/C O R R E C T I O N from Source - Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation/

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/C O R R E C T I O N from Source - Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation/

In c4856 sent at 17:00e March 27, an error occurred in the 5th paragraph, awards list. The recipient for 'Market Expansion Award - Product' should have read "Precidia Technologies Inc. (Ottawa)" not "CPCS Transcom Limited (Ottawa)". The recipient for 'Market Expansion Award - Service' should have read "CPCS Transcom Limited (Ottawa) not "Precidia Technologies Inc. (Ottawa)". Full corrected copy follows:

Eves government salutes exporters' achievements in Eastern Ontario
KANATA, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government today recognized leading small and medium-sized exporters in eastern Ontario with Ontario Global Traders Awards for outstanding achievements in 2002, presented by Ontario Exports Inc. chairman Bill Saunderson.
The awards program, launched by the Ontario government in 1998, recognizes the success of the province's small and medium-sized exporters and encourages more companies to expand into global markets.
"Ontario exporters are helping to create wealth and prosperity in every region of the province," Saunderson said. "They are creating thousands of jobs, expanding our export base and competing successfully against the best the world has to offer."

Recipients at the eastern Ontario regional ceremony in Kanata were recognized with Regional Awards, Awards of Merit and Honourable Mentions. Winners of the top Regional Awards included:

Innovation Award:
- EMS Technologies Canada, Ltd. (Ottawa)

Market Expansion Award - Product:
- Precidia Technologies Inc. (Ottawa)

Market Expansion Award - Service:
- CPCS Transcom Limited (Ottawa)

Partnership Award:
- Iroquois Water Ltd., (Cornwall Island)
- Cott Beverages Canada (Mississauga)

Student Achievement Award:
- Wang (Linus) Xianglin (University of Ottawa, Ottawa)

Judges reviewed some 200 nominations from across Ontario to select winners for the four regional Ontario Global Traders Awards ceremonies this year. Collectively, the nominated companies reported total sales rose 28 per cent over the past three years to $1.25 billion in 2001-2002; the nominees' export sales climbed 36 per cent, to $742 million over the same period; and they reported that exports helped increase jobs by 21 per cent to 7,675 jobs.
Exports generate the equivalent of more than 50 per cent of Ontario's Gross Domestic Product and contribute in a very significant way to the more than 1,000,000 jobs created in Ontario since 1995.
Regional award recipients compete for the top provincial award in each category, to be presented at the Ontario Global Traders Awards provincial ceremony on May 14, 2003, in Toronto.
Saunderson also announced today that Belleville will host the next Ontario Global Traders Awards eastern regional ceremony taking place in spring 2004.
"RBC Financial Group's The Path to Prosperity report has found that becoming more export-oriented means exposing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to some of the most significant drivers of success," said Duarte M. Miranda, Vice-President Trade Services, RBC Global Services. "RBC Global Services is a proud supporter of the Ontario Global Traders Awards and shares its objective of opening doors for Ontario businesses to ensure their competitive advantage and success in the global marketplace."
This is the fifth season of the Ontario Global Traders Awards. Export Forums featuring a panel town hall meeting, roundtable discussions and networking sessions on exporting themes are held in conjunction with each regional ceremony. New this year are Export Cafés, one-on-one meetings between exporting experts and Ontario companies.
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are presented by Ontario Exports Inc., the Government of Ontario's export development agency, and lead sponsor RBC Global Services. Other sponsors include Export Development Canada; Deloitte & Touche LLP; The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario; CCC, the Canadian Commercial Corporation; PROFIT; Canadian Business, Le Lien Economique and Seneca College.

