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Maple Gold provides operational update and annual equity incentive plan

Apr 30, 2024

"With the support of our partner and key stakeholders, we have seized this golden opportunity to reposition the Company for future success by delivering a high-quality exploration model supported by a wealth of technical data while simultaneously right-sizing our business," said Kiran Patankar, President and CEO of Maple Gold. "We believe as strongly as ever in the compelling discovery potential offered by our strategically located district-scale gold projects. The culmination of these efforts is well-timed amid surging gold prices and increasing investment focus on organic growth through the drill bit."

Maple Gold Mines Ltd. is pleased to provide an operational update related to the advancement of the Company's gold projects located in Québec, Canada. Consistent with the Company's value-oriented exploration strategy, the ongoing synthesis and reinterpretation of multiple exploration datasets by the Company's revamped technical team is nearing completion, while management continues to significantly reduce costs and preserve capital as demonstrated in the Company's audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2023. The Company also announces that its Board of Directors has approved the issuance of annual equity incentive grants to certain employees, officers, directors and consultants.

Operational Update

Since late 2023, Maple Gold has been engaged in a systematic review and compilation of the extensive technical database on its entire ~400 km2 property package that straddles the fertile Casa Berardi Break and contains an established near-surface, multi-million ounce gold mineral resource as well as a past-producing high-grade gold mine complex. This critical re-evaluation is aimed at integrating all available geological, geophysical, geochemical and drilling data to improve target generation and drive exploration results. The Company's technical team is nearing completion of a new 3D litho-structural model based on selective core relogging within mineralized zones, updated level plans, longitudinal and cross-sections, and detailed geophysical and geochemical data analysis that will support the focused ranking and prioritization of property-wide drill targets to be tested later this year. As part of this exercise, the Company has also initiated high-resolution drone magnetic surveys in selected areas, which will be completed in the next following weeks.

The Company has engaged with notable geological, geophysical and geochemical specialists to assist with the ongoing interpretation of the vast amount of exploration data that has been collected by Maple Gold and others over the past 50 years. This includes current members of the Company's Technical Committee: Dr. Gérald Riverin, Mr. Maurice Tagami, P.Eng. and Mr. Paul Harbidge. The results of the geologic reinterpretation are being finalized and will be reported shortly. Drilling is expected to recommence later this year with full details to be provided in subsequent announcements.

Annual Equity Incentive Plan Grants

Pursuant to its Equity Incentive Plan (the "Plan") dated December 17, 2020, as amended, and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Company's Board of Directors granted stock options ("Options"), Restricted Share Units ("RSUs") and Deferred Share Units ("DSUs") to certain employees, officers, directors and consultants. The Company granted Options to purchase an aggregate of 4,000,000 common shares of the Company (each, a "Common Share"), with an exercise price of $0.08 per Common Share. Each Option grant vests in three equal tranches over a 24-month period. Once vested, each Option is exercisable into one Common Share for a period of five years from the date of the grant. The Company also granted a total of 3,250,000 RSUs and 725,000 DSUs. Each RSU grant vests in three equal tranches over a 24-month period. Once vested, each RSU and DSU entitles the holder thereof to receive either one Common Share, the cash equivalent of one Common Share or a combination of cash and Common Shares, as determined by the Company, net of applicable withholdings. DSUs may not be exercised until a director ceases to serve on the Company's Board of Directors.

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