Charm Diamond Centres

Charm Diamond Centres

November 27, 2007 09:30 ET

Charm Diamonds Centres CEO Receives Ernst & Young National Citation

ONTARIO, OTTAWA--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2007) - Richard Calder, CEO of Charm Diamond Centres, is the recent recipient of a 2007 Ernst & Young National Citation for Retailing Excellence for Canada. In addition to this prestigious honour, he has also been awarded the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (Atlantic Region), in the Business-to-Consumer Products and Services category.

The family-owned Charm Diamond Centres is one of the fastest-growing retail jewelry companies in Canada. Mr. Calder opened the first Charm Diamond Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., in 1972. Since then the company has grown into the largest Canadian-owned jewelry retailer, with more than 65 stores throughout Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

"We are extremely proud that Charm Diamond Centres has been recognized both on a national and a regional level," said Troy Calder, president and COO of Charm Diamond Centres. "These awards are a testament to the quality of the merchandise we carry in our stores, as well as to the friendly, knowledgeable and courteous service of our sales associates."

In addition to its retail services, Charm Diamond Centres play an active role in their communities, supporting such well-known charities, regional hospitals and organizations as the Abilities Foundation, the United Way, the Children's Wish Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others.

The annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour those who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as risk taking, company development, innovation and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Submissions are reviewed by an independent panel of judges that includes several notable Canadian business leaders and past award recipients.

"The integrity, intuitiveness and sheer determination of our Atlantic region entrepreneurs set them apart," said Joyce Hoeven, director of the Ernst & Young Enterpreneur Of The Year Awards Program for the Atlantic region. "We are delighted to be able to recognize the success of Charm Diamond Centres through our program."

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