bcIMC and Bentall Capital announce acquisition of 2.2 million square foot real estate portfolio in Winnipeg

    WINNIPEG, March 1 /CNW/ - On behalf of British Columbia Investment
Management Corporation (bcIMC), Bentall Capital announced that it has acquired
the Sun-X industrial property portfolio in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    The portfolio, comprised of 46 buildings totaling 2.2 million square
feet, was developed by Sun-X Properties Ltd. and is the largest industrial
portfolio in Winnipeg. In addition to the existing buildings, the transaction
also includes the purchase of 35 acres of development land.
    Since being founded in 1987, Sun-X has built a reputation for
constructing high quality industrial buildings which today accommodate many of
the best industrial tenants in Winnipeg. bcIMC and its manager Bentall Capital
are looking forward to building on Sun-X's tradition of providing excellent
service to its tenants and investing in the development of high quality
industrial and office buildings in Winnipeg.
    Chuck Swanson, Vice President, Real Estate with bcIMC noted that: "This
purchase was a once in a generation opportunity to enter the Winnipeg market
with a large portfolio of buildings that are well located, well built and
occupied by very high quality tenants."
    Randy Magnussen, Executive Vice President, Bentall Capital said that:
"The acquisition of this portfolio provides our client bcIMC with a platform
to further grow and enhance its national industrial real estate portfolio. The
35 acres of development land included in the transaction will provide an
opportunity for tenants within the existing portfolio to grow and to
accommodate new tenants in highly efficient, new generation industrial and
flex space."

    British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) is an
investment management corporation based in Victoria, BC. With over $81 billion
in assets under administration with a global exposure, and supported by
industry-leading investment expertise, bcIMC offers fund management services
for all major asset classes, including currency and infrastructure investment.
bcIMC's clients include pension plans, provincial government, public trusts,
and insurance funds. bcIMC, is one of Canada's largest landlords with a
portfolio of top-tier Canadian properties, valued at more than $9 billion and
housing some of Canada's most prestigious businesses.
    For more information, visit www.bcimc.com.

    Bentall Capital is a leading real estate advisory and service
organization in Canada and the United States. The company serves major
institutional and private investors - supplying a range of asset management,
property management, leasing and development services to over 100 clients
representing $14.5 billion currently invested in real estate. Bentall was
recently named one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada in 2007 by Report on
Business magazine. For more information, visit www.bentall.com.

For further information:

For further information: Randy Magnussen, Executive Vice President,
Western Region, Bentall Capital, P: (403) 303-2400; Gwen-Ann Chittenden,
Manager, Corporate Initiatives, bcIMC, P: (250) 387-4650

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