Winners selected for Canon Canada's 2009 Nurture Nature Awards

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Canon Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Nurture Nature Awards - an environmental program that encourages Canadians to help protect or improve the natural habitat of an endangered or threatened species in their community.

Three winners across Canada were chosen based on their environmental proposals and will receive $20,000 each to complete their projects, as well as a Canon digital single lens reflex camera and Canon high definition camcorder to record their progress.

"Through this program we were introduced to many passionate Canadians who are committed to helping protect their local environment, but lacked the resources to make an impact," said Stan Skorayko, Vice President, Corporate Communications and General and Environmental Affairs, Canon Canada. "We're excited to support their important environmental initiatives and give Canadians the opportunity to make a difference in their own backyards."

The winner from Canada's Eastern Region, which includes Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, is the Comité de concertation et de valorisation du bassin de la rivière Richelieu (COVABAR). COVABAR will use the funding to help preserve the habitat of the Copper Redhorse, an endangered species of ray-finned fish located near the Jeannote and Aux Cerfs Islands.

"The Jeannote and Aux Cerfs Islands is a popular destination for pleasure boating and fishing, but many don't realize how these activities can negatively affect the local species, like the endangered Copper Redhorse," said Marcel Comiré, Coordinator, COVABAR. "The funding from the Nurture Nature Awards will help us educate visitors on how to have fun, while still respecting the environment for the species native to this area."

The winner from Central Canada, which includes Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut, is 10,000 Trees for the Rouge Valley. With the funding, the organization plans to build a swamp in Rouge Park, Toronto, to protect the habitat of the Blanding's turtle and other threatened species.

"Swamps are an integral part of our ecosystem and are also one of the rarest habitats in Canada, which means we're at risk of losing the species that call this environment home," said Colin Creasey, Group Chairman, 10,000 Trees for the Rouge Valley. "Our goal is to restore the original habitat that was there before mankind interfered. Winning this award is a big help in our efforts and will benefit our local species for decades to come."

In the Western Region, which includes British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon Territories and North West Territories, the winning proposal was submitted by the Calgary Zoological Society, which will use the funding to renovate and repair "cranedominiums" that house and encourage breeding of endangered whooping cranes. Since 1992, the Calgary Zoo produced 44 whooping crane chicks to help save this keystone species, which has a world population of only 539 birds.

"The Calgary Zoo is honoured to receive the Nurture Nature Award to help save endangered whooping cranes, which are one of the rarest bird species in Canada," said Dave Sclanders, Director of Development, Calgary Zoo. "With Canon Canada's support four cranedominiums, which are key components in the captive breeding program, will be restored."

About Canon Canada Inc.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,400 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. For the 16th consecutive year, Canon Inc. is among the top three 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; semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.

Canon supports programs that help preserve and protect the environment. The company instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported leading environmental organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund - Canada and the Canon Envirothon.

For more information, visit www.canon.ca

SOURCE Canon Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Wayne Doyle, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Canon Canada Inc., Tel: (905) 565-4598, wdoyle@canada.canon.com; Jessica Draker, High Road Communications, Tel: (416) 644-2270, jdraker@highroad.com

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