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 Wed Oct 6, 2004
Mike Koziol Appointed as Vice President, Exploration

 Alto Ventures Limited (TSX.V: ATV) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marian (Mike) Koziol to Vice President, Exploration. Mike is a geologist with 26 years of experience exploring for gold and base metals in the Canadian Shield. He played key roles in a number of gold and base metals discoveries during his career with Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation and Cameco Gold Inc. (CGI), including the McIlvenna Bay Copper-Zinc deposit, Saskatchewan, and the Comtois and Despinassy gold deposits in Quebec. During his tenure as District Geologist from 1996 to 2002, Mike was responsible for all exploration activities carried out by CGI in Eastern Canada, where he evaluated, acquired, and managed a number of multimillion dollar gold exploration projects in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Mike graduated with a BSc degree in Geological Sciences from McGill University in 1978 and holds a number of professional and technical memberships including the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (P. Geo.), and the Association of Professional Engineers (P. Eng.) Ontario and Saskatchewan. Mike also holds memberships with the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and the Society of Economic Geologists.

As Vice President, Exploration, Mike will manage Alto's exploration programs from the Sudbury based field office that will open on November 1, 2004. The office is located at Unit 3, 1349 Kelly Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5P5. Phone: (705) 522-6372 Cell: (705) 665-0089 Fax: (705) 522-8856.

Editors' Note:

Alto is an exploration and development company with an exceptional portfolio of gold properties in eastern Canada. The Company's projects are drill-ready with significant indications of gold mineralization in geological settings that have potential for shear-hosted quartz vein and iron formation hosted deposits. Exploration plans for the 2004-2005 field season include drilling programs on its Despinassy Project in Val D'Or, Quebec, the Coldstream Project in the Shebandowan greenstone belt of Ontario and the Oxford Lake Project in the Gods Lake greenstone belt in northern Manitoba. Surface exploration programs are also planned for the Company's properties in Urban Township, Quebec and the Geraldton - Beardmore gold camp.

The Company has been recently reorganized under the direction of a new team of mining and finance professionals with a proven track record in exploration and discovery. The Company is focused on exploration and acquisition of mineral properties in the Abitibi greenstone belt in Ontario and Quebec as well as properties in the western Superior Province of Ontario and Manitoba. Alto has the support of its major shareholder, Hidefield plc, an AIM listed company on the London Stock Exchange, with important relationships to the European financial community.


Rick Mazur
President & CEO

The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the contents of this press release.

For further information, contact:

Rick Mazur
President & CEO
Alto Ventures Ltd.
Suite 910-475 Howe Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2B3
Phone: 604-681-2409
Fax: 604-689-3609
Email: [email protected]

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