Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited

Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited

October 15, 2008 07:00 ET

Consolidated Thompson Appoints Howard Bernier as Chief Operating Officer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2008) - Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited (TSX:CLM) ("CLM" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Howard Bernier has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective October 20, 2008.

"We will benefit from Howard Bernier's leadership abilities, technical competence and business acumen," said Richard Quesnel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Bernier has worked in senior management positions at major mining, refining and consulting companies during his 37-year career. Most recently, he was senior advisor to major iron ore mining companies performing due diligence reviews and studies on possible acquisitions. Prior to that Mr. Bernier was Resident Manager at Wabush Mines, Sept-Iles, Quebec in charge of operations and major projects while improving cost and productivity. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bernier worked for Noranda at the Montreal Canadian Copper Refinery and the Gaspe Copper Smelter in increasingly senior positions.

Mr. Bernier is a Professional Metallurgical Engineer and holds a B.Sc. (Engineering) from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec.

About Consolidated Thompson

Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited is an exploration and development company. The Company has approximately 119.0 million shares outstanding and trades on the TSX under the symbol CLM. Further information can be accessed at the Company's website at

Except for statements of historical fact relating to the Company, certain information contained herein constitutes "forward-looking information" under Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the role of Mr. Bernier and the anticipated impact of his appointment. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made. Estimates regarding the anticipated impact of the appointment are based on his previous professional accomplishments and his competencies. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Consolidated Thompson to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to risks described in the annual information form of the Company posted under the profile of the Company on SEDAR at Although management of Consolidated Thompson has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Consolidated Thompson does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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