Canadian Investment Awards Launches NEW Green Award to Recognize and Encourage Environmental Leadership

    Experts assembled to determine criteria

    TORONTO, July 30 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investment Awards (CIA), Canada's
premier awards program, recognizing excellence in the financial services
industry, announced today that a new award, committed to encouraging the
financial services industry to reduce their carbon footprint will be presented
at this year's Gala. This award will be presented to the organization showing
a concrete commitment to environmental leadership.
    "I believe that investing in our environment is one of the most important
and relevant long-term investments we can make." says Sabine Steinbrecher,
Founder and President, Canadian Investment Awards Inc. "The CIA is dedicated
to investing in our planet and nurturing a healthier environment for future
generations. We're trying to achieve this goal by encouraging and rewarding
environmental leadership within the financial services industry."
    An impressive steering committee was assembled to determine the criteria
and ensure that the award would deliver the results expected. The steering
meeting consisted of experts across multiple disciplines including WWF-Canada,
the Recycling Council of Canada, BOMA, Deloitte and Touche, Cybernomics,
Ontario Power Generation and the Ontario Power Authority. To ensure that the
award incorporated components of social responsibility, Jantzi Research and
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility were also included. The criteria
and submission process can be found on the CIA's website.
    "Leadership from the investment community is essential if we're to
realize savings in our use of energy and to embrace better environmental
behaviours," says Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer Peter Love. "And
leadership is evident in this recognition program from the Canadian Investment
Awards as it encourages the financial services industry to become more 'green'
and move us towards a 'culture of conservation.'"
    "At AGF, we are delighted to participate in the creation of this
important new award category, which recognizes outstanding environmental
leadership and commitment within our industry," stated Blake C. Goldring,
Chairman and CEO of AGF Management Limited and 2007's CIA Person-of-Influence
award recipient. "We applaud the CIA for taking the initiative to recognize
leaders in our industry, create greater awareness about the contributions that
we all can make and to encourage greater participation."

    The steering committee included the following individuals and

    -  Kathrin Bohr, Vice President & Managing Director, Canadian Business
       for Social Responsibility
    -  Scott Mackenzie, President and CEO, Morningstar
    -  Lucy Becker, VP Corporate Communications, AGF Funds Inc.
    -  Sarah Heynen, Sr. Mgr. of Conservation Advancement, WWF-Canada
    -  Hadley Archer, Director, Business Engagement, WWF-Canada
    -  Nancy Palardy, Senior Analyst, Jantzi Research
    -  Michael Sullivan, Partner, The Strategic Counsel
    -  Chris Benedetti, Chair, Recycling Council of Ontario / Principal,
       Sussex Strategy Group
    -  Nada Sutic, Manager, Green Initiatives, BOMA Toronto
    -  Peter Love, Chief Energy Conservation Officer, Ontario Power Authority
    -  Tim Faveri, GTA Practice Lead Corporate Responsibility &
       Sustainability, Deloitte & Touche LLP.
    -  Jean-Jerome Baudry, CEO, Cybernomics
    -  Paul Bates, Dean, DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University
    -  Dr. Blair Feltmate, Director, Sustainable Development, Ontario Power
    -  Kate Taylor, Co-President, Kaleidoscope Marketing and Communications
    -  Sabine Steinbrecher, Founder, CEO, Canadian Investment Awards Inc. /
       Learning Library Inc.

    "All companies, regardless of their sector, have a responsibility to
reduce their ecological footprint. Jantzi Research is pleased to see the
Canadian Investment Awards recognize and encourage best practices in this area
within the investment community."
    "The new Green Award will catalyze companies in financial services to
incorporate challenges borne of climate change into the fundamentals of how
they do business." Dr. Blair Feltmate, Director, Sustainable Development, OPG
    The CIA believes strongly that it must lead by example and together with
its sponsors last year reduced paper usage, increased web and digital options
and focused on local products and suppliers for the Gala. This year, the Gala
will continue to be a role model to the community by ensuring a 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. All of the
electricity injected on their behalf will be sourced exclusively from wind and
low-impact water power producers who meet or exceed the federal government's
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    This year, the tradition continues as the winners will be announced at
the Canadian Investment Awards Gala to be held on December 3rd. Early bird
tickets are on sale until October 15th.

    Key sponsors and partners:

    Platinum: CGI / Morningstar

    Gold: Canadian Business / MoneySense

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

    Strategic Partners: CCR Solutions / Imagine Canada / Kaleidoscope
    Marketing and Communications / VAULT Solutions / YMCA Investment in

    Partners: Bullfrog Power / Business News Network / CNW Group /
    Data on the Spot / elemente Magazine / Investment Fund Institute of
    Canada. / 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 650 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
25 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, 2008. 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) 483-2791, Email:; Kate Taylor, Kaleidoscope Marketing and
Communications, Tel: (416) 271-9078, Email:

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