Aliant announced as Major Sponsor of 2009 Canada Games

    SUMMERSIDE, PE, March 19 /CNW/ - The PEI 2009 Canada Games Host Society
today officially announced Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading communications
and information technology provider, as its first major corporate sponsor at a
news conference at Credit Union Place in Summerside. Aliant is providing
$350,000 and will be the presenting sponsor of Men's and Women's Soccer at the
    "We are proud to support the 2009 Canada Games on Prince Edward Island,"
said Joe Mosher, Aliant's Vice President of Residential Marketing. "This is a
natural fit for our organization given our support for amateur soccer and for
Atlantic Canadian Olympic hopefuls through the Aliant Contenders Program. We
believe in the spirit of every athlete who seeks to compete and Canada Games
is an important stepping stone on the road to the Olympics."
    Prince Edward Islander and Olympic Hopeful Kara Grant, part of the Aliant
Contenders Program, was introduced as an Athlete Ambassador for the 2009 Host
Society to represent the Games in various capacities. Kara Grant is not only a
world class elite athlete but also a Canada Games Alumnus from the 2001 Games
where she competed in Athletics.
    Wayne Carew, Vice-President of the Host Society explained, "We are so
pleased that a community-minded, Atlantic Canadian company like Aliant is
supporting this event and we look forward to working with them in the build up
to the Games." He added, "There are tremendous opportunities available to the
business community in becoming a 2009 Canada Games sponsor while at the same
time great potential for building relationships and working together to make
these Games a great success from an economic, tourism, and athlete-centered

    The Canada Games, held every two years and alternating between winter and
summer, is one of the largest multi-sport and cultural festivals in the world.
In 2009, Prince Edward Island will host the Games from August 15-29, with the
first week centered in Summerside with events staged throughout the Western
half of the province and the second week in Charlottetown with events in the
Eastern half of the Province. Over 4,400 athletes, coaches, and managers will
come to Prince Edward Island to compete in 18 sports with over
6,000 volunteers needed to run the two week event.

    The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the
Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, Host Societies, the
Canada Games Council and corporate supporters like Aliant.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

    To learn more about with Aliant Contenders Program please visit

For further information:

For further information: Nicole Phillips, Senior Manager, Media,
Community Relations & Communications, 2009 Canada Games, (902) 620-2335,; Fraser Smith, Public Affairs Manager,
Aliant, (877) 774-7226

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