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Stuart Olson Responds to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Wildfire Crisis

May 06, 2016

CALGARY, May 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Stuart Olson Inc. (TSX: SOX, SOX.DB.A) ("Stuart Olson") is announcing its response to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) wildfire crisis. As everyone is aware, the RMWB wildfire has affected over 90,000 individuals, including members of our Stuart Olson family. The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority and we are actively working to support the recovery efforts.

Our history in RMWB spans over 50 years, and as a community partner, we are devastated by the current situation. Our initial response is focused on providing support to both our employees and the community in any way we can. We have made an initial donation of $50,000 to the Red Cross, and have committed to match all employee donations. In addition, we have offered spaces, supplies and resources to the Red Cross to assist with all evacuated individuals. This is just the beginning of our efforts. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this catastrophic event and we are committed to continuing our support until there has been a full recovery of the RMWB. 

Given the fluid nature of this extreme fire event and to ensure the safety of our people, we have shut down the majority of our project sites in the RMWB and are working collaboratively with affected customers to provide a safe evacuation.  We will keep these projects shut down until we are sure that it is safe to return to the area.

About Stuart Olson Inc.

Stuart Olson Inc. provides general contracting and electrical building systems contracting in the public and private construction markets as well as electrical, mechanical and specialty trades, such as insulation, cladding and asbestos abatement, in the industrial construction and services market. The Company operates office locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Stuart Olson's common shares and convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols "SOX" and "SOX.DB.A", respectively.

Forward Looking Information

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The forward-looking information in this press release is included solely for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding Stuart Olson's financial position and the results of its operations as at the date hereof. By its nature, forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which give rise to the possibility that management's assumptions, analysis and estimates will be incorrect and that Stuart Olson's anticipated results will not be achieved. Although Stuart Olson believes that the statements with respect to forward-looking information are reasonable and current, such statements should not be interpreted as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be an accurate indication of whether or not such results will be achieved. Forward-looking information is necessarily subject to a number of factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those results implied by the expectations suggested by such information. Those factors include, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties described in Stuart Olson's Annual Information Form filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada under Stuart Olson's profile at Readers are encouraged to consider the foregoing risks and other factors carefully when evaluating the forward-looking information and are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such information when making investment decisions.

The forward-looking information in this press release is current to the date hereof, and is subject to change following such date. While Stuart Olson may elect to do so, unless required by applicable law, it undertakes no obligation to update this information to reflect new information or circumstances at any particular time.

SOURCE Stuart Olson Inc.

Daryl Sands, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stuart Olson Inc., (403) 685 7777,