Cognera selected as finalist in Outsourcing Center's Outsourcing Excellence Awards

    Only Alberta company chosen for international recognition

    CALGARY, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Cognera Corp., a leading provider of billing and
support services, has learned they are the only Alberta-based, and 100 per
cent Canadian-owned, vendor of the 23 finalists chosen in the global
Outsourcing Excellence Awards program.
    This annual awards program was launched in 1996 by the Outsourcing
Center, the world's premier source of information on all aspects of
outsourcing, and is sponsored by Everest Group and Forbes. Winners will be
announced in May and will receive their awards at the "Oscars of Outsourcing"
ceremony in New York this summer.
    Cognera is a finalist in two categories; Best BPO (Business Process
Outsourcing) and Most Strategic. Their client, ENMAX Energy Corporation, who
Cognera supplies with Settlement Services, Complex Retail Billing Services and
Consulting and Business Intelligence Services, nominated them for this award.
    "Being selected as a finalist speaks great volumes about our ability to
provide the market's best complete utility billing (CIS) solution for complex
Commercial & Industrial (C&I) and mass market residential customers," states
Kate Joslyn, president and CEO, Cognera Corp. "We have been successful in
cultivating a value-based collaborative partnership with our clients and
consistently delivering tangible results such as reduced key person risk,
faster innovation cycles, decreased capital investment and time-to-market".
    "Cognera helps ENMAX fulfill its obligations to customers," says Darwin
Gillies, executive vice-president, ENMAX Energy. "We've been able to establish
a strong working relationship with Cognera that promotes creativity in
providing services as well as constructive collaboration in solving problems."
ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is Alberta's
leading competitive electricity retailer. In addition to electricity, ENMAX
Energy provides natural gas, renewable energy and value-added services to
residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Alberta.

    About Cognera Corp

    Cognera is the leading provider of settlement and retail billing
solutions for competitive energy retailers and regulated utilities using a
combined Business Process Outsourcing and Software as a Service model.
Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Cognera delivers a unique and
modular software solution that manages complex billing processes, while
allowing clients to retain access to their core customer data. Additionally,
they offer business intelligence and consulting services to assist with risk
mitigation, process mapping, project management, and industry assessment.
Through outsourcing billing and support solutions, Cognera clients can focus
on core strengths, achieve financial goals, and effectively deal with dynamic
technology. For more information, please visit

    About the Outsourcing Excellence Awards

    Outsourcing Excellence Awards recognizes the world's most superior
outsourcing arrangements, which demonstrate best practices in creating and
sustaining competitive advantage and business transformation and achieve value
and mutual benefit that increase over time for the client and service
provider. The annual awards program is conducted by Outsourcing Center, an
online community specializing in thought leadership, best practices, and
innovation in outsourcing. The program is sponsored by Everest Group, who
helps companies create customized sourcing strategies and outsourcing
relationships that are tailored to their specific situations, and by Forbes
Special Sections. For more information, please visit and

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For further information:

For further information: Nishaant Sangaavi, Business Development
Specialist, Cognera Corp., Ph: (403) 770-5975, Email:

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