May 05, 2010 13:13 ET

Calgary Welcomes the Country's Top Young Minds and Business Leaders to Help Create a Better Canada

National Exposition to connect and inspire top executives, entrepreneurs and future leaders

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) is holding their annual National Exposition in Calgary at the TELUS Convention Centre from May 10 to 12, 2010. The event, historically held in Toronto, will be in Calgary for the first time in the organization's history, and will welcome upwards of 1,000 delegates including the country's brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs.

Throughout the three-day event, post-secondary students from over 40 universities and colleges across Canada will compete for prestigious national champion titles by showcasing their economic outreach projects and business venture achievements to judging panels composed of top Canadian executives.

The final round of competition on May 12 will be observed by hundreds of delegates and guests and judged by over 40 top Canadian CEOs, including: Clive Beddoe (Founding Shareholder and Chairman, WestJet Airlines), Bob Sartor (Chief Executive Officer, The Forzani Group LTD.) and Willy Kruh (Global Chairman - Consumer Markets, National Leader - High Growth Markets Canada, KPMG LLP).

"As the official host of this event, we are honoured to help welcome ACE and its delegates to the city of Calgary," said Robert Sartor, CEO of The Forzani Group Ltd. "The National Exposition will offer business leaders from across the country the rare opportunity to witness the power and enthusiasm of socially responsible young Canadians who will undoubtedly become the next generation of Canadian leaders."

Event highlights include an inspiring opening ceremony on May 10 to officially kick off the event, as well as a final round of competition, awards ceremony and reception on May 12 to announce the 2010 national champions and provide an exclusive opportunity for leading Canadian executives to inspire and in turn, be inspired by acting as lead judges for the event competitions.

"For those who decide to join us I can honestly say you will leave energized, inspired and confident in the economic future of Canada," added Sartor. The opening ceremonies and final round of competition is open to the public. For location and timing details please visit

About ACE

ACE is a national, charitable organization that is teaching and igniting young Canadians to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities. ACE delivers a team-based program called Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and an individual-based program, Student Entrepreneur. Last year, ACE students created 600 jobs, logged 260,000 volunteer hours, impacted 63,000 people, and generated over $40 million in economic activity. ACE is currently established on over 50 post-secondary campuses across Canada.

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