October 14, 2009 08:30 ET

Active Control Names Cameron Sturgess as President and CEO

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ACT) announced today that Cameron Sturgess has been appointed President and CEO and Steve Barrett has been appointed Executive Chairman.. These appointments take effect immediately to further support the Company's international commercialization.

Mr. Sturgess has been with the Company since 2008 and most recently held the position of COO. Within Canada as well as at the international level, Cameron has over 22 years of experience in sales, business development and senior management. He has worked for recognized companies such as; Openwave, Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems and IBM. Mr Sturgess has also been a driving force in the evolution of early stage companies such as Casero, Visual Defence and Netzentry and has helped make these leading organizations in their respective sectors. Mr. Sturgess' forward focus will be on commercialization, entering new markets, increasing global sales, reducing costs and increasing margins.

"Cameron has demonstrated as our COO that he can take Active Control to the next level," said Steve Barrett, Executive Chairman, Active Control. "His leadership role will capitalize on his proven skills in management, customer care, sales, team-building and technology, as well as his experience in both large and emerging technology companies."

"Cameron's appointment to President & CEO reflects the company's evolving business and positions us for future success. With a proven, hardened and fully approved ActiveMine product, we can now focus on leveraging our sustainable competitive advantage and attaining the higher margin potential of our unique IP ownership." Barrett added.

Richard Hazell, retiring Chairman of Active Control said: "Steve is the co-founder of ActiveMine and has created an outstanding business platform to generate shareholder value. Under Steve's leadership, we moulded ActiveMine from only an idea in 2006, to a market leading technology product today. We recapitalized ACT, created new Intellectual Property, filed two major world-wide patents, recruited an outstanding management team, won several million dollars in orders, established communication technology leadership, achieved US federal MSHA approvals and created a business that can scale internationally." "We look forward to Mr. Barrett's continued leadership of the company, now at the Chair level, as we evolve the ActiveMine business and expand commercialization." added Hazell. Mr. Hazell still owns, directly and indirectly, over 13 million shares of ACT.

Barrett replaces Richard Hazell, who has served as the company's Chairman since March 2002 and will continue as a director of the company. "Richard's financial support and mentorship have helped make ActiveMine possible. We thank him for his leadership, past contributions and his continued support of our company. " said Barrett.

Cameron Sturgess added: "Active Control is uniquely positioned to add significant value to both our customers and investors. We are the first company to bring a standards based Wi-Fi network to underground coal mines. We deliver far more than the communications and tracking that coal mines require by law. We will enable these mines to dramatically increase their productivity, and ultimately help them to 'Get more out of their mine'. For our investors, this next stage of our company represents substantial growth as we mature from a concept to a commercialized product. I look forward to leading this transition as we deliver for both our customers and our investors."

Mr. Sturgess will also be appointed as a member of ACT's board of directors and has been granted 7,000,000 stock options exercisable at $0.11 per share until October 13, 2014, which vest over four years. The appointments of Messrs. Barrett and Sturgess are subject to regulatory approval.

About Active Control Technology

Active Control Technology is a mining services company specializing in advanced wireless productivity and safety systems. The company's MSHA-approved ActiveMine system provides two-way wireless voice communication, real-time tracking of personnel and assets, and high bandwidth data applications such as streaming video and operational data from mining machinery, over a robust wireless Wi-Fi network. Located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Active Control trades publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ACT. For more information, visit

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