Gran Colombia Gold Files National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report for Its Segovia Project

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – June 05, 2017) – Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM) announced today that it has filed a technical report on its Segovia Project in Colombia (the “Technical Report”) pursuant to National Instrument 43‐101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43‐101″). The Technical Report supports the disclosure made by the Company in its April 19, 2017 news release announcing an update of Segovia's high grade mineral resources.

The Technical Report bearing an effective date of March 15, 2017 is entitled: “NI 43–101 Technical Report, Mineral Resource Estimate, Segovia Project, Colombia” and was prepared by Benjamin Parsons, MSc, MAusIMM (CP) and Fernando Rodrigues, BS Mining, MBA, MMSAQP, each of whom is a “qualified person” for the purposes of NI 43‐101.

The report is available on the Company's website at www.grancolombiagold.com and under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

About Gran Colombia Gold Corp.

Gran Colombia is a Canadian–based gold and silver exploration, development and production company with its primary focus in Colombia. Gran Colombia is currently the largest underground gold and silver producer in Colombia with several underground mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. Gran Colombia is continuing its expansion and modernization activities at its high–grade Segovia Operations.

Additional information on Gran Colombia can be found on its website at www.grancolombiagold.com and by reviewing its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Schnell-ladender AMP-Content von Google generiert 35 Prozent mehr Engagement als Mobile-Web-Content

NEW YORK, NY, USA—(Marketwired – 5. Juni 2017) – Chartbeat , die führende Content–Intelligence–Plattform für Publisher, veröffentlichte heute eine branchenweit erste Forschungsstudie, bei der die Auswirkungen der High–Speed–Erlebnisse, die durch Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) von Google und Instant Articles (FIA) von Facebook ermöglicht wurden, quantifiziert werden. Chartbeat evaluierte das Verhalten der mobilen Zielgruppe und die Content–Interaktionen auf AMP und FIA von Juni 2016 bis Mai 2017 auf mehr als 360 Websites. Die Ergebnisse sind eindeutig: Auf die Geschwindigkeit kommt es an, je schneller, desto größer das Interesse am Content.

Trotz der Tatsache, dass die Leser ein nahtloses Erlebnis von Bildschirm zu Bildschirm erwarten, haben langsam ladende Mobilseiten und ein fragmentiertes Mobil–Technologie–Ökosystem dazu geführt, dass Publisher darum kämpfen mussten, das Interesse der Leser aufrecht zu erhalten. AMP und FIA wurden im Jahr 2016 eingeführt, um das mobile Erlebnis für den Verbraucher, das durch aufgeblasene Webseiten beeinträchtigt wird, zu verbessern Sowohl AMP als auch FIA versetzen Medienunternehmen in die Lage, optimierte und schnell–ladende Versionen ihrer Artikel zu veröffentlichen und neue Strategien zur Monetarisierung zu testen. Dabei gewinnen diese beiden Bereiche zunehmend an Bedeutung, da mittlerweile mehr als die Hälfte des Publisher–Traffic mobil erfolgt.

Chartbeat evaluierte im ersten Jahr die Zielgruppen–Interaktionen mit AMP– und FIA–Content auf Websites, bei denen die Plattform–Integrationen von Chartbeat aktiv genutzt wurden, um zu sehen, wie gut dieses mobile High–Speed–Erlebnis ankommt, und ob die Publisher davon profitieren.

Im Rahmen der Untersuchung des Traffic von Artikeln auf AMP und FIA zu Publisher–Website kam Chartbeat zu den folgenden Ergebnissen:

  • Ein typischer Publisher, der AMP implementiert hat, sieht nun rund 16 Prozent seines mobilen Traffic auf AMP–Content und die mit FIA sehen rund 14,8 Prozent des mobilen Traffic auf Instant Articles.
  • Beide Formate haben ungefähr einen gleichen Anteil am mobilen Traffic
  • Pro Tag werden rund dreimal mehr Artikel auf AMP konsumiert als auf FIA. Dies spiegelt genau das wieder, was wir beim Vergleich zwischen „Suche” und „Social” im Allgemeinen beobachten und was daran liegt, dass die gesuchten Artikel eine längere Lebensspanne haben als die auf Social–Kanälen. Umgekehr konnte festgestellt werden, dass auf FIA zwar weniger Artikel konsumiert werden, die FIA–Artikel tendenziell aber mehr Traffic generieren.

