Champion Bear Resources Ltd.
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Champion Bear Resources Ltd.

August 02, 2016 16:05 ET

Champion Bear Updates Activities on the Sudbury Parkin Joint Venture

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 2, 2016) - Champion Bear Resources Ltd. ("Champion Bear" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CBA) is pleased to provide a compilation of historical exploration and an update on recent exploration activities related to the Parkin JV Project ("the Project") located in Sudbury operated by JV partner Wallbridge Mining Company Limited ("Wallbridge").

The Project in Sudbury, Ontario, is being explored for high-grade polymetallic nickel, copper and platinum group metals ("PGMs") over a 6.5 km strike length of the Parkin Offset dyke.

Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization on the Project is typical of that hosted by quartz diorite offset dykes in the Sudbury mining camp. Examples include the prolific deposits at Vale's North and South Mines hosted by the Copper Cliff Offset dyke; Vale's Totten deposit under development in the Worthington Offset Dyke and KGHM International Ltd.'s recent discovery on its Victoria project, also hosted in the Worthington Offset dyke.

Wallbridge filed a technical report outlining the activities on the Project on March 30, 2016. The following is a summary of the material relevant to the Project.

The Project has been divided into the South Block and North Block by Wallbridge and is separated by the Milnet property. The South Block includes the high grade Brady showing at surface and several mineralized intersections at depth. The North Block includes a similar bend in the Parkin Offset Dyke as that seen at the Milnet Mine and may have an underlying structural control on the mineralization.

SOUTH BLOCK

The South block consists of three mining leases totaling 48.56 ha and hosts the Brady Showing. Table 1 summarizes the work completed on the South Block

Table 1 Parkin JV South Block Work Summary

Year Company Activity
1983 Neartic Resources • VLF -EM geophysical survey
• Stripping and trenching
• 8 vertical drillholes totaling 518 m
1986 Falconbridge • 14 drillhole totaling 833 m and drilled to a maximum vertical depth of 100 m
1988 Prophet Resources • Geological mapping
• Channel sampling
• 54 percussion holes totaling 882 m
• 5 diamond drillholes totaling 630 m and drilled to a maximum vertical depth of 100 m
1989 BP Selco • Geological mapping and sampling
• 3 diamond drillhole totaling 1,093 m
1998 Champion Bear • A Channel sample near the northern edge of the Brady Showing.
• 9 diamond drillholes totaling 597 m tested the Brady showing to a vertical depth of 50 m.
2008 Parkin JV • Geological mapping and sampling
• Drilled1 diamond drillhole
• BHUTEM4 surveys completed on drillholes
2009 Parkin JV • Drilled 2 diamond drillholes totaling 1,506 m
• BHUTEM completed on 1 drillhole
• RIM survey utilizing borehole pairs
2010 Parkin JV • RIM survey utilizing borehole pairs

The channel sample over the Brady Showing returned 11.2% Cu, 0.63% Ni, 9.2 g/t Pt, 4.3 g/t Pd and 1.57 g/t Au over 2.7 m

The RIM survey completed in 2010 refined an earlier anomaly identified in 2009. Figure 1 displays the location of the RIM anomaly.

To view Figure 1, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Figure1_RIMSURVEY.pdf

NORTH BLOCK

The North block consists of 45mineral claims totaling 768 ha and covers 5.5 km of the Parkin Offset to the north of the Brady Showing. Table 2 summarizes the work completed on the North Block.

Table 2 Parkin JV North Block Work Summary

Year Company Activity
1985 John Brady • Stripping and trenching
1986 Falconbridge • Drilled 4 diamond drillhole totaling 666 m
1987 INCO • Geological mapping
• Electromagnetic surveys
• Drilled 2 diamond drillhole totaling 267 m
1992 John Brady • Stripping and trenching
1995 WMC International • DigHEM airborne geophysics
• Geological mapping and sampling
• UTEM survey
1998 Champion Bear • Geological Mapping
• Drilled 2 diamond drillholes totaling 245 m
2008 Parkin JV • Geological mapping and sampling
• Drilled2 diamond drillholes
2009 Parkin JV • Drilled 2 diamond drillholes totaling 1,506 m
• BHUTEM completed on 1 drillhole
• RIM survey utilizing borehole pairs
2010 Parkin JV • Drilled 3 diamond drillholes totaling 2,543 m
• BHUTEM completed on 1 drillhole
• RIM survey utilizing borehole pairs
2011 Parkin JV • 3,008m of diamond drilling were completed, as well as BHUTEM surveys, one RIM panel from WMM-014- W2 (Milnet property) to WCB-003 and
• Surface excavations.
2012 Parkin JV • Differential GPS survey of drillhole collars.
2013-2015 Parkin JV • No significant work

Significant findings on the Project summarized by Wallbridge's Parkin JV technical report include anomalous gold values intercepted on the South block, including 44g/t Au over 1.4m (543.30-544.70m in WCB-006).

