Four Ontario communities selected to host 2002 Ontario Global Traders Awards regional ceremonies

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Four Ontario communities selected to host 2002 Ontario Global Traders Awards regional ceremonies

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Sudbury have been selected to host the 2002 Ontario Global Traders Awards regional ceremonies, to be held in the spring of 2003.
Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation Jim Flaherty today announced the communities that will host the regional ceremonies, which recognize the achievements of Ontario's top exporters in 2002.
"These awards reflect the excellence of innovators in every region of the province," said Minister Flaherty. "There are a lot of success stories waiting to be told, and I strongly encourage members of Ontario's export community to get involved in our program, wherever they are located."
The announcement, at the headquarters of one of the province's leading export innovators, Electrovaya Inc., launched the 2002 Ontario Global Traders Awards program. At the same time, Electrovaya, aided by Minister Flaherty, demonstrated two new batteries that promise to revolutionize the way consumers use cell phones and laptop computers.
Regional award ceremonies will be held next year in Ottawa on March 27, Hamilton on April 3, London on April 10, and Sudbury on April 17. The provincial awards will be presented in Toronto on May 14, 2003.
Nominations for the program close on Friday, November 1, 2002. Companies or individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a trade association, customer or anyone familiar with their accomplishments. Electrovaya Inc. won the Ontario Global Traders Provincial Award for Innovation in 2001.
"We are very pleased with the recognition that this award has brought to our company and our products," said Dr. Sankar Das Gupta, the company's CEO. "It's always a challenge when you're selling into foreign markets, and the Global Traders Awards program gives growing companies like ours an edge."
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are sponsored by Ontario Exports Inc. (OEI), its lead sponsor, RBC Global Services, and OEI's Partners in Trade. Ontario Exports Inc. is the government of Ontario's lead trade agency. To obtain a nomination guide, call toll-free at 1-877-46TRADE (1-877-468-7233) or 416-314-8200 within the GTA, or download a copy at: www.ontarioexportsinc.com.

Backgrounder

The Ontario Global Traders Awards celebrate and promote export success in Ontario. Coordinated 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 fifth year of the awards, in which winners of regional awards become eligible to win a provincial award. Awards are given in six categories: Leadership; Innovation; Market Expansion (two awards, product and service); Partnership; and Student Achievement.

Who is eligible?
- Ontario-based, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in business a
minimum of three fiscal years, 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 are advocates and promote exporting among Ontario small to
medium-sized enterprises.
- Small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) 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 either part-time or full-time studies in
international business or related fields for at least one semester in
2002, at an Ontario college or university. Top winners of Student
Achievement Awards at both the regional and provincial levels win a
cash bursary.

About nominations
Companies or individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a trade association, customer or anyone familiar with their achievements. For the regional awards, nominations are evaluated by regional judging panels, 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.ontarioexportsinc.com. The deadline for nominations for the 2002 awards is Friday, November 1, 2002.

2002 awards schedule - regional and provincial ceremonies
March 27, 2003 Eastern regional awards ceremony in Ottawa
April 3, 2003 Central regional awards ceremony in Hamilton
April 10, 2003 Southwest regional awards ceremony in London
April 17, 2003 Northern regional awards ceremony in Sudbury
May 14, 2003 Provincial awards ceremony in Toronto

Sponsors
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are presented by Ontario Exports Inc. and RBC Global Services, along with OEI's Partners in Trade.

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