Bezüglich Benutzererlebnis und Engagement kam Chartbeat zu folgenden Ergebnissen:

  • Beide Formate, AMP sowie FIA, sind viel schneller als das mobile Web. AMP lädt ungefähr viermal schneller als eine herkömmliche mobile Website und Instant Articles lädt sogar noch schneller.
  • Leser, die auf AMP–Content stoßen, bleiben um 35 Prozent länger interessiert als solche, die auf herkömmlichen mobilen Web–Content stoßen.
  • Im Durchschnitt bleiben „Standard–Mobil–Leser” 31,5 Sekunden und „Mobil–Search–Leser” 35,6 Sekunden interessiert. AMP–Leser bleiben dagegen für 48,2 Sekunden interessiert.

Der Umstand, dass die Leser viel länger interessiert bleiben als normalerweise, legt den Schluss nahe, dass ein schnelleres mobiles Erlebnis wirklich dazu beiträgt, das Interesse zu wecken und aufrechtzuerhalten. Die Ergebnisse der Chartbeat–Fallstudien zeigen, dass das längere Engagement sich in vielen wirkungsvollen Ergebnissen niederschlägt, wie zum Beispiel einer höheren Sichtbarkeit, einer ausgeprägteren Treue und einem langfristigeren Wachstum der Zielgruppe. Er gibt immer noch viele Herausforderungen. Diese Ergebnisse signalisieren jedoch ein starkes Potenzial des mobilen High–Speed–Erlebnisses.

Ausführliche Einzelheiten zu den neuen Forschungsergebnissen von Chartbeat finden Sie im vollständigen Bericht, den Sie hier herunterladen können.

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Le contenu AMP à chargement rapide de Google génère 35 % d'engagement de plus que le contenu web mobile

NEW YORK, État de New York—(Marketwired – 5 juin 2017) – Chartbeat , la plus grande plateforme de veille de contenu pour les éditeurs, a publié aujourd'hui une étude de recherche inédite dans le secteur, quantifiant l'impact des expériences mobiles à haute vitesse proposées sur Internet par le projet Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) de Google et Facebook Instant Articles (FIA). Chartbeat a évalué les comportements de l'audience mobile et les interactions avec le contenu sur AMP et FIA de juin 2016 à mai 2017 à travers plus de 360 sites, et ses conclusions sont claires : la vitesse joue un rôle important et entraîne un engagement plus profond avec le contenu.

Même si les lecteurs attendent une expérience transparente à travers les écrans, les pages mobiles à chargement lent et un écosystème de technologie mobile fragmenté génèrent des problèmes d'engagement pour les éditeurs. Les solutions AMP et FIA ont été lancées en 2016 dans le but d'améliorer l'expérience mobile des consommateurs affectés par des pages web surchargées. AMP et FIA permettent toutes les deux aux sociétés de média de publier des versions simplifiées à chargement rapide de leurs articles et de tester de nouvelles stratégies de monétisation, des aspects de plus en plus importants puisque plus de 50 % du trafic des éditeurs est aujourd'hui mobile.

Chartbeat a évalué la première année d'interactions de l'audience avec le contenu AMP et FIA sur des sites utilisant activement les intégrations de plateforme de Chartbeat, afin de déterminer dans quelle mesure ces expériences mobiles à haute vitesse sont efficaces, ainsi que la manière dont les éditeurs en bénéficient.

En étudiant le trafic généré par des articles sur AMP et FIA vers les sites des éditeurs, Chartbeat a tiré les conclusions suivantes :

  • Un éditeur ordinaire qui a mis en œuvre AMP enregistre désormais environ 16 % de son trafic mobile sur du contenu AMP, comparativement à environ 14,8 % pour les utilisateurs de Facebook Instant Articles.
  • Les deux formats recueillent une part à peu près égale de trafic mobile
  • Environ 3 fois plus d'articles par jour sont consommés sur AMP par rapport à FIA. Cela reflète ce que nous voyons généralement sur les moteurs de recherche en comparaison avec les réseaux sociaux, et tient du fait que les articles ont une durée de vie plus longue sur les moteurs de recherche. Inversement, moins d'articles sont consommés sur FIA, mais ces derniers ont tendance à générer davantage de trafic.

Concernant l'engagement et l'expérience des utilisateurs, Chartbeat a tiré les conclusions suivantes :

  • Les formats AMP et FIA sont tous deux beaucoup plus rapides que le web mobile, avec AMP affichant des temps de chargement environ quatre fois plus rapide que l'expérience sur site mobile standard, et Instant Articles offrant un temps de chargement encore plus rapide.
  • Chez les lecteurs interagissant avec du contenu AMP, la durée de l'engagement est 35 % supérieure par rapport au contenu web mobile standard.
  • En moyenne, les lecteurs mobiles standard sont engagés pendant 31,5 secondes, comparativement à 35,6 secondes sur les moteurs de recherche mobile. Cependant, les lecteurs AMP sont engagés pendant 48,2 secondes.

