Bear Creek appoints Nolan Watson to Board of Directors

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Bear Creek Mining (TSX Venture: BCM) ("Bear
Creek" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Nolan Watson will join
the Bear Creek board of directors effective August 19, 2009. Mr. Watson is
currently the CEO and a director of Sandstorm Resources. He previously held
the position of CFO of Silver Wheaton where he was an integral member of the
team creating the very successful silver streaming business model that
resulted in Silver Wheaton becoming the largest pure silver company in the
world with a market capitalization of approximately US$2.5 billion
    "I am very pleased that Nolan has joined our team", stated Andrew
Swarthout, Bear Creek President and CEO. "His broad financial and deal-making
experience focused on precious metals will add enormous value as Bear Creek
completes its prefeasibility study on Corani and embarks upon the feasibility
study at Santa Ana. Nolan will also provide valuable input as Bear Creek
continues to grow through exploration and additional precious metals
    In addition the Company will be granting Mr. Watson 100,000 incentive
stock options at a price of Cdn $1.90 per share, exercisable on or before
August 18th 2014. These options will vest according to the Company stock
option plan.
    The Company also announces the retirement of Gerald Van Voorhis from the
Board, effective as of the 2009 Annual General Meeting. Gerry was a founder of
Bear Creek Mining, and served as a director of the Company since 2003. Gerry
was an ardent supporter of our exploration programs leading to the discovery
of the Company's two large silver deposits currently on the path to
production. The Company wishes to thank Gerry for his dedication and service.

    About Bear Creek:

    Bear Creek is an exploration and development company with two advanced
multi hundred million ounce silver deposits in Peru. The Company is currently
completing a prefeasibility study on its Corani silver-lead-zinc deposit
expected to be released in early September and has initiated a feasibility
study on its Santa Ana silver deposit anticipated to be completed in mid-2010.
Both projects are 100% owned by Bear Creek and are expected to provide two
important development opportunities for the aggregate production of
approximately 15 million ounces silver per year, plus base metals credits.
Additionally, the Company maintains an aggressive gold-focused exploration

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
or accuracy of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Andrew Swarthout - President and CEO, or
Patrick De Witt - Investor Relations, Phone: (604) 685-6269, Direct: (604)
628-1111, E-mail:; For further information, please
visit the Company's website (

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