Survey says... Canadians Would Rather Share a Drink with Bono/Al Gore than Prime Minister Harper/Paris Hilton... The Environment is the Next Big Election Issue... And That Energy will be the Sector to Watch in 2007



    Survey part of "The Bold 5 Under 35" Awards Competition Presented by
    Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac

    TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - In an informal survey conducted this week at
the Bold 5 under 35 awards ceremony presented by Rémy Martin Fine Champagne
Cognac, Prime Minister Steven Harper (7.9%) only slightly nudged out Paris
Hilton (5.6%) as the least popular cognac companion. More than 100 people
participated in the informal survey that asked young, bold professionals, "If
you were a proud owner of one of only 10 bottles of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin
Grande Champagne Black Pearl cognac available in Canada, who would you most
like to drink it with?" Bono was the favourite choice (33.7%) followed by Al
Gore (19.1%) and Bill Gates (16.9%). Other results show that almost half of
the participants identified the environment as the next, top election issue
(49.4%) followed by lower taxes (27%), healthcare (12.4%) and crime prevention
(3.4%). Most participants (39.3%) said that energy/alternative energy will be
the sector to watch followed by bio tech/health sciences (25.8%) and tech
(16.9%).
    Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac announced the winner of "The Bold 5
under 35" competition at the Toronto event. Edmonton's Ashif Mawji, President
and CEO of Upside Software Inc. won the title of "The Boldest of the Bold 5",
as decided by Canadian voters who visited the website www.thebold5.com
throughout March.
    "The Bold 5 under 35 competition celebrates the achievements of young
Canadian entrepreneurs, under the age of 35," says Awnish Srivastava, VP of
Marketing at Maxxium Canada. "The five semi-finalists truly represented the
core values of Rémy Martin."
    Canadians, of legal drinking age, were invited to vote online for the
boldest of the bold. The other semi-finalists in the competition were
Jean-François Bernier (age 30) CEO, Bio Spectra, Montreal, Anthony Lacavera
(age 33) CEO, Globalive Communications, Toronto, Ron Lovett (age 27), Founder,
RFL Group of Companies, Halifax, and Lee Segal (age 28) CEO, Klick
Communications, Toronto.
    Competition winner Ashif Mawji's career had a humble beginning - he sold
watches in trade shows in Mombasa, Kenya. At 12 years of age, he moved to
Canada to study computer systems technology. After a few years working as a
consultant with the Government of Alberta, Ashif formed a prominent IT firm,
securing a substantial outsourcing deal with IBM in his first year. When
venture capitalists came knocking on Upside Software Inc's door, offering
significant financial rewards, many questioned Ashif's Edmonton-based
headquarters. A loyal fan of Edmonton, and the Oilers, there is no amount of
money that could ever convince Ashif to move to larger centres. In short,
Ashif is a man with exceptional leadership skills, determination, and
principles.

    Maxxium Canada, distributors of Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac, is the
Canadian division of Maxxium Worldwide BV, a global spirits and wine
distribution group operating in over 35 countries and covering more than 60
worldwide markets. Maxxium's portfolio includes some of the most well-known
premium brands: Cointreau, Piper Heidsieck Champagne, ABSOLUT Vodka, Sauza
tequila, Canadian Club Rye Whisky, Level Vodka, Alberta Premium Canadian
Whiskey, Bols Liqueurs, Highland Park scotches, as well as Clos du Bois, Cono
Sur and KWV wines. Maxxium's head office is in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.





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