RDEE Canada kicks off 2009 Lauriers de la PME Competition

    Ottawa, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - RDEE Canada (the Réseau de développement
économique et d'employabilité) announces the official launch of the fifth
Lauriers de la PME competition, a nationwide event directed at Francophone
businesses outside Quebec.
    Gilles Croze, RDEE Canada President, today announced the start of the
competition in Ottawa, surrounded by partners, representatives of government
agencies, and some one hundred RDEE representatives from all provinces and
territories. In making his announcement, Mr. Croze stated that "The Lauriers
de la PME competition highlights the importance that Francophone businesses
operating in provinces and territories outside Quebec have for Canada's
economy. These businesses provide strong leadership support for community
economic development endeavours and foster a work environment in which
employees can grow and develop. In short, these guiding lights serve as models
for those who dream of some day achieving the same levels of success. The
growing number of such businesses represents a symbol of the prosperity of
Francophone minority communities in Canada."
    The success of this competition is due to the valuable support provided
by a whole host of public- and private-sector partners. Federal partners that
have so far announced contributions to the 2009 competition include Canadian
Heritage (PCH), the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Public Works and Government Services Canada
(PWGSC), the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and the Canadian
Tourism Commission (CTC). From the private sector, Fairmont Château Laurier,
Journal Les Affaires, Power Corporation, Marcil Lavallée, Shift Central, Delta
Ottawa, Voyages Rideau, Productions Rivard, Distantia - Internet solutions,
and Infusion Design have confirmed their support for this competition.
    The 2009 Lauriers competition is open to any Francophone business outside
Quebec wishing to apply. There are four categories to the
competition--processing companies, commercial services companies, specialty
services companies, and micro-companies. To register, companies can contact
the RDEE in their province or territory.

    Persons in charge of the competition in each province or territory are:

    Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique

    RDEE British Columbia
    Rita Couture Tel.: (604) 732-3534, ext. 362 / 1-877-732-3534, ext. 362

    Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta

    RDEE Alberta
    François Vigneault Tel.: (403) 802-0880

    Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan

    RDEE Saskatchewan
    Catheline d'Auteuil
    Tel.: (306) 566-6007

    Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du

    RDEE Manitoba
    Nathalie Gérard
    Tel.: (204) 925-2837

    Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de l'Ontario

    RDEE Ontario
    Roch Archambault
    Tel.: (613) 834-1300, ext. 224

    Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick

    RDEE New Brunswick
    Yvon Duguay
    Tel.: (506) 764-9876, ext. 202

    Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Ecosse

    RDEE Nova Scotia
    Nathalie Poirier
    Tel.: (902) 424-7052

    La Société de développement de la Baie acadienne

    RDEE Prince Edward Island
    Raymond J. Arsenault
    Tel.: (902) 854-3665

    RDEE Newfoundland and Labrador

    Véronique Lavoie
    Tel.: (709) 757-2858

    RDEE Yukon

    Annie-Claude Dupuis
    Tel.: (867) 668-2663, ext. 232

    Conseil de développement économique des Territoires du Nord-Ouest

    RDEE Northwest Territories
    Elodie Bedouet
    Tel.: (867) 873-5962 / 1-866-849-9139

    RDEE Nunavut

    Daniel Lamoureux
    Tel.: (867) 979-2801, ext. 25

    The 2009 Lauriers de la PME gala will be held in Ottawa, at the Fairmont
Château Laurier Hotel, on November 7. Provincial and territorial finalists
will be invited to attend, and four winners will be chosen from among them.

For further information:

For further information: Karine Silva, Chief Communications Coordinator,
RDEE Canada, (613) 244-7308

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