March 11, 2008 16:00 ET

Concordia University Student Wins CANARIE Inc. Contest

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Andrew Bjerring, President & CEO of CANARIE, Inc., today presented Alejandro Franseschini, a student at Concordia University, a cheque for $2,500 as winner of CANARIE's Annual Report cover design contest.

Alejandro will be recognized in the 2007-2008 CANARIE Annual Report for his winning design. The "Cover-to-Cover Contest" is an annual one and this year's winner was chosen on artistic impression and how it relates to the theme "Unleashing the potential of science and technology". The Annual Report will be released in June at the Annual General Meeting which will be held in Victoria, B.C. It will also be available on CANARIE's website:

Alejandro received his cheque at a ceremony hosted by Michael Di Grappa, President of Concordia.

"I am very pleased to present this cheque to this year's winner," said Dr. Bjerring. "CANARIE is committed to fostering ideas, creative expression and innovation in research and education. These are the cornerstones of success for individuals and for the future of Canada."

"I am thrilled to win this contest and look forward to seeing my design on CANARIE's Annual Report," said Alejandro Franseschini. "Thanks to CANARIE for creating this contest. It gives students the opportunity to show what we can do and to have this important piece in our portfolio."

"Alejandro is a perfect example of what Concordia students are all about", said Michael Di Grappa. "His enthusiasm, desire to learn, skill and talents allowed him to stand out in a contest that included students from universities, colleges and CEGEPs from across Canada".

CANARIE's annual contest is open to all students (K-12, University, College and CEGEP) across Canada whose school is connected to the CANARIE Network. The contest invited original submissions for the cover design of CANARIE's 2007-2008 Annual Report. Visit for more information on this national contest.

CANARIE Inc., based in Ottawa, is a not-for-profit corporation funded by Government of Canada to facilitate the development and use of next-generation research networks and the applications and services that run on them. CANARIE's advanced network serves universities, colleges, schools, government labs, and research institutes and organizations in a wide variety of fields in both the public and private sectors. By promoting and participating in strategic collaborations among key sectors, and by partnering with peer networks and organizations around the world, CANARIE stimulates and supports research, innovation and growth, bringing economic, social, and cultural benefits to all Canadians.

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