NATIONAL named Canadian agency of the year by international publication

    MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Holmes Report, an internationally
acclaimed publication in the field of public relations, has presented a SABRE
award to NATIONAL Public Relations as Canadian public relations agency of the
    This is the first time The Holmes Report has presented this award to a
Canadian firm. Four American firms were honoured in various categories. The
SABRE awards are among the world's top honours in public relations. The
winners will be celebrated at the annual SABRE awards dinner in New York on
May 12, 2009.
    NATIONAL Public Relations was also declared firm of the year in 2006 by
Canada's Marketing magazine.

    In presenting its award, The Holmes Report made the following statement:

    "NATIONAL is Canada's largest public relations firm, with 300 employees
in eight (now nine) Canadian offices as well as outposts in New York and
London, and fee income of around $49.2 million CAN. The firm operates across
six practice areas-corporate communications, investor relations, public
affairs, marketing, technology and healthcare communications, with strong
specialist capabilities in employee engagement, media strategies and digital
communications, which, which along with several large branding, community
engagement and transactional assignments, helped drive sold single-digit
growth in 2008. The firm continues to work for a mix of Canadian and foreign
multinational clients including Novo Nordisk, Enbridge, the Canadian
Association of Petroleum Producers, Ontario Power Authority, Standard Life,
Pfizer, Janssen and National Bank Financial Group, and to work on some of the
most high-profile projects north of the border: a global rebranding for mining
giant Teck, counsel for the Crawford Committee, which coordinated
private-sector efforts to address the credit crisis, sustainability efforts
for Unilever and stakeholder engagement for the Ontario Power Authority."
    "We are thrilled to be acknowledged as Canadian Agency of the Year. The
quality of our work has always been a result of having clients who want to
innovate and consulting team members who are passionate about our business,"
said John Crean, national managing partner.

    NATIONAL is a subsidiary of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group in Montreal,
which also owns another Canadian public relations leader, Cohn & Wolfe /
Canada, with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary and an affiliation with
the worldwide Cohn & Wolfe network.

For further information:

For further information: John Crean, (416) 848-1439, Cellular: (416)

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