The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

June 12, 2008 17:16 ET

Asia Pacific Forum on Mining & Minerals Announces Founding Sponsors

Date Change Approved

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - The Mining Association of British Columbia -

1. Teck Cominco and Rio Tinto Alcan are founding sponsors

2. Forum date change approved to June 2009

The Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals is pleased to announce founding sponsors Teck Cominco and Rio Tinto Alcan.

Rio Tinto Alcan is the global leader in aluminum with large, long-life, low-cost assets worldwide, a strong portfolio of growth projects and access to significant bauxite reserves, competitive alumina refining, low-cost hydro power, leading smelting technology, innovative engineered solutions, and a diverse talent pool of 73,000 employees, including joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions worldwide. Rio Tinto Alcan - one of Rio Tinto's product groups - is well positioned to meet and exceed its customers' needs and is deeply committed to ensuring the economic environmental and social sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

Teck Cominco Limited is a diversified mining company, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Teck Cominco is a significant producer of copper, zinc, metallurgical coal and specialty metals, and has interests in several oil sands development assets. Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.

The Asia Pacific Forum on Mining and Minerals is a partnership of the Mining Association of British Columbia and British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. The partnership has approved a date change for the conference which will take place in June of 2009. Specific dates and venues will be released shortly.

The Forum is a bi-annual summit of the mining and minerals industry in Vancouver, Canada. Delegates include industry leaders focused on the objectives of increased trade, investment and collaboration in the mining and minerals sector between countries around the Pacific Rim. Themes include: power (green energy, technical innovation, and energy acquisition and consumption), people (retaining and training employees, integrating with cultures and communities) and projects (regulation and permitting, financing and project development).

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For sponsorship and speaking opportunities call Jill M. Baldwin at 604-681-4321 ext 112.

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