Finalists named for southwestern Ontario Global Traders Awards

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Finalists named for southwestern Ontario Global Traders Awards

TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - The 14 finalists vying for 2001 Ontario Global Traders Regional Awards in southwestern Ontario are excellent examples of how a little innovation and a lot of hard work are making businesses and communities prosper, Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman announced today.
The awards, now in their fourth year, recognize the achievements of Ontario's small and medium-sized exporters, business leaders and students. The winners will be announced on March 21, 2002, at the regional awards ceremony, hosted by the City of Guelph at the River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., beginning at noon.
"The 2001 awards program has produced outstanding candidates this year. They deserve our congratulations for taking risks, for creating new jobs and for helping to sustain the economic lifeblood of communities throughout Ontario," said the Minister.
Presentations will be made for central Ontario in Niagara Falls on March 28, eastern Ontario in Brockville on April 4, and northern Ontario in North Bay on April 11. Top Regional Award recipients then compete for the Provincial Award, to be announced in Toronto on May 15, 2002.
"Our prosperity lies in our ability to succeed in global markets. That's why it is so important to recognize and celebrate the achievements of these companies and export leaders," said Duarte Miranda, Vice-President, Trade, RBC Global Services.
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are presented by Ontario Exports Inc., the Government of Ontario's lead trade agency, and RBC Global Services, which joined the awards as lead sponsor this year. Other sponsors include Export Development Canada; Deloitte & Touche LLP; The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario; Canadian Commercial Corporation; United Parcel Service (UPS) Canada Ltd; PROFIT; Canadian Business and Le Lien Economique.

Note to editors: A list of award finalists is attached, along with
background information on the awards. Participants may register online
at the Ontario Exports Inc. Web site at www.ontario-canada.com/export.

2001 Ontario Global Traders Awards
Finalists for the Southwest Region

Company Awards
Arva Industries Inc., St. Thomas
Blastech Corporation, Brantford
Brant Corrosion Control Inc., Brantford
GFI Control Systems Inc., Kitchener
Halltech Environmental Inc., Guelph
Marco Sales and Incentives Limited, Paris
Meikle Automation Inc., Kitchener
Northern Digital Inc., Waterloo
Punch Integrated Communications Inc., Guelph

Individual Awards
Heather Anderson, Toronto (University of Guelph)
Kathryn Archer, London (Richard Ivey School of Business, University of
Western Ontario)
Gorica Djeric, Kitchener (University of Waterloo)
Terry Warren, Blastech Corporation, Brantford
Wolfgang Weber, Desch Drive Technology, Cambridge

BACKGROUNDER
2001 ONTARIO GLOBAL TRADERS AWARDS

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

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. The deadline for nominations for the 2001 awards was November 2, 2001, and nominations are closed. An early edition of the 2002 Nomination Guide and Forms will be available online as of March 21, 2002, from the OGTA website at www.ontario-canada.com/export.

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 Global Services. Award sponsors also include Export Development Canada; Deloitte & Touche LLP; The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario; Canadian Commercial Corporation; and United Parcel Service (UPS) Canada Ltd. Media sponsors include PROFIT; Canadian Business and Le Lien Economique. 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: Jamie Wallace, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8779; Eric Shapiro, Communications & Public Affairs Branch, (416) 325-6698