Canaccord Adams hosts 28th Annual Global Growth Conference: August 12-14, 2008: Boston

    - Conference features 240 small and mid-cap companies in six sectors -
    - Thirty next-generation companies will present at the Private Company
      Showcase -
    - Knowledge Sessions will feature key topics in targeted coverage areas -

    BOSTON, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Canaccord Adams Inc. is pleased to announce the
line-up for its 28th Annual Global Growth Conference - a premier forum for
innovative small and mid-cap growth companies from the US, Canada, and the UK.
This year's conference, taking place in Boston, continues the firm's focus on
bringing institutional investors some of the most interesting and intriguing
ideas from a growing global universe of small and mid-cap companies.
    "By bringing together institutional investors, venture capitalists and
solid growth companies, this conference has become North America's premier
small to mid-cap investor event, reflecting Canaccord Adams' global reach in
this investment spectrum," said Paul Reynolds, President and CEO of Canaccord
Capital Inc.
    "This year's meeting is of particular interest to investors, given
today's challenging market environment," said Jamie Brown, President of
Canaccord Adams Inc. and Head of US Investment Banking. "Investors of all
types are now, more than ever, seeking the most timely and important trends in
order to identify the best investment opportunities from among both public and
private growth companies. The 28th Annual Global Growth Conference will
present investors with insights and knowledge they need to make promising
investment decisions in the months ahead."
    The key sectors represented at the conference this year reflect areas
followed by Canaccord Adams' global research team: Technology, Life Sciences,
Real Estate, Consumer, Sustainability and Industrial Growth. More than 240
small and mid-cap growth companies will be presenting, along with a select
list of thirty companies for the Private Company Showcase. A number of
in-depth Knowledge Sessions are also scheduled, and will explore important
industry themes, changes and trends. These panels will be comprised of
industry experts, Canaccord research analysts, bankers and venture capital
    The Canaccord Adams Annual Global Growth Conference is one of the oldest
and largest programs showcasing both publicly traded and privately held growth
companies. Most of the presenting public companies are covered by Canaccord
Adams' global team of equity analysts. To learn more about the conference,
please contact Nadine Miller at 617.371.3842 or More information about the conference can be
found at

    Some of the Knowledge Sessions at this year's conference are:

    Considering the Catalysts of Climate Change - With climate change
increasingly becoming a hot-button issue in the US and elsewhere, this panel
will explore the evolution of carbon emission markets and corporate strategies
in this new area. Canaccord Adams analyst John Quealy and leading industry
participants will discuss this topic and deliver viewpoints from various
perspectives of the climate change lifecycle.

    Solid State Lighting, Transitioning from Myth To Reality - With oil
reaching record levels and the price of electricity increasing, this panel
will address the ever-present question of how to satisfy growing demand for
energy and electricity. Next-generation lighting solutions are being adopted
more frequently and are being viewed as an important trend in reducing energy
demand. This panel, led by analyst Jed Dorsheimer, will address demand-side
questions to help investors get a good view on the likely timing and adoption
rates of solid state lighting.

    Rise and Fall: The Pending Fragmentation of Social Networks - Moving Past
Web 2.0. With the rise and expansion of social networking sites, Canaccord
Adams analyst Colin Gillis and additional panelists will explore the topic of
aggregating fragmenting audiences and the various approaches being undertaken
by companies such as Google, MySpace, Facebook, KickApps, Ning and LinkedIn.
Questions such as whether users can take their social networks with them and
whether common log-ins allow access to consistent communities across websites
will be addressed. Gillis will be joined by KickApps founder Eric Alterman and
others in exploring these topics.

