Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

January 17, 2008 11:39 ET

Great Western Minerals Group Welcomes Dr. Baodong Zhao as Manager of Metallurgy

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2008) - Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GWG) (PINK SHEETS:GWMGF) ("GWMG" or "the Company") is pleased to welcome Dr. Baodong Zhao, as the Company's new Manager of Metallurgy. In this new role, Dr. Zhao will oversee all aspects of metallurgy including the development of cost effective techniques to optimize the extraction and processing of rare earth elements from the host rocks.

Dr Zhao holds a PhD in Surface and Materials Electrochemistry from Queen's University and brings to GWMG extensive knowledge of metallurgy, materials science and physical chemistry from the Chinese and North American materials industry. He has many years of experience with metallurgical processes including hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, electrometallurgy and powder metallurgy, and has developed unique techniques to enhance the recovery of rare earth elements from ore.

Dr Zhao is the author or co-author of many academic and industry publications; He has developed and delivered technical presentations at many international academic, research, scientific and industry conferences on materials and metallurgy. In addition, Dr Zhao is a patent holder for a new technology to manufacture rare-earth metal from mixed rare-earth ore.

Jim Engdahl, President and CEO of Great Western Minerals Group said, "We are pleased to add Dr. Zhao to our technical team. He is truly a high-calibre expert and brings to GWMG the background and experience we need to complement the key roles within the Company as we continue to implement our "mine-to-market" strategy. Dr. Zhao's knowledge of metallurgy is extremely important for us to develop and maintain a leadership role in this sector. Much of his knowledge and experience was gained in China, the primary global supplier of rare-earth elements, and now we have access to that technical expertise."

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. is a Canadian based company exploring for, and developing, strategic metal resources in North America. Pursuing a vertically-integrated business model, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary Great Western Technologies Inc., located in Troy, Michigan, produces a variety of specialty alloys for use in the battery, magnet and aerospace industries. These "designer" alloys include those containing copper, nickel, cobalt and the rare earth elements.

Jim Engdahl, President

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  • Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    Ron Malashewski
    Manager of Investor Relations
    (306) 668-0701
    Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    226 Cardinal Crescent
    Saskatoon, SK S7L 6H8