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Seeking British Columbia's Top Exporters: Call for Nominations Kick-Starts the 30th Anniversary of the BC Export Awards

Monday, May 14, 2012 2:43 PM


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2012) - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation are proud to announce the 30th anniversary of the BC Export Awards with a call for nominations.

The annual awards honour BC's top businesses leading the charge in bringing the province's expertise to world markets - from manufacturing to clean technology, infrastructure to agri-foods, natural resources to tourism, and green economy to international education. For the past three decades, the BC Export Awards have played a key role in raising awareness of the important contribution exporting and global trade make to provincial prosperity.

"The BC Export Awards program promotes and honours BC's top 25 exporters as corporate role models in order to stimulate greater involvement in exporting among all facets of the province's business community," says Minister Pat Bell. "It is important for us as a province to tell these success stories - to show BC how companies are succeeding in global markets. We want to be able to tell British Columbians the good things that are being done and encourage other businesses to follow these leaders as we try to grow our economy, increase jobs and enhance our quality of life."

All BC companies that have been exporting a product or service for two or more years are eligible for nomination. Awards are made in the categories of sustainability, leadership, new exporter, professional services, manufactured products, natural resources, advanced technology and innovation, consumer products, digital media and entertainment, and international business studies.

"The 30th anniversary of the BC Export Awards is gearing up to be a landmark event. We are excited to celebrate the success and perseverance of British Columbian companies, which are exporting Canadian goods all over the world," adds Peter Jeffrey, vice president, CME BC. "Canadian manufacturers and exporters are increasingly becoming part of global supply chains. This is good for our economy, supporting the high quality of life for British Columbians, and good for our manufacturers. The awards will shine a spotlight on those companies that have done an exemplary job in an incredibly competitive environment."

New for the 30th anniversary, the Premier's Award for Job Creation will be presented to a company that, through a financial investment, has created expansion or new opportunities for sustained job growth.

The 30th annual BC Export Awards reception and luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on November 23, 2012.


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