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There’s gold in them hills: Optimizing exploration of the Troilus deposit, Quebec by reevaluating the mechanisms of ore deposition

Exploration Quebec’s historical Troilus deposit by the Toronto-based company Troilus Gold Corporation has shown tremendous potential to produce gold, copper, and silver if the mine is reopened. However, the deposit remains poorly understood due to metamorphism, deformation, structural zonation, and remobilization of metals which occurred during multiple stages of mineralization. As a result of this complexity, the source and distribution of metals at the Troilus deposit is not well understood which is an obstacle to growing the resource and reopening the mine. I seek to constrain the evolution of the Troilus deposit by understanding the structures and rock types hosting ore, the fluids they precipitated from, and the tectonic processes which occurred during mineralization. This work will be applied to target promising zones of mineralization during exploration and assist with the development of the Troilus deposit into one of Canada’s largest gold mines.

Tavis Enno
MSc candidate, Geology
Faculty of Science - Western University


Nigel Blamey
Neil Banerjee


Tavis Enno is a first-year MSc candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences at Western University. He is the president of the Society of Economic Geologists- London Student Chapter and holds the G. Gordon Suffel Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Applied Economic Geology. A recipient of the Western Gold Medal, he completed his BSc at Western University with an Honours Specialization in Geology and Major in Chemistry. It was at the crossroads of these programs that he became interested in exploring the metallogeny of hydrothermal ore deposits. As a geochemist, he employs many analytical methods to constrain the timing, physiochemical conditions, and transportation mechanisms responsible for mineralization, which is then interpreted into a genetic model that is applied to exploration. His work has been used to refine exploration models in the underexplored Frotet-Evans Greenstone Belt of Quebec and has won awards in back-to-back years at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention- the largest mining and metals convention in the world. He has spent his summers in northern Quebec assisting with greenfields and brownfields exploration at the Troilus Gold Project and enjoys the balance of lab and field work afforded to him. 

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