Osisko Mining Corporation
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Osisko Mining Corporation

December 22, 2009 08:00 ET

Osisko Donates Shares to McGill University

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2009) - Osisko Mining Corporation ("Osisko") (TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) and Robert Wares, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Founder of Osisko, are pleased to announce a joint gift of common shares of the company to McGill University in Montreal. The gift consists of 250,000 personal shares from Mr. Wares and 250,000 treasury shares from Osisko, worth approximately $4.1 million. Proceeds from these shares will go to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and will finance two new tenure-track positions in economic geology (faculty scholars), as well as a permanent program of fellowships, scholarships and field trip funding for students enrolled in geological sciences. A portion of the gift will be matched by McGill's McConnell Challenge Fund, created in 2008 by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

"During the last mineral exploration boom, we had a hard time finding geologists," explained Wares. "Earth sciences departments across the country have been chronically underfunded for the last fifteen years, some departments have even closed, and this has seriously hindered student enrollment. I am interested in backing dynamic young talent and encouraging students to enroll in earth sciences. New mineral discoveries and the future of the Canadian mining industry depend on a steady supply of qualified geologists, and I encourage the industry leaders in this country to get more involved in supporting our educational institutions."

Sean Roosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Osisko, stated "Geologists are key to the discovery of new mineral deposits and are the backbone of the Canadian exploration industry. Budget cut-backs and dwindling enrollments in earth science programs over the past number of years have lead to a shortage of qualified exploration geologists. If that trend continues it can only lead to the long-term demise of the Canadian mining exploration business. The successful discovery of Osisko's Canadian Malartic gold deposit is attributable to Bob's expertise, which largely grew out of his training and association with the earth sciences department at McGill University. To make such world-class mineral discoveries and to ensure the future of our industry, we need to encourage the training of dynamic, creative geologists. We hope that this gift of shares, which any public mining company can issue, will motivate our peers in the industry to take up the challenge and get involved in supporting the earth sciences departments at Canada's educational institutions."

About Osisko

Osisko Mining Corporation is currently developing the Canadian Malartic gold deposit and adjacent mineralized zones into a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation. The Company is well-funded with $825 M in cash resources and is carrying out an aggressive mine development, reserve definition and exploration campaign. The Canadian Malartic deposit currently represents one the biggest gold reserves in Canada for a single deposit, and is still growing through ongoing drilling on new mineralized zones. Current reserves for the Canadian Malartic property are 6.28 million ounces with 183.3 Mt @ 1.07 g/t Au (proven reserves: 5.16 Mt @ 1.14 g/t Au, probable reserves: 178.2 Mt @ 1.06 g/t).

Forward Looking Statements

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