Appointment of Howard Bowles as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hotel and Restaurant Suppliers Association

    MONTREAL, Feb. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Hotel and Restaurant
Suppliers Association (HRSA) is honoured to announce that, as of today, Mr.
Howard Bowles will serve as chair of its board of directors. Mr. Bowles will
be the association's 57th board chair and will preside over its 75th
anniversary in 2010.
    This appointment was announced during the Reconnaissance Gala that
highlighted the important contributions made by ten key figures to the
development of the Canadian economy: Ms. Christiane Germain, Co-President and
CEO, Groupe Germain, Ms. Cora Tsouflidou, Founder and President of the Chez
Cora chain of restaurants, Mr. André Dion, Founder of Uni-Broue and President,
Société Guyon, Mr. Louis Roquet, President and COO, Desjardins Venture
Capital, Ms. Denise Cornellier, President, Cornellier Traiteur, Mr. Pierre
Bibeau, Senior Corporate Vice-President of Communications and Public Affairs,
Loto Québec, Mr. Guy Latraverse, President, Sogestalt Télévision Québec, Mr.
Robert Trudeau, President, Trudeau Corporation, Mr. Jean Fontaine, President,
Terroir Etcetera and Mr. Alfonso Argento, President and CEO, Seven Brothers
Construction. Mr. Bowles presided over the official opening of the 2009 HRI
Rendez-Vous Show, which is taking place between February 8 and 10, 2009, at
Montreal's Place Bonaventure.
    Howard Bowles is Vice-President, Sales, Eastern Region, Allstream
Business Solutions.
    "Mr. Bowles' arrival on the board of directors has added a new corporate
dimension to our association and his nomination as chair was confirmed by a
unanimous vote. He is determined and pragmatic and demonstrates a great deal
of interest in our industry and the challenges that we are facing," declared
Mr. Victor Francoeur, President and CEO of the HRSA. "I would like to take
this opportunity to underscore the valuable contribution made by our out-going
chair, Mr. Joel Jobin, throughout his term of office."
    "It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and determination that I begin my
term because the HRSA is an association whose vitality, innovative spirit and
determination reflect the values of its members," Mr. Bowles added. "In spite
of current economic woes both here and in the United States, I am convinced
that we will be able to help our clients in the hotel and restaurant industry
take full advantage of business opportunities and emerge stronger from this
situation because of the relevance, quality and efficiency of the products,
services and solutions that we provide them, many of which are on display here
at the HRI Rendez-Vous Show."

    About the HRSA

    The Canadian Hotel and Restaurant Suppliers Association (HRSA)
( brings together suppliers of products and services for hotels,
restaurants, institutions and related markets within a business network. The
Association serves as a promotional showcase and information, training and
communications platform. It also represents its members on a variety of
issues, as needed.

    About Allstream

    Allstream offers telecommunications products and services to Canadian
businesses and delivers a range of solutions adapted to the needs of medium-
and large-sized companies that want to succeed in a world of rapidly changing
technology. These solutions, which include IP connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting, security and risk management and voice/data
connectivity, are particularly adapted to the needs of the hotel and
restaurant industry. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. common shares are listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information
about Allstream's products and services, please go to

For further information:

For further information: Serge Privé, Communications and Public
Relations, RHSA, Inc., (514) 466-7292; Daniel Granger, Allstream, (514)

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