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Stuart Olson Industrial Group Awarded $105 Million in New Contract Awards

May 19, 2015

CALGARY, May 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Stuart Olson Inc. (TSX: SOX, SOX.DB, SOX.DB.A) ("Stuart Olson") today announces new project awards valued at $105 million.

Manitoba Hydro has awarded Stuart Olson's Industrial Group and its consortium partner a project to construct and commission four synchronous condensers for the Riel Station in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Stuart Olson's proportion of this work is estimated at $80 million.  In addition, the Industrial Group has signed a three year extension (2017 to 2019) to its master services agreement (MSA) under which it provides maintenance services to a major oil sands owner. The additional revenue associated with this extension is estimated at $25 million over the three year period.

"The project award to us by Manitoba Hydro further strengthens our backlog and is a significant win for our Industrial Group," said David LeMay, Stuart Olson's President and CEO. "This contract illustrates our diversification across industrial segments and geographic markets, and our ability to provide multi-services to our clients. Also, the extension of the MSA is a reflection of our efforts to grow the industrial backlog with longer term agreements to provide MRO services."

Work on the Riel Station contract is expected to commence in 2015 with completion dates extending into 2018.    

About Stuart Olson Inc.

Stuart Olson Inc. provides building construction, commercial and industrial electrical contracting, and industrial insulation services to an array of public and private sector clients. Stuart Olson operates office locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Stuart Olson common shares, and Stuart Olson's 2010 and 2014 convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols "SOX", "SOX.DB", and "SOX.DB.A", respectively.

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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 www.sedar.com. 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, inquiries@stuartolson.com