Kodiak Appoints New Director and Special Corporate Advisor / Sets Options

12/19/2005, 8:55 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/19/2005 -- Kodiak Exploration
Limited (the "Company" or "Kodiak") (TSX-V: KXL) is very pleased to
announce that Mr. Michael E. J. Phelps, O.C., has been appointed as a
new director and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Company. The Company is equally pleased to announce that Mr. Hartley
T. Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of James
Richardson & Sons, Limited, has agreed to act as special corporate
advisor to the Board.

Michael E. J. Phelps, O.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., LLD. (Hons.)

Mr. Phelps is Chairman of Dornoch Capital Inc., a private investment
company. From January 1988 to 2002, Mr. Phelps served as President
and Chief Executive Officer, and subsequently as Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Westcoast Energy Inc., based in Vancouver, B.C.
Mr. Phelps is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Doctor of Laws
(Hons.). In 2003, the Canadian government appointed Mr. Phelps as
Chairman of the "Wise Persons' Committee," a panel developed to
review Canada's system of securities regulation.

Mr. Phelps is a Senior Advisor to Deutsche Bank AG, Canada and a
director of Duke Energy Corporation, Canadian Pacific Railway
Company, Canfor Corporation, Fairborne Energy Trust, the Canadian
Olympic Committee and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is Chairman of the Board of the
GLOBE Foundation of Canada and Chairman of the Committee to Nominate
the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Mr. Phelps also serves on
the board of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

Hartley T. Richardson, President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited

Hartley T. Richardson is President of James Richardson & Sons,
Limited, a private, family-owned corporation with interests in the
international grain distribution and related businesses, real estate
development and management, and the financial and investment sector.

Mr. Richardson serves as a Director of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals
Inc., MacDonald Dettweiler and Associates, Railpower Technologies,
SemBioSys Genetics Inc., and BA Energy Inc. He is the Chairman of the
Business Council of Manitoba and a Director of the Canadian Council
of Chief Executives. Other affiliations include The Trilateral
Commission and the World Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow.
Actively involved in a number of charitable endeavors and community
organizations, Mr. Richardson served as Chairman of Winnipeg's United
Way 2004 Campaign. The University of Manitoba conferred upon Mr.
Richardson the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 2004.

Kodiak is very pleased that Mr. Phelps and Mr. Richardson have agreed
to contribute their considerable talents and experience to the
Company.

The Company has granted options to Company directors, officers and
employees to purchase up to an aggregate of 1,685,000 shares. The
options vested as to 25% on granting and will vest as to an
additional 12.5% each three months thereafter, so that all options
will be fully vested at the end of eighteen months. The options are
exercisable from and after the times at which they vest until
December 19, 2010 at the price of $0.25 per share.

Information on Kodiak and its projects may be reviewed on its website
at www.kodiakexp.com.

On behalf of the board of Directors
KODIAK EXPLORATION LIMITED
On behalf of the Board of Directors
William S. Chornobay, Director, President

This release has been prepared by management - TSX Venture Exchange
has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
or accuracy of this news release. This document contains certain
forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks,
delays, and uncertainties not under the corporations control which
may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the
corporation's to be materially different from the results,
performance or expectation implied by these forward-looking
statements.

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