Rio Tinto Alcan's support for International Dragon Boat Festival tops $1.3 million



    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - During its 12-year relationship with the
Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society, Rio Tinto Alcan has
contributed more than $1.3 million to the festival that bears its name. Rio
Tinto Alcan has been a major supporter for more than half the Festival's life,
and is its longest-running title sponsor. The Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat
Festival, which takes to the waters of False Creek, British Columbia (B.C.) on
June 21 and 22, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2008.
    "This partnership has been a very strong fit for our company," said Jean
Simon, president, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal, North America. "The Rio Tinto
Alcan Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of teamwork, dedication,
continuous improvement and community diversity - values that are very
important to us as a company. Both the sport and the Festival are inclusive of
all ages, cultures, and walks of life. Events like this are about
community-building, something we value."
    "One of the side benefits of Rio Tinto Alcan's relationship with the
Festival is that dragon boating has become a popular activity in northwestern
B.C," said Paul Henning, vice president, B.C. Operations and Strategic
Development, Western Canada, Rio Tinto Alcan. "For the past several years,
teams from Kitimat and Prince Rupert have been participating in the Vancouver
Festival and our host communities of Kitimat and Terrace both boast of their
own annual dragon boat regattas," he added.
    "We are very grateful to Rio Tinto Alcan for their unwavering support for
the Festival over so many years," said Jas Kalsi, chair of the Canadian
International Dragon Boat Festival. "It is not only the value of the
sponsorship they bring to us, it is their participation on site and their
support throughout the year. Although the event takes place on two days in
June, the spirit of dragon boating is in the community year-round through the
Festival Society's community outreach programs," he concluded.

    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.




For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, B.C.: Colleen
Nyce, (250) 615-6574, colleen.nyce@riotinto.com; Rio Tinto Media Relations,
Canada: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com;
www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan

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