Rio Tinto Alcan initiates CDN$200 million Canada fund



    MONTREAL, July 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan has initiated formation
of the previously announced CDN$200 million fund to support communities in
Canada. Named the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund, this is a major step in the
fulfilment of Rio Tinto's promise to continue the former Alcan's commitments
to communities in which it operates. The endowment will be built up over a
five year period beginning with the first instalment to be made in July 2008,
consistent with the commitment made by Rio Tinto one year ago when it
announced the recommended offer for Alcan Inc.
    "The former Alcan group of businesses have a legacy of resource
stewardship and sustainable community support and development which closely
match Rio Tinto's global values," said Dick Evans, chief executive, Rio Tinto
Alcan. "We are very proud to build on this historical record by formalizing
the continued commitment of Rio Tinto Alcan to Canada through the creation of
the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund."
    The Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund will be overseen by a largely independent
Board of Directors, chaired by Dick Evans, whose members include:

    
    - Hélène Desmarais, chair of the board and CEO of the Montreal
      Enterprises and Innovation Centre
    - Sir Brian Fall, former British high commissioner to Canada and
      consultant to Rio Tinto
    - Clifford Moar, former chief, Montagnais First Nation
    - Gaston Ouellet, associate professor, HEC Montréal (Ecole des Hautes
      Etudes Commerciales)
    - Monica A. Patten, president and CEO, Community Foundations of Canada
    - David A. Thompson, chairman, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
    

    The Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund's mandate is to deliver on existing
commitments in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada such as support for the Montreal
International Jazz Festival, the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Montreal
Planetarium and numerous other commitments in the Saguenay, Quebec and
Northern British Columbia regions, and also to develop new programs in line
with values and areas of focus, consistent with sustainable development, that
are shared with Rio Tinto.
    "The creation of the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund caps a year in which Rio
Tinto has announced significant projected investments in Canada, potentially
totalling over US$8 billion," continued Evans. "Rio Tinto believes firmly that
it is in our strategic interest to support local communities as we expand our
footprint and capacities in Canada."

    For more information on the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund, please visit
www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan, under Our Approach or send an email to
FondsRTACanadaFund@riotinto.com.

    About Rio Tinto in Canada

    Rio Tinto Alcan joins other Rio Tinto operations in Canada in creating an
economic powerhouse centred in Quebec, with operations bordering on the
Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. In addition to Rio Tinto Alcan, Rio Tinto
owns or holds majority stakes in Rio Tinto Exploration, in Vancouver, BC,
Diavik Diamond Mines, in the NWT, QIT Fer et Titane, in Sorel-Tracy, QC, and
the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), of Sept-Iles, QC and Labrador City, NL.
Rio Tinto's worldwide copper projects group is also headquartered in
Vancouver.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.

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conditions in relevant areas of the world, the actions of competitors,
activities by governmental authorities such as changes in taxation or
regulation and such other risk factors identified in Rio Tinto's most recent
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Exchange Commission (the "SEC") or Form 6-Ks furnished to the SEC.
Forward-looking statements should, therefore, be construed in light of such
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earnings per share of Rio Tinto plc or Rio Tinto Limited will necessarily
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that the implied values, anticipated results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied in forward-looking statements contained in this
announcement will be achieved.




For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations: Stefano
Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com;
www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan

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