TEENS ACROSS CANADA TAKE GREEN LEARNING OUTSIDE

Regional teams compete for spot at Canon Envirothon
- One of North America's largest high school environmental competitions

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 28 /CNW/ - Canon Canada is announcing the start of the annual provincial and territorial Envirothon competitions. Beginning May 4th, high school students from across Canada will be testing their environmental knowledge through a variety of challenges, including written tests, field tests and oral presentations. Canadian teens will be competing for the opportunity to represent their province or territory at the Canon Envirothon, the annual competition which brings together winning teams from Canada and the Unites States. This year the Canon Envirothon will be held at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick from July 24-29, 2011.

The provincial and territorial competitions, organized and conducted by provincial forestry associations, will bring together student teams to analyze and discuss issues surrounding salt and fresh water estuaries. The student teams, ranging from Grade Nine to Grade 12, have been preparing for months by classifying the different types of estuaries, discussing the historical and cultural importance of estuaries in eastern Canada, as well as debating their economic, ecological and social impacts.

"At Canon Canada we operate by following our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, living and working together for the common good," said Colleen Ryan, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Canon Canada. "We are thrilled to continue our support for programs like the Canon Envirothon because we truly believe that, today more than ever, it is important that Canadian teens receive a strong environmental education that prepares them to live and work responsibly."

Once the provincial and territorial competitions are complete and a winning team has been chosen for each, the winners will be headed to the Canon Envirothon, one of North America's largest high school environmental education competitions. Under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists and wildlife specialists, the teams will participate in a series of field-oriented tests and will deliver oral presentations to panels of judges. They will be evaluated on their problem-solving capabilities, presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specific environmental challenge presented during the competition. More than 300 teenagers throughout North America will be competing for scholarships, prizes and awards worth more than $125,000 USD.

Below is the schedule for all upcoming provincial and territorial Envirothon competitions:

Province/Territory Date Location
Ontario May 4 - 7 St. George
Newfoundland/Labrador May 5 - 7 Lomond
Nova Scotia May 7 - 9 Wolfville
British Columbia May 7 - 8 TBD
New  Brunswick May 12 - 14 Fredericton
Alberta May 15 - 18 Athabasca
Manitoba May 26 - 28 Gimi
Saskatchewan May 29 - 31 Hepburn
Yukon TBD Whitehorse

About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,200 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. Since 1994, Canon Inc. is among the top four US patent recipients.

The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital and analogue cameras and lenses; medical imaging equipment, semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.

For more information, visit www.canon.ca 

SOURCE Canon Canada Inc.

For further information:

Wayne Doyle
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Canon Canada Inc.
(905) 565-4598
wdoyle@canada.canon.com

April Brown
High Road Communications on behalf of Canon Canada
(416) 644-1793
april.brown@highroad.com

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