Canadian Investment Awards Recognizing Excellence

    Calling for submissions for eight specialty awards

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investment Awards, Canada's
premier awards program, recognizing excellence in the financial services
industry, announced today the call for submissions for key specialty awards.
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 industry.
    "This is an opportunity to showcase the best an organization has to
offer" says Sabine Steinbrecher, President, Canadian Investment Awards Inc.
"Each year the awards recognize innovation and excellence. We encourage
industry leaders to submit innovative initiatives that deserve to be

    Awards that are eligible for submission are indicated below:

    Specialty Awards

        -  Best New Initiative - Sponsored by Informco: Awarded to an
           organization serving the Financial Services industry for any
           outstanding initiative, in any medium, launched from March 1, 2006
           to August 1, 2007.

        -  Best Use of Technology - Sponsored by Vault Solutions Inc: Awarded
           to an organization for effective, innovative use of technology in
           any industry-relevant application launched from March 1, 2006 to
           August 1, 2007.

        -  2007 IFIC Investor Education Award - Sponsored by the Investment
           Funds Institute of Canada: Awarded to a fund manager, dealer or
           integrated firm that has produced an exceptional education
           initiative aimed at investors.

        -  2007 Advisor Education Award - Sponsored by Learning Library Inc.:
           This NEW award recognizes an investment firm, dealer, association
           or independent education organization that has produced an
           exceptional educational initiative aimed at advisors or brokers.

        -  2007 Imagine Canada Corporate Citizenship Award: Awarded to a
           company from the financial service sector for its outstanding
           contribution to community and its overall reputation as a
           responsible corporate citizen.

        -  Canadian Investment Marketing Awards: Recipients will be awarded
           for excellence and "great marketing" within the growing and
           maturing Canadian investment industry. There are three awards
           selected by a senior jury of marketing professionals and financial
           advisors each year.


        This year, the tradition continues as the winners will be announced
        at the Canadian Investment Awards Gala to be held on November 29th".
        Early bird tickets are on sale until October 15th.


        Organizations in the Canadian Financial Services industry are invited
        to submit at and to find detailed
        information, submission forms and instructions.


        A few make tremendous contributions that need to be recognized. Email to nominate the individual you think
        deserves to be honoured for the Career Achievement Award and Person
        of Influence of the Year Award. For award information visit

    "Increasingly consumers look for the winner logo when making investment
decisions," continued Steinbrecher, "it is a tremendous honour to win".

    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: Bullfrog Power / CCR Solutions / Imagine Canada /
     Kaleidoscope Marketing and Communications / Prestige Glass International
     Inc. / VAULT Solutions / YMCA Investment in Values
    Partners: Business News Network / CNW Group / Investment Fund Institute
     of Canada / Matrix Search Group / Resolver Inc. / Tiffany & Co. / Vincor

    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

    The Canadian Investment Awards Gala is bullfrogpowered with 100% green
electricity. This means that 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 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.

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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