Cette durée d'engagement beaucoup plus longue suggère qu'une expérience mobile plus rapide joue un rôle extrêmement important pour attirer et conserver l'attention. D'après les études de cas de Chartbeat, un engagement plus long se traduit par de nombreux résultats percutants, comme des niveaux accrus de visibilité et de fidélité, ainsi qu'une croissance de l'audience à long terme. De nombreux défis persistent, mais ces résultats signalent jusqu'à présent un fort potentiel à venir pour les expériences mobiles à haute vitesse.

Pour en savoir plus sur cette nouvelle étude de Chartbeat, téléchargez le rapport complet ici.

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Contenido de carga rápida AMP de Google obtiene 35% mayor engagement que el contenido web móvil

NUEVA YORK, NY—(Marketwired – 5 de junio de 2017) – Chartbeat, la plataforma líder de inteligencia de contenido para editores, publicó hoy un estudio de investigación pionero en la industria, diseñado para cuantificar el impacto de las experiencias móviles de alta velocidad que llegan a la web por el Proyecto de páginas móviles aceleradas (AMP) de Google y Artículos Instantáneos de Facebook (FIA). Chartbeat evaluó el comportamiento de la audiencia móvil y las interacciones de contenido en las plataformas AMP y FIA, desde junio de 2016 hasta mayo de 2017, a través de más de 360 portales, y los hallazgos son decisivos, la velocidad tiene importancia y conduce a un engagement más a fondo con el contenido.

A pesar de que los lectores esperan una experiencia transparente a través de las pantallas, las páginas móviles de carga lenta y un ecosistema fragmentado de tecnología móvil, han dejado a los editores luchando por mantener a los lectores conectados. Las plataformas AMP y FIA fueron lanzadas en 2016 para mejorar la experiencia móvil del consumidor debido a las páginas web sobrecargadas. Los formatos AMP y FIA permiten a las compañías mediáticas publicar versiones dinamizadas de carga rápida de sus artículos, y comprobar nuevas estrategias de monetización, siendo ambas cada vez más importantes, hoy que más del 50% del tráfico editorial es móvil.

Chartbeat evaluó el primer año de interacciones de audiencia con el contenido de AMP y FIA en los portales que usan activamente las integraciones de la plataforma de Chartbeat, para ver cuán bien estas experiencias móviles de alta velocidad están progresando, y si es qué y cómo los editores se están beneficiando.

Al estudiar los portales de tráfico dirigido al editor de artículos sobre AMP y FIA, Chartbeat halló:

  • Un editor típico que implementó AMP, hoy ve cerca del 16% de su tráfico móvil en contenido AMP y los que tienen FIA ven cerca del 14,8% del tráfico móvil en los Artículos Instantáneos.
  • Ambos formatos atraen una participación relativamente igual de tráfico móvil
  • Cerca de tres veces más artículos diarios se consumen en AMP en comparación con FIA. Esto refleja lo que vemos en la búsqueda vs. las plataformas sociales en general, y se debe a que los artículos sobre búsqueda tienen una duración más larga que sobre las plataformas sociales. Por otro lado, menos artículos se consumen en FIA, sin embargo, los artículos en FIA tienden a promover más tráfico.

Específicamente sobre el engagement y la experiencia del usuario, Chartbeat halló:

  • Ambos formatos AMP y FIA, son mucho más rápidos que la web móvil, AMP se carga aproximadamente cuatro veces más rápido que la experiencia de portal móvil estándar, y los Artículos Instantáneos se cargan aún más rápido.
  • Los lectores que acceden la plataforma de contenido AMP se conectan un 35% de tiempo más largo que los que acceden la plataforma de contenido web móvil estándar.
  • En promedio, los lectores móviles estándar se conectan por 31,5 segundos, y los lectores de búsqueda móvil se conectan por 35,6 segundos. Los lectores AMP, sin embargo, se conectan por 48,2 segundos.