/Note to news/business editors: A complete list of award recipients and
background information is attached./

Contacts:

Stephanie Lu Lynn Grittani
Associate Minister's Office Ontario Exports Inc.
(416) 325-1244 (416) 314-8704

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For more information, visit www.ontarioexportsinc.com

2002 ONTARIO GLOBAL TRADERS AWARDS
AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR EASTERN REGION

Innovation Award

Regional Award
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EMS Technologies Canada, Ltd.
Ottawa, Ontario

EMS is a premier player in the delivery of satellite communication systems to mobile platforms throughout the world, whose customers include Boeing, Gulfstream, Bombardier, and Dassault. The company's latest product, the High Speed Data unit HSD 128, is the first satcom terminal to support high speed data connectivity at 128 Kbps including e-mail, Internet, video conferencing, and fax services while in flight. The majority of HSD 128 sales are exports to corporate, government, and military VIP users worldwide. The high-speed capability is also now available for both land and maritime applications where EMS continues to provide a total solution for satcom communications.

Senior Vice-President and General Manager: Dr. Neilson Mackay
Contact: Joanne Walker, Director of Operations
Address: 1725 Woodward Drive, Ottawa ON K2C 0P9
Phone: 613-727-6277
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Award of Merit
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Phil-Insul Corporation
Kingston, Ontario

A simple innovation can have widespread effects, as a concrete forming system patented by Phil-Insul Corporation has shown. The IntegraSpec insulating concrete forming system has made a significant change to the construction industry worldwide, giving builders in earthquake and hurricane zones increased confidence in their structures' integrity. The system also offers ease of installation, reduced transportation costs and efficient storage. The benefits of the IntegraSpec system are now well-known in the construction industry, and the energy-efficient buildings it produces will assist in meeting Kyoto Accord commitments around the world. Phil-Insul was recently inducted into the Innovation Canada section of the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.

President: Gerry Ethier
Contact: Jim Buttrey, Vice-President
Address: Unit 11U - 735 Arlington Park Place, Kingston ON K7M 8M8
Phone: 613-634-1319
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Honourable Mention
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EDUCOM TS Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario

With the immense volume of 16 billion e-mails generated everyday worldwide comes increased corporate risk, the need to protect intellectual property and mounting pressure to reduce server load on MS Exchange without limiting the use of e-mail. EDUCOM is an industry leader in the development of software solutions focused on the mission-critical management of global corporate e-mail. Exchange Archive Solution (EAS), EDUCOM's flagship product enables clients to efficiently meet various e-mail retention requirements, protect their intellectual property, enhance user access to information, and reduce e-mail server overload. EDUCOM has over seventy distributor and reseller partners and hundreds of customers around the world. The past two years have seen unprecedented growth and this trend is expected to continue.

Chief Executive Officer: Andrew Moffat
Contact: Elizabeth Lam, Account Manager
Address: 192 Bank Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa ON K2P 1W7
Phone: 613-234-9950
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Market Expansion Award - Service

Regional Award
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CPCS Transcom Limited
Ottawa, Ontario

CPCS Transcom is the company of choice for developing countries seeking assistance in privatizing railways, ports, roads, and other infrastructure sectors. One of the first companies in the world to offer advice in this field, CPCS Transcom has established a solid reputation as the company that delivers the "best deal" to a developing country involved in a privatization project. The company maintains a strong relationship with Canada's rail industry, and forms alliances and partnerships with local firms to identify and win international projects and expand its markets. Over the past six years, CPCS Transcom has won 80 per cent of the internationally-tendered contracts for port and railway privatization projects that it has bid on.

President: Peter Kieran
Contact: Peter Kieran, President
Address: 150 Isabella Street, Ottawa ON K1S 1V7
Phone: 613-237-2500
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Market Expansion Award - Product

Regional Award
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Precidia Technologies Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario

Precidia was founded with the goal of taking its technology to international markets, after dominating the Canadian market. Using a two- pronged strategy of rapid product development and aggressive marketing, the company has achieved its goal, with 80 per cent of its revenue derived from foreign sales, in more than 45 countries. Building on its success in the Canadian market, Precidia has developed a product which links dial-based retail point-of-sale terminals to IP (Internet Protocol) networks. The company's leading edge R&D is now putting it at the forefront of an emerging growth market for Embedded Internet Access devices for retail, building automation and industrial controls.

