Open Text Appoints Gar Emerson to Board of Directors

    Accomplished Businessman and Lawyer Brings Extensive Governance Expertise

    WATERLOO, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Open Text(TM) Corporation (NASDAQ:   OTEX,
TSX: OTC), a leading provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software,
announced the appointment of Harry Garfield (Gar) Emerson, Q.C., to its board
of directors effective immediately. Mr. Emerson's extensive business
experience includes significant M&A and strategic advisory roles as a senior
investment banker and corporate and securities lawyer, as well as a corporate
director of major Canadian corporations. Currently, Mr. Emerson is the
Principal of Emerson Advisory, an independent business and financial advisory
company that provides insight to organizations on mergers and acquisitions,
corporate finance, governance, restructurings and strategy.
    "Gar brings with him incredible experience and knowledge in the areas of
corporate governance and strategy," said Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and
Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text. "His deep-rooted command of corporate law
as well as securities and investment banking will be a strategic asset to our
    Mr. Emerson is a certified director of the Institute of Corporate
Directors and a member of the Directors in Residence faculty of The Directors
College sponsored by the DeGroote School of Business (McMaster University) and
the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Emerson is the past National Chair of
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a national Canadian law firm with overseas
offices, and is the former President and CEO of NM Rothschild & Sons Canada
Limited, an investment banking firm affiliated with NM Rothschild & Sons
Limited, London, England, where he provided investment banking and financial
advisory services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance,
restructurings, and privatizations. Prior to this, Mr. Emerson was a senior
partner of the law firm, Davies, Ward & Beck, engaged in securities and
corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.
    As a corporate director, Mr. Emerson is currently the Chairman of the
Board of First Calgary Petroleums Ltd. and a director of CAE Inc.; Canadian
Tire Corporation, Limited; Sentry Select Capital Corp.; Wittington
Investments, Limited and Pelmorex Investments Inc.
    Mr. Emerson has frequently participated as a panelist and speaker and has
published numerous papers and articles on governance, securities and corporate
law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.
    Mr. Emerson is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and holds an
LL.B. and an undergraduate honours degree in history. He was called to the Bar
of Ontario in 1968 and appointed as a Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) in 1980.

    About Open Text

    Open Text(TM) is the world's largest independent provider of Enterprise
Content Management software. The company's solutions manage information for
all types of business, compliance and industry requirements in large
companies, government agencies and professional service firms. Open Text
supports approximately 46,000 customers in 114 countries and 12 languages. For
more information about Open Text, visit

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For further information: Paul McFeeters, Chief Financial Officer, Open
Text Corporation, (905) 762-6121,; Greg Secord,
Vice-President, Investor Relations, Open Text Corporation, (519) 888-7111

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