Aquila Resources Mourns the Passing of VP, US Operations Cliff Nelson Jr.

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TORONTO, April 4, 2017 /CNW/ - It is with deep sadness that Aquila Resources Inc (TSX: AQA) announces the sudden passing of Cliff Nelson Jr., Vice President of US Operations, due to illness. Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, parents, children and grandchildren.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of Cliff's passing and offer our deepest sympathies to his extended family," said Mr. Barry Hildred, CEO of Aquila Resources. "Cliff was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, who generously shared his mining knowledge as well as his love for the Upper Peninsula with everyone he worked with. He will be greatly missed."

Mr. Nelson joined Aquila Resources in January 2016 after more than 35 years of operational, metallurgical and mine management experience across the United States. He had deep roots in the Upper Peninsula where he was born and raised, and he was a graduate of the Michigan Technological University and Negaunee High School.

About Aquila Resources
Aquila Resources Inc. (TSX: AQA) is a development-stage company with strategic assets in the Great Lakes Region. The company's experienced management team is currently focused on advancing permitting activities for its 100%-owned gold- and zinc-rich Back Forty Project in Michigan. 

Aquila's flagship Back Forty Project is a volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposit located along the mineral-rich Penokean Volcanic Belt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In its updated Preliminary Economic Assessment filed in September 2014, Back Forty demonstrated strong economics with a pre-tax NPV of $282 million ($210.8 million after-tax) and a pre-tax IRR of 38.8% (32% after-tax) based on mining 16.1M tonnes of measured, indicated, and inferred resources over the 16-year life of mine, of which 12.5M tonnes will be open-pit and 3.6M tonnes will be underground.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" and similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook.

Forward-looking statements relate to any matters that are not historical facts and statements of our beliefs, intentions and expectations about developments, results and events which will or may occur in the future, without limitation, statement with respect to: (i) the economic analysis contained in the PEA; (ii) the development plan of the PEA and results thereof; (iii) capital expenditure programs; (iv) the quality or quantity of the mineral resources subject to estimates by Aquila; and (v) work plans to be conducted by Aquila.

These and other forward-looking statements and information are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the ability of Aquila to control or predict, that may cause their actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied thereby, and are developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein. Aquila expressly disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents Aquila's best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information. Furthermore, mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

SOURCE Aquila Resources Inc.

For further information: Barry Hildred, CEO, Aquila Resources Inc., Tel: 647 943-5672, Email: bhildred@aquilaresources.com; Joe Racanelli, NATIONAL Equicom, Tel: 416 586-1943, Email: jracanelli@national.ca

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