Paul Sparkes Appointed to Bluedrop Board of Directors

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland and Labrador, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) today announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Sparkes to the Board of Directors. Mr. Sparkes is the Executive Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of Difference Capital Financial Inc. (TSX: DCF).


Mr. Sparkes is an accomplished business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. For the past decade he was a leader in the broadcast and new media industry for Canada's premier media company where he most recently served as CTVglobemedia's Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs. He also held senior positions in the public service, including with the Government of Canada as Director of Operations to then Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador as a senior aide to two Premiers; Clyde Wells and Brian Tobin. Mr. Sparkes serves on a number of boards including Thunderbird Films, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), the National Arts Center Foundation, and is the Chair and founding member of the Smiling Land Foundation.

"Paul's expertise in financial and corporate strategy makes him an extremely valuable Board member for Bluedrop," said Emad Rizkalla, founder and CEO of Bluedrop. "We are excited to welcome Paul during a period of high growth driven by the acquisition of Atlantis Systems Corporation and the expanding Bluedrop Networks Learning business."

Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Sparkes said, "I am enthusiastic to join the Bluedrop Board of Directors and look forward to contributing to the company's strategy and growth plans. We are clearly big believers in Bluedrop and Difference Capital provided the $3.0 million of convertible debt financing to fund the recent acquisition. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board and management team."

About Bluedrop

Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in workplace training for individuals, corporations, military personnel and the public sector. Launched in 2004, with six offices and over 120 employees, Bluedrop is transforming the workplace by designing, developing and delivering practical, actionable and affordable training content that improves individual and overall performance of organizations. Bluedrop is ranked in the Top 50 Defence Companies by Canadian Defence Review (CDR). Bluedrop is also recognized as one of the Top 3 eLearning companies in Canada by Backbone Magazine in their "Best of Everything in Canadian Tech" issue. For more information, visit

Media contact:

Bernie Beckett
Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc.
Phone: 709-739-4938

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