Canon Canada Inc.

Canon Canada Inc.

April 16, 2007 08:00 ET

Canadian High School Students Set to Embark on Eco-Competition

Provincial and territorial winners move on to participate at the Canon Envirothon in Geneva, New York, July 29 - August 4, 2007

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 16, 2007) - Canon Canada is once again pleased to announce the start of the annual provincial and territorial Envirothon environmental competitions. Over the next two months, student teams from eight provinces and one territory will take part in written test, field tests, and oral presentations for the chance to represent their region at the Canon Envirothon, North America's largest high school environmental education competition.

"Envirothon is a perfect example of Canon's philosophy of Kyosei, all people living and working together," says Stan Skorayko, Vice President, Corporate Communications, General and Environmental Affairs at Canon Canada Inc. "To be in the position to deliver and support this excellent learning program is an honour, and we've been very pleased with the growth and acceptance of the program over the past five years."

Organized through Provincial Forestry Associations, Government Agencies and local Soil and Water Districts in the U.S., the Canon Envirothon is the final contest in a series of competitions beginning each spring that last year involved more than 500,000 teenagers throughout North America. More than 250 high school students will gather at the 2007 Canon Envirothon in Geneva, New York from July 29 - August 4. In 2006, 52 teams, eight from Canada and 44 from the U.S., competed in the Canon Envirothon in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Envirothon competitions test students' knowledge in five key areas: Soil/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and this year's current issue of Renewable Energy. Teams will be evaluated on their performance at each station by individuals with expertise in the field. The team's oral presentation skills will also be evaluated as they present to a panel of judges their recommendations for solving the environmental challenge. Top teams at the Canon Envirothon in Geneva, NY will receive Canon scholarships, prizes and awards that exceed $75,000 USD.

In Canada, provincial competitions kick off in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, on April 19-21, 2007 and work their way across the country through a total of nine separate events. Prince Edward Island selected a team in the fall of 2006 to represent the island province at the 2007 Canon Envirothon.



The Canadian competition schedule is as follows:

Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia: April 19-21
Grande Prairie, Alberta: April 27 to 29
To be determined, British Columbia: April 28 to 29
Cornwall, Ontario: May 9 to 12
Fredericton, New Brunswick: May 11 to 12
Blackstrap, Saskatchewan: May 24 to 25
Gros Morne National Park (Killdevil Lodge), Newfoundland and Labrador:
May 24 to 26
Brandon, Manitoba: May 24 to 26
Whitehorse, Yukon: May 28, 31, June 1
Prince Edward Island (completed in October, 2006)


The 2008 Canon Envirothon will be hosted at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona July 28 - August 3, 2008.

For more information on the 2007 Canon Envirothon please visit www.envirothon.org.

About Canon Canada, Inc.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,500 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. For the 15th consecutive year, Canon Inc. is among the top three US patent recipients.

The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital and analogue cameras and lenses; semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.

Canon supports programs that help preserve and protect the environment. The company instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported leading environmental organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund - Canada, the Canon Envirothon, and the Easter Seal Society, Ontario.

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