Emgold Mining announces the appointment of President and Chief Operating Officer

    TSX Venture Exchange: EMR
    OTC Bulletin Board:   EGMCF
    U.S. 20-F Registration: 000-51411
    Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EML

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Emgold Mining Corporation (EMR-TSX Venture)
(the "Company" or "Emgold") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr.
David G. Watkinson, P. Eng., to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr.
Watkinson also has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of
Emgold, in addition to his continuing role as President and Chief Executive
Officer of the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Idaho-Maryland Mining
Company. Mr. Watkinson will be primarily responsible for securing the
Conditional Mine Use Permit (CMUP) for the Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine, located
in Grass Valley, California, as well as continued analysis and geologic
modelling, preliminary mine planning and the day to day operations of the
Company. Mr. Watkinson currently lives in Grass Valley as an integral member
of the community and will continue to be Emgold's chief spokesperson for all
permitting, community relations and operational matters.
    Mr. Watkinson brings over 20 years of professional engineering experience
in underground and open pit mine development, including mine permitting,
engineering, feasibility, construction and operations to Emgold. In addition,
he has extensive experience in project management, having taken projects from
grass roots to start-up to successful operations. He holds a B.Sc. in Applied
Science, Mining Engineering, from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario
(1985) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.
Mr. Watkinson has been responsible for management of large capital projects
and operations in Canada, the United States and the Philippines. He has held
progressively senior positions with Placer Dome Inc., Kinross Gold
Corporation, Thyssen Mining Construction and Vulcan Materials Company.
    "We are very pleased that Dave has agreed to serve as President and COO
of Emgold," stated Ken Yurichuk and Sargent Berner, Co-Executive Chairmen of
Emgold. "Dave has successfully advanced the process of permitting the
Idaho-Maryland Mine while building on the Company's good relationship with the
community of Grass Valley, and his primary focus over the coming year will be
to manage the completion of the permitting process. We continue to believe
that the grant of the CMUP will help unlock the underlying value of the
Idaho-Maryland Mine for Emgold's shareholders."

                     On behalf of the Board of Directors

                              Sargent H. Berner
                            Co-Executive Chairman

    No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information
    contained in this news release.

For further information:

For further information: Michael O'Connor, Manager, Investor Relations,
Tel: (604) 687-4622, Fax: (604) 687-4212, Email: info@emgold.com

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