The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

September 26, 2007 16:03 ET

The Mining Association of British Columbia: Robert Friedland Confirmed to Speak at Vancouver Mining Conference

Inaugural Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals attracting internationally renowned speakers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) - The Mining Association of British Columbia is pleased to announce that Robert M. Friedland, Executive Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines, will be speaking at the Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver from September 30 to October 3, 2007. Mr. Friedland will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Monday, October 1.

Robert Friedland is in the vanguard of North American natural-resource sector leaders who have pioneered business links in Greater China and the Asia Pacific region during the past 20 years. One of the mining industry's best-known international financiers, Mr. Friedland is the founder and Executive Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines, a Canadian public company whose shares trade on the New York, NASDAQ and Toronto exchanges.

Mr. Friedland was named the "2006 Mining Person of the Year" by Canada's Northern Miner, a leading industry publication, for his coup in gaining Rio Tinto as a partner for Ivanhoe Mines in Mongolia. The Northern Miner said the partnership was "a defining moment in one of the world's biggest mineral-development success stories of the past decade." It described Mr. Friedland as "a dynamic force for a quarter-century in the minerals industry through a host of private and public-company vehicles."

Mr. Friedland has been associated with resource and technology ventures for more than 20 years. In 1996, he was named Developer of the Year by the Prospectors' and Developers' Association of Canada for his work in establishing and financing companies engaged in mineral exploration and development around the world.

Mr. Friedland is Chairman of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation, his family's private company, specializing in venture capital and project financing from bases in Singapore and Beijing. With his leadership, Ivanhoe executives and affiliated benefiting companies have raised several billion dollars on international capital markets since 1993.

The Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals will bring together internationally renowned speakers, senior executives, government officials, leading academics, First Nations and senior NGOs involved in all facets of the Asia Pacific mining and minerals industry.

Among the 50 key speakers at the conference are: Jean Chretien, former Prime Minister; David Emerson, Minister of International Trade; Norberto Roque Diaz de Leon, Mexico's General Coordinator of Mining; Lukas Lundin, Chairman of Lundin Mining Corporation; Doug Horswill, Teck Cominco's Senior Vice-President of Environment and Corporate Affairs; Eric Nonacs, Senior Advisor to William J. Clinton Foundation and Managing Director for Global Affairs at Endeavour Financial; Heherson Alvarez, Chair of the Philippine Mining Development Corporation; and James McGregor, author of the bestselling book, One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China.

The Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals is hosted by the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), and supported by the Government of British Columbia and other key partners. More information on the conference is available at

The Mining Association of British Columbia speaks on behalf of mineral producers, the major component of a $10 billion industry in British Columbia. Mining remains B.C.'s second largest resource industry and continues to be an essential part of the B.C. economy. Visit

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