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BMO Capital Markets Premier Global Resources Conference To Attract a Record 930 Attendees From Six Continents One of the largest metals and minerals investor events in the world

More than 930 attendees from six continents are registered to attend the BMO Capital Markets Global Resources Conference, one of the most comprehensive Metals & Minerals institutional investor events in the world.

The 16th annual event is taking place in Tampa, Florida from February 25 to February 28 and will provide international investors the opportunity to meet senior management of more than 200 leading resources companies from around the world including Australia, Canada, China, Russia, South Africa, United States and the United Kingdom, among others.

“The BMO Capital Markets Global Resources Conference will bring together the world's leading metals and minerals companies to provide our clients with a global perspective into current and future investing opportunities,” said David Fleck, Co-Head of Equity Products, BMO Capital Markets. “When it comes to opportunities in the global metals and minerals industry, our clients benefit from the sector-specific insights and knowledge shared at this conference.”

As a recognized leader to the Metals & Minerals sector, BMO Capital Markets anticipates the increasingly global nature of the industry and the rapid growth of the mid-cap sector to be among the key themes to dominate the conference. Industry statistics reveal the current market capitalization of the mining industry worldwide has exploded to US$1.1 trillion from US$176 billion in just six years.

“Equity financing and M&A activity in the resources industry remains robust in North America and throughout the world,” said Bill Butt, Head, Canadian Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO Capital Markets. “The rapid pace of change over the last few years is something few other sectors have witnessed. Consolidation has created an industry that is truly global in nature, with companies investing heavily outside their home jurisdictions. Canada and Australia have seen the largest growth in the mid- and small-cap companies, followed by Europe.”

Donald Coxe, BMO's highly regarded Global Portfolio Strategist, will deliver the keynote address on Monday, February 26. He will discuss the global market impact of continued robust commodity prices. Following his remarks, Mr. Coxe will host a conference call for members of the media on Monday at 2 p.m. (EST).

The entire three-day event will be hosted by BMO Capital Markets' industry-leading Mining Equity Research team:
Andrea Cheung, Gold & Precious Minerals
Heather Douglas, Precious Metals & Minerals
John Hayes, Small Cap Junior Mining
Victor Lazarovici, Metals & Minerals
Craig Miller, Small Cap Junior Mining
Geoff Stanley, Precious Metals & Minerals
Jay Turner, Small Cap Junior Mining
Nawojka Wachowiak, Precious Metals & Minerals

Media interested in scheduling interviews are asked to call (416) 867-3996. Presentations will be broadcast live and archived at: http://www.bmocm.com/conferences/2007Resources/default.aspx

An up to the minute agenda* with presentation times for the conference is also available on the web site. Scheduled presenters include:

Aflease Gold Ltd.
Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.
Alamos Gold Inc.
Alcan Inc.
Anatolia Minerals Development Ltd.
Anglo American plc
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.
Anvil Mining Ltd.
Apex Silver Mines Ltd.
Aquarius Platinum Ltd.
Aquila Resources Inc.
Aquiline Resources
AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
Augusta Resources Corp.
Aur Resources Inc.
Aurelian Resources Inc.
Aurizon Mines Ltd.
Aurora Energy Resources Inc.
AXMIN Inc.
Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.
Banro Corp.
Barrick Gold Corp.
Bear Creek Mining Co.
Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A.
Cameco Corp.
Centerra Gold Inc.
Century Aluminum Co.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
Cluff Gold plc
Codelco
Comaplex Minerals Corp.
Cumberland Resources Ltd.
CVRD
Denison Mines Inc.
Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
Eldorado Gold Corp.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
FNX Mining Company Inc.
Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.
Gabriel Resources Ltd.
Gammon Lake Resources Inc.
Gold Fields Ltd.
Goldcorp Inc.
Golden Star Resources Ltd.
Great Basin Gold Ltd.
Greystar Resources Ltd.
Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd.
Hecla Mining Co.
High River Gold Mines Ltd.
HudBay Minerals Inc.
IAMGOLD Corp.
Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd.
Inmet Mining Corp.
Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.
Ivernia Inc.
Jaguar Mining Inc.
Jubilee Mines N.L.
Kagara Zinc Ltd.
Kinross Gold Corp.
Lihir Gold Ltd.
Lionore Mining International Ltd.
Lonmin Plc
Lundin Mining Corp.
Meridian Gold Inc.
Minefinders Corporation Ltd.
Ministry of Land and Resources, PRC
Mirabela Nickel Ltd.
Miramar Mining Corp.
MMX Mineracao e Metalicos S.A.
Moto Goldmines Ltd.
Mvelaphanda Resources Ltd.
New Gold Inc.
Newmont Mining Corp.
Norilsk Nickel
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.
Northern Orion Resources Inc.
NovaGold Resources Inc.
Orezone Resources
Osisko Exploration Ltd.
Oxiana Ltd.
Pacific Rim Mining Corp.
Paladin Resources Ltd.
Palmarejo Silver and Gold Corp.
Pan American Silver Corp.
Perseverance Corporation Ltd.
Peru Copper Inc.
Polyus Gold Mining
Quadra Mining Ltd.
Randgold Resources Ltd.
Red Back Mining Inc.
Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd.
Rusoro Mining Ltd.
SEMAFO Inc.
Sherwood Copper Corp.
Shore Gold Inc.
Silver Wheaton Corp.
Sino Gold Ltd.
Skye Resources Inc.
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
Stillwater Mining Co.
Stornoway Diamond Corp.
sxr Uranium One Inc.
Teck Cominco Ltd.
Tenke Mining Corp.
UraMin Inc.
Western Areas NL
Western Goldfields Inc.
Wolfden Resources Inc.
Xstrata plc
Yamana Gold Inc.

* Agenda subject to change.

About BMO Capital Markets' Mining Group

BMO Capital Markets is a leading underwriter of equity issues for mining companies globally. Since 2000, BMO Capital Markets has advised on 36 major Metals & Minerals M&A transactions totaling US$20.8 billion.

BMO Capital Markets has been a trusted advisor to Metals & Minerals companies for almost 100 years. As a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), the firm is able to leverage the financial strength and capabilities of one of North America's leading financial services organizations. With dedicated Metals & Minerals sales specialists in New York, Toronto and London, BMO Capital Markets provides investors with easy, efficient access to the best ideas in specific sectors such as coal, base metals, zinc, nickel and other precious metals.

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