    M&A in Difficult Markets and Economies: Is the Next Twelve Months the
Time of Opportunity?
    The events of the last twelve months have created significant uncertainty
in the M&A market. What does this environment mean for strategic buyers,
private equity firms, venture capitalists and their portfolio companies, and
other market players over the next twelve months? Join the Canaccord Adams M&A
Group and a panel of industry leaders for a discussion of the current M&A
market, exit strategies in a turbulent world, and whether now is the time of

    Private Company Showcase

    The 2008 Private Company Showcase will focus on 30 select early to
mid-stage technology, consumer, life sciences and sustainability companies.
Most of the companies have completed initial product development and are
launching or expanding product commercialization.

    Presenting public companies include:


    ad pepper media International, 3D Systems, 3PAR, Adobe, Advanced Analogic
Technologies, Alliance Data, Alloy,, Aspen Technologies,
AuthenTec, Avid, Avocent, BankRate,, Blackboard, Bottomline
Technologies, BTU International, Canadian Solar, Cascade Microtech, Cerner
Corporation, Citrix, Concur Technologies, Constant Contact, Customer
Acquisition Network, CyberSource, Data Domain, Datalink, DivX, Dolby,
DoubleTake Software, Dragonwave,, Eagle Test Systems, Egenera,
EMCORE, Epicor Software Group, Equinix, Evergreen Solar, Fairchild
Semiconductor, FalconStor Software, FiberNet, Gerber Scientific,
GlobalOptions, GuestLogix, Hemisphere GPS, Intermap, Internap, International
Datacasting, Internet Capital Group, Intrinsyc Software, INX Inc., iWeb,
JumpTV, Kaboose, Lighting Science Group, Lionbridge, LivePerson, Local
Matters,, LSI Industries, Microvision, MIVA, MKS Instruments,
Monotype Imaging, Navisite, Netezza, NetScout, NetSuite, Network Equipment
Technologies, Omniture, Opel International, Orbitz Worldwide, Peer 1 Network,
Perficient, PetHealth, Rackable Systems, RealNetworks, RedKnee, Rubicon,
Safeguard Scientifics,, Sandvine, SAVVIS, SolarFun, Sonic
Solutions, SRS Labs, SunPower Corporation, Super Micro Computer,
TeleCommunication Systems, Terremark Worldwide, The Orchard Enterprises,, Think Partnership, Towerstream, Trimble Navigation,,
u-blox AG, Ultimate Software, Universal Display, Universal Electronics,
Vectura Group, VistaPrint, Vocus, Wizzard Software, ZipLocal

    Life Sciences

    Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Aeterna Zentaris, Allon Therapeutics, Alphatec
Holdings, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Ambrilia Biopharma, AngioDynamics, Antisoma,
AspenBio Pharma, Athersys, AtriCure, ATS Medical, AVANT Immunotherapeutics,
BioMimetic Therapeutics, BioNovo, Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Cell Genesys,
CombinatoRx Inc., Cyberonics, Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Delcath Systems,
DexCom, Endocare, EnteroMedics, Ev3, Exactech, Hana Biosciences, Heartware,
Helicos Bioscience, Hologic, iCAD, Idera Pharmaceuticals, Insulet Corporation,
Integra LifeSciences, InterMune, Introgen Therapeutics, Inverness Medical
Innovations, IRIS International, Javelin Pharmaceuticals, La Jolla
Pharmaceutical, Labopharm, Luminex Corporation, Marshall Edwards, MethylGene,
NxStage Medical, Oculus Innovative Sciences, Ondine Biopharma, Optimer
Pharmaceuticals, Orthovita, Pharmacopeia, Pharmasset, Plethora Solutions,
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, RTI Biologics, Sangamo BioSciences, SenoRx,
SeraCare Life Sciences, Spectranetics, Targanta Therapeutics,
Theratechnologies, Titan Pharmaceuticals, Transition Therapeutics, Vascular
Solutions, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Vivus, Volcano Corporation, WaferGen
Bio-Systems, Wright Medical, YM BioSciences


