium Inc. has several lithium brine mining operations throughout Argentina, in South America’s lithium triangle.

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Lithium brine mining is the safest way to extract the mineral

How does Lithium Brine Mining Work?

Brine mining is quite simple. Brine allows salt to naturally dissolve from lithium in evaporation pools. These pools are called salars.

This process takes a number of months.

To begin: geologists survey an area that could have lithium beneath the watery surface. This is usually at a high altitude. Once potential is confirmed, drilling starts.

If results are positive, water is pumped into salars. Then, potassium is extracted. Eventually, lithium is available. 

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Beijing, China – Lithium is the key to improving global air quality

The Global Importance of Lithium Brine Mining

Storage capacity isn’t the only reason lithium is valuable. On the contrary, it’s the best alternative to refining oil.

This explains China’s commitment to lithium. In various Chinese cities, air quality reduces average life expectancy by 1 year. In 2015, both China and India had 1.1 million air-pollution-related deaths. Consequently, China strives to change this.

The communist state has set a lofty standard: zero transportation-produced carbon emissions by 2030. Therefore, a nation of 1.4 billion will stop using gas-powered vehicles.

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ULI has lithium brine projects in Argentina, Canada & the US

Ultra Lithium Inc. Powers the Future

Acquiring enough lithium to supply this dream goes through South America. 

Ultra Lithium’s (ULI) current projects will play a large role.

 

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of mining news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

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Lithium: Why the Mineral is so Valuable

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Lithium is commonly used in EV batteries

Lithium: Powering the Electric Vehicle Revolution

When it comes to sustainability, everyone knows how important electric vehicles (EVs) are.

Meanwhile, everyone understands how important smartphones and PCs are for economic growth.

But what about the resource powering these technologies?

Let’s take a look at lithium: the world’s lightest metal.

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A lithium-ion battery

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Today, a global lithium shortage rages. As a result, companies and national governments fight to secure mining projects.

A major reason: the mineral powers clean transportation tech.

Companies like Tesla, VW and Renault-Nissan work tirelessly to make EVs a part of middle-class American life. Their greatest challenge: creating lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries that hold long charges.

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Li-ion batteries power most consumer electronics, like film cameras

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Laptops and Smartphones have been using Li-ion batteries for years, replacing the lead-acid alternative.

This development accelerated demand in the 90s. Consequently, it was relied on to power the growing information technology sector.

For this reason, the technology behind Li-ion batteries improves every year. Meanwhile, so do expectations. Better smartphones mean a more powerful battery is needed.

Behold the great clean energy paradox.

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The mineral is commonly used in pharmaceutical applications

In Other Applications

It’s also used in ceramics, glass, medicine and various other applications.

Used to treat mental illness for years, it’s original purpose was treating bipolar disorder.

However, the resource is also used around the house. It’s found in windows, oven elements and pottery.

Without it, moulds don’t hold.

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An evaporation pond from Ultra Lithium’s Borita Brine site in Argentina

Eco-Friendly Mining

Especially in the case of brine, mining leaves a tiny environmental footprint.

Ultra Lithium has various sites in South America where the resource is extracted from ‘salars’. These are large evaporation pools.

To start, geological surveys are conducted and several test holes are drilled. Eventually, the mineral reaches the surface, ready to be refined and placed into an eco-friendly battery.

Mining can’t get much cleaner.

 

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of mining news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

 

 

 

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Lithium Demand Exceeds Supply

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

Ultra Lithium Acquires Forgan Lake Lithium Property in Northwestern Ontario

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB) has entered into an agreement with International Lithium Corp. (TSX-V: ILC) to acquire 100% interest in the Forgan Lake Lithium property.

The 256-hectare lithium property consists of 16 units located in the Thunder Bay Mining District in Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

The Forgan Lake lithium property is comprised of one legacy claim TB4244103 (converted to 18 cell claims and two boundary claims as of April 10, 2018 by the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines). It is located adjacent to the Lucky Lake claim block on the northwestern part of ULI’s Georgia Lake lithium property.

