B.E.S.T. Funds joins the Social Investment Organization (SIO)

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - B.E.S.T. Funds is pleased to announce it has
become an associate member of the Social Investment Organization (SIO). SIO is
the national association for the Socially Responsible Investment industry in
Canada, with a primary mandate of providing a leadership role in furthering
the use of social and environmental criteria within the Canadian investment
    The B.E.S.T. Discoveries Fund and B.E.S.T. Total Return Fund are managed
by B.E.S.T. Investment Counsel and Absolute Private Counsel. B.E.S.T. Funds
has been a leader in the retail venture capital arena since 1996 with over
$100 million in managed funds. Our focus is on rapidly growing Canadian
companies, where new technology can fundamentally change the way people
conduct business and enjoy their lives. After identifying an emerging market,
such as the growing Clean technology segment, our experienced management team
selects and invests in companies poised to be primary players in that market.
B.E.S.T. Funds extensive experience in the retail venture capital field
ensures that all of our investors participate in unique opportunities,
otherwise only available to high net worth and institutional investors.
    B.E.S.T. Funds provides financing to companies that are leaders in
sustainable business. Iogen Corporation burst onto the world stage as a
producer of cellulosic ethanol. Their proprietary process to derive ethanol
from agricultural bi-products, such as corn stalks, will lessen North
America's dependence on fossil fuels, as well as mitigate upward pressure on
feedstock prices. Iogen, based in Ottawa, has received financing from B.E.S.T.
Funds, as well as Goldman Sachs, Royal Dutch Shell and the Canadian and U.S.
    B.E.S.T. Funds welcomes investors who are interested in Socially
Responsible Investing to learn more about our investment strategies and
portfolio companies at www.bestfunds.ca
    "We are pleased to join the SIO to help promote greater awareness amongst
investors and financial advisors who are seeking profitable investments while
changing the way we participate in a modern society and economy," says John
Richardson, Chief Executive Officer, B.E.S.T. Funds.
    "We welcome B.E.S.T. Funds to the SIO and look forward to working with
them to expand the opportunities for socially responsible investors in venture
capital," said Eugene Ellmen, Executive Director of the SIO. "With growing
sustainability demands due to climate change, scarce resources and rising
energy costs, socially responsible venture capital will deliver solutions to
social and environmental problems that earn good returns for investors."

    The B.E.S.T. Discoveries Fund is available in Ontario via licensed
investment advisors. The B.E.S.T. Total Return Fund is available in Canada,
excluding Quebec, via licensed investment advisors. To learn more about
B.E.S.T. Funds, please visit www.bestfunds.com or visit the B.E.S.T. Funds
information page at www.globefund.com

For further information:

For further information: David Offierski, doffierski@bestfunds.ca, (416)
203-7331 x 226, BEST Funds, 20 Adelaide Street East, Suite 400, Toronto, ON,
M5B 2T6

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