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CALGARY, April 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Shareholders (the "Requisitioning
Shareholders"), holding not less than 5% of the shares of Alberta
Oilsands Inc. ("AOS") (TSX-V:AOS), have requisitioned a shareholders'
meeting for the purpose of replacing the current Board of Directors of
AOS. The proposed slate of new Directors is as follows:
Leslie R Duncan, Q.C. of Calgary, AB
Chad L Dust of Calgary, AB
Dwayne S Tyrkalo of Calgary, AB
Dale G Hammons of Bonnyville, AB
(The 5th Nominee, not yet determined, will be independent of the
foregoing nominees and will be identified in the Proxy Circular to be
issued on behalf of the undersigned in connection with the shareholder
AOS is required to call a meeting for such purpose. The Requisitioning
Shareholders have requested the meeting be held at the earliest
Leslie Duncan, Chad Dust, Dwayne Tyrkalo, and Dale Hammons have each
signed undertakings to AOS and its shareholders that they will not
accept appointment as an Officer or Employee of AOS for a period of 1
year from the date of their election as Directors.
Further, the proposed new Board of Directors have undertaken that they
will exercise their authority as Directors to assure that the
Directors' fees in the aggregate for the year following their election
will be, at a maximum, half of the fees currently being paid to the
Board of AOS.
The requisitioning shareholders stated that this shareholder group (the
"Requisitioning Shareholders") has lost confidence in the present
Directors and Management. They stated:
AOS has staked its future in its application to the ERCB and Alberta
Government for development of its Clearwater leases in the Alberta
Oilsands. This application has been long delayed and any approval for
production is uncertain.
In any event, AOS currently has insufficient funding to undertake and
complete the proposed Clearwater production development which was
submitted approximately 27 months ago in January of 2010 to the Alberta
Energy Resources Conservation Board (E.R.C.B).
AOS has current working capital of approximately $20 million which is
being eroded by substantial Directors' fees and compensation to
The current Directors own approximately 1.9% of the shares of AOS and
are less representative of shareholder interests than the proposed
The circumstances require a new Board of Directors to consider other
more economic options and timely development, additional strategic
alternatives and possible sale of its assets or some of them, a merger
or joint venture or other processes by which shareholder value may be
The current Directors of AOS are required to call a meeting within 21
days. If they fail to do so, the Requisitioning Shareholders will be
calling a meeting in accordance with the provisions of the Alberta Business Corporations Act.
The Requisitioning Shareholders will be issuing a Dissident Proxy
Circular in connection with the forthcoming shareholders' meeting and
will be soliciting proxies in support of the election of the proposed
slate of new Directors at the requisitioned shareholders' meeting.
ON BEHALF OF THE REQUSITIONING SHAREHOLDERS
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(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release
The forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as of
the date hereof and undertakes no obligation to update publicly or
revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so
required by applicable securities laws
SOURCE Alberta Oilsands Inc.
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