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EXHIBIT 10.1

ABERDENE MINES LIMITED

2004 NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTION PLAN

ARTICLE I Purpose of Plan

This 2004 NONQUALIFIED STOCK OPTION PLAN (the "Plan") of ABERDENE MINES LIMITED (the "Company") for persons employed or associated with the Company, including without limitation any employee, director, general partner, officer, attorney, accountant, consultant or advisor, is intended to advance the best interests of the Company by providing additional incentive to those persons who have a substantial responsibility for its management, affairs, and growth by increasing their proprietary interest in the success of the Company, thereby encouraging them to maintain their relationships with the Company. Further, the availability and offering of Stock Options under the Plan supports and increases the Company's ability to attract, engage and retain individuals of exceptional talent upon whom, in large measure, the sustained progress growth and profitability of the Company for the shareholders depends.

ARTICLE II Definitions

For Plan purposes, except where the context might clearly indicate otherwise, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below:

"Board" shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

"Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

"Committee" shall mean the Compensation Committee, or such other committee appointed by the Board, which shall be designated by the Board to administer the Plan. The Company shall be composed of two or more persons as from time to time are appointed to serve by the Board and may be members of the Board or the entire Board.

"Common Shares" shall mean the Company's Common Shares $0.001 par value per share, or, in the event that the outstanding Common Shares are hereafter changed into or exchanged for different shares or securities of the Company, such other shares or securities.

"Company" shall mean ABERDENE MINES LIMITED, a Nevada corporation, and any parent or subsidiary corporation of ABERDENE MINES LIMITED, as such terms are defined in Section 425(e) and 425(f), respectively of the Code.

"Optionee" shall mean any person employed or associated with the affairs of the Company who has been granted one or more Stock Options under the Plan.


"Stock Option" or "NQSO" shall mean a stock option granted pursuant to the terms of the Plan.

"Stock Option Agreement" shall mean the agreement between the Company and the Optionee under which the Optionee may purchase Common Shares hereunder.

ARTICLE III Administration of the Plan

1. The Committee shall administer the plan and accordingly, it shall have full power to grant Stock Options, construe and interpret the Plan, establish rules and regulations and perform all other acts, including the delegation of administrative responsibilities, it believes reasonable and proper.

2. The determination of those eligible to receive Stock Options, and the amount, price, type and timing of each Stock Option and the terms and conditions of the respective stock option agreements shall rest in the sole discretion of the Committee, subject to the provisions of the Plan.

3. The Committee may cancel any Stock Options awarded under the Plan if an Optionee conducts himself in a manner which the Committee determines to be inimical to the best interest of the Company and its shareholders as set forth more fully in paragraph 8 of Article X of the Plan.

4. The Board, or the Committee, may correct any defect, supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan or in any granted Stock Option, in the manner and to the extent it shall deem necessary to carry it into effect.

5. Any decision made, or action taken, by the Committee or the Board arising out or in connection with the interpretation and administration of the Plan shall be final and conclusive.

6. Meetings of the Committee shall be held at such times and places as shall be determined by the Committee. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the vote of a majority of those members present at any meeting shall decide any question brought before that meeting. In addition, the Company may take any action otherwise proper under the Plan by the affirmative vote, taken without a meeting, of a majority of its members.

7. No member of the Committee shall be liable for any act or omission of any other member of the Committee or for any act or omission on his own part, including, but not limited to, the exercise of any power or discretion given to him under the Plan except those resulting form his own gross negligence or willful misconduct.


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8. The Company, through its management, shall supply full and timely information to the Committee on all matters relating to the eligibility of Optionees, their duties and performance, and current information on any Optionee's death, retirement, disability or other termination of association with the Company, and such other pertinent information as the Committee may require. The Company shall furnish the Committee with such clerical and other assistance as is necessary in the performance of its duties hereunder.

ARTICLE IV Shares Subject to the Plan

1. The total number of shares of the Company available for grants of Stock Options under the Plan shall be 1,000,000 Common Shares, subject to adjustment as herein provided, which shares may be either authorized but unissued or reacquired Common Shares of the Company.

2. If a Stock Option or portion thereof shall expire or terminate for any reason without having been exercised in full, the unpurchased shares covered by such NQSO shall be available for future grants of Stock Options.

ARTICLE V Stock Option Terms and Conditions

1. Consistent with the Plan's purpose, Stock Options may be granted to any person who is performing or who has been engaged to perform services of special importance to management in the operation, development and growth of the Company.

2. Determination of the option price per share for any stock option issues hereunder shall rest in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Committee.

3. All Stock Options granted under the Plan shall be evidenced by agreements which shall be subject to applicable provisions of the Plan, and such other provisions as the Committee may adopt, including the provisions set forth in paragraphs 2 through 11 of this Article V.

4. All Stock Options granted hereunder must be granted within ten years from the date this Plan is adopted.

5. No Stock Option granted hereunder shall be exercisable after the expiration of ten years from the date such NQSO is granted. The Committee, in its discretion, may provide that an option shall be exercisable during such ten year period or during any lesser period of time. The Committee may establish installment exercise terms for a Stock Option such that the NQSO becomes fully exercisable in a series of cumulating portions. If an Optionee shall not, in any given installment period, purchase all the Common Shares which such Optionee is entitled to purchase within such installment period, such Optionee's right to purchase any Common Shares not purchased in such installment period shall continue until the expiration or sooner termination of such NQSO. The Committee may also accelerate the exercise of any NQSO.


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6. A Stock Option, or portion thereof, shall be exercised by deliver of (i) a written notice of exercise to the Company specifying the number of Common Shares to be purchased, and (ii) payment of the full price of such Common Shares, as fully set forth in paragraph 7 of this Article V. No NQSO or installment thereof shall be reusable except with respect to whole shares, and fractional share interests shall be disregarded. Not less than 100 Common Shares may be purchased at one time unless the number purchased is the total number at the time available for purchase under the NQSO. Until the Common Shares represented by an exercised NQSO are issued to an Optionee, he shall have none of the rights of a shareholder.

7. The exercise price of a Stock Option, or portion thereof, may be paid:

A. In United States dollars, in cash or by cashier's check, certified check, bank draft or money order, payable to the order of the Company in an amount equal to the option price; or,

B. At the discretion of the Committee, through the delivery of fully paid and nonassessable Common Shares, with an aggregate fair market value (determined as the average of the highest and lowest reported sales prices on the Common Shares as of the date of exercise of the NQSO, as reported by such responsible reporting service as the Committee may select, or if there were not transactions in the Common Shares on such day, then the last preceding day on which transactions took place), as of the date of the NQSO exercise equal to the option price, provided such tendered shares, or any derivative security resulting in the issuance of Common Shares, have been owned by he Optionee for at least 30 days prior to such exercise; or,

C. By a combination of both A and B above.

8. The Committee shall determine acceptable methods for tendering Common Shares as payment upon exercise of a Stock Option and may impose such limitations and prohibitions on the use of Common Shares to exercise an NQSO as it deems appropriate.

9. With the Optionee's consent, the Committee may cancel any Stock Option issued under this Plan and issue a new NQSO to such Optionee.

10. Except by will, the laws of descent and distribution, or with the written consent of the Committee, no right or interest in any Stock Option granted under the Plan shall be assignable or transferable, and no right or interest of any Optionee shall be liable for, or subject to, any lien, obligation or liability of the Optionee. Upon petition to, and thereafter with the written consent of the Committee, an Optionee may assign or transfer all or a portion of the Optionee's rights and interest in any stock option granted hereunder. Stock Options shall be exercisable du
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