Canadian Investment Awards launches new award

    Advisor Education Award to recognize educational initiatives

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investment Awards, Canada's premier
awards program, recognizing excellence in the financial services industry,
announced today that it has added a new award to the roster. The Learning
Library Advisor Education Award recognizes exceptional educational initiatives
aimed at investment advisors. The inaugural award will be presented at the
Gala taking place at the Direct Energy Centre on November 29, 2007.
    "We wanted to design an award that recognized an organization that shows
educational leadership and excellence," says Sabine Steinbrecher, President,
Canadian Investment Awards Inc. "The purpose is to encourage programs that
lead advisors to a better understanding of products, services, financial
planning and other business related topics in general. This, in turn, helps
their clients."
    The Canadian Investment Awards is currently inviting submissions for the
2007 Advisor Education Award. In addition to this award, there are five others
also open for submission. These awards are voted upon by senior juries and are
chosen from submissions by organizations within the industry. Winners are
chosen based on rigorous criteria and are considered to be leaders in the

    Submission deadline is October 9th, 2007.

    Awards that are eligible for submission are:

    -   Best New Initiative - sponsored by Informco.
    -   Best Use of Technology - sponsored by Vault Solutions
    -   2007 IFIC Investor Education Award - sponsored by IFIC
    -   2007 Advisor Education Award - sponsored by Learning Library
    -   Canadian Investment Marketing Awards
    -   Imagine Corporate Canada Citizenship Award

    The Canadian Investment Gala takes place at the Direct Energy Centre on
November 29, 2007. Early bird tickets are available until October 15th, 2007.
    "We always encourage the industry to participate in highlighting good
work," continued Steinbrecher. "In addition to this award, nominations are
still open for the Career Achievement Award and Person of Influence of the
Year Award."
    Submissions and inquiries should be directed to

    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.
"Early bird" tickets are available prior to October 15th, 2007. For more
information about the Canadian Investment Awards, and how to purchase your
"early bird" 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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