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UPDATED ON: Thursday, February 15, 2007

Heenan Blaikie:

W.S. (Steve) Vaughan,

From The Globe and Mail

Heenan Blaikie is pleased to announce that W.S. (Steve) Vaughan, one of Canada's leading experts on mining and natural resources law, joined its Toronto office as a Partner in the Business Law Group.

One of only a handful of eminent practitioners in his field, Mr. Vaughan has a unique background in law and geology which has paved the way for a practice with the mining, oil and gas, geothermal and nuclear industries.

For more than four decades, Mr. Vaughan has been advising and representing Canadian and international companies in addition to serving on numerous governmental advisory committees. In recent years, he has been involved in natural resources transactions in more than 60 countries. He is or has been a member or director of many professional and trade associations and resources and mining companies.

Mr. Vaughan has been recognized widely for his expertise. He is listed as one of the outstanding Canadian experts on mining law in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, as well as in Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Martindale-Hubbell gives him its top recommendation and Legal Media Group/Euromoney Institutional Investor ranks him as one of the best project finance and energy -- natural resources lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Vaughan holds BSc and MSc degrees in geology as well as a law degree, and has worked in or been closely associated with all facets of the mineral exploration, mine finance and securities industries since 1955. He served as a director of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited from 1992 to 1998 and was chair of its Environmental Committee.

With 425+ lawyers across Canada, and over 140 in Toronto, Heenan Blaikie is one of Canada's leading law firms, delivering the full scope of legal services and innovative business solutions to clients ranging from start-ups to many of Canada's largest companies, institutions and government bodies.


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