El hecho de que los lectores se conectan por mucho más tiempo de lo que normalmente lo harían, sugiere que una experiencia móvil más rápida, efectivamente tiene importancia para atraer y mantener la atención. Según los estudios de caso de Chartbeat, el engagement más prolongado se traduce en muchos resultados impactantes, tales como visualización más alta, mayor lealtad y crecimiento de audiencia a largo plazo. Aún existen muchos desafíos, pero estos resultados hasta hoy señalan el fuerte potencial futuro para las experiencias móviles de alta velocidad.

Para más detalles acerca la nueva investigación de Chartbeat, descargue el informe completo aquí.

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Northland Power Reports on the 2017 Annual General Meeting

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – June 05, 2017) – Northland Power Inc. (“Northland“) (TSX: NPI) (TSX: NPI.PR.A) (TSX: NPI.PR.B) (TSX: NPI.PR.C) (TSX: NPI.DB.B) (TSX: NPI.DB.C) today announced the results of the election of directors at its Annual General Meeting (“the Meeting”) held on June 5, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

The total number of voting shares represented by shareholders present in person and by proxy at the Meeting was 97,752,430, representing 56.26% of Northland's outstanding voting shares.

The six nominees proposed by management for election as directors were elected by a show of hands. Proxies were received as follows:

         
Nominee Votes For Percent Withheld Percent
James C. Temerty, C.M. 90,381,615 93.06% 6,737,965 6.94%
The Right Honourable John N. Turner, Q.C. 95,014,140 97.83% 2,105,440 2.17%
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni 97,007,832 99.88% 111,748 0.12%
Linda L. Bertoldi 91,426,950 94.14% 5,692,630 5.86%
Barry Gilmour 96,484,569 99.35% 635,011 0.65%
Russell Goodman 96,220,840 99.07% 898,740 0.93%

The Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP to serve as the independent auditors of Northland until the next annual meeting was approved by a show of hands. Proxies were received as follows:

       
Votes For Percent Withheld Percent
96,464,961 98.68% 1,287,069 1.32%

ABOUT NORTHLAND

Northland is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland develops, builds, owns and operates facilities that produce 'clean' (natural gas) and 'green' (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long–term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities.

The Company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,754 MW of operating generating capacity and 332 MW of generating capacity under construction, representing an 85% equity stake in Nordsee One, an offshore wind project located in the North Sea. The Company also recently announced the acquisition of a 100% equity stake in a 252 MW offshore wind project DeBu currently in advanced development in the North Sea.

Northland's cash flows are diversified over four geographically separate regions and regulatory jurisdictions in Canada and Europe.

Northland's common shares, Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 preferred shares and Series B and Series C convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.B, NPI.PR.C, NPI.DB.B, and NPI.DB.C, respectively.

Conteúdo AMP de carregamento rápido do Google tem 35% mais engajamento do que conteúdo de web móvel

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – 5 de junho de 2017) – Chartbeat , a principal plataforma de inteligência de conteúdo para editores, divulgou hoje o primeiro estudo da indústria que quantifica o impacto das experiências móveis de alta velocidade na web proporcionado pelo Projeto Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) do Google e Facebook's Instant Articles (FIA). A Chartbeat avaliou o comportamento e interações do público móvel no AMP e FIA entre junho de 2016 e maio de 2017 em mais de 360 sites, e o resultado foi conclusivo: a velocidade conta e contribui para o maior engajamento com o conteúdo.

Embora os leitores esperem uma experiência total nas telas, o carregamento vagaroso das páginas móveis e o ecossistema fragmentado da tecnologia móvel faz com que os editores lutem para manter os leitores engajados. O AMP e FIA foram lançados em 2016 para melhorar a experiência móvel do consumidor nas páginas inchadas na Web. Com o AMP e FIA as empresas de mídia podem publicar versões simplificadas e de carregamento rápido dos seus artigos e testar novas estratégias de monetização que estão cada vez mais importantes do que nunca pois mais de 50% do tráfego de editores são móveis.

A Chartbeat avaliou o primeiro ano das interações do público com o conteúdo AMP e FIA em sites que usam as integrações de plataformas da Chartbeat para ver o desempenho da experiência móvel de alta velocidade e como os editores estão se beneficiando.

Ao estudar a condução do tráfego para os sites dos editores com artigos por meio do AMP e FIA, a Chartbeat concluiu:

  • Um editor típico que implementou o AMP tem 16% do tráfego móvel no conteúdo AMP e quem implementou o FIA tem cerca de 14,8% do tráfego móvel na Instant Articles.
  • Os dois formatos são responsáveis por cerca do mesmo tráfego móvel
  • O AMP consome cerca de três vezes mais artigos diariamente do que o FIA. Isto é semelhante ao observado em pesquisa vs. social porque os artigos na pesquisa têm uma vida útil mais longa do que na área social. Por outro lado, menos artigos são consumidos no FIA, mas, os artigos no FIA causam mais tráfego.

