Al Gore to deliver important global message to Toronto investment and business audience

    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - VenGrowth Asset Management Inc. (VenGrowth)
announces that former US Vice President Al Gore will present on the effects of
- and solutions for - global warming at an exclusive event in Toronto next
    VenGrowth, in association with affiliate Criterion Investments
(Criterion), presents An Evening with Al Gore at Toronto's Hummingbird Centre
for the Performing Arts on April 28, 2007. Tickets are by invitation only and
the audience will include leaders from the local investment and business
    "Recent polls show that the environment is the number one issue for
Canadians," said David Ferguson, VenGrowth Managing General Partner. "Al Gore
has become the planet's unofficial spokesperson on climate change and we're
delighted to bring him to Toronto to share an important global message."
    "Business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors are seeking to better
understand environmental issues and how best to adapt," added Ian McPherson,
President of Criterion. "From our perspective, the investment opportunities
created by greater environmental awareness are of particular interest.
Education on the issues and tabling of potential solutions are the first
steps, and Al Gore is playing a leading role in that respect."
    An Inconvenient Truth, the film that documents Al Gore's crusade to halt
global warming's progress, won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary

    About VenGrowth

    Founded in 1982, VenGrowth is a manager and distributor of value-added
investment alternatives. VenGrowth manages over $1 billion in assets on behalf
of more than 200,000 individual investors as well as leading pension funds,
banks, insurance companies and family foundations. VenGrowth's offices are
located in Toronto (corporate headquarters) and Ottawa. For more information,
please visit

    About Criterion

    Criterion is committed to creating insightful solutions for everyday
Canadian investors. Criterion combines unique investment structures with
best-in-class asset managers or strategies to offer investors opportunities
for access to exclusive asset classes, enhanced yield, tax efficiency and risk
reduction. Criterion is an affiliate of VenGrowth Asset Management Inc. For
more information, please visit

    Criterion launched Canada's first and only actively-managed water fund -
Criterion Water Infrastructure Fund - in February 2007 to enable Canadian
investors to tap into a global water industry being driven by undeniable
trends, including climate change.

    Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may
be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectuses of
our Funds before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values
change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

For further information:

For further information: Angus Fisher, Manager, Media & Communications,
VenGrowth Asset Management Inc., (416) 628-9255,

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