VANCOUVER, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT/NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today announced that Mr. Philip Hodge has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors, effective June 15, 2012. The appointment of Mr. Hodge increases the number of directors from eight to nine. Mr. Hodge is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Pine Cliff Energy Ltd., a Canadian junior oil and gas company listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange, since January 2012. Mr. Hodge most recently held the positions of Vice President, Business Development and Vice President Acquisitions and Divestments at Penn West Exploration, one of the largest conventional oil and natural gas producers in North America. Prior to that, Mr. Hodge was a Managing Director at Mackie Research Capital Corporation and J.F. Mackie & Co., Calgary based investment banks. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Hodge was Vice-President and General Counsel of Westport where he was responsible for legal, corporate governance, strategic partnership and corporate development functions, as well as the formation and growth of the company's business in China. Prior to 2000, Mr. Hodge was a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, a Canadian national law firm, practicing in that firm's securities and mergers and acquisitions teams in its Calgary office. Mr. Hodge has a Bachelor of Commerce and Law from the University of Alberta. "We are pleased to have Phil back at Westport to serve on our Board," said John Beaulieu, Chairman of Westport Innovations. "Phil demonstrated strong leadership at Westport through developing and managing strategic partnerships with various industry partners, and acted in a key role in the Cummins Westport and Weichai Westport joint venture formation. His diverse background in finance and law, combined with his experience in the oil and gas industry will be an asset to our Board and its committees. We welcome Phil and look forward to his strategic initiatives as we continue to grow." About Westport Innovations Inc. Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers advanced LNG fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road applications such as mining and rail. Westport's joint venture with Cummins Inc., Cummins Westport Inc. designs, engineers and markets spark-ignited natural gas engines for North American transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Westport LD division is one of the global leaders for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel in passenger cars, light-duty trucks and industrial applications such as forklifts. To learn more about our business, visit our website or subscribe to our RSS feed at www.westport.com, or follow us on Twitter @WestportDotCom.