Canadian Investment Awards Going Green

    Committed to encouraging Financial Services industry to reduce footprint

    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investment Awards, Canada's premier
awards program, recognizing excellence in the financial services industry,
announced today that it is committed to reducing its footprint as it supports
green initiatives. This year's 'Green' Gala, to be held on November 29th, will
have zero carbon impact; Bullfrog Power will inject carbon-free green power
onto the Ontario grid to match the amount of electricity used by this event.
    "We are committed to making a difference in leveraging renewable
resources and reducing our event footprint with several initiatives," said
Sabine Steinbrecher, founder of the Canadian Investment Awards. "As a
Bullfrog-powered event, all of the electricity injected on our behalf will be
sourced exclusively from wind and low-impact water power producers who meet or
exceed the federal government's EcoLogo(M) standard for renewable energy. In
addition, we are holding the Gala at the Direct Energy Centre - winner of the
"2006 Public Assembly Facility of the Year" award and a leader in adopting
programs for energy production and waste reduction. Low impact and high style
food and beverage will be served at the Gala. The awards process is virtually
paperless and submissions are online with more initiatives planned over next
few years to further minimize our footprint."
    More importantly, the Canadian Investment Awards will launch a new award
to reward financial services institutions that are committed to reducing their
individual footprints. This award, to be announced formally at this year's
Gala, will recognize a leading organization who best accomplishes their
personal green initiatives. The winning organization must include a
significant "green" component to their overall corporate strategy.
    "By adding this new award, we're hoping to encourage and award excellence
in a new and critical way," said Steinbrecher, "This event is about
recognizing long-term investing and I can't imagine a more important or
relevant long-term investment than our environment."
    Final criteria, partners and jury are evolving. More information about
the Awards, Gala and the new Green initiatives can be found at To be involved in shaping this award, please contact
the Canadian Investment Awards directly.

    Key sponsors and partners:
    Platinum: CGI / Morningstar

    Gold: Canadian Business / MoneySense

    Silver: Fundata Canada Inc. / Informco / Investment Executive / Learning
    Library Inc. / Satyam Computer Services Ltd.

    Strategic Partners: CCR Solutions / Imagine Canada / Kaleidoscope
    Marketing and Communications / Prestige Glass International Inc. / VAULT
    Solutions / YMCA Investment in Values

    Partners: Bullfrog Power / Business News Network / CNW Group / Elemente
    Magazine / Investment Fund Institute of Canada / John Wiley & Sons Canada
    Ltd. / Matrix Search Group / Tiffany & Co. / Vincor Canada

    About the Canadian Investment Awards
    The Canadian Investment Awards and Gala recognizes leading investment
products and firms illustrating an enduring commitment to excellence within
the Canadian financial services industry overall. It is the only time each
year in Canada, that the industry, investors and advisors come together to
select top performers. The event attracts over 600 guests annually and
represents the year long work of over 30 firms, 40 senior analysts and expert
jury members researching and ranking 50 categories and is supported by over 20
principal sponsors.
    The unusual nature of this collaborative structure provides an unbiased
and objective outcome that is completely unique to these awards and to Canada.
No other analysis process, nor any other resource, provides this broad
industry representation via "collaborative results" and the top performers
have become a valuable annual reference guide for Canadian investors and
    This is the event of the season celebrating financial service excellence.
For more information about the Canadian Investment Awards, and how to purchase
your tickets, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Sabine Steinbrecher, Canadian
Investment Awards Inc., Tel: (416) 703-8674 x 229, Email:; Kate Taylor, Kaleidoscope Marketing and
Communications, Tel: (416) 271-9078, Email:

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