Imperial Metals Corporation

Imperial Metals Corporation

February 01, 2007 11:06 ET

Imperial Metals Corporation: Brian Kynoch Presented with EA Scholtz Award

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 1, 2007) - Imperial Metals Corporation (TSX:III) is pleased to announce that its President, Brian Kynoch, is the 2006 recipient of the E.A. Scholz Award in recognition of excellence in mine development in British Columbia. The award was presented to Mr. Kynoch at the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) awards dinner in Vancouver on January 31, 2007.

Mr. Kynoch joined Imperial in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer following the merger of Imperial with Bethlehem Resources Corporation. He was appointed Imperial's President in 2003.

Mr. Kynoch's career spans over 26 years during which he has played lead roles in the exploration, development, commissioning, operation and reclamation of numerous mines and mineral properties including the Mount Polley, Nickel Plate, Goldstream, Huckleberry, Castle Mountain and Sterling mines. He is at the forefront of novel work on the recovery of copper from oxide ores. Motivated by the presence of significant quantities of oxide copper ores at the Mount Polley mine site, he led a team of scientists in designing a bacterial leach process capable of economically recovering copper from these ores. It was this work that indicated the potential value of the oxide copper resource at Mount Polley and led to the discovery of high grade North East zone. The process will be tested at a large scale this summer in a 200,000 tonne test heap.

Mr. Kynoch's strong technical discipline and practical approach is apparent in the planning, design and execution of all the projects he has been associated with. He is highly regarded by all who have come in contact with him for his professionalism, integrity and fair mindedness.

Mr. Kynoch is a Civil Engineer (B.Ap.Sc. UBC) and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

On behalf of the shareholders, employees and directors of Imperial Metals Corporation, we congratulate Brian Kynoch on this important and well deserved recognition.

Pierre Lebel, Chairman

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