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Garda World Security Corporation

April 30, 2008 08:01 ET

Garda Announces Creation of International Advisory Board Supporting GardaWorld Consulting & Investigation | Global Risks Group

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - Garda World Security Corporation (TSX:GW) (Garda), one of the most trusted consulting, investigation and security firms in the world, announced today the creation of an International Advisory Board for its GardaWorld Consulting and Investigation | Global Risks Group.

The Board, consisting of renowned experts from industry and government service, will provide strategic counsel and industry expertise to GardaWorld experts working with Fortune 500 clients worldwide and government agencies as well as in high-growth markets around the world, particularly in the oil, gas and mining industries. Advisory Board members will also assist GardaWorld in developing key relationships within those industries among corporate executives, industry associations and appropriate government agencies.

Garda's International Advisory Board consists of:

- Derek H. Burney, O.C., LL.D

Chairman, GardaWorld International Advisory Board

Senior Strategic Advisor

Ogilvy Renault LLP

Former President and CEO, CAE Inc.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Burney has played a central role in Canada's economic and political development, holding senior positions in both the Canadian public and private sector. He is currently Senior Strategic Advisor at Ogilvy Renault, where he assists clients in dealing with cross-border and domestic issues as well as trade and investment policy matters.

During his thirty year Foreign Service career, Mr. Burney held a variety of positions at home and abroad culminating in his service from 1989 - 1993 as Canada's Ambassador to the United States. He also served as the Prime Minister's Personal Representative (Sherpa) for the G-7 Summits in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Earlier, from 1987 - 1989, he was Chief of Staff to Canada's Prime Minister where he was directly involved in the negotiation and successful conclusion of the Canada -U.S. Free Trade Agreement. He also played a key role in the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the conclusion of the Acid Rain Treaty between Canada and the United States.

Mr. Burney's career in the private sector includes serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International, and President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE, Inc., the world's second largest independent provider of commercial aviation training.

Mr. Burney headed the Conservative Transition Team following the federal election in early 2006 and, in October 2007, was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan. In addition to his position at Ogilvy Renault, Mr. Burney also serves as Chairman of the Board of CanWest Global Communications Corp. and as a Director of TransCanada Pipelines Limited. He is Honorary Chairman of the Confederation College Foundation. Mr. Burney is a Senior Research Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

Mr. Burney is the author of "Getting It Done", a memoir of his government service published in 2005 and has written articles for Canada's public policy magazine Policy Options and for several major newspapers. He was awarded the Public Service of Canada's Outstanding Achievement Award in 1992 and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993. He holds M.A. and B.A. Honours degrees from Queen's University and honorary doctorates of law from Lakehead, Queen's, Wilfrid Laurier, and Carleton Universities.


- General George A. Joulwan (Ret.)

President

One Team Inc.

(Retired) Commander-in-Chief

United States Army

European Command

and Supreme Allied Commander

General George A. Joulwan, United States Army (Ret. 1997) has had a career of exemplary military service and outstanding foreign policy experience. His final military assignment was as Commander in Chief, United States European Command (CINCEUR) and as NATO's 11th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

As CINCEUR, General Joulwan conducted over 20 successful operations in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. He established the first-ever strategic policy for U.S. military engagement in Africa, and orchestrated the State Partnership program aligning American reserve forces from 23 states with the former non-NATO countries and newly independent democracies of Europe and the former Soviet Union. General Joulwan was SACEUR during the most revolutionary period in the NATO Alliance since its inception. For 18 months he was the architect and overall military commander for the Operations in Bosnia that ended the atrocities and established conditions for peace. This first-ever NATO operation included the 16 NATO nations and 20 non-NATO nations. He was directly involved in establishing the Partnership for Peace program that had 27 nations represented to include Russia and Ukraine. As a result of General Joulwan's leadership, Russia joined U.S. and NATO troops in conducting operations in Bosnia. This cooperation was the basis for the historic NATO-Russian Founding Act signed May 1997 in Paris ending the Cold War. General Joulwan served 18 years in Europe, including 14 years in Germany. He was the first SACEUR to command at every level in the Alliance. General Joulwan was a second lieutenant in Germany when the Berlin Wall was being built and a lieutenant general commanding V Corps in the Fulda Gap when the Berlin Wall and Iron Curtain were torn down.

