Brockville, Guelph, Niagara Falls and North Bay to host export award ceremonies celebrating Ontario success in global markets

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Brockville, Guelph, Niagara Falls and North Bay to host export award ceremonies celebrating Ontario success in global markets

TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman today announced that four Ontario communities will host regional export award ceremonies next spring celebrating the achievements of Ontario companies in world markets.
Minister Runciman kicked off the fourth annual Ontario Global Traders Awards program with a tour of the Soheil Mosun Limited plant facility in Etobicoke where the provincial awards are manufactured. Regional award ceremonies will be held in Guelph on March 21, Niagara Falls on March 28, Brockville on April 4, and North Bay on April 11, followed by a provincial ceremony in Toronto on May 15.
"Exporting is critical to Ontario's economy. It leads to job creation in local communities, and contributes to improving our quality of life," said Runciman. "It is very important to recognize the achievements of our global exporters and to celebrate their success."
Minister Runciman encouraged exporters to submit applications for the 2001 awards. "More than 600 submissions have been received in the first three years of the awards program and every year there are more and more success stories among Ontario exporters," he added.
Soheil Mosun Limited - a premier exporter worldwide, winner of the Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce's 1999 Business Excellence Export Award and participant in a 1996 Team Canada Trade Mission - also announced at the event that it had just won a $2 million (Cdn.) contract from General Motors (GM) to produce exclusive, custom-made products including stainless steel and glass interiors for GM's new automotive research centre in Warren, Michigan.
The Minister also welcomed the awards' new Lead Sponsor, RBC Financial Group. "We are very pleased to join these awards and to celebrate the achievements of Ontario's exporting heroes," said Duarte Miranda, Vice- President, Trade, RBC Global Services. "Helping SMEs reach out and succeed in export markets is part of our history at the bank and we're proud to be part of their success in global markets," he said.
"Exports of goods and services generate over $229 billion a year in Ontario. This represents more than 51 per cent of Ontario's economy, sustaining and creating jobs in our province," said Runciman. "We owe much of our growth and prosperity to the entrepreneurial spirit of small- and medium- sized exporters." Ontario's prosperous economic climate has resulted in 838,000 net new jobs since 1995.
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are presented by Ontario Exports Inc. - the Government of Ontario's lead trade agency - and the Awards' new lead sponsor, RBC Financial Group. Other sponsors include the Export Development Corporation, Deloitte & Touche LLP, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and Canadian Commercial Corporation. Media sponsors include: PROFIT, Canadian Business, Le Lien Economique and Business $ense.
The deadline for the 2001 award nominations is November 2, 2001. The program Nomination Guide may be downloaded from the www.ontario-canada.com/export Web site as of early September 2001.

/Note to news and business editors: A backgrounder on the Awards,
including key nomination criteria, is attached./

Ontario Global Traders Awards

The Ontario Global Traders Awards celebrate and champion export success in Ontario. Coordinated by Ontario Exports Inc. - the Government of Ontario's lead trade agency - they are Ontario's first ever awards recognizing export achievement for small- and medium-sized enterprises. This is the fourth year of the awards, in which winners of regional awards become eligible to win a Provincial award. Awards are given in five categories: Leadership; Innovation; Market Expansion (2 awards); Partnership; and Student Achievement.

Who is Eligible?
- Ontario-based, small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in business a
minimum of three fiscal years, based in Ontario, with annual sales of
up to $50 million and a maximum of 200 employees. Eligible enterprises
must export to one or more countries and have export sales that are at
least 15 per cent of total sales.
- Leaders who champion the cause of exporting by Ontario SMEs.
- SMEs and their Partners whose alliance has contributed in a significant
way to the export success of an Ontario-based SME.
- Students whose achievements have contributed to the export success of
Ontario's business community. Open to Ontario residents under the age
of 30, who were enrolled in part- or full-time studies in international
business or related fields for at least one semester in 2001, in an
Ontario college/university.

About Nominations
Companies or individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a trade association, customer or anyone else who knows their situation well. Nominations are evaluated by regional judging panels for the regional awards, representing leaders from business, education and economic development groups. A provincial panel selects provincial award recipients from the short-list of regional award winners.
Nomination Guides and Forms are available online from www.ontario-canada.com/export. The deadline for nominations for the 2001 awards is November 2, 2001.

2001 Awards Schedule-Regional and Provincial Ceremonies
March 21, 2002 - Guelph -Southwest Region Ceremony
March 28, 2002 - Niagara Falls -Central Region Ceremony
April 4, 2002 - Brockville -Eastern Region Ceremony
April 11, 2002 - North Bay -Northern Region Ceremony
May 15, 2002 - Toronto -PROVINCIAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Sponsors
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are presented by Ontario Exports Inc. and RBC Financial Group. Award sponsors also include the Export Development Corporation; Deloitte & Touche LLP; The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario; and Canadian Commercial Corporation. Media sponsors include: PROFIT; Canadian Business; Le Lien Economique; and Business $ense. The awards also have the support of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Young Entrepreneurs Association, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).

For More Information
Call Ontario Exports Inc. toll-free at 1-877-46TRADE (8-7233). From within the GTA, call (416) 314-8200. Or visit www.ontario-canada.com/export to learn more about the program and the award ceremonies.

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For further information: Media contacts: Hal Vincent, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8779; Lynn Grittani, Ontario Exports Inc., (416) 314-8704; Eric Shapiro, Communications & Public Affairs Branch, MEDT, (416) 325-6698; For more information, and to view all previous years' regional and provincial winners, as well as a photo gallery of last year's ceremonies, visit the OEI Web site at www.ontario-canada.com/export