Timberwest Forest Corp. announces David Emerson appointed to its Board of Directors

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - TimberWest Forest Corp. is very pleased to
announce the appointment of The Honourable David Emerson to its Board of
Directors. Mr. Emerson is one of British Columbia's business leaders, with
extensive senior experience in the public and private sector. He was also an
elected Member of Parliament and served in the Canadian Federal Cabinet. Mr.
Emerson's appointment is on behalf of the BC Investment Management Corporation
(bcIMC) and is consistent with the terms of the investment agreement entered
into with TimberWest in December 2008.
    "We are honoured to have Mr. Emerson join our Board," said Ed Daughney,
Chairman of the Board of TimberWest. "His significant leadership experience,
business background - including in the B.C. forest industry - and public
policy involvement will serve us well as we continue to move our company
    Since leaving the federal government in 2008, Mr. Emerson has taken on
senior roles in some of B.C.'s leading companies and organizations. They
include Executive Chair (as well as CEO) of the B.C. Transmission Corporation,
Senior Advisor for the law firm of Farris, Vaughn, Wills and Murphy LLP, Chair
of the Premier's Economic Advisory Council and membership on the board of
Finning International.
    These recent appointments build on Mr. Emerson's previous executive
leadership and business roles. They include the positions of President and
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canfor Corporation; Chairman and CEO of
Canadian Western Bank and President and CEO of the Vancouver International
Airport Authority.
    He also has significant experience serving on many corporate boards,
including Telus, Terasen Gas, B.C. Ferries, the Canada West Foundation, the
Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Council of Chief
    In the government sector, Mr. Emerson has held a number of senior
positions. At the federal level, they include Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Minister of Industry, Minister of International Trade and Minister for Pacific
Gateway and Vancouver - Whistler Olympics. He was also a leader in the B.C.
government's civil service through his roles as Deputy Minister of Finance,
Deputy Minister to the Premier and President of the British Columbia Trade
Development Corporation.
    Mr. Emerson attended the University of Alberta, where he obtained his
bachelor's and master's degrees in economics. He then earned a doctorate
degree in economics from Queen's University.

    About TimberWest

    TimberWest Forest Corp. is uniquely positioned as Western Canada's
largest private land management company. The Company owns in fee simple
approximately 322,000 hectares or 796,000 acres of private land and generates
distributable cash for unitholders from the sale of timber products and real

    Stapled Units of TimberWest Forest Corp. are traded on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the symbol: TWF.UN

    Visit us at our web site: www.timberwest.com

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For further information:

For further information: Stephen Bruyneel, Director, Communications and
Government Affairs, Real Estate, TimberWest Forest Corp, Telephone: (604)
654-4667, bruyneels@timberwest.com; Investor Relations Contact: Bev Park,
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Telephone: (604)
654-4600, Facsimile: (604) 654-4662, Email: invest@timberwest.com

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