EastLink recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for the fifth consecutive year

HALIFAX, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - EastLink announced today that it has earned the distinction as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for the fifth year in a row.

"We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best again," said Deborah Shaffner, President and COO EastLink.

"We operate in a highly competitive industry, which drives EastLink to continually look at how we can increase efficiencies while consistently improving our products and services and customer experience."

Established in 1993, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies continues to be the business award hallmark of excellence, recognizing Canadian companies that have outperformed their competitors, created thousands of jobs, achieved sustainable growth and excelled both at home and beyond.

Applications are reviewed by an independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems, and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.

"This recognition is dedicated to our employees from coast to coast who bring creativity, innovation and professionalism to their jobs every day and to our customers who continue to motivate us to be our best," said Ms. Shaffner.

"We believe that there are three vital building blocks to sustainable growth: strategy, capability, and commitment; EastLink has demonstrated it is a model of success in all three areas and is duly recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed," explained John Hughes, Partner, Private Company Services group with Deloitte, a national sponsor of the Best Managed program.

2010 winners of the Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies award including requalified and Platinum Club members will be honoured at the annual Best Managed gala in Toronto on March 29, 2011.

EastLink first won Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies designation in 2006. This prestigious national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC Commercial Banking, National Post, and Queen's School of Business.

About EastLink
At EastLink, creativity, ingenuity and innovation are the driving forces behind our products and services. With more than 1,500 employees, EastLink provides a range of communications, entertainment, television and advertising services to residential, business and public sector customers in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia.

EastLink has the distinction of being the first cable company in Canada to enter the telephone market, and the first communications and entertainment company in North America to combine cable, Internet and telephone service in a communications and entertainment bundle. EastLink is one of the fastest internet providers in North America.

EastLink has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for the past five years. For more information on EastLink, please visit eastlink.ca.

See below for some of EastLink's more memorable moments over its 35 year history.

For over 35 years, EastLink has connected its customers to world class communications and entertainment during which time there have been many memorable moments.

John Bragg entered the cable business in Amherst, Nova Scotia with one of the first cable licenses granted by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). As a result, Amherst was the first community in Nova Scotia to enjoy cable television.

A period of rapid growth, Bragg Communications acquired 11 cable systems including Halifax Cablevision Limited, the largest cable system in eastern Canada.

Bragg Communications and Halifax Cablevision Limited merged under the brand of EastLink becoming the sixth largest cable company in Canada.

EastLink became the first cable company in Canada to enter the telephone market.

EastLink purchased Island Cable in Prince Edward Island.

EastLink launched the iconic "triple-play" communications and entertainment bundle combining Video, High Speed Internet, and Local Telephone.

EastLink became the first communications and entertainment company in North America to bundle all services on one bill for one price.

EastLink purchased Shaw's Nova Scotia cable systems in Nova Scotia expanding its regional presence.

EastLink and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation of Prince Edward Island celebrated the 10th Anniversary 21-Hour Equipment Drive, raising over $2.5 million to date.

EastLink acquired Amtelecom, Persona and RuSh Communications, making the company the only privately-held cable company to operate in all 10 provinces.

EastLink named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2006.

EastLink purchased Bluewater TV Cable and Ex-Cen Cablevision in Southern Ontario.

EastLink successfully secured wireless spectrum in Atlantic Canada, Northern and Southern Ontario and Grand Prairie.

EastLink expands into Ontario and Quebec markets.

EastLink TV launched new programming, including the very popular "Face to Face" with Dan Robertson and partnered with CBC on Nova Scotia's election coverage

EastLink requalified as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for the third consecutive year

EastLink launched EastLink Internet 100, making it the fastest internet provider in Atlantic Canada and one of the fastest in North America.

EastLink completed its coast to coast fibre network that stretches from St. John's Newfoundland to Delta, British Columbia; and doubled its Video OnDemand content

EastLink launched EastLink TV OnDemand offering community programming across the country OnDemand.

EastLink recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed companies for the fourth consecutive year.

John Bragg inducted into the telecommunications Hall of Fame.

EastLink recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed companies for the fifth consecutive year.


For further information:

Media contact:

Jill Laing| Manager - Public and Media Relations | EastLink
Jill.Laing@corp.eastlink.ca| T: 902-446-1939| M:902-488-5283
Young Tower, 5th floor | Halifax, NS

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