EastLink Secures Canada's 50 Best Managed Company Designation for Third Consecutive Year

    HALIFAX, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - For the third consecutive year, EastLink has
secured the designation as a 50 Best Managed Company. EastLink first won the
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.
    "We would like to congratulate EastLink and its entire workforce.
Achieving Canada's highest level of Canadian business excellence takes a
united effort and we are privileged to acknowledge such a strong team" said
John Hughes, Partner, Private Company Services group with Deloitte, a national
sponsor of the Best Managed program.
    Established in 1993, the Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies is a national
awards program, recognizing Canadian companies that have implemented
world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways.
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.
    "2008 was a tremendous year for EastLink and we continued to experience
growth across all segments thank to the efforts of our employees," said Lee
Bragg, co-CEO of EastLink. "We appreciate our employees and want to recognize
the contribution they have made to the company over the past year and we look
for their continued support in maintaining the 50 Best designation."
    For over 35 years, EastLink has connected its customers to a world of
entertainment. In 1999, the company diversified its business to become the
first cable company in Canada to enter the local telephone market. This
achievement created one of the most competitive telephone area codes in North
America. While continuing to build on its core entertainment business,
EastLink delivers world class communication services to residential, business
and public sector customers across Canada.
    "To be accredited for three years as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed
Companies is a remarkable achievement." said Calvin Younger, Senior
Vice-President, CIBC Commercial Banking. "This award is a tribute to these
companies' strong leadership, talented workforce and unsurpassed corporate
values. They are models of success for companies striving to reach the highest

    About Canada's Best Managed Companies

    Celebrating its 16th anniversary, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies
continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed
companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year since the launch of the
program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this
designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their
management skills and practices. The awards are granted on three levels: 1)
Best Managed winner (one of the 50 new winners selected each year); 2)
Requalified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two
additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3)
Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum
of six consecutive years.) Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC Commercial
Banking, National Post, and Queen's School of Business.
    For further information, visit www.canadas50best.com.

    About EastLink

    Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, EastLink is the
fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers
local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. EastLink is
one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies with more than 900 employees who
provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to
residential, business and public sector customers across the Atlantic
Provinces. EastLink operates communications companies in Canada under the
brands of Persona, Amtelecom, Delta Cable, Coast Cable, and Bluewater TV
Cable. For more information on EastLink products and services, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Paula Sibley Fox, Communications Specialist,
EastLink, (902) 446-1939, Fax: (902) 453-2118,
paula.sibleyfox@corp.eastlink.ca; Fabrice de Dongo, Deloitte Media Relations,
(416) 874-3249, fdedongo@deloitte.ca

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