CIRI Alberta Recognizes Top Investor Relations Professionals at 4th Annual Awards Gala

    CALGARY, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Leading investor relations professionals from
across Alberta were recognized last night at the 4th Annual Canadian Investor
Relations Institute (CIRI) Alberta Awards Gala at the Metropolitan Centre in
    Keynote speaker Randall J. Findlay, oil patch veteran and accomplished
philanthropist, emphasized the integral role IR professionals play in
facilitating effective communications between public companies and their key
    "This year's award winners made outstanding contributions to IR and
should be proud of their accomplishments," said Paul Beique, CIRI Alberta

    Awards went to:

        CIRI Volunteer of the Year: Odette Ries Bustin

        CIRI Leadership & Innovation: Rob Elgie

        CIRI Lifetime Achievement: Tracy Lutz

        CIRI Professional of the Year: Tanis Thacker

        Management Team of the Year: Vermilion Energy Trust

        Best Communication: OPTI Canada Inc.

    CIRI Special Recognition 2007

    The past year has been particularly challenging for income trusts, many
of which are Calgary based oil and gas royalty trusts. CIRI recognizes the
efforts of the Coalition of Canadian Energy Trusts (CCET) and the Canadian
Association of Income Funds (CAIF) and the individuals of those organizations
who have taken the lead in the fight against trust taxation.

        CCET Recognition:

        Sue Riddell Rose, Paramount Energy Trust
        John Dielwart, ARC Energy Trust
        Gord Kerr, Enerplus Resources Fund
        Bill Andrew, Penn West Energy Trust
        Marcel Coutu, Canadian Oil Sands Trust

        CAIF Recognition:

        George Kestevan, PrimeWest Energy

    The event also served as a fundraiser for the Alberta Children's Hospital
Foundation (ACHF), an organization that raises funds for excellence in child
health and family centred care. The event raised over $10,000 for the ACHF.


    The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) is a professional,
not-for-profit association of executives responsible for communication between
public corporations, investors and the financial community. CIRI is dedicated
to advancing the stature and credibility of the investor relations profession
and the competency of its members. With over 193 members, CIRI Alberta is
CIRI's second-largest chapter. For more information, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Odette Ries Bustin, Co-Chair, 4th Annual CIRI
AB Gala, nonfiction studios inc., (403) 686-8887; or Debbie Carver, Co-Chair,
4th Annual CIRI AB Gala, PrimeWest Energy Trust, (403) 699-7464; or Paul
Beique, CIRI AB President, Vermilion Energy Trust, (403) 698-8827

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