General Joulwan also served as the Commander in Chief of U.S. forces in Central America (CINCSOUTH) with headquarters in the Republic of Panama. As CINCSOUTH, he was instrumental in bringing peace to El Salvador in 1992 and democracy to Panama; in professionalizing the militaries of Latin America and in directing multinational and multi-agency operations to combat narcotrafficking and illegal drugs. He successfully combined joint and multinational forces with 40 interagency and law enforcement agencies as "One Team - One Fight!" In addition, he served two combat tours in Vietnam and earned two silver stars for valor; served in the Pentagon as the Executive Officer for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and was Special Assistant to the President of the United States. He is a 1961 graduate of West Point and holds a Masters degree in political science and Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Loyola University in Chicago. General Joulwan is President of One Team, Inc and serves on several corporate boards and charities.

Upon General Joulwan's retirement in 1997, former Secretary of Defense William Perry said: General Joulwan is a "warrior diplomat in the best traditions of General George C. Marshall." President Clinton said of General Joulwan "his efforts have built a foundation for a Europe that is safe, secure, and democratic well into the 21st century."


- W. Adrian Loader

Chairman

Candax Energy Inc.

Former President, Shell Canada

Mr. Loader is Chairman of Candax Energy Inc. He has over 35 years experience in the international oil industry with the Royal Dutch Shell Group (Shell) where he held numerous senior executive positions before retiring on December 31, 2007. Following the successful $7.8 billion acquisition of the minority shares of Shell Canada Limited, he was running the company and has integrated it fully into the Royal Dutch Shell Group. He was also the Country Chair for all of Shell's activities in Canada.

Previously, Mr. Loader was Strategy and Business Development Director for Royal Dutch Shell, responsible for the group's strategic direction and corporate acquisitions and divestments. He was also responsible for Shell's scenario work, strategy development, and competitive intelligence and planning. He also served as Director for Strategic Planning, Sustainable Development and External Affairs, and President of Shell Europe Oil Products.

Mr. Loader joined Shell UK Limited in 1970 where he worked in Human Resources in the UK, Venezuela and Malaysia before returning to London and the Group Planning function, where he developed the first generation of societal scenarios. In 1979, he became General Manager of Shell Honduras before moving to the General Manager position at Shell Uruguay and then to Shell Exploration and Production in Aberdeen as Administration Manager. He also served as Head of Central Recruitment for Shell International.

Moving to Manila in 1989, Mr. Loader became Chief Executive for the Shell companies in the Philippines where he entered a new business area with a major offshore exploration project and built a new refinery on time and within budget. Returning to London, he then took over as Division Head for Central/East Europe the former Soviet Union, leading Shell's new market entry and establishment as the leading international player in the region.

With the creation of Oil Products in 1996, Mr. Loader assumed leadership roles with responsibility for Africa and Latin American and later for the Middle East and Far East, where he managed through the Southeast Asia economic collapse and initiated the turnaround of Showa Shell in Japan.

Mr. Loader was the Chairman of Deutsche Shell Supervisory Board, a non-executive Director of Shell Canada Limited and Alliance-Boots as well as Director of the European Petroleum Industry Association. He is also a non-executive Director of Holcim and a member of the Air Products European Advisory Council. A graduate of Cambridge with an M.A. in History, Mr. Loader is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


- Sir Richard Mottram, GCB

Permanent Secretary

United Kingdom Civil Service (1992-2007)

Permanent Secretary

Intelligence, Security

and Resilience Cabinet Office

United Kingdom Government (2005-2007)

Sir Richard Mottram was a Permanent Secretary in the United Kingdom Civil Service between 1992 and 2007. From 2005- 2007 he was Permanent Secretary Intelligence, Security and Resilience in the Cabinet Office responsible for the funding of the Intelligence Agencies, counter-terrorism strategy and other security issues, and planning for and handling of civil emergencies. From 1995-1998 he was Permanent Head of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) responsible for policy advice, defence expenditure, and management of the Department and its civilian staff. His other Permanent Secretary appointments covered public service and civil service change and science policy; environment, transport, and regional and local government; and work and pensions.