Ultra Lithium inc. has acquired the Forgan Lake Lithium Property in Ontario

Historical work on the property was first carried out by Lun-Echo Gold Mines Limited between 1955-61. Exploration work included 39 drill holes, aggregating 10,561 feet (3,219 metres) on the eastern side of Forgan Lake.

Lithium mineralization on the Property is comprised of six spodumene-bearing pegmatites (Number 1 to 6 Pegmatites as described in the Ontario Department of Mines Geological Report No. 31).

Some of these Pegmatites continue onto the Lucky Lake claim block.

Several channel samples were taken on Number 1 Pegmatite by Lun-Echo Gold Mines Limited. Three samples, from about midway along the known length of the pegmatite were found to average 2.57% lithium oxide (Li2O) over a width of 21 feet (6.4 m); two samples from 80 feet (24.38m) southwest of the first three, averaged 4.23% Li2O over 24.5 feet (7.46m), and an additional two, from 225 feet (68.58m) farther southwest 1.98% Li2O over 25 feet (7.62m).

Dr. Weiguo Lang, CEO of UltraLithium:“We are very pleased with the acquisition of the Forgan Lake property which is adjacent to the Lucky Lake claim block. This acquisition will enhance the exploration potential of our Georgia Lake claims and strengthen our relationship with International Lithium. The Company intends to start a work program on the property as soon as historical data compilation is completed. We will then follow up with a near-term test production program using high-grade surface mineralization.”

CAUTIONARY NOTE: The historical results presented above are taken from the Ontario Department of Mines Geological Report No. 31 titled, “Geology and Lithium Deposits of Georgia Lake Area”, by E.G. Pye, (1965) and are relevant to the further exploration of the project which, the Company intends to undertake in the future. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to verify the results; therefore, they should not be relied upon and are presented for informational purposes only.

Qualified Person
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of the Company.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium assets. The Company currently holds five brine lithium properties in Argentina, and one hard rock spodumene type lithium property at the Georgia Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Kiki Smith, CFO

For further information, please contact:
Kiki Smith, CFO
T: +1-778-968-1176
F: +1-604-909-4682
E: kiki@ultralithium.com
W: www.ultralithium.com
Or view the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding “Forward-Looking” Information
Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “is expected”, “potential”, “suggests” or variations of such words or phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control. Actual results and developments are likely to differ and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Lithium Uses: Glass and Ceramics

Lithium uses go beyond car batteries

Lithium is about much more than batteries. Consumer electronics and electric vehicles account for only half of global lithium consumption. Surprisingly, lithium uses are diverse.

This misconception helps shape lithium market prices. Some believe undersupply is responsible for recent stagnation. Meanwhile, others suggest the world’s largest lithium consumer is responsible.

China is the world’s leading lithium importer

It has recently invested in lithium extraction projects of its ownSome of these projects are starting to bear fruit.

But lithium uses go beyond batteries. Lithium market price is closely tied to green transportation. Yes, EV manufacturers influence these valuations but don’t tell the whole story.

Now, let’s look at lithium uses in glass and ceramics.

Lithium Uses in Ceramics and Glass

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Little-known lithium uses – Blue ceramic pottery in Okinawa

1) Reduces Thermal Expansion
Take a look at that family heirloom in your hallway. Why doesn’t it expand in the summertime?

Lithium is responsible.

Glass-ceramic cooktops are the best example of this.  Lithium holds the moulding in place. As a result, no thermal resistance or expansion. 

2) Increases Mould Strength
Lithium increases ceramic body strength. This improves durability. 

So, go ahead and place that 20-year-old pot on a wobbly pillar in the front hall.

3) Ensures Colour Consistency
When applied to mixtures like cement, lithium reduces colour change. Without it, base ceramic colours influence colouration.

