Dan Macklin
Exploration Manager, Evolution Gold

Old Techniques Uncovering New Search Space, Red Lake Gold Mine, NW Ontario

The Red Lake belt in NW Ontario has produced over 29moz of gold and is known globally for some of the highest-grade gold deposits in the world. The geomorphology of the Red Lake area, like much of the Canadian shield, is characterised by remnants from the last glacial maxima ~20,000years ago. As a result, a significant portion of the Red Lake area is covered by glacial sediment and modern-day lakes which impede conventional exploration techniques. Using Sonic drilling, Evolution Mining has undertaken an orientation study over the submerged McFinley deposit (757koz Mineral Resource) to optimize different methods of exploring beneath lakes and glacial cover. The study shows that dispersal trains are readily detected beneath lakes in till which show a much stronger and more distinct anomaly when compared with hypogene geochemical signatures.



Dan is a discovery driven geologist with over 12 years’ experience across the mining cycle in Australia and Canada. He is currently Exploration Manager for Evolution Mining Ltd. at the Red Lake Gold Operation in NW Ontario. In this role Dan leads a team responsible for all aspects of Exploration including resource definition and early-stage regional activity. Dan has been a member of successful exploration teams including the 2013 discoveries of the Bigfoot and Eureka VHMS lenses in NE Victoria and 2017 discovery of the Hamlet North gold deposit at the St. Ives Gold Mine in Western Australia. He completed his BSc at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2009, BSc (Hons) at the University of Tasmania (Australia) in 2010 and is registered as a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG).