Champion Bear completes $1 million equity offering with MineralFields


    CALGARY, July 18 /CNW/ - (TSX Venture: CBA), Champion Bear Resources Ltd.
("Champion Bear" or the "Company") announced today that it has completed the
private placement to the MineralFields Group of 1,666,665 flow-through common
shares at a price of $0.60 per share for total gross proceeds of $1,000,000.
    Champion Bear intends to use the proceeds of the offering for its
exploration programs on its wholly-owned Eagle Rock Cu-Au-PGE Property located
near Dryden, Ontario and its wholly-owned Iron Mask Property located in
Sudbury, Ontario and for general corporate purposes. At the Eagle Rock
Property, Champion Bear intends to undertake a resource definition exploration
program which will include the diamond drilling of up to 10,000 metres. In the
Sudbury area, work at Iron Mask includes the follow-up of recent IP anomalies
which are coincident with surface outcroppings of Cu bearing Sudbury breccia
by drilling three to five holes (up to 1,500 metres) to test the main targets
and the completion of additional detailed surface surveys in the area. Joe
Hinzer, P. Geo., a qualified person, of WGM, Champion Bear's consulting
geologists, will be overseeing the exploration programs.
    In connection with the private placement, Champion Bear paid Limited
Market Dealer Inc. a finder's fee of $100,000.
    All of the flow-through common shares issued by Champion Bear pursuant to
the private placement are subject to a hold period and restrictions on resale
prior to November 19, 2008.
    Richard Kantor, Chairman and President of Champion Bear, commented, "We
are very pleased to have completed this private placement to the MineralFields
Group as it will provide our company with the funds to continue with the
ongoing exploration of our wholly-owned Eagle Rock and Iron Mask properties."

    About MineralFields, Pathway and First Canadian Securities (R)

    MineralFields Group (a division of Pathway Asset Management) is a
Toronto-based mining fund with significant assets under administration that
offers its tax-advantaged super flow-through limited partnerships to investors
throughout Canada during most of the calendar year, as well as hard-dollar
resource limited partnerships to investors throughout the world. Pathway Asset
Management also specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of
structured products and mutual funds. Information about MineralFields Group is
available at First Canadian Securities (R) is active in
leading resource financings (both flow-through and hard dollar) on
competitive, effective and service-friendly terms, with investors both within,
and outside of, MineralFields Group.

    About Champion Bear

    Champion Bear is a mineral exploration company focused exclusively on the
historically prospective regions of Ontario. The Company's primary target is
platinum group and precious metals and to a lesser extent polymetallic base
metal and pegmatite-hosted tantalum deposits. Champion Bear's aim is to create
shareholder value through selective property acquisition and joint venture
followed by focused exploration emphasizing drilling. The Company has
assembled a large land position in the Dryden and Sudbury areas, totaling over
16,000 hectares.

    This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of any offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction. The
securities offered have not been and will not be registered under the United
States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), and may
not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or
benefit of, U.S. persons except in certain transactions exempt from the
registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act.

    This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning the
timing and composition of the exploration programs to be completed on certain
of Champion Bear's mineral properties which are based on Champion Bear's
current internal expectations, which may prove to be incorrect. These
statements are not a guarantee of future performance and undue reliance should
not be placed on them. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve
known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are common to junior mineral
exploration companies. These risks and uncertainties include, among other
things, Champion Bear's need for additional funding to continue its
exploration efforts, changes in general economic, market and business
conditions; and competition for, among other things, capital and skilled
personnel. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements except as required by applicable securities laws.

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

For further information:

For further information: Richard D. Kantor, Chairman and President of
Champion Bear Resources Ltd. at Phone: (403) 229-9522 or Fax: (403) 229-9518;
Champion Bear's website is

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