Bell Aliant announces changes to trustees and directors - Karen Sheriff appointed new COO

    HALIFAX, July 11 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund
("Bell Aliant" or the "Fund")(1) (TSX: BA.UN) today announced changes of
trustees and directors, and organizational changes, that are effective
    Lawson Hunter leaves his position as trustee and chair of the Fund and
Michael Sabia, Mr. Hunter and Patrick Pichette leave their positions,
respectively, as chair and directors of the Boards of Bell Aliant's main
operating subsidiaries.
    George Cope, incoming President and CEO of BCE Inc., Siim Vanaselja,
Chief Financial Officer of BCE Inc., and David Wells, a seasoned
telecommunications executive with over 30 years of industry expertise, have
been appointed members of the Bell Aliant operating company Boards. Mr. Cope
has been elected chair of the Boards.
    Mr. Vanaselja has also been appointed trustee and chair of the Fund.
    Stephen Wetmore, President and CEO of Bell Aliant, also announced today
that Karen Sheriff has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Bell Aliant.
Ms. Sheriff has most recently been President, Small and Medium Business, Bell
Canada. Ms. Sheriff is also a director of Bell Aliant. Mr. Wetmore said "Karen
is an accomplished telecommunications executive with a deep knowledge of Bell
Aliant's business, having served as a director of Aliant Inc. and Bell Aliant,
respectively, since 2004. I look forward to her contribution to the executive
leadership of Bell Aliant."

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and

    (1) Bell Aliant derives all of its income from its indirect ownership in
        Bell Aliant Regional Communications Holdings, Limited Partnership
        ("Bell Aliant Holdings LP"). Bell Aliant Holdings LP's results
        combine the results of Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited
        Partnership (Bell Aliant LP), Télébec, Limited Partnership (Télébec)
        and NorthernTel, Limited Partnership (NorthernTel).
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