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May 15, 2006 14:02 ET

CN selects Children's Hospital of Western Ontario as CN Canadian Women's Open charity-minimum donation of $100,000

LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - CN today announced it has selected London Health Sciences Centre's Children's Hospital of Western Ontario as its designated community charity as part of this summer's CN Canadian Women's Open. A minimum $100,000 donation to Children's Health Foundation and London Health Sciences Foundation will benefit children's health care at the hospital in the paediatric emergency department.

"We are very pleased that our sponsorship of the CN Canadian Women's Open includes a substantial donation to the community," said James M. Foote, CN executive vice-president, Sales and Marketing. "In addition to bringing some of the best women golfers in the world to London, and the associated economic benefits of a major tourism draw, we'll be directing proceeds from the tournament to help support medical care for children in Western Ontario and parts of Northern Ontario."

Foote made the announcement at a press conference held this afternoon at the London Hunt Club, the site of the August 7 - 13, 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open - the only Canadian event on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. Also in attendance were some of the LPGA's best golfers who will play in the tournament: CN-sponsored LPGA player Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, PEI, as well as fellow LPGA stars Natalie Gulbis, Meg Mallon, Morgan Presel, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and A.J. Eathorne of Penticton, BC.

Dan Ross, president and chief executive officer of London Health Sciences Foundation, said: "On behalf of London Health Sciences Foundation and Children's Health Foundation, we are extremely excited to be associated with this national event that is bringing the top LPGA players to London."

Debbie Comuzzi, president and chief executive officer of Children's Health Foundation, added: "Not only is CN's title sponsorship of this event bringing world calibre golf to London, but it also is bringing a substantial gift to our community to benefit the many children and families who will be served by the new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario."

In addition to the $100,000 donation, a portion of the net proceeds from the tournament ticket sales and related fundraising activities will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario. This practice of supporting a children's charity will be repeated at future CN Canadian Women's Opens.

"We applaud CN for supporting women's golf and for giving back to the community where the CN Canadian Women's Open will be held," said Richard W. Desrochers, chief operating officer and managing director of the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA). "We are certain that London and area golf fans will come out and support the tournament and the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario."

The RCGA is the governing body of golf in Canada and the organizer of the CN Canadian Women's Open, the CN Canadian Women's Open Tour and the CN Future Links junior golf program. It represents close to 400,000 members at more than 1,550 clubs across Canada.

The emergency department at the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario operates on a 24-hour basis and provides paediatric emergency care for 40,000 children annually.


About the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open
The stars of the LPGA Tour will be featured at the $1.7 million (U.S.) CN Canadian Women's Open from August 7 - 13, 2006 at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario. This year marks the championship's 34th season on the LPGA Tour. The CN Canadian Women's Open is sponsored by CN as well as Penfolds, Curocom, Delta London Armouries Hotel and Molson Canada. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, and volunteer information, visit
www.cncanadianwomensopen.com or call 1-866-571-LPGA.

About CN
CN is the only transcontinental railroad in North America whose network spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For further information, visit www.cn.ca.

About London Health Sciences Foundation
For more than a decade, London Health Sciences Foundation has inspired investment in excellence at London Health Sciences Centre. London Health Sciences Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1996 through the amalgamation of the University and Victoria Hospital Foundations. The Foundation links donors, health care consumers, the community and health care experts - including physicians, allied professionals, researchers, staff and educators - in pursuit of medical excellence at London Health Sciences Centre.

About Children's Health Foundation
Children's Health Foundation funds specialized health care equipment and programs at Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and breakthrough research into childhood diseases at the Children's Health Research Institute. Children's Health Foundation is also leading the way to help build the new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario, now being constructed at Baseline and Wellington Roads in London. The new Children's will provide more light, more space, more hope. To learn more, visit www.childhealth.ca.

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