Champion Minerals Inc.

Champion Minerals Inc.

May 16, 2011 07:30 ET

Champion Minerals Announces Appointment of Jean-Luc Chouinard as Director of Projects

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - Champion Minerals Inc. ("Champion Minerals" or the "Company") (TSX:CHM)(FRANKFURT:P02) today announced the appointment of Mr. Jean-Luc Chouinard, P.Eng. to the role of Director of Projects for the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Chouinard will be based in Champion Minerals' Montreal, Quebec office.

Mr. Chouinard has over 30 years of progressive international mining and consulting experience in mine operation management, mine construction and project development, as well as several scoping and feasibility studies in the mining industry.

Mr. Chouinard worked on various engineering projects, on pre-feasibility and feasibility studies with Metchem and Roche Consulting Ltd. As a consultant through his firm Chouinard and Associates he worked for Barrick Gold Corporation and for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. on the scoping study of the Pinos Altos Project, the five-year plan and on a feasibility study of a crushing and conveying system at the Laronde Mine. Construction projects include, amongst others, the Essakane project for IAMGOLD Corporation, the Langlois Mine for Breakwater Resources Ltd., and an open-pit mine at Selbaie Mines.

Mr. Chouinard has worked at mine operations for Cominco Ltd. as the Superintendent of Mine Engineering at both the Kimberley and Snip operations and for the Glenbrook Nickel Company in Noumea, New Caledonia. He was the Chief Mining Engineer at Selbaie Mines, and the Mine Superintendant for Bema Gold Corporation at the Julietta Mine in Russia. He has also been General Manager at both the Sigma and Langlois mines.

Mr. Chouinard holds a Master of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Laval University, Quebec and he is a Professional Engineer registered in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada.

"We are delighted to have someone with this depth of experience join Champion Minerals at this important junction in the company's development," commented Thomas Larsen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Champion Minerals. "Jean-Luc's track record and extensive experience in the mining industry will support the development team in moving the Fire Lake North Project through the feasibility study stage towards production."

About Champion Minerals Inc.

Champion Minerals Inc. is a Canadian-based iron ore exploration and development company with properties located in the heart of Canada's premier iron ore mining district, the Labrador Trough. Champion Minerals is one of the largest landholders of highly prospective iron ore properties located southwest of Fermont, Quebec and northeast of Schefferville. The Company's core projects include Fire Lake North, Bellechasse and Harvey-Tuttle, which contain combined NI 43 101 compliant Inferred Mineral Resources totalling 1.55 billion tonnes grading 24.5% Total Iron at a 15% cut-off. The Company's Fermont Property Holdings are located close to power, roads and railways, and are connected to three ports on Quebec's north shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Champion Minerals' shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CHM.

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