That’s why the hallway pot remains the same colour after all these years.

4) Improves Durability
Lithium is a major reason why windows don’t wilt under pressure. Normal windows are double-glazed, with two glass panes separated by an air gap. This helps with insulation and soundproofing.

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Lithium is used to insulate windows from the sun

However, better windows use lithium. A thin layer of the lightest metal on earth keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer

5) Increases Melt Rate and Lowers Viscosity
Lithium drastically reduces corrosion rates. It also ensures glass erodes slowly. Converting to an oxide while heating, lithium improves the physical properties of your kitchen window.

So, you can thank lithium for your ovenware. Without it, baked goods would be harder to make.

Now you know: lithium glass and lithium ceramics colour your world.

Lithium Market Price and Lithium Uses

Electric vehicles are expected to become more valuable. However, lithium exploration projects in Argentina aren’t exclusively tied to batteries.

Now you know: Ceramics and glass have played a major role in day-to-day life for decades.

Many technological advances in these areas are because of lithium. Even if you’ve never driven a Tesla, know that lithium affects your life every time you look outside your office window.

Or reach for that last cupcake.

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

Electric Vehicles and the Value of Lithium

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

Ultra Lithium Announces OTCQB Listing Under the Symbol ULTXF

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V: ULI) (FSE: QFB) (“ULI” or “the Company”)  common shares are listed for trading on the OTCQB under the trading symbol ULTXF commencing August 16, 2018 .

Dr. Weiguo Lang, CEO of Ultra Lithium: “We are very excited to provide this platform to our existing and prospective US shareholders. The OTCQB allows for greater exposure and accessibility to US investors.”

ULI is currently completing data interpretation of geophysical surveys for the Laguna Verde Area. It is also preparing for Geophysical Survey work on its Amelia Property.

Qualified Person
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of the Company.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium assets. The Company currently holds five brine lithium properties in Argentina, and one hard rock spodumene type lithium property at the Georgia Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Kiki Smith, CFO

For further information, please contact:
Kiki Smith, CFO
T: +1-778-968-1176
F: +1-604-909-4682
E: kiki@ultralithium.com
W: www.ultralithium.com
Or view the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding “Forward-Looking” Information
Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “is expected”, “potential”, “suggests” or variations of such words or phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control. Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Ultra Lithium Starts Evaporation Testwork at Laguna Verde Brine Lithium Project in Argentina

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V: ULI) (FSE: QFB) (“ULI” or “the Company”) has started bench scale evaporation testwork on brine samples from Laguna Verde Brine in Argentina.

A 4 cubic metre (4,000 litres) sample taken from Laguna Verde Brine was shipped to ULI’s portable lab in Salta, Argentina. The sample will be evaporation tested to evaluate how to produce various lithium salts in controlled temperature, wind, humidity and pressure conditions. ULI will also perform Lithium recovery analysis as part of this project.

Recent sampling results at Laguna Verde indicated lithium values in the range of 34.2 parts per million (ppm) to 1270 ppm. Average lithium concentration of 526 ppm was found.

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Laguna Verde Brine Project

See Company’s press release dated February 21, 2018

Dr. Weiguo Lang, CEO of UltraLithium: “Exploration work at Laguna Verde Brine is progressing well thanks to the hard work of the field crew, especially in harsh winter weather conditions. Evaporation testwork is a big milestone towards developing a scoping study for potential production of lithium salts and concentrate. We are looking forward to results in about 3 months’ time.”

