Owen Media Partners and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters sign new long-term publishing agreement for Canadian Trade Index, Canada's highest trafficked industrial directory

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 17 /CNW/ - Owen Media Partners
(www.owen-media.com), operators of North America's largest online industrial
network and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) are pleased to announce
the signing of a new, long-term agreement that will feature Owen Media
Partners as the exclusive publisher of CME's Canadian Trade Index (CTI).
    "We are very proud of our relationship with Canadian Manufacturers &
Exporters and of the success of the CTI," says Hugh Owen, president of Owen
Media Partners Inc. "Going forward, we will be investing heavily in the
content and functionality of the CTI website, leveraging it into our family of
successful MacRAE's Industrial Directory sites."
    "Improvements are happening already," says Mr. Owen. "It's our intent to
solidify the CTI as a leading edge, web-based publishing tool and I'm pleased
to announce that last night we launched a new website for the CTI. There are
new features for both advertisers and users and we're planning on more
investments and improvements to the site over the balance of this year."
    "We are pleased to enhance our longstanding history with Owen Media to
ensure that the CTI will continue to be Canada's leading industrial
directory," says CME President, Jayson Myers. "In today's globally-competitive
economy, complacency is not an option and I believe that the move to a
web-based tool will solidify the CTI today and in the future."
    Canada's top industrial directory as recognized by comScore, the Canadian
Trade Index (www.ctidirectory.com) has been under exclusive license to Owen
Media Partners since 1998.
    With Canada's top industrial audience of over 600,000 monthly users, the
CTI serves more than 1.2 million pages of detailed industrial information on
Canada's top 30,000 industrial companies every month, including nearly 100,000
product listings under more than 20,000 industrial headings. This new
agreement lays the foundation for Owen Media Partners to continue to make
significant investments in the CTI to accelerate this market dominance.

    About Owen Media Partners Inc.

    Formed in 1995, Owen Media Partners Inc. (www.owen-media.com) is Canada's
leading information publisher for business and professional customers. OMP
publishes through seven distinct product lines and has offices serving markets
in Canada, USA and Europe. Over the next twelve months, almost 100 million
users in over 100 countries will use OMP products to help make better informed
decisions in the areas of finance, purchasing, sales, marketing, research,
safety, engineering and human resources.

    About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada's leading trade and industry
association and directly represents more than 10,000 leading companies
nationwide. More than 85% of CME's members are small and medium-sized
enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME touches more than
100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global
business and service-related industries.

For further information:

For further information: Geoff Vincent, Vice President, Marketing, (905)
290-1818 x280, gvincent@owen-media.com; Jeff Brownlee, Vice President, Public
Affairs, (613) 238-8888 ext 4233, jeff.brownlee@cme-mec.ca

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