Kingsdale Shareholder Services President & CEO, Wes Hall, Named Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009

    Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Financial Services
    Category in the Province of Ontario

TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc. ("Kingsdale"), Canada's leading proxy solicitation and strategic shareholder communications and consulting firm, today announced its President and CEO, Wesley J. Hall, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Award in the Financial Services category in Ontario. The award recognizes entrepreneurs in the financial services sector who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Hall was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an awards gala held yesterday, October 21, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario.

"It is a great honour to receive this prestigious award, which I owe to the remarkable achievements of my team," said Mr. Hall. "The award celebrates innovation in business which has been the driving force behind our growth. I accept this award on behalf of the Kingsdale team as it acknowledges our shared commitment to superior client service."

Mr. Hall founded Kingsdale in 2003 with only one employee, a vision for a differentiated business model and a relentless ambition. He has since grown the company into Canada's leading proxy solicitation and shareholder communications firm. Kingsdale has built an impressive list of over 220 clients in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe, representing a total transaction value of over $60 billion. Most recently, Kingsdale opened a new office in Vancouver, in addition to Toronto and Calgary. Kingsdale has also added a strategic investor relations and communications counsel to its services, creating Canada's only fully integrated shareholder services firm.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is in its 16th year in Canada and has honoured the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. As an Ontario award recipient, Mr. Hall is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Canadian National program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Vancouver on November 24, 2009.

About Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc.

Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc. provides strategic shareholder communication and consulting services. Through its multi-dimensional mechanism for communicating with shareholders, Kingsdale can help secure the success of a transaction driven by shareholder votes. Operating in the context of takeover bids, proxy fights, special and routine shareholder meetings, Kingsdale offers an array of specialized programs and services including proxy solicitation, information agent, depositary, corporate governance advisory services, and other shareholder-related services. Kingsdale Communications Inc., a division of Kingsdale Shareholder Services, is a full-service communications firm that provides clients with strategic financial and investor relations communications solutions. Led by a team of Canada's top communications professionals, Kingsdale Communications is an integral part of Kingsdale providing full-service solutions for its clients.

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About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program

Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award celebrates those national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.


For further information: For further information: Kim Alke, Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc., Telephone: (416) 867-2329, Email:

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