BC Export Awards

June 07, 2005 11:00 ET

BC Export Awards Call for Applications; Seeking BC's Top 21 Exporters for 2005

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 7, 2005) - The BC Division of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has issued a call for applications for the 2005 BC Export Awards.

"The BC Export Awards recognize excellence in exporting and promote the sector's role models for the business community in BC," said Werner Knittel, Vice President, BC Division, CME. "Our Export Awards recipients are leaders in an industry that exported more than $28 billion worth of goods and services around the world each year, and these Awards confirm their outstanding success."

Now into its 23rd year, the 2005 BC Export Awards, which recognize both established and new exporters, celebrate the innovative approaches and unique contributions of BC's "export champions" make to the province's economy. Last year Electronic Arts took the top prize for Exporter of the Year among a field of seven finalists representing communities across BC. "BC exporters are an important part of our economy and are on top of their game," said Don Mattrick, Electronic Arts President of Worldwide Studios.

Applications close on July 4, 2005. For more information and an application form go to http://www.bcexportawards.com. The awards, open to all BC registered companies, regardless of size, include categories for New Exporter, Advancing Technologies, Consumer Products, Manufactured Products, Professional & Services, New Media & Entertainment, Primary Products & Resources, Leadership, and International Business Studies.

Finalists from each category, BC's Top 21 Exporters for 2005 will be honoured at a gala luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday, November 25, 2005 jointly hosted by the BC Division of the CME and the Ministry of Small Business and Economic Development.

Sponsors of this year's awards include RBC Financial Group, The Eyes Multimedia, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Export Development Canada, Air Canada Cargo, Vancouver Port Authority, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Business Development Bank of Canada, KPMG LLP, Fireworks Marketing Group, University of Victoria, Alcan, BC Business, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Greer Shipping, Trade Team BC, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang, Canada Export Centre and Pacific PR Strategies.

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2005

The $28 Million Industry

2005 BC Export Awards

(Vancouver, BC) - The BC Export Awards are the most prestigious award for exporters in BC. They recognize and celebrate BC's Top 21 Exporters for 2005 that export goods and services to destinations around the world. The annual event, to be held November 25, 2005 in Vancouver, honours the innovative approaches and unique contributions of BC's 'export champions' to the province's economy, communities and citizens.

From manufacturing to mining, agribusiness to arts, tourism to education, businesses across all industries, regardless of size or location, are eligible to become one of BC's Top 21 Exporters for 2005.

The BC Export Awards have helped open many doors for emerging and established exporters. They are a focal point for exporting excellence in BC and provide a platform for international recognition.

This year's event marks the 23rd anniversary of the BC Export Awards and is open to all BC registered companies that have exported a product or service for two or more years.

Facts about BC Exports and the BC Export Awards:



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5,110 total of BC Exporters
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120,000 # of people working for BC Exporters
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$28.6 billion total value of products and services
exported by BC Exporters (2004)
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10% increase in BC Export sales (2005)
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forestry, energy,
agri-food, industrial top five products exported for BC Exporters
goods, machinery &
equipment
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US, Asia and Europe three largest export markets, in order
of dollar value, for BC Exporters (2004)
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New Exporter, Advancing
Technologies, Consumer
Products, Manufactured
Products, Professional
& Services, New Media & BC's Top 21 Exporter categories for 2005
Entertainment, Primary
Products & Resources,
Leadership
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