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Rubicon Minerals: Material Change Report Dated March 9, 2015

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.


Exhibit 99.1



Item 1

Name and Address of Company

Rubicon Minerals Corporation (the “

44 Victoria Avenue, Suite 400

Toronto, Ontario M5C 1Y2

Item 2

Date of Material Change

Item 3

News Release

A News Release disclosing the material change was issued through Marketwired on November 3, 2015 and is attached as Schedule “A” to this report.

Item 4

Summary of Material Change

On November 3, 2015, the Company announced that it is moving to suspe nd underground activities at the Phoenix Gold Project (the “

”) while it enhances its geological model of the F2 Gold Deposit and develops a project implementation plan.

Item 5

Full Description of Material Change

Please see Schedule “A” for a copy of the News Release issued that sets out the full description of the material change.

Item 6

Reliance on subsection 7.1(2) of National Instrument 51-102

Not applicable.

Item 7

Omitted Information

Item 8

Executive Officer

The following senior officer of the Company is knowledgeable about the material changes and this report:

Michael Winship

Interim President and Chief Executive Officer


Item 9

Date of Report


Underground Activities Temporarily Suspended at the Phoenix Gold Project;

Rubicon to Enhance its Geological Model and Develop an Implementation Plan

TORONTO, Ontario –

Rubicon Minerals Corporation



” or the “

”) today announced it is moving to suspend underground activities at the Phoenix Gold Project (the “

“We believe in the potential of the Phoenix Gold Project,” said Michael Winship, interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Rubicon. “We have high-grade gold mineralization with extensive infrastructure, in one of the top producing gold camps in the world. Similar to other high-grade, narrow-vein, underground gold deposits, the geology can be quite challenging and requires additional analysis to be fully understood. During the trial stoping period, we have discovered that the F2 Gold Deposit is much more geologically complex compared to our understanding of it from historical drilling.”

“Our job is to maximize value for our shareholders. After conducting an initial assessment of the Project following my appointment as interim CEO, we believe that we need to better define the value of the deposit with further work. Therefore, we have decided to temporarily suspend underground activities, further enhance our geological model, and create a project implementation plan with the goal of providing a better path towards profitability. We are focused on building both the right plan and the right leadership team to accomplish this goal.”

Project Update Highlights:

The Company is moving to temporarily suspend underground activities at the Project. The gold mineralization is more geologically complex compared to historical drilling data;

Rubicon will work with SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. (“

”) and a team of qualified advisors to enhance the geological model, develop a new mineral resource estimate, and produce the Phoenix Project Implementation Plan (“

The first trial stope result reconciled well with the 2012 SRK in-situ mineral resource block model estimate (“

2012 SRK Model

”). The average milled grade of the first trial stope was 5.03 grams per tonne of gold (“

g/t Au

”) and is approximately 4% higher compared to the 4.85 g/t Au in the 2012 SRK Model;

Since the start of commissioning in May 2015, Rubicon has produced 3,704 ounces of gold (and sold 2,498 ounces of gold);

On October 30, 2015, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“

”) gave Rubicon permission to restart mill operations. The Company has been successful in reducing ammonia levels, discharging treated effluent to the environment, and upgrading its tailings management facility (“

”). The mill operations resumed on October 31, 2015;

Currently, the Company has a stockpile of approximately 11,000 tonnes of mineralized material at an estimated gold grade of approximately 4.0 g/t Au, which Rubicon expects to process in November;

Rubicon is carefully managing its working capital balance of C$23 million as of October 31, 2015 and believes this is sufficient to carry the Company through the PPIP period, which is expected to be completed in second quarter 2016;

Rubicon has initiated a cost cutting plan. Associated with the suspension of underground activities is the temporary layoff of approximately 200 employees and 110 contractors, representing 87% of Company employment.

Complexity in the Geological Interpretation of the F2 Gold Deposit

Trial stoping has revealed the complexity of the F2 Gold Deposit. Gold mineralization at the F2 Gold Deposit is primarily hosted within and along the boundaries of two rock types: high-titanium basalts (“

HiTi basalts

”) and felsic intrusive rocks. The majority of the gold distribution is contained within the HiTi basalts, with gold grades that are spatially highly variable and associated with visible, nuggety gold. Applying data from core drilling, underground chip samples, and an appreciation of the lithologies that host gold at the F2 Gold Deposit, the Company is further refining its interpretation of the geological framework which hosts the F2 Gold Deposit.

Although the mill results from the first trial stope reconciled well with the 2012 SRK Model (see discussion below), subsequent trial stopes have highlighted the local variability in the continuity of the HiTi basalt unit. For example, Figure 1 shows the planned stope shape of the 489 Stope (located between the 244- and 305-metre levels), which was expected to be rectangular in nature. Figures 2 to 6 show the actual mapped geology of the levels and sublevels within the stope, which demonstrate that the spatial variability of the rock types and mineralization were much greater than expected. The Company believes that with additional analysis, it can further enhance its three-dimensional geological interpretation of the F2 Gold Deposit, which will contribute to the optimization of planned tonnes and gold grades in the future. Rubicon will continue to work with SRK and other consultants to enhance its three-dimensional geological/mineral resource modelling and to develop its PPIP, with a goal to provide a better path towards profitability. The PPIP is a detailed engineering and economic framework that includes the new mineral resource estimate, conceptual mine planning, underground infrastructure, geotechnical analysis, maintenance, processing, safety and environmental management, sustainability planning, human resources, cost...