For Immediate Release
February 18, 2005

Canadian Securities Regulators Request New Members for Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee

Toronto - The Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) is requesting new members to join the Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee (MTAMC).

The committee advises the CSA on a variety of industry and professional developments related to securities regulatory issues and serves as a forum for communication between the CSA and the mining industry.

The MTAMC is composed of approximately ten individual volunteers from across Canada drawn from different sectors of the mining industry, from early stage exploration to production. The MTAMC meets approximately four times a year, mostly in teleconference. Members of the MTAMC will serve two-year terms.

Members are expected to have extensive technical expertise and a strong interest in securities regulatory policy as it relates to the mining industry. As such, familiarity with the legislation and policies for which the CSA are responsible is helpful. Individual practitioners and representatives of small and large public mining companies, industry associations, consulting firms and other interested persons are invited to apply in writing for membership on the MTAMC, indicating their areas of practice and relevant experience. Interested parties should submit their application by March 1, 2005.

Applications and any queries regarding this CSA Notice may be forwarded to:

Deborah McCombe
Chief Mining Consultant, Corporate Finance
Ontario Securities Commission
Telephone: (416) 593-8151
Greg Gosson
Chief Mining Advisor, Corporate Finance
British Columbia Securities Commission
Telephone: (604) 899-6519

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, coordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

Media contacts:

Eric Pelletier
Ontario Securities Commission
Joni Delaurier
Alberta Securities Commission
Philippe Roy
L'Autorité des marchés financiers
(514) 940-2176
Andrew Poon
British Columbia Securities Commission