Ascendant Copper Corporation

Ascendant Copper Corporation

August 30, 2007 16:27 ET

Ascendant Copper Announces Appointment of Leroy Wilkes to Board

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) - Ascendant Copper Corporation ("Ascendant") or ("the Company") (TSX:ACX)(TSX:ACX.WT)(TSX:ACX.WT.A)(BERLIN:A0HMLE)(FRANKFURT:A5C)(WKN:A0HMLE) is pleased to announce today that LeRoy E. Wilkes has joined the Board of Directors.

Mr. Wilkes is a Mining and Professional Engineer with over 37 years of surface and underground mining and processing experience in such commodities as copper, molybdenum, lead, silver, zinc and limestone. Mr. Wilkes has held executive positions with ARCo/Anaconda Minerals, where he rose to the position of Vice President of Business Development. He subsequently served as Vice President for BHP's Ridgeway Mining Company and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation.

In 1988, Mr. Wilkes became Executive Vice President of Washington Corporations, where he was responsible for, among other mining activities, mergers and acquisitions as the company expanded to become one of the largest construction companies in the United States. In 1997, Mr. Wilkes became Executive Vice President of the mining unit for Washington Group International (NYSE:WGII). In 2003, he was appointed as President of the Business Mining Unit of Washington Group, responsible for the operating and financial performance of the Unit's international operations in the metals, coal and industrial minerals markets.

Mr. Wilkes also currently serves on the boards of Quaterra Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:QTA) and Sabina Silver Corporation (TSX VENTURE:SBB).

"The Company is pleased to have Roy as part of the Ascendant team," said Gary E. Davis, CEO and President of the Company. "Roy's significant experience in operations and acquisitions will be invaluable as the Company moves forward with its objective of commencing copper operations in the Americas."

Ascendant Copper Corporation is a mineral exploration and development company responsibly advancing its Chaucha and Junin copper-molybdenum projects in Ecuador toward a verifiable economic base metal discovery. Ascendant has a solid mineral asset base, a diversified portfolio, proven management, and is committed to becoming a mid-tier copper producer and maintains a strategic exploration alliance in Ecuador with Rio Tinto (LSE:RTZ). The Company continues to investigate mineral properties of merit in the Americas.

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