The evaporation testwork is contracted to Mr. Horacio Garkus of Servicios Mineros, Salta Argentina. Mr. Garkus is a consulting geologist with expertise in brine type lithium exploration and development in Argentina

Qualified Person
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of the Company.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium assets. The Company currently holds five brine lithium properties in Argentina, and one hard rock spodumene type lithium property at the Georgia Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Kiki Smith, CFO

For further information, please contact:
Kiki Smith, CFO
T: +1-778-968-1176
F: +1-604-909-4682
E: kiki@ultralithium.com
W: www.ultralithium.com
Or view the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding “Forward-Looking” Information
Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “is expected”, “potential”, “suggests” or variations of such words or phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control. Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Ultra Lithium Commences Geophysical Survey at Laguna Verde Brine Lithium Property in Argentina

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V: ULI) (FSE: QFB) (“ULI” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the Laguna Verde Brine Geophysical Survey has begun. The Company contracted Beijing Explo-Tech and Engineering Co., Ltd. (BETEC), a speciality geophysical survey company from China to complete Gravity and Time Domain Electromagnetic (TDEM) surveys on the three brine properties. The BETEC technical team has already completed the survey layout in the Laguna Verde discovery zone.

Dr. Weiguo Lang, CEO of Ultra Lithium, stated, “This is the first milestone in understanding ULI’s lithium brine resource potential. Once the Laguna Verde Brine geophysical survey is finished, we will begin to prepare for the drilling program while the geophysical team gets ready to start work on the remaining survey areas at the Amelia property in Salar Antofalla and the La Borita property. We will provide survey progress updates in the coming weeks.”

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ULI’s Laguna Verde Brine geophysical survey has started

Qualified Person
The technical information for the Laguna Verde Brine geophysical survey was reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of the Company.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium assets. The Company currently holds five brine lithium properties in Argentina, and one hard rock spodumene type lithium property at the Georgia Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Kiki Smith, CFO

For further information, please contact:
Kiki Smith, CFO
T: +1-778-968-1176
F: +1-604-909-4682
E: kiki@ultralithium.com
W: www.ultralithium.com
Or view the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding “Forward-Looking” Information
Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “is expected”, “potential”, “suggests” or variations of such words or phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control. Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Ultra Lithium Receives Permits and Starts Geophysical Surveys at Argentina Brine Lithium Properties

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V: ULI) (FSE: QFB) (“ULI” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received permits from the Mining Department of Catamarca Province, Argentina to carry out exploration work at its brine lithium properties. The permit is issued for ground geophysical surveys and evaporation ponds for trial lithium concentration processing at the Laguna Verde, Amelia (Antofalla Salar) and La Borita brine properties. The Company has contracted Beijing Technology and Engineering Co., Ltd. (BETEC) from China to complete approximately 82.60 line-kilometres of Gravity and Time Domain Electromagnetic (TDEM) surveys on the three brine properties. BETEC technical teams have been mobilized to the project area to start geophysical surveys.

Beijing Technology and Engineering Co., Ltd (BETEC) is a global high-tech enterprise providing geological exploration services, research, software development and technology support to the mining and energy industries. Established in 1987, BETEC now operates as a full-service provider of geological, geophysical & geochemical surveying, mapping and technology advancements in mineral exploration, oil and gas exploration, hydraulics, earth physics archaeological exploration, seismic safety evaluation, city construction inspections, remote sensing, geological disasters, land surveying, geodesy, photogrammetry, engineering surveying, geographic information systems development and many other areas.

Dr. Weiguo Lang, CEO of Ultra Lithium, stated that, “We are very pleased to partner with BETEC to commence the next phase of exploration work, especially at the Laguna Verde discovery area where brine samples have indicated lithium values of up to 1270 PPM. Ground geophysical surveys will indicate the basin sizes, structural complexities and potential brine layers.”

Qualified Person
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of the Company.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium assets. The Company currently holds five brine lithium properties in Argentina, and one hard rock spodumene type lithium property at the Georgia Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Kiki Smith, CFO

For further information, please contact:
Kiki Smith, CFO
T: +1-778-968-1176
F: +1-604-909-4682
E: kiki@ultralithium.com
W: www.ultralithium.com
Or view the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding “Forward-Looking” Information
Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “is expected”, “potential”, “suggests” or variations of such words or phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control. Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.