ZCL CEO Ven Côté Wins Entrepreneur Award



    EDMONTON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - ZCL Composites Inc. (TSX:ZCL) announced today
that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Ven Côté, was named
Entrepreneur of the Year(R) (Prairies Region) for 2008 by the global
accounting firm Ernst & Young.
    "Ven Côté's remarkable ability to take ZCL Composites to new heights by
fostering teamwork and building loyalty among his client base certainly caught
the attention of our judges this year," said Barry Munro, Director of the
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program for the Prairies region.
"Ven has truly demonstrated an entrepreneurial spark that is reflected in his
unique capability to enhance performance in all areas of his business."
    Added Mr. Côté, "This award is an honour not just for me but for all of
the more than 500 hard-working ZCL employees in Canada, the U.S. and the
Netherlands. I am incredibly proud of our amazing team, and I think we have
only just begun to show what we can accomplish."
    As the Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008, Mr. Côté will compete with
top entrepreneurs from the Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific and Québec regions for
the honour of Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008, to be announced
November 26, 2008, in Toronto. Other regional winners announced so far are
George Armoyan of Clarke Inc/Geosam Investments Limited (Atlantic), Dr. Piyush
Patel of Allied Research International - Cetero Research Inc. (Ontario), and
Brian Hill of Aritzia LP (Pacific).
    In June 2009, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 will move to the
world stage to compete with more than 40 country recipients for the title of
Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year(R). Canada's own Guy Laliberté
from Cirque du Soleil was the recipient of the 2007 World Entrepreneur Of The
Year Award.

    About the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

    The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and
contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. A nominee must be
either a business owner or founder primarily responsible for the recent
performance of a privately held company that is at least two years old, or the
founder of a public company who is still active in the company's top
management.
    Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is composed
of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The
members of the Prairies region panel for 2008 were Susan Gallacher, Vice
President, DirectCash Management Inc.; John Holmlund, Chairman of the Board,
Focus Corporation Ltd.; Glenn Feltham, Dean, Asper School of Business,
University of Manitoba; Elson McDougald, President, Tahkine Energy Solutions;
Tim Melton, Executive Chairman, Melcor Developments Ltd.; Sanford Riley,
President and Chairman, Richardson Financial Group Ltd.
    Ernst & Young, with 130,000 employees worldwide, is a global leader in
assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.

    About ZCL

    ZCL Composites Inc. is North America's largest underground fibreglass
tank manufacturer. ZCL's complete fuel storage systems, marketed under the
"Prezerver" trademark, carry a $2 million warranty against pollution. More
information about ZCL is available on its website at www.zcl.com

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For further information:

For further information: Darin Coutu, Chief Financial Officer, ZCL
Composites Inc., (780) 466-6648, Darin.coutu@zcl.com; or Alan Bayless,
Longview Communications Inc., (604) 694-6035, abayless@longviewcomms.ca


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