Quanto à experiência e o engajamento do usuário, a Chartbeat concluiu:

  • Os formatos AMP e FIA são muito mais rápidos do que a web móvel. O carregamento no AMP é basicamente quatro vezes mais rápido do que a experiência no site móvel padrão, e o carregamento no Instant Articles ainda é mais rápido.
  • Os leitores que usam o conteúdo no AMP têm um engajamento 35% mais longo que o conteúdo no site móvel padrão.
  • Em média, os leitores móveis padrão se engajam durante 31,5 segundos e os leitores de pesquisa móvel se engajam durante 35,6 segundos. No entanto, os leitores de AMP se engajam durante 48,2 segundos.

O fato de que os leitores estão se engajando durante mais tempo do que o normal sugere que uma experiência de web mais rápida realmente contribui para atrair e manter a atenção. De acordo com os estudos de casos da Chartbeat, um engajamento mais longo tem resultados mais impactantes, tais como maior visualização, aumento da fidelidade e crescimento do público a longo prazo. Os desafios são muitos, mas estes resultados indicam um forte potencial para a experiência móvel de maior velocidade.

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A Chartbeat, a plataforma de inteligência de conteúdo para editores, acredita que os criadores de conteúdo atuais precisam de informações de missão crítica em tempo real e por meio das plataformas no desktop, sociais e móveis, para transformar os visitantes em um público fiel. É por isso que o nosso software vai além dos clicados e visualizações de páginas para que os criadores de conteúdo possam entender o que, dentro do conteúdo, está mantendo as pessoas engajadas. Com parcerias com mais de 50.000 sites em mais de 60 países, o software e ferramentas de linha de frente da Chartbeat ajudam as maiores empresas de mídia do mundo a entender, medir e avaliar a atenção gerada pelo conteúdo.

Champion Iron subsidiary, Quebec Iron Ore Inc., Granted C$5.2 Million in Financial Assistance from Government of Quebec's “Green Fund” for Energy Conversion Projects at its Bloom Lake Mine, Fermont, Quebec

MONTREAL, QC—(Marketwired – June 05, 2017) – Champion Iron Limited (ASX: CIA) (TSX: CIA) (“Champion” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Quebec Iron Ore Inc. (“QIO”) has been granted C$5.2 million in financial assistance from the Government of Quebec's “Green Fund” in connection with two energy conversion projects at its Bloom Lake Iron Mine (“Bloom Lake”), located near Fermont, Quebec. The grant was announced at the Bloom Lake site, earlier today, by Mr. Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and the Minister responsible for the Côte–Nord region. The announcement also included the participation of Mr. Michael O'Keeffe, Chairman and CEO of Champion and QIO, and it was attended by members of the media and Champion and QIO personnel.

Financial assistance from the Green Fund falls within the framework of the Government of Quebec's “EcoPerformance Program under the 2013–2020 Action Plan on Climatic Change”.

The first energy conversion project at Bloom Lake involves the replacement of a steam boiler which had operated utilizing light fuel oil with an electrode steam boiler in the plant's main boiler room. The new boiler will meet a significant portion of the demand for process steam as well as mid–season heating requirements. The switch from fuel oil to electric heating will not only reduce the fuel consumption of the mine, but also reduce the environmental footprint and operating costs.

The second project involves the installation of an overhead conveyor for the transport of iron ore. The mined ore was historically transported by trucks with a 240 tonne capacity to the crusher and then transported on a conveyor to the storage site. The new overhead conveyor will significantly reduce the use of trucks, thus reducing QIO's diesel consumption by a projected 3,400,000 litres.

Significantly, the two energy conversion projects will reduce Bloom Lake's greenhouse gas emissions by 19,689.2 tonnes equivalent CO2 per year, which is equivalent to removing approximately 5,800 light vehicles from roads annually.

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pierre Arcand, stated: “With the 2030 Energy Policy, our government has set ambitious targets for the use of less harmful energy sources and the efficiency with which we use them. It is by supporting companies such as Quebec Iron Ore, which already participates fully with our energy transition goals, that we will succeed in developing and modernizing Quebec's economy.”

