BMO Capital Markets Global Metals & Mining Conference to Attract a Record 1,220 Attendees from Six Continents



    One of the largest metals and mining investor conferences in the world

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - More than 1,200 attendees from six continents
have registered to attend the BMO Capital Markets Global Metals & Mining
Conference, one of the most comprehensive mining institutional investor events
in the world.
    The 17th annual event is taking place in Hollywood, Florida from
February 25 to February 27, 2008. It will provide international investors the
opportunity to meet senior management of 230 leading mining companies from
around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Russia, South Africa,
United States and the United Kingdom, among others.
    "BMO Capital Markets welcomes all of its North American and international
guests. The global metals and mining sector is continuing its spectacular
growth and Canada has maintained a central role in supporting this rapidly
evolving industry," said Eric Tripp, Co-President of BMO Capital Markets.
    "BMO Capital Markets remains committed to investing in global mining, and
as a firm, is embracing the incredible opportunities presented by the
geographical potential we see here at home and beyond North America," Mr.
Tripp added.
    As a recognized leader to the Metals & Mining sector, BMO Capital Markets
anticipates the increasingly global nature of the industry and the continued
rapid growth of the mid-cap sector to be among the key themes that will
dominate the conference. Industry statistics reveal the current market
capitalization of the mining industry worldwide has exploded to US$2 trillion
from US$185 billion in just five years.

    The entire three-day event will be hosted by the well-regarded BMO
Capital Markets Metals & Mining Equity Research team:

    David Haughton, Co-Head, Metals & Mining Research
    Tony Robson, Co-Head, Metals & Mining Research
    Andrea Cheung, Gold & Precious Minerals
    John Hayes, Gold and Precious Minerals, Mining Exploration
    Craig Miller, Gold and Precious Minerals, Base Metals
    Bart Melek, Global Commodity Strategist
    James Picton, Diamonds
    Chris Rollason, Diamonds, Mining Exploration
    Jay Turner, Uranium, Coal
    Nawojka Wachowiak, Base Metals

    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/2008metalsandmining/default.aspx

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

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    Aflease Gold Ltd.
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    African Copper Plc
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    Africo Resources Ltd.
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    Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.
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    Alamos Gold Inc.
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    Alliance Resources Ltd.
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    Andean Resources Ltd.
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    Andina Minerals Inc.
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    AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.
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    Anooraq Resources Corp.
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    Anvil Mining Ltd.
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    Apex Silver Mines Ltd.
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    Aquarius Platinum Ltd.
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    Aquila Resources Ltd.
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    Aquiline Resources Inc.
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    Areva
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    Aruntani SAC
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    Augusta Resource Corp.
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    Aurelian Resources Inc.
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    Aurizon Mines Ltd.
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    AXMIN Inc.
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    B2Gold Corp.
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    Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.
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    Bakyrchik Gold Plc
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    Banro Corp.
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    Barrick Gold Corp.
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    Boliden AB
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    Cameco Corp.
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    Canadian Royalties Inc.
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    Centenario Copper Corp.
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    Centerra Gold Inc.
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    Century Aluminum Co.
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    Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
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    Cluff Gold Plc
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    Comaplex Minerals Corp.
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    Denison Mines Corp.
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    Detour Gold Corp.
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    Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
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    Eldorado Gold Corp.
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    Equinox Minerals Ltd.
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    Eurasian Natural Resources Corp.
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    European Goldfields Ltd.
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    Exeter Resource Corp.
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    First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
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    FNX Mining Company Inc.
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    Franco-Nevada Corp.
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    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
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    Gammon Gold Inc.
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    Gem Diamonds Ltd.
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    Gold Eagle Mines Ltd.
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    Gold Fields Ltd.
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    Goldcorp Inc.
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    Golden Star Resources Ltd.
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    GoviEx
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    Great Basin Gold Ltd.
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    Greystar Resources Ltd.
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    Grupo Mexico/Southern Copper Corp.
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    Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd.
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    Harry Winston
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    Hecla Mining Co.
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    Highland Gold Mining Ltd.
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    Hochschild Mining Plc
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    HudBay Minerals Inc.
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    IAMGOLD Corp.
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    Iberian Minerals Corp.
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    Inmet Mining Corp.
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    Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.
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    IvanPlats
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    Ivernia Inc.
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    Jaguar Mining Inc.
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    Kagara Ltd.
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    Katanga Mining Ltd.
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    Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd.
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    Kinross Gold Corp.
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    La Mancha Resources lnc.
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    Lihir Gold Ltd.
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    Lonmin Plc
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    Lundin Mining Corp.
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    Mag Silver Corp.
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    MBC Resources
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    Metallica Resources Inc.
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    Minefinders Corp. Ltd.
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    Mineral Deposits Ltd.
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    Mirabela Nickel Ltd.
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    MMC Norilsk Nickel
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    Moto Goldmines Ltd.
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    Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.
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    Nautilus Minerals Inc.
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    Nevsun Resources Ltd.
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    Newcrest Mining Ltd.
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    Newmont Mining Corp.
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    Norsk Hydro ASA
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    Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.
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    Northgate Minerals Corp.
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    NovaGold Resources Inc.
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    OceanaGold Corp.
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    Orezone Resources Inc.
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    Osisko Exploration Ltd.
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    Oxiana Ltd.
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    Paladin Energy Ltd.
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    Pan American Silver Corp.
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    Peak Gold Ltd.
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    Peter Hambro Mining Plc
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    Petra Diamonds Ltd.
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    Polo Resources Ltd.
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    Polymet Mining Corp.
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    Polymetal
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    Polyus Gold Mining Co.
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    Quadra Mining Ltd.
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    Randgold Resources Ltd.
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    Red Back Mining Inc.
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    Regent Pacific Group Ltd.
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    Ridge Mining Plc
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    Rusoro Mining Ltd.
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    SEMAFO Inc.
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    Sherwood Copper Corp.
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    Silver Bear Resources Inc.
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    Silver Wheaton Corp.
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    Sino Gold Mining Ltd.
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    St. Barbara Ltd.
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    Stornoway Diamond Corp.
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    Strateco Resources Inc.
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    TEAL Exploration & Mining Inc.
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    Teck Cominco Ltd.
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    The Silver Institute
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    Thompson Creek Metals Company
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    Titanium Resources Group Ltd.
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    Uranium One Inc.
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    Western Areas NL
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    Western Goldfields Inc.
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    WWW International Diamond Consultants Ltd.
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    Yamana Gold Inc.
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    (*) Agenda subject to change.
    

    About the BMO Capital Markets Metals & Mining Group

    BMO Capital Markets has been focused on the Metals & Minerals industry
for almost 100 years. As a member of BMO Financial Group, (TSX, NYSE:   BMO),
the firm is able to leverage the financial strength and capabilities of one of
North America's leading financial services organizations. With 10 dedicated
Metals & Mining equity research analysts targeting coverage of 120 public
companies, BMO Capital Markets provides clients with access to the best
analysis and ideas in specific sectors such as coal, base metals, zinc, nickel
and other precious metals. BMO Capital Markets has offices in London,
Australia, China, Europe, and across North America including Toronto, New York
and Chicago. For more information, visit: www.bmocm.com.





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For further information: Media Contacts: Kim Hanson, Toronto,
kim.hanson@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Holly Holt, New York, holly.holt@bmo.com,
(212) 885-4153; Internet: www.bmocm.com


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