BC Children's Hospital Foundation selected as official charity for the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open

Canada's National Women's Open Championship set for August 20-26 at The Vancouver Golf Club

VANCOUVER, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Golf Canada announced today that BC Children's Hospital Foundation has been selected as the official beneficiary of the CN Miracle Match campaign to be held during the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open.

Canada's National Women's Open Golf Championship will take place from August 20-26 at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, BC.

CN Miracle Match is a national charitable initiative that rallies communities across Canada behind a very worthy cause - supporting children's hospitals. Funds raised through this initiative in communities in the Vancouver area and throughout British Columbia will be given to BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

Each year since 2006, CN and Golf Canada have raised funds to support children's hospitals by matching funds raised through initiatives connected with the CN Canadian Women's Open. In the past six years, the CN Miracle Match program has raised $6.45 million for children's hospitals located in the cities that have hosted the Open.

"At CN, we believe that the best way to build strong communities is to promote and safeguard the health of our young people and we are very proud that CN Miracle Match has been able to help children all across Canada since 2006," said Claude Mongeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of CN. "We are confident that the money raised in the course of the 2012 campaign will help BC Children's Hospital continue to provide critical pediatric care to children throughout British Columbia. "

"Community-minded partners like CN and Golf Canada play an important role in keeping BC Children's Hospital at the forefront of pediatric medicine," said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "BC Children's is the only hospital in the province with the full range of expertise required to meet the needs of critically or chronically ill children. Funds raised through the CN Miracle Match program will help us ensure we continue to provide the best health care possible for our children today and in the future."

The 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open marks the return of professional golf to Vancouver following the 2011 RBC Canadian Open, which was conducted by Golf Canada last July at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

"Along with our partners at CN, we believe it is very important that the CN Canadian Women's Open leave a lasting legacy in our local host communities," said Scott Simmons, Golf Canada's Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. "Vancouver is a world-class city with passionate golf fans and we are thrilled that Canada's National Women's Open Championship will benefit BC Children's Hospital and its important work."

The province's only full-service hospital dedicated to serving children in BC and the Yukon, BC Children's Hospital is accessible to the largest population of children and youth served by a single Canadian hospital. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children's Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children's specialists, in their home community. Last year, BC Children's Hospital had over 212,000 patient visits. Funds raised by BC Children's Hospital Foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information, visit www.bcchf.ca.

Stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open from August 20-26 at The Vancouver Golf Club.

Tickets can be purchased online, at www.cncanadianwomensopen.com, or by phone, at 1-866-571-5742. For up-to-date information about corporate packages, tickets, volunteer opportunities or corporate hospitality, please visit the website.

The CN Canadian Women's Open is proudly sponsored by CN, CVS Controls Ltd., TaylorMade adidas Golf, Molson Coors Canada, The Globe and Mail, The Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre, The Glenlivet and CBC.

Canadian National Railway Company -- and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.

Golf Canada - a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association - is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing more than 340,000 members at almost 1,500 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.

A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada actively conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, Golf in Schools presented by Callaway, Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating.

In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada's top golfers to showcase their talents.

For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.


For further information:

For CN:      
Mark Hallman 
Director, Communications and Public Affairs        
(905) 669-3384

For BC Children's Hospital Foundation 
Stephen Forgacs
Director, Communications
(604) 875-2338

For Golf Canada:
Dan Pino
Director, Corporate Communications
1-800-263-0009, ext. 406
(416) 434-5525


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