Michael O'Keeffe, Chairman and CEO of Champion and QIO, added: “This announcement is part of a broad plan to make our facilities more streamlined and energy–efficient in order to minimize our environmental footprint. Our goal is to restart the Bloom Lake Mine and realize on the great potential it has for the benefit of local and indigenous communities, while keeping at the forefront our respect for the environment with the complicity of our first–time partner, the Government of Quebec.”

About Bloom Lake

On April 11, 2016, the Company, through its subsidiary QIO, acquired the Bloom Lake assets from affiliates of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. that were subject to restructuring proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada). Québec Iron Ore Inc. is 63.2% owned by the Company, with the remaining 36.8% equity interest owned by Ressources Québec, acting as a mandatory of the Government of Quebec.

The Bloom Lake property is located on the south end of the Labrador Trough, approximately 13 km north of Fermont, Quebec, and 10 km north of the Mount–Wright iron ore mining operation of ArcelorMittal Mines Canada. The Bloom Lake Mine is an open pit truck and shovel operation, with a concentrator. From the site, iron concentrate can be transported by rail, initially on the Bloom Lake Railway, to a ship loading port in Sept–Iles, Québec.

The Bloom Lake Mine has already been authorized for operation under the federal and provincial environmental authorities. The project was subject to an environmental impact assessment process under Section 31.1 of the Québec Environment Quality Act, which led to the first decree issued by the Quebec government in 2008 authorizing mining activities at the Bloom Lake site. An updated positive Feasibility Study on Bloom Lake has been completed and is available under the Company's profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

About Champion

Champion is an iron development and exploration company, focused on developing its significant iron resources in the south end of the Labrador Trough in the province of Québec. Following the acquisition of its flagship asset, the Bloom Lake iron ore property, the Company's main focus is to implement upgrades to the mine and processing infrastructure it now owns while also advancing projects associated with improving access to global iron markets, including rail and port infrastructure initiatives with government and other key industry and community stakeholders.

Champion's management team includes professionals with mine development and operations expertise who also have vast experience from geotechnical work to green field development, brown field management including logistics development and financing of all stages in the mining industry.

For additional information on Champion Iron Limited, please visit our website at www.championiron.com

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Sirona Biochem Closes Convertible Note Financing

VANCOUVER, BC—(Marketwired – June 05, 2017) – Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX VENTURE: SBM) (FRANKFURT: ZSB) (XETRA: ZSB) is pleased to announce that it has closed the non–brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) of convertible notes (“Notes”). The financing was oversubscribed, resulting in gross proceeds of $587,000. Each Note is convertible at the option of the holder into one common share of the company at a conversion price of $0.18 per share.

The Notes will mature in 18 months from the date of issuance and bear interest at the rate of 12% per annum, payable quarterly, until the Notes are converted or repaid. The company will be entitled to repay the principal amount of the Notes, together with accrued and unpaid interest, at any time commencing four months after the date of issuance, subject to giving the holders prior notice thereof to permit holders to convert during the notice period.

All securities issued in connection with the private placement will be subject to a statutory hold period expiring on October 5, 2017.

About Sirona Biochem Corp.

Sirona Biochem is a cosmetic ingredient and drug discovery company with a proprietary platform technology. Sirona specializes in stabilizing carbohydrate molecules with the goal of improving efficacy and safety. New compounds are patented for maximum revenue potential.

Sirona's compounds are licensed to leading companies around the world in return for licensing fees, milestone fees and ongoing royalty payments. Sirona's laboratory, TFChem, is located in France and is the recipient of multiple French national scientific awards and European Union and French government grants. For more information, please visit www.sironabiochem.com.

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Sirona Biochem cautions you that statements included in this press release that are not a description of historical facts may be forward–looking statements. Forward–looking statements are only predictions based upon current expectations and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward–looking statements, which speak only as of the date of release of the relevant information, unless explicitly stated otherwise. Actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, Sirona Biochem's forward–looking statements due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Sirona Biochem's business including, without limitation, statements about: a third party potential licensees of TFC–1067 may not deliver a term sheet to the company in Q1 2017 or at all; the company may not be able to negotiate a license agreement with a potential licensees of TFC–1067 on terms acceptable to Sirona Biochem; the progress and timing of its clinical trials are uncertain; difficulties or delays in development, testing, obtaining regulatory approval, producing and marketing products; unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of the company's or licensed products that could delay or prevent product development or commercialization; the scope and validity of patent protection for the company's or licensed products; competition from other pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies; and its ability to obtain additional financing to support its operations. Sirona Biochem does not assume any obligation to update any forward–looking statements except as required by law.