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Xantrex Proposes Changes to Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting

Xantrex Proposes Changes to Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting

VANCOUVER, April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Xantrex Technology Inc. (TSX:XTX) announced today that it is proposing changes to its Board of Directors. The changes are subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for May 13, 2005.

The changes include two new nominees, Fares Boulos and Larry Sanders. Existing director Lisa Melchior, a Vice President of Toronto-based OMERS Capital Partners, has agreed to step down. As a result, the size of the Board would increase to ten members from nine for a smooth transition of the Board from venture capitalists to people with experience in operations. Further information is included in the company's Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Circular, which has been mailed to shareholders.

"We appreciate the contributions that Lisa Melchior has made to Xantrex over six years while she was a member of the Board," said Mossadiq S. Umedaly, Chairman of Xantrex. "During this time Xantrex developed from a small niche player to a world leader in Advanced Power Electronics."

Added Mr. Umedaly, "We are delighted that Fares Boulos and Larry Sanders, who have significant experience and expertise in business management, operations, international sales and marketing, product development and finance, have consented to serve as directors."

Mr. Boulos, of North Vancouver, BC, is Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, the international business school based in France, and Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, where he is also a member of the Dean's Advisory Board. From 1985 to 1999, Mr. Boulos held senior positions in the investment industry, including Vice President and Director of Research for Wood Gundy (now CIBC World Markets), Portfolio Manager at Jarislowsky Fraser, and Vice President and Director of Research, at Goepel McDermid (now Raymond James Canada Ltd). He holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration and B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.

Larry Sanders, of La Quinta, CA, has been a consultant to the Dionysus Company since 2003, when he retired from the information technology industry. He has more than 30 years experience in sales, marketing and general management in both the U.S and international markets, including CEO of Sanera Systems, a startup storage networking company, from 2002 until 2003, CEO of Crossroads Systems Corporation from 2000 to 2002 and CEO of Fujitsu Computer Products of America 1995 to 1999. He has served as Group President of Calcomp, a subsidiary of the Lockheed Corporation and Vice President, International for Conner Peripherals, a disk drive company.

About Xantrex

Xantrex Technology Inc. is a world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of advanced power electronic products and systems for the distributed, mobile and programmable power markets. The company's products convert raw electrical power from any central, distributed, or backup power source into high-quality power required by electronic and electrical equipment.

This news release contains forward-looking statements related to Xantrex Technology Inc. Such statements reflect the current views of Xantrex with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements.

For further information, please contact Donna Clark Phone: 604-422-2601; Email: donna.clark@xantrex.com

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