Gran Tierra Energy Announces Change in Directors

    CALGARY, Alberta, March 31 /CNW/ -- Gran Tierra Energy Inc.  (TSX:  GTE; 
OTC  Bulletin  Board:  GTRE),  a  company  focused  on  oil exploration and
production in South America, today announced that Nadine Smith has resigned
from the Board of Directors effective March 27, 2008.  Ms. Smith recently
became the Chair of the Board of Directors of La Cortez Energy, Inc., where
she will need to devote her time and efforts.
    Nick Kirton, FCA, ICD.D has joined the Board of Directors of Gran Tierra
Energy effective March 27, 2008, and will also assume the role of Chairman of
the Audit Committee.  Mr. Kirton is a Chartered Accountant and retired after a
thirty-eight year career at KPMG.  He currently sits on the boards of
directors of four public companies and one private company.  In addition, he
is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary and is
a member of the Education and Qualifications Committee of the Canadian
Institute of Chartered Accountants.
    Dana Coffield, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Tierra
Energy Inc., stated, "The Board of Directors wishes to thank Ms. Smith for her
past contribution to the Board of Gran Tierra Energy and wish her success in
her new endeavor.  We look forward to having the experience and skills of Mr.
Kirton as we continue to grow our international oil and gas company."
    About Gran Tierra Energy Inc.:
    Gran Tierra Energy Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and
production company operating in South America, headquartered in Calgary,
Canada, incorporated in the United States, and trading on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (GTE) and the OTC Bulletin Board (GTRE). The company holds interests
in producing and prospective properties in Argentina, Colombia and Peru. The
company has a strategy that focuses on establishing a portfolio of producing
properties, plus production enhancement and exploration opportunities to
provide a base for future growth. Additional information concerning Gran
Tierra Energy is available at Investor inquiries
may be directed to or 1-800-916-GTRE (4873).

For further information:

For further information: Dana Coffield, President & Chief Executive 
Officer of Gran Tierra Energy, Inc., 1-800-916-4873,; or 
Al Palombo, Investor Relations of Cameron Associates, +1-212-245-8800, Ext.
209,, for Gran Tierra Energy Inc. Web Site:

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