Finning International Announces the Appointment of David Emerson to Its Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2008) - Finning International Inc. ("Finning") (TSX:FTT) is pleased to announce the appointment of The Honourable David Emerson to the Board of Directors. Mr. Emerson has extensive senior leadership experience in business, as an elected Member of Parliament and in the Canadian Federal Cabinet.

Doug Whitehead, Chairman of the Board of Finning commented, "We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Emerson to Finning's Board. His wide-ranging leadership background, extensive senior executive exposure and broad political and public policy experience will be invaluable to Finning."

Mr. Emerson has held senior positions in government that include Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Industry, Minister of International Trade and Minister for Pacific Gateway and Vancouver - Whistler Olympics. In British Columbia he served as Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister to the Premier and President of the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation.

Mr. Emerson also held executive leadership roles in the private sector including President and CEO of Canfor Corporation, President and CEO of the Vancouver International Airport Authority and Chairman and CEO of Canadian Western Bank.

Mr. Emerson received his doctorate degree in economics from Queen's University and also attended the University of Alberta where obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics.

Finning International Inc. is the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer. The Company sells, rents and provides customer support services for Caterpillar equipment and engines in Western Canada, the U.K., and parts of South America. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Finning International Inc. is a widely held, publicly traded corporation, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol FTT). For additional information please visit

This release may contain forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of Finning International Inc. with respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and Finning's actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Finning assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein do not materialize.

Refer to Finning's annual report, management information circular, annual information form and other filings with the Ontario Securities Commission and Toronto Stock Exchange for further information on risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements contained in this report.

Finning International Inc. Tom Merinsky Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs (604) 331-4950 (604) 691-6440 (FAX) Email: Website:

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