Baffinland Announces New Members of the Baffinland Team to Advance its World Class Iron Ore Project



    TORONTO, April 9 /CNW/ - Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (TSX: BIM)
("Baffinland" or the "Company") today announces several additions to the
Baffinland team charged with advancing the Company's world class Mary River
iron ore deposits to development. Since Rod Cooper, P. Eng., Vice President
Operations and COO, and Rob Chausse, C.A., Vice President and CFO, joined the
Company in March 2006, Baffinland management has successfully recruited
additional key members to the team. "These people are technical, operations,
financial and administrative professionals that are highly regarded in their
respective disciplines and each of them fully understands the potential
significance of the successful development of Baffinland's Mary River
Project," stated Richard (Bo) McCloskey, Chairman of Baffinland.
    The new additions to the team include two new officers of the Company who
joined Baffinland late in the first quarter of 2007. Derek Chubb, P. Eng.,
Vice President Sustainable Development, has many years of experience in
sustainable development, environment permitting and compliance, including BHP
Billiton Diamonds Inc. involved with the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest
Territories and most recently Suncor Energy Inc. in the oil sands of northern
Alberta. Derek will develop, execute and manage Baffinland's permitting
strategy, as well as develop the corporate strategy for sustainable
development. Sonya Stark brings many years of experience in corporate
governance, compliance and as Corporate Secretary of public corporations and
has joined Baffinland as Vice President and Corporate Secretary. Most recently
she was with Tiberon Minerals Ltd., a formerly TSX listed mineral company
acquired in 2007 by a foreign firm. Sonya replaces Ed Dumond, Corporate
Secretary for Baffinland's formative years, who is retiring from Baffinland to
focus on his other activities. Gord McCreary, President and CEO of Baffinland,
stated "We sincerely thank Ed for his diligence over the years on behalf of
Baffinland and wish him all the best in his future activities."
    In the fourth quarter of 2006, Baffinland added key skills in the areas
of human resources and procurement with the addition of Len Kutchaw, Director
Human Resources/Health and Safety, and David Alexander, Procurement Manager.
Len and David are seasoned professionals in their chosen disciplines and have
worked extensively in operating environments in mining and forest products,
respectively. Len has held senior positions with several mining companies,
most recently with Goldcorp's Red Lake Operations. David has held senior
procurement positions with several companies, most recently with
Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.
    In late March and early April, Baffinland has also added further
operations management skills with new team members Al Gorman, Operations
Manager, and Dave McCann, P. Eng., Assistant Operations Manager. Al has an
extensive background in mine operations in Canada and abroad, most recently as
Mine Manager of an open pit mining operation with Century Mining Corporation.
He will manage all activities at the Mary River Project, including contractor
management, safety and environmental stewardship and all site logistics. Dave
has a strong operating background in mineral processing and project
management. He will assist with managing the Mary River Project, as well as
work on various engineering and operations activities associated with the
advancement of the Mary River Project. Dave has been working in senior
management roles, for several years, most recently with CVRD Inco based in
Sudbury.
    Sean Maloney has also joined the Baffinland team from his home base in
Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, as Business Development Officer. Sean is a long
time Nunavut resident and has experience as economic development officer of
northern communities. Ultimately Baffinland intends to open community liaison
offices in several Nunavut communities staffed by local part-time personnel to
provide information about Baffinland and the Mary River Project. In addition,
three Baffinland contract employees from 2006 have also recently become
Baffinland employees in technical and financial roles. Ahoora Samiei and
Massoud Robatian, contract geologists from our 2006 field season became
full-time Baffinland Project Geologists recently. In their Mary River focused
exploration and geological roles with Baffinland, they will continue to work
closely with original core members of the Baffinland team, Michael Zurowski,
P. Eng., Executive Vice President, Roland Landry, Project Manager, and Dr. Tom
Iannelli, Principal Geologist. Also in the important financial control
function, Vesna Zagmester, our Corporate Accountant, has converted from a
part-time contract in 2006 to a Baffinland employee in 2007.
    Although most of the Baffinland team members mentioned are based in the
head office in Toronto, many are focused on activities on site at Mary River
on Baffin Island. A few of the new team members are based in other locations
such as Montreal, Iqaluit and Pond Inlet in order to perform their functions
more efficiently for Baffinland.
    "We have long had the confidence that our Mary River Project would
eventually be recognized as a world class iron ore project. We also felt that
the ultimate challenge would be to build the team needed to advance our
project to development for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. With this
announcement we have made a major step forward in this regard and we will
continue to add additional skills as necessary to accomplish our objectives,"
concluded Gord McCreary.

    "Our World Class Project ...Our World Class Team"

    This press release includes certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within
the meaning of section 21E of the United States Securities and Exchange Act of
1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact,
included herein, including without limitation, statements regarding potential
mineralization and reserves, exploration results and future plans and
objectives of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, are forward-looking
statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no
assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results
and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statement. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from Baffinland's expectations are disclosed under the heading
"Risk Factors" and elsewhere in Baffinland's documents filed from time to time
with the Toronto Stock Exchange and other regulatory authorities.

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For further information:

For further information: visit the Baffinland website at
www.baffinland.com, e-mail info@baffinland.com or contact: Gordon A. McCreary,
President and CEO, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, (416) 814-3163; Investor
Relations: Andreas Curkovic, The Equicom Group, (416) 815-0700 x 262

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