April 27, 2007 14:30 ET

CANARIE: Announcement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - Dr. Christopher Loomis, Chair of the Board of Directors of CANARIE Inc., today announced that on or before March 31, 2008, Andrew K. Bjerring will be stepping down as President and CEO, a position he has held since 1993, the year CANARIE was inaugurated.

In commenting on the announcement, Dr. Loomis noted the renewed five-year funding of the organization in the recent federal budget and how well-positioned CANARIE is to fulfill its next mandate. "This is part of a planned transition which allows us to ramp up all our new programs over the coming year but also respects Dr. Bjerring's wishes and aspirations at this stage of his career. We will be recognizing his outstanding leadership, commitment and record of success as President and CEO at future events. For now, I simply want to express the Board's heart-felt appreciation for all he has done on behalf of CANARIE's stakeholders in business, government and academe, and, indeed, for Canada."

Mr. Dave Steeves, Vice-Chair of the Board, added "We are very pleased that Dr. Bjerring has indicated his willingness to support CANARIE's strategic development after his retirement as President in whatever ways are deemed appropriate."

The Board has appointed a selection committee to begin the search for a new President and CEO. Enquiries may be sent to


CANARIE, Canada's advanced network development organization, is a not-for-profit corporation supported by its members, project partners and the Federal government. Funding from the Government of Canada has been used for the research and implementation of advanced networks and applications that stimulate economic growth and increase Canada's international competitiveness. CANARIE's mission is to accelerate Canada's advanced network development and use by facilitating the widespread adoption of faster, more efficient networks and by enabling the next generation of advanced products, applications and services to run on them.

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