Canyon Copper Appoints Mr. Cole McFarland as Director

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - Canyon Copper Corp. (the 'Company' or 'Canyon
Copper') (OTCBB: CYOO) is pleased to announce that Mr. Cole McFarland has
agreed to join the Board of Directors of Canyon Copper.
    Mr. McFarland is a senior Mining Executive who has worked in the mining
industry for over 40 years. He obtained a degree in Mining Engineering at
Washington State University; and later undertook graduate studies in Geology
at McGill University following two years in the U.S. Air Force at Elmendorf
AFB in Anchorage, Alaska.
    He joined Placer Development in 1957 as an Exploration Engineer and spent
the next 38 years with the Placer Group of Companies in various operating,
managerial and senior executive positions; which involved the exploration,
development and operation of mines in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the
    Following the merger between Placer Development and the Dome and
Campbell-Red Lake Mines in 1987 to form Placer Dome Inc., Mr. McFarland was
appointed President and CEO of Placer Dome U.S until retirement in 1995. He
was responsible for the operation and growth of three gold properties in the
United States, including Cortez Gold Mines and initial development of the
world class Pipeline Deposit; also during his watch, Placer Dome U.S. acquired
the Donlin Creek Gold deposit in Alaska.
    He joined the Board of Bema Gold Corporation in 1998 and the Board of
Nova Gold Resources in 2001. He retired from the Bema Board and joined the
Kinross Gold Corporation Board in April 2007 following the acquisition of Bema
Gold by Kinross.

    About Canyon Copper

    Canyon Copper Corp.'s New York Canyon Property is located in the New York
Canyon area of the Santa Fe Mining District, Mineral County, Nevada. The
project hosts oxide and sulphide copper bearing mineralization outlined by
historical operators. The most advanced of these zones is the Longshot Ridge
copper oxide deposit. This zone has not been completely outlined and remains
partially open. The Copper Queen mineralized zone is located approximately
three Kilometres west of Longshot Ridge and hosts copper and molybdenum
sulphide mineralization. Several additional mineralized areas identified
throughout the New York Canyon property have yet to be explored.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors,

    "Anthony Harvey"

    Anthony R. Harvey, Chairman and CEO

    This Press Release may contain, in addition to historical information,
forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities
Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use
of terms and phases such as "believe," "expect," "plan," "anticipate" and
similar expressions identifying forward-looking statements. Investors should
not rely on forward-looking statements because they are subject to a variety
of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially from the Company's expectations, and the Company expressly
does not undertake any duty to update forward-looking statements. These
factors include, but are not limited to the following, the Company's ability
to obtain additional financing, geological, mechanical or difficulties
affecting the Company's planned geological work programs, uncertainty of
estimates of mineralized material and other factors which may cause the actual
results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different
from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by
such forward-looking statements.

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