    AAER, Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, AlterNRG, Apogee
Enterprises, ARISE Technologies, Badger Meter, Basin Water, Bio Extraction
Technologies, BioteQ Environmental, Casella Waste, Catalytic Solutions, Clean
Air Power, Clean Energy Fuels, Darling International, Day 4 Energy, DayStar
Technologies, EnerNoc, Environmental Power, Fuel Cell Energy, Fuel Systems
Solutions, Fuel Tech, Glacier Media, Headwaters, Horsehead Holding Company,
Itron, LSB Industries, Metalico, Perfectenergy, PowerSecure International,
Protonex, Pure Technologies, Real Goods Solar, Schnitzer Steel, Sims Group,
Stantec, Telvent, Verenium, WaterFurnace International, World Energy Solutions


    AeroGrow, Atrium Innovations, eDiets, Green Mountain Coffee, Herbalife,
The Inventure Group, Martek Biosciences, Medifast, NBTY, Nu Skin, Organic To
Go, Smart Balance, Summer Infant, SunOpta, USANA


    ADF Group, Altus Group, C.A. Bancorp, Canadian Hydro Developers, CanWel
Building Materials, Cathay Forest, EuroControl Technics, Hanfeng Evergreen,
Hanwei Energy Services, Neo Material Technologies, Zongshen

    Presenting private companies include:

    ARA Safety, Archemix, CoalTek, COPAN Systems, DataDirect Networks,
eMusic, Enwave Energy Corporation, Great Point Energy, HydroPoint Data
Systems, LeftHand Networks, Luminus Devices, Mzinga, Nexterra, PayChoice,
Peregrine Semiconductors, Quadrem, ReliOn, Rowe Farms, Sepaton, Serious
Materials, Silver Spring Networks, Skyhook Wireless, SolFocus, TyRx Pharma,
uLocate Communications, Waterfront Media, WeatherBug


    Canaccord Adams is a leading independent financial services firm
committed to fostering the entrepreneurial economy by bringing corporate and
institutional clients a unique perspective on global investment opportunities.
With operations in research, sales and trading, and investment banking, our
225 professionals seek out emerging opportunities in our key sectors - Mining
and Metals, Energy, Technology, Life Sciences, Consumer, Real Estate,
Industrial Growth and Sustainability. Located in nine offices internationally,
our experienced team generates focused, actionable ideas that identify
opportunity and facilitate growth. Canaccord Adams, the international capital
markets division of Canaccord Capital Inc., has operations in Toronto, London,
Boston, Vancouver, New York, Calgary, San Francisco, and Houston.

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    Canaccord Adams Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC.

    Canaccord Adams Limited is regulated and authorized by the Financial
Services Authority and is a member of the LSE.

    Canaccord Adams is a division of Canaccord Capital Corporation, Member


    Through its principal subsidiaries, Canaccord Capital Inc. (TSX & AIM:
CCI) is a leading independent full service investment dealer in Canada, with
capital markets operations in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Canaccord is publicly traded on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and AIM, a
market operated by the London Stock Exchange. Canaccord has operations in two
of the principal segments of the securities industry: capital markets and
private client services. Together these operations offer a wide range of
complementary investment products, brokerage services and investment banking
services to Canaccord's private, institutional and corporate clients.
Canaccord has approximately 1,683 employees worldwide in 30 offices, including
23 Private Client Services offices located across Canada. Canaccord Adams, the
international capital markets division, has operations in Toronto, London,
Boston, Vancouver, New York, Calgary, Montreal, San Francisco, and Houston.

For further information:

For further information: North America Media: Scott Davidson, Managing
Director, Global Head of Marketing & Communications, Phone: (416) 869-3875,
email:; For investor relations inquiries contact:
Katherine Young, Vice President, Investor Relations, Phone: (604) 643-7013,
email:; London Media: Bobby Morse or Ben Willey,
Buchanan Communications (London), Phone: +44-0-207-466-5000, email:; Nominated Adviser and Broker: Tom Hulme or Simon
Bridges, Landsbanki Securities (UK) Limited, Phone: +44-0-207-426-9000, email:

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