SOURCE: Ascendant Copper Corporation

February 28, 2007 09:30 ET

Dr. John B. Gammon Joins the Board of Directors of Ascendant Copper

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 28, 2007 -- Ascendant Copper Corporation ("Ascendant" or the "Company") (TSX: ACX) is pleased to announce today that Dr. John B. Gammon has joined the Board of Directors.

John holds a B.Sc. (honours) degree in Geology from the University of Leicester, UK, and a Ph.D. in Geology from Durham University, UK. After graduation, John conducted postdoctoral research at the Universities of California and Princeton as the recipient of a Senior Visiting Fulbright Fellowship. For the next twenty years he was employed in successively senior positions in mineral exploration management with, among other companies, Falconbridge.

John spent seventeen years with the Government of Ontario, Canada, in the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the first two years as Director, Mineral Development and Lands Branch and then as Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Minerals Division. He was senior advisor on all mining issues to five successive governments. In appreciation for services to mining and northern Ontario, John was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Laurentian University in 2006.

After retiring from government in 2005, John established the "Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation" at Laurentian University. He is also the Founder of the World Mines Ministries Forums, Toronto. He currently sits on the Boards of Gold Summit Mines, Sherwood Copper Corporation and Strait Gold Corporation.

The Board and Management welcomes John to the Company and the wealth of experience he brings. Gary E. Davis, President, comments, "John is a valuable addition to the Ascendant team and will certainly strengthen our communications with key stakeholders, especially those within the Canadian government."

Ascendant's principal business is the exploration for copper in Ecuador. The Company has two primary properties: the Junin property and the Chaucha property, which it has partnered with Antofagasta PLC for exploration and advancement. The Company has also acquired an extensive exploration database developed for Ecuador by Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Limited and has an option to purchase the Telimbela copper/molybdenum grassroots exploration property located in an historic mining district in south-central Ecuador.

Contact Information

  • Company contact:
    John R. Haigh
    Manager of Investor Relations at 866-907-6047

    10920 West Alameda Avenue, Suite 201
    Lakewood, CO 80226

    Tel: (303) 824-0271
    Fax: (720) 962-4648
    Email Contact