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CANOE.CA

June 26, 2008 10:00 ET

Appointments Underscore Growth: Canoe.ca Names Four Senior Members of Internet Leadership Team

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - The President and CEO of Canoe.ca, Bruno Leclaire, is pleased to announce the appointments of four senior members of the Internet leadership team: Stephen Evans, Chief Technology Officer; Marie-Claude Massie, General Manager of Portals; Wade Hynes, General Manager of Sun Media Interactive Services; and Patrick Tapp, Director of Strategic Alliances and Klix.

"These appointments have enabled us to strengthen our winning team," said Mr. Leclaire. "Marie-Claude, Stephen and Patrick have broad and in-depth knowledge of new media, particularly with respect to Canoe.ca, and have made significant contributions to the extraordinary growth of the company in recent years. Wade has a proven track record at Osprey Media, where he created the newspaper chain's online presence. As such, he is the ideal candidate for the position of General Manager of Sun Media Interactive Services and we welcome him aboard."

Stephen Evans, who for the past two years has held the position of Vice President, Portals and Emerging Products at Canoe.ca, has been instrumental in creating some of the most popular websites in Canada over the past 14 years. In his previous position at MSN Canada, where he served for nine years, Stephen personally supervised important online services. Stephen is excited by the prospect of leading a top-flight team to build an interactive platform using the latest technologies.

Marie-Claude Massie has gained in-depth knowledge of Canoe.ca since joining the company in 2000. She has held various key positions including Content Director for Canoe.ca's French-language portal from 2004 to 2007, and in 2007, she became Director of Quebecor Media Interactive Services, leading a team whose mission is to set out winning Web strategies for Quebecor Media's traditional media operations. As General Manager of Portals, Marie-Claude will be responsible for both English- and French-language content on the Canoe.ca portals and will continue to oversee the French-language portals of other Quebecor Media divisions such as TVA and TVA Publications for Quebecor Media Interactive Services.

Wade Hynes had been Director of Strategic Internet Development at Osprey Media since 2006 and has been leading Osprey's Internet initiatives with the mandate of identifying growth opportunities, potential partnerships and best strategies for online development since 2001. As General Manager of Sun Media Interactive Services, he will be responsible for the Web presence of all of Sun Media newspapers across Canada - which includes over 300 websites.

Patrick Tapp joined Quebecor when Canoe.ca was launched in August 1999. After working for nearly seven years as an Account Director within a national sales team, he became Director of Research Products, a position which he held for two years, and through which he contributed to the launch of Canoe Klix. Patrick is also actively involved in the Canadian Internet industry and a member of the Quebec Board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. As Director of Strategic Alliances and Klix, he will focus on forging new business partnerships and expanding the Klix advertising network.

These management team appointments underscore Canoe.ca's commitment to strengthening its leadership in the delivery of Canadian online content and other Internet services.

About Canoe.ca

A subsidiary of Quebecor Media, Canoe.ca is a leading interactive media provider of local and national news, entertainment and services, helping to inform and connect Canadians. Independent research in a comScore Media Metrix study of January 2008 confirms that the Canoe Network attracts over 8.6 million unique visitors every month, including more than 4.1 million in Quebec. The Canoe.ca portal includes top information verticals such as Cnews, Slam!, Jam! and Lifewise, as well as the Sun Media newspaper sites. Canoe.ca also offers online services in the fields of employment and continuing education (jobboom.com), housing (micasa.ca), automobiles (autonet.ca), personals (reseaucontact.com), social networks (space.canoe.ca), classified ads (classifiedextra.ca) and advertising solutions (canoeklix.ca).

Contact Information

  • Canoe Inc.
    Bruno Leclaire
    President and CEO and
    Vice President - Interactive Media Division,
    Quebecor Media Inc.
    or
    Canoe.ca
    Ariane Paquette
    514-504-2694
    ariane.paquette@canoe.ca