Western Silver Corporation

Western Silver Corporation

June 23, 2005 11:37 ET

Western Silver Announces Appointment of Penasquito Project Manager and New Director

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 23, 2005) - Western Silver (TSX:WTC)(AMEX:WTZ) today announced the appointment of a project development manager and the addition of a new member to the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Cameron Brown, who spent 22 years as a senior project manager and director at Bechtel Corporation - one of the world's leading engineering, construction and project management companies - has joined Western Silver as Project Manager for Penasquito. Mr. Brent Kinney, an international petroleum lawyer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been appointed to the Board of Directors.

As Project Manager, Mr. Brown will oversee the design, development and construction of Western Silver's Penasquito silver-gold-lead-zinc project in central Mexico.

Mr. Brown has 35 years of experience in mineral processing in Canada, U.S., South America and Australia. He has been responsible for project management and engineering of major precious and base metal projects in complex and remote regions ranging from the Canadian Artic to the Atacama Desert in Chile. He has both open pit and underground mining experience.

His work at Bechtel included:

- Project Director at the Goro Nickel Project.

- Manager of Engineering for the Bechtel Mining and Metals Center of Excellence.

- Project Manager for the Los Pelambres mine

- Project Engineering Manager for La Candelaria; and,

- Project Lead Engineer for Kennecott's Copperton Concentrator Expansion.

Mr. Brown has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

Western Silver's new Board member, Mr. Kinney, has more than 20 years experience representing both government and private sector clients throughout the world. Prior to leaving Canada in 1990 he was a partner in one of Alberta's leading energy law firms. He has represented governments, state oil companies and international oil companies in petroleum ventures worldwide and is currently advising the Peoples Republic of China through one of its state entities in petroleum interests in the middle east.

Mr. Kinney is also a director of Husky Energy Inc. and Dragon Oil plc. He has both a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Societies of Alberta, England and Wales and Hong Kong and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England.

"These two individuals further strengthen our management, operational and negotiating capabilities and position the Company to move the Penasquito project forward," says Western Silver Chairman and CEO Dale Corman. "Both Mr. Brown and Mr. Kinney have international experience in the resource sector and are highly respected by their peers."

Western Silver Corporation (TSX:WTC)(AMEX:WTZ) is a publicly traded mineral exploration company focused on discovering and developing silver properties in the Americas. The Company's primary project, the 100%-owned Penasquito property in central Mexico, is emerging as a silver-gold-lead-zinc district with significant exploration upside. The Chile Colorado Zone at Penasquito has been independently confirmed as one of the largest undeveloped silver deposits in the world and is economic at conservative metals prices. An independent resource calculation has also been calculated for the nearby Penasco deposit. Western Silver also has an interest in the world-class San Nicolas zinc-copper project in Mexico with Teck Cominco Limited and owns the Carmacks Copper Project in the Yukon.

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the private securities litigation reform act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from estimated results. Such risks and uncertainties are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed nor accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release, which has been prepared by management.

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