New Outstanding Product Achievement Award to Recognize Excellence in Clean Tech - Submit your nominations today!

    Gowlings' Award for Clean Tech to be given at CATAAlliance's Innovation
    Awards Gala

    OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high technology
association announced today the creation of a new Outstanding Product
Achievement Award recognizing excellence in Clean Tech. The Gowlings Clean
Tech Award will be named after one of Canada's leading law firms, Gowlings.
    The new Award will be presented to a Canadian organization for an
outstanding technology engineering development that has resulted in the
production of a world-class Clean Tech product or family of products. The
product will have proven itself in operation and its design and market success
will have enhanced Canada's international reputation for innovation and
    Clean technology includes wind power, solar power, biomass, hydropower,
biofuels, information technology, electric motors, lighting, and many other
appliances that are now more energy efficient. It is a means to create
electricity and fuels with a smaller environmental footprint. Finalists and
award recipients will be chosen by a selection committee comprising experts
drawn from Sustainable Development Canada, the Ottawa Clean Tech Cluster, the
Deloitte Fast 50, CATAAlliance and Gowlings.
    According to CATAAlliance President, John Reid, "Gowlings continues to
demonstrate its dedication to technology excellence and leadership through its
support of recognition programs, research and advocacy. Awards and related
programs create role models and also help to reinforce the role of new
technologies in stimulating Canada's business growth and productivity. They
are an important part of building Canada's Innovation Nation" adding, "We're
proud to announce that the Clean Tech Award will be named in Gowlings' honour
and congratulate them on their corporate citizenship."
    "Global business success requires future-oriented thinking," says David
Pamenter, Gowlings' National Technology Industry Group leader. "It also
requires innovative capabilities, risk taking and entrepreneurship. Nowhere is
this truer than in the area of Clean Tech, with which our Firm has been
involved for a number of years. The race to develop new technologies to
increase productivity and protect our environment is on and Canadian companies
need to be at the forefront. We are privileged to already serve many clients
in this emerging area, and honoured to support this new award which recognizes
Canada's best in Clean Tech."
    The new Gowlings Award for Clean Tech will be presented on June 10th in
Ottawa at the CATAAlliance's Annual Innovation Awards Gala Dinner, a 23-year
tradition of recognizing outstanding technological innovation and corporate
leadership in expanding the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology
industries. CTV Host, Paul Brent will be returning as the guest MC and
moderator of a stellar CEO Panel of High Tech business leaders focusing on the
keys to world class success.

    Call to Action:

    Please submit your Clean Tech nomination today for the 2008 Winners at:

    About Gowlings

    Gowlings is a leading Canadian law firm offering a diverse range of
services to help domestic and international organizations achieve their
business objectives. Recognized for excellence in business, advocacy and
intellectual property law, Gowlings provides dedicated industry expertise in a
number of sectors including energy, infrastructure, life sciences, financial
services and technology. The Firm combines traditional legal services with
innovative solutions in areas such as transfer pricing and tax, government
relations, forensics, and occupational health and safety, to provide business
entities with a competitive advantage. Characterized by national strength and
regional focus, Gowlings has 700 professionals across offices in Montréal,
Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Calgary and Vancouver. The Firm
also provides intellectual property services in Russia and the CIS through its
office in Moscow. Visit us at

For further information:

For further information: Media Profile: Danielle Restivo, Director,
(416) 504-8464 ext. 243,; Andrew Foti, Partner,
Gowlings, (613) 786-0198,; David Pamenter, Partner,
Gowlings, (416) 862-3611,; John Reid, President,
CATAAlliance, (613) 236-6550,

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