President: Deepak Wanner
Contact: Tracy King, Marketing Communications Manager
Address: 10A Hearst Way, Ottawa ON K2L 2P4
Phone: 613-592-7557
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Award of Merit
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EDUCOM TS Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario

With the immense volume of 16 billion e-mails generated everyday worldwide comes increased corporate risk, the need to protect intellectual property and mounting pressure to reduce server load on MS Exchange without limiting the use of e-mail. EDUCOM is an industry leader in the development of software solutions focused on the mission-critical management of global corporate e-mail. Exchange Archive Solution (EAS), EDUCOM's flagship product enables clients to efficiently meet various e-mail retention requirements, protect their intellectual property, enhance user access to information, and reduce e-mail server overload. EDUCOM has over seventy distributor and reseller partners and hundreds of customers around the world. The past two years have seen unprecedented growth and this trend is expected to continue.

Chief Executive Officer: Andrew Moffat
Contact: Elizabeth Lam, Account Manager
Address: 192 Bank Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa ON K2P 1W7
Phone: 613-234-9950
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Honourable Mention
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Tulmar Safety Systems Inc.
Hawkesbury, Ontario

Tulmar manufactures inflatable safety equipment and a variety of straps, nets, covers, seat belts and seat covers which are installed on military vehicles. With a reputation for high quality, customized production runs and engineering support, the company has secured a solid niche in markets around the world. Tulmar's safety equipment includes inflatable shelters, boats, and airline training slides, which are purchased by British Airways, SAS, KLM, Iberia, and many other of the world's largest airlines. The company exhibits at trade shows and partners with vehicle manufacturers to expand its markets.

President: Barney Bangs
Contact: Barney Bangs, President
Address: 1123 Cameron Street, Hawkesbury ON K6A 2B8
Phone: 613-632-1282
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Partnership

Regional Award
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Iroquois Water Ltd., Cornwall Island, Ontario
and
Cott Beverages Canada, Mississauga, Ontario

Iroquois Water built the world's largest bottling facility on Native territory on the Akwesasne Reserve at Cornwall Island, Ontario. Iroquois wanted to form a strategic partnership with Cott, the world's largest supplier of retailer brand soft drinks. Cott wanted to expand its presence in the water industry, and Iroquois Water had the means and a plant to produce the product. The partnership has rejuvenated Iroquois Water, created new employment, developed a new export market, and serves as a role model for other reserves on how to create an effective public/private sector partnership.

Iroquois Water Ltd.
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President and Chief Executive Officer: Dan Villeneuve
Contact: Dan Villeneuve, President and Chief Executive Officer
Address: RR 3, Cornwall Island ON K6H 5R7
Phone: 613-932-6739
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Cott Beverages Canada
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President: Philip Lamb
Contact: Philip Lamb, President
Address: 6525 Viscount Road, Mississauga ON L4V 1H6
Phone: 905-672-1900
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Award of Merit
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Measurements International, Prescott, Ontario and
National Research Council of Canada, Institute for National Measurement
Standards, Ottawa, Ontario

Measurements International (MI), an exporter of scientific instruments, has partnered with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) for more than 10 years and has gained a reputation for bringing scientific principles developed at NRC to the metrology (the science of measurement) community worldwide. Most recently, MI partnered with the NRC on the portable Quantum Hall (QHR) system, an ultra stable, precise quantum standard of electrical resistance suitable for national metrology institutes in developing countries and larger industrial metrology laboratories. The QHR system was introduced in 2001/2002. During this period MI increased its export sales by 50% and sales are expected to increase another 35% this year. The National Research Council receives royalty payments for this successful technology transfer.