Several deep drill holes have been completed with borehole geophysics yielding two interesting anomalies. There is a near surface BHUTEM conductor that has not been properly tested. There is also a deep RIM anomaly that has not been explained which may represent mineralization in the Parkin Offset dyke to side of the drill holes. It should be noted that the Parkin Offset dyke has not been tested below the Parkin Fault.

Table 3 summarizes some of the significant diamond drilling results encountered on the Parkin JV. All reported intervals are core length and do not represent true width.

In the l2015 technical report, Wallbridge recommended $1.2 million of exploration expenditures in two phases on the Project which includes diamond drilling and a surface electromagnetic survey.

Table 3 Significant Drill Results on Parkin JV

BHID From (m) To (m) Length (m) Cu (%) Ni (%) Pt (g/t) Pd (g/t) Au (g/t)
P-1 11.9 14.3 2.4 0.43 0.42 0.42 0.99 0.65
P-2 13.5 14.8 1.3 0.36 0.32 0.42 0.48 0.16
P-3 n/s
P-4 20.0 23.3 3.3 0.25 0.57 1.66 2.05 0.62
P-5 n/s
P-6 20.7 22.0 1.3 0.29 0.12 0.68 0.60 0.29
P-7 31.0 32.2 1.2 0.48 2.52 0.78 0.96 0.13
P-8 n/s
P-9 n/s
P-10 n/s
P-11 n/s
WCB-001 n/s
WCB-002 n/s
WCB-003 275.4 279.7 4.0 0.05 0.04 0.05 0.04 0.02
485.8 486.2 0.4 0.15 0.34 0.12 0.09 0.04
WCB-004 n/s
WCB-005 66.3 67.0 0.70 0.13 0.21 0.33 0.28 0.10
WCB-006 535.8 537.0 1.20 0.02 0.01 - 0.01 0.17
540.0 541.0 1.00 0.02 0.01 - - 0.21
542.8 543.3 0.50 0.05 0.01 - - 0.20
543.3 544.7 1.40 0.02 0.01 - - 44.00
776.6 777.3 0.70 0.01 0.09 - - 0.23
WCB-007 145.5 146.6 1.10 0.31 0.13 0.29 0.50 0.13
149.1 150.4 1.30 - 0.01 - - 0.20
177.9 178.6 0.70 0.11 0.02 - - 0.31
WCB-008 n/s
WCB-009 n/s
WCB-010 n/s
WCB-011 n/s
WCB-012 n/s
WCB-013 n/s

Additional Project Activity

On September 16, 2015, Wallbridge announced a new joint venture with Lonmin Canada Inc. and Lonmin Plc ("Lonmin"). Under the terms of the Parkin Amendment, Lonmin may earn a vested Initial Interest of 50% of Wallbridge's interest in all of the Parkin Properties by funding aggregate Exploration Costs and Development Costs on the Parkin Properties totaling up to CAD $11.083 million on or before September 30, 2019, which also includes reimbursing Wallbridge for its cash payments pursuant to Wallbridge's option to purchase Impala Platinum Holdings Limited's ("Implats") interest in the Parkin Properties. Lonmin will have the option to earn up to an additional 15% interest in each Wallbridge property by committing to fund them through to a definitive feasibility study.

The Parkin project constitutes 6.5 km of the 9 km strike length under option by Lonmin from Wallbridge. Lonmin and Wallbridge are actively exploring on the claims immediately south the Projects South Block.

Samples were prepared at ALS Ltd. in Sudbury and then shipped to their analytical facilities in Vancouver. Samples are analyzed for gold, platinum, and palladium by standard lead collection fire assay fusion followed by a combination of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). Samples are also analyzed for 47 base metals and trace elements using a four acid (HNO3-HCIO4-HF and HCI) near total digestion and a combination of ICP-MS and ICP-AES. ICP over limits are re-analyzed using sodium peroxide fusion acid dissolution followed by ICP-AES.

Todd McCracken, P. Geo., Manager - Geology, WSP Canada Inc, Champion Bear's Qualified Person, has reviewed the contents for accuracy and has approved this press release on behalf of Champion Bear.

About Champion Bear Resources Ltd.

Champion Bear is a mineral exploration company focused exclusively on the historically prospective regions of Ontario. The Company's primary target is platinum group and precious metals and to a lesser extent polymetallic base metal and pegmatite-hosted tantalum deposits. Champion Bear's aim is to create shareholder value through selective property acquisition and joint venture followed by focused exploration emphasizing drilling. The Company has assembled a large land position in the Dryden and Sudbury areas, totaling over 16,000 hectares.

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning mineralization, the composition of exploration and surface work programs completed on certain of Champion Bear's mineral properties which are based on Champion Bear's current internal expectations, which may prove to be incorrect. Some information disclosed in this statement was neither commissioned nor provided directly to Champion Bear. These statements are not a guarantee of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are common to junior mineral exploration companies. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, Champion Bear's need for additional funding to continue its exploration efforts, changes in general economic, market and business conditions; and competition for, among other things, capital and skilled personnel. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by applicable securities laws.

No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained in this news release. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

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    Richard D. Kantor
    Chairman and President
    Phone: (403) 229-9522
    (403) 229-9518 (FAX)
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