Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec-Merrill Lynch - Economic and Financial Journalism Award awarded by ASDEQ


    NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

    MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec and Merrill Lynch, partners with the Association des économistes
québécois (ASDEQ) in organizing the Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec-Merrill Lynch Economic and Financial Journalism Award, are pleased to
announce that the 2008-2009 contest is now open for entries. This prestigious
award, now in its 12th year, underlines the vital role played by journalists
in the economic life of Quebec by honouring the excellence of leading
practitioners in the field. Prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 will be
awarded.
    The award is open to all journalists working in Quebec in the print,
television, radio and electronic media who have published or aired an economic
or financial story between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008. Entries are
accepted in three categories: Long Feature Story; Short Feature Story; and
Column, Analysis, Commentary or Editorial. Candidacies must be received by
ASDEQ before November 14, 2008. The complete rules of the contest, a
description of the categories and entry instructions are available from ASDEQ
or at www.prixdejournalisme.com.
    As stated by Guy Savard, Chairman of the Board for Quebec Operations for
Merrill Lynch, "The number of entries received, which has consistently grown
since the Award was created in 1997, as well as the quality of the stories and
articles submitted, attests to the level of awareness and importance given to
this contest among Quebec's journalistic community. The objectives we set out
with ASDEQ from the beginning, and since then with the Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec, which were to publicize excellence in economic and
financial journalism, have been met."
    "During the period of pronounced volatility we are going through, the
public expects economic information that is relevant, reliable and
independent. Recognizing the quality of the work done by journalists each day
to present business and financial news in a form accessible to all is
therefore especially important this year," explained Richard Guay, President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec."
    This year's jury will be chaired by Charles A. Carrier, General Manager
of ASDEQ, and is made up of the following members: Jean-Pierre Aubry, Chair of
ASDEQ's Public Policy Committee; Claude Beauchamp, journalist and former host
of the RDI program Capital Action; Pierre Bergeron, host of FrancOpinion and
former director of Le Droit; and Thierry Watine, professor in the Department
of Information and Communication at Université Laval.
    Last year's winner of the top prize of $10,000 was Guy Gendron of
Radio-Canada for his report entitled "Du sable dans l'engrenage." The $5,000
prize went to Les Affaires reporter François Normand for his story entitled
"Exporter aux Etats-Unis", and David Descôteaux of Revue Commerce received
$2,500 for his article on "Redoutables lobbys."

    Partners in the prize

    The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a financial institution
that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance
plans. As at December 31, 2007, it held $155.4 billion of net assets. One of
the leading institutional fund managers in Canada, the Caisse invests in the
main financial markets as well as in private equity and real estate.
www.lacaisse.com

    Merrill Lynch is one of the world's leading wealth management, capital
markets and advisory companies, with offices in 40 countries and territories
and total client assets of approximately US$1.6 trillion. As an investment
bank, Merrill Lynch is a leading global trader and underwriter of securities
and derivatives across a broad range of asset classes and serves as a
strategic advisor to corporations, governments, institutions and individuals
worldwide. www.ml.com

    The Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ) is the principal
organization bringing together economists in Québec and is dedicated to the
professional advancement of its approximately 500 members. Its primary
objective is to foster awareness of, and knowledge about, the field of
economics. ASDEQ is a dynamic association that is open not only to economists,
but also to anyone interested in economic and financial issues. The
association is becoming increasingly recognized as a vital participant in
today's great economic debates. www.asdeq.org



For further information: Catherine Lasnier, Alizé Communications, (514)
733-3760, clasnier@alizecommunications.com; Source: Monique Fiset,
Coordinator, ASDEQ, (514) 342-7537, national@asdeq.org