EDC employees raise $46,882 for Haiti relief, EDC and Government of Canada
match donation

OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) today announced that an EDC employee campaign to raise funds for disaster relief efforts in Haiti raised $46,882, which will ultimately generate almost $150,000 in Haitian earthquake relief.

"This is a phenomenal outcome," said Eric Siegel, President and CEO, EDC. "This was a fundraising effort driven by employees that resulted in an incredible demonstration of generosity, particularly when you consider that all this comes on the heels of our own very successful United Way Campaign. I couldn't be more proud."

The EDC Haiti Disaster Relief Campaign ran for two weeks from January 15-29. At its outset the EDC executive agreed the corporation would match all employee contributions to either the Canadian Red Cross or CARE Canada. A total of 399 EDC employees made their donations directly to the two designated charities. As a result the Canadian Red Cross received a matching donation for $34,787 and CARE Canada received one for $12,095 from EDC.

This, combined with the Government of Canada's matching of donations for individual Canadians, means each employee's contribution was tripled.

EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining, a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis, and has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for nine consecutive years.

SOURCE Export Development Canada

For further information: For further information: Media contacts: Phil Taylor, Export Development Canada, Tel: (613) 598-2904, BlackBerry: ptaylor@edc.ca

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