He joined the UK Civil Service in 1968 and his earlier career was spent mainly in the MOD, where he worked on naval and nuclear policy questions and on the corporate planning of the defence budget. From 1982- 1986 he was Principal Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State for Defence. From 1989-1992 he was Policy Director in the MOD at the time of the end of the Cold War, advising on strategy, relations with other countries and the restructuring of the defence programme.

He is a Governor of Ashridge and of the Ditchley Foundation.

He was educated at the University of Keele, graduating with First Class Honours in International Relations in 1968.

Sir Richard was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in 2005 (KCB, 1997). He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Keele University in 1996.


- Derek Pannell

Managing Partner

Brookfield Asset Management Ltd.

Former CEO, Falconbridge Ltd.

Derek Pannell is a Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management, Ltd.

Before joining Brookfield, Mr. Pannell was Chief Executive Officer of Falconbridge Limited and Noranda, Inc, companies with operations in 18 countries worldwide, 14,500 employees and assets totalling $12 billion. He has more than 35 years experience in the mining and metals industry. During his career, he has been responsible for mining operations, exploration and technology programs around the world including Sub-Saharan Africa, North and South America, and China.

Mr. Pannell was previously Vice President of Operations at Compania Minera Antamina S.A. in Peru responsible for the successful construction and start-up of the $2.3 billion Antamina mine and port.

Mr. Pannell is a graduate of Imperial College and the Royal School of Mines in London, England. He is an engineer registered in Peru, and an Honorary Professor of the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Peru. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Director of Teck Cominco Ltd., Agrium Inc and The Major Drilling Group Inc. and Chairman of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.

J. Philip Murray, a member of Garda's Board of Directors, President of J. Philip Murray Strategic Advisors and former Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada's national police force, will serve as Liaison to the International Advisory Board.

"It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce this esteemed board of advisors," said Garda President and Chief Executive Officer Stephan Cretier. "Individually and collectively they bring great knowledge and experience to our important strategic initiative. With their wise and expert counsel, we enhance our ability to provide some of the world's largest corporations including oil, gas and mining companies with the consulting, investigative and security services they need for successful market entry and ongoing operations in high-growth regions around the world."

GardaWorld's Consulting and Investigation | Global Risks Group provides consulting, investigation and global risk services to government and commercial clients in more than 140 countries including Canada, the United States, Latin America, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It provides a comprehensive suite of turnkey risk management solutions and a unified approach to market entry strategies and security planning. GardaWorld helps clients mitigate risks in key industries such as oil and gas, mining, relief agencies, and governments around the world and in emerging markets. The group consists of 2,000 consulting and investigation professionals who assist clients in mitigating business and security threats by protecting their people and assets. Services include Risk and Business Consulting, Risk Planning, Intelligence, Security, Training and Crisis Management services.

About Garda

Garda, the fifth largest integrated physical security and cash logistics firm worldwide on an annualized revenue basis, is well known for addressing complex security and investigations issues. As a leading provider in consulting, investigation and security services, Garda is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies with operations across Canada and the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. With approximately 50,000 dedicated professional, Garda offers integrated solutions in cash logistics, physical security, consulting and investigation, and enterprise intelligence services. Its team includes specialists and some of the most highly qualified and best-trained experts in the industry. For more information, visit: http://www.gardaglobal.com and http://www.garda-world.com.

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