Measurements International
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President: Duane Brown
Contact: Duane Brown, President
Address: Box 2359, Pirelli Drive, Prescott ON K0E 1T0
Phone: 613-925-5934
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National Research Council of Canada, Institute for National Measurement
Standards
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President: Dr. Arthur Carty
Contact: Dr. David Inglis, Research Officer
Address: 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON K1A 0R6
Phone: 613-991-5650
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Honourable Mention
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E.T. Jackson and Associates Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario and
Gariba Development Associates, Accra, Ghana

E.T. Jackson, an Ottawa-based management consulting company, and Gariba, the consulting arm of a larger organization in Ghana, have worked together on rural development and poverty reduction projects since 1987. Clients include aid agencies, developing country governments and private non-profit groups. The two companies have combined knowledge and networks to open new markets for each other, and the partnership has been the catalyst for more than $7 million worth of consulting contracts in Africa. The partners are now targeting new clients such as European aid agencies and new consulting niches in Africa.

E.T. Jackson and Associates Ltd.
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President: Dr. Edward Jackson
Contact: Huguette Labrosse
Address: 100-858 Bank Street, Ottawa ON K1S 3W3
Phone: 613-230-5221
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Gariba Development Associates Ltd.
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Executive Director: Dr. Sulley Gariba
Contact: Dr. Sulley Gariba
Address: P.O. Box 16208, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 021 777 582
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Student Achievement Award

Regional Award
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Wang (Linus) Xianglin
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

Wang Xianglin is an MBA student at the University of Ottawa who has been working with Rogue Data Corporation since August, 2001. Rogue Data is a small, emerging company with a big innovation, and Mr. Xianglin showed them how to take their products to the huge Chinese market. Combining his Chinese business and cultural experiences with his MBA studies in Canada, he helped Rogue design and execute a detailed business development plan for China. He shared in the risk with Rogue by taking only travel expenses and no salary for his business development trips to China, where he helped establish a joint venture between Rogue and the Shanghai Port Authority.

Award Recipient and Contact: Wang (Linus) Xianglin
Address: 2486 Carlsen Avenue, No. 2, Ottawa ON K1V 8G3
Phone: 613-260-8588
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Award of Merit
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Earl Spinks
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario

Earl Spinks has worked extensively with the Global Visions Junior Team Canada Program, where he was team leader of the Cultural Industries sector. He wrote a research report on the Hong Kong market that is being published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and will soon be available to businesses across Canada. The report provides valuable information and contacts for Canadian companies planning to export to Hong Kong. Through Junior Team Canada, Mr. Spinks also worked with Peter Thompson and Sons, an Ontario-based hardwood lumber company, helping them locate customers in China. He also worked with the Town of Innisfil, Ontario, in their efforts to find a "sister town" in China. He also helped promote the town, and investigated opportunities for local industry.

Award Recipient and Contact: Earl Spinks
Address: 1583 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil ON L9S 4B3
Phone: 705-431-0701 or 613-263-4432
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Honourable Mention
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Candice Bazinet
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

Although she is 22 years old, Candice Bazinet has already contributed more than three years of volunteering and employment to international trade in Ontario. Her group on the Junior Team Canada program delivered market briefs to 30 export-oriented Ontario companies working in seven different sectors. Her activities with AIESEC, an international organization for business and economics students, as a volunteer and employee, have included terms as a local chapter president and national vice-president.

Award Recipient and Contact: Candice Bazinet
Address: Box 1564, 8 Shirvon Drive, Blind River ON P0R 1B0
Phone: 705-647-9999
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Honourable Mention
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Jody McLean
Sir Sandford Fleming College
Peterborough, Ontario

Jody McLean is planing to be a trade commissioner in Latin America, and is doing many different things to prepare himself for that career. The former University of Guelph graduate and recent graduate of the International Trade Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, has recently returned from Mexico where he completed a semester abroad learning about Mexican trade and business practices. Mr. McLean spent last summer working on NAFTA compliance for an Ontario auto parts exporter and is currently working as an exporter of information technology.

Award Recipient and Contact: Jody McLean
Address: 10 Glen Street, Iron Bridge ON P0B 1H0
Phone: 416-491-3617
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Backgrounder
Document d'information

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 CCC, the 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.

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For further information: Stephanie Lu, Associate Minister's Office, (416) 325-1244; Lynn Grittani, Ontario Exports Inc., (416) 314-8704