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NuVista Energy Ltd. Announces New Executive Appointment

Monday, January 09, 2012

NuVista Energy Ltd. Announces New Executive Appointment18:16 EST Monday, January 09, 2012CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2012) - NuVista Energy Ltd. (TSX:NVA) ("NuVista") is pleased to announce that Mr. Mike Lawford will be joining the company in January, 2012 to take on the role of Vice President, Development. Mr. Lawford is a Professional Geologist and has an excellent suite of geological and operational experience as well as strong business and leadership acumen which will serve him well in his new position. Mr. Lawford holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Alberta, graduating with First Class Honors. He has worked at Koch Exploration Canada Ltd., Northpoint Energy Ltd. and Talisman Energy Ltd in various exploration and development geology and leadership roles. He has extensive experience in shale and resource plays. Mr. Lawford will have capital spending responsibility for the development and exploration programs at NuVista and will report directly to the President and CEO as a member of the NuVista Leadership Team. NuVista welcomes Mr. Lawford to the firm.INVESTOR INFORMATION NuVista is an independent Canadian oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company with its Common Shares trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "NVA".FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Jonathan WrightNuVista Energy Ltd.President and CEO(403) 538-8501ORRobert F. FroeseNuVista Energy Ltd.VP, Finance and CFO(403) 538-8530