Finalists Named For Central Ontario Global Traders Awards

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Finalists Named For Central Ontario Global Traders Awards

TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - The finalists vying for 2002 Ontario Global Traders Regional Awards are excellent examples of how exporters in central Ontario are able to succeed in new markets, Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation Jim Flaherty announced today.
The awards, now in their fifth year, recognize the achievements of Ontario's small and medium-sized exporters, business leaders and students. The winners will be announced on April 3, 2003, at the central Ontario regional awards ceremony - Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
"Ontario exporters are the leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators that allow us to strengthen the economy," Flaherty said. "More than one million jobs have been created in Ontario since our government took office in 1995 and exporters continue to make significant contributions to our high standard of living and quality of life. We are pleased to acknowledge their success through the Global Traders Awards program."
Regional Global Traders Awards ceremonies will also be held for eastern Ontario March 27 in Kanata, for southwestern Ontario in London on April 10 and for northern Ontario in Sudbury April 17. Top Regional Award recipients compete for Provincial Awards, to be announced in Toronto on May 14, 2003.
"Small and medium-sized enterprises are the building blocks of the Canadian economy. The Path to Prosperity, a recent research project on SMEs sponsored by RBC Financial Group, found that one of the keys ways to help small businesses grow is to encourage them to become more export oriented," said Duarte M. Miranda, Vice-President Trade Services, RBC Global Services. "RBC Global Services is proud to be part of the Ontario Global Traders Awards and its ongoing support to Ontario businesses, ensuring their competitive advantage and success in the global marketplace."
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are presented by Ontario Exports Inc., the province's export development agency; lead sponsor - RBC Global Services; and our partners in trade.

Note to editors: A list of award finalists and background information is
attached.

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2002 Ontario Global Traders Awards
Finalists for the Central Region

COMPANY AWARDS

Chudleigh's Ltd., Milton
CPL, Mississauga
DECODE Entertainment Inc., Toronto
Digital Specialty Chemicals, Toronto
Norlake International Ltd., Woodbridge
Optech Incorporated, Toronto
Pink Elephant Inc., Burlington
Redwood Custom Communications, Toronto
Rodair International Ltd., Mississauga
Stonemill Bakehouse, Toronto
VoiceGenie Technologies Inc., Toronto

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Paul Clipsham, Fonthill (Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Nils Engelstad, Toronto (University of Toronto, Toronto)
Nathon Gunn, Bitcasters Inc., Toronto
Nagy Moustafa, Diversinet Corp., Toronto
Najmul Siddiqui, Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltée, Toronto

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For more information, visit www.ontarioexportsinc.com

Backgrounder
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Ontario Global Traders Awards
Now in their fifth year, the Ontario Global Traders Awards (OGTA) celebrate and champion export success in Ontario. Coordinated by Ontario Exports Inc. - the Government of Ontario's export development agency - they are Ontario's first awards recognizing export achievement for small and medium- sized enterprises. Winners of top regional awards compete for a provincial award. There are six award 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 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 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 in this
category at both 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 for next year's OGTA will be available at this year's regional ceremonies for the 2002 OGTA listed below. See the Ontario Exports Inc. phone number and Web site below for more information. The nominations deadline for the 2003 awards is November 3, 2003.

Ontario Export Forums
Ontario Export Forums feature workshops, town hall discussions and networking sessions that focus on export topics of interest to local SMEs and entrepreneurs. Their purpose is to help companies become more informed exporters by providing a local forum for export education, market information and networking. Since 1999, hundreds of participants have attended Ontario Export Forums throughout the province, with topics ranging from e-business, to financing, to intellectual property rights. New this year are Export Cafés - one-on-one meetings between exporting experts and Ontario companies.

2002 Awards & Export Forum Schedule
March 27, 2003 Eastern regional awards ceremony in Kanata
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 lead sponsor RBC Global Services, along with Export Development Canada, Deloitte and Touche LLP, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and Canadian Commercial Corporation. Media sponsors include PROFIT, Canadian Business, Le Lien Economique and Seneca College.

For more information
Call Ontario Exports Inc. toll-free within Ontario at 1-877-46TRADE (8-7233), or call (416) 314-8200 within the GTA. Visit www.ontarioexportsinc.com to learn more about the program & award ceremonies.
For further information: Contacts: Dan Robertson, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8321; Lynn Grittani Ontario Exports Inc. (416) 314-8704