Southern Pacific Strengthens Board

Southern Pacific announced that Mr. Sid Dykstra has agreed to join the Board of Directors of the Corporation. Mr Dykstra brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the oil sands industry and is a welcome addition to the Board.

Mr. Dykstra was the President and Chief Executive Officer of OPTI Canada Inc. from June 2001 until April 2009. During this period OPTI initiated, financed and developed the OPTI/Nexen Long Lake project. From June 2000 to March 2001, Mr. Dykstra was the President of Hunt Oil Company of Canada Inc. Mr. Dykstra, a co-founder of Newport Petroleum Corporation, was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Newport from 1997 to 2000, the Executive Vice President of Newport from 1994 to 1997 and the Vice President, Engineering of Newport from 1992 to 1994. From 1980 to 1992, Mr. Dykstra held various positions with Suncor, Inc., was the Manager of exploitation for Pancontinental Oil Ltd. and was an independent consultant with Maranta Resources Ltd.

Mr. Dykstra is currently a director of Cinch Energy Corp. and is a past Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Mr. Dykstra is a professional engineer in Alberta and holds numerous professional affiliations and memberships.

He holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and an M.B.A. from Queen's University.

Mr. Dykstra will be added to the proposed slate of directors at the Corporation's annual general meeting, which will occur in November. Until that time, Mr. Dykstra will assist the Corporation in an advisory role.


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