Oilsands Quest Announces Board of Directors Appointment



    CALGARY, April 7 /CNW/ - Oilsands Quest Inc. (NYSE Amex:   BQI) announces
the appointment of Ronald Blakely, formerly a senior executive with Royal
Dutch Shell PLC, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
    Mr. Blakely is an experienced executive, who has 38 years with Shell
companies including 15 years in an executive capacity. His experience in the
global energy business, as well as global capital markets will provide
significant and valuable contributions to the Board. Some of his career
highlights with Shell include:

    
    -   Recently retired as Executive Vice President Finance,
        Global Downstream, Royal Dutch Shell PLC (London),
    -   Served as Chief Financial Officer of Shell Canada Limited
        (Calgary),
    -   Served as Vice President Human Resources & Public Affairs,
        Shell Canada Limited (Calgary),
    -   Served on the Board of Motiva, a US refining and marketing joint
        venture with Saudi Aramco and several other joint venture boards,
    -   Other capacities including Finance function appointments in the US,
        Canada & UK.
    

    "We are extremely pleased that Mr. Blakely will be joining the Board. 
Mr. Blakely's experience and expertise will enhance the capacity of the Board.
 He has an intimate knowledge of both the Canadian and international oil and
gas business, and in particular he has a thorough understanding of the US
refining market and its capacity for and fit with Canadian bitumen supplies"
said T. Murray Wilson, Executive Chairman of Oilsands Quest.
    "We are indeed fortunate to have Mr. Blakely join our Board at this
important point in Oilsands Quest's development," said Christopher Hopkins CEO
of Oilsands Quest. "His global financial experience and his depth of
understanding of our business will contribute to and enhance our Board's
effectiveness."

    About Oilsands Quest

    Oilsands Quest Inc. (www.oilsandsquest.com) is aggressively exploring
Canada's largest holding of contiguous oil sands permits and licences, located
in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and developing Saskatchewan's first global-scale
oil sands discovery. It is leading the establishment of the province of
Saskatchewan's emerging oil sands industry.





For further information:

For further information: Paul K. O'Donoghue, MBA, Vice President,
Investor Relations and Corporate Planning, Email: ir@oilsandsquest.com,
Investor Line: (403) 263-1623

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