SOURCE: Elluminate

October 18, 2007 12:11 ET

Elluminate Executives Recognized by 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

Company Founders Selected as Winners in Technology Category for Canadian Prairies Region

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - October 18, 2007) - Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and Web-collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, announced today that Nashir Samanani, founder and CEO, and Mike Mabey, founder and Chief Technology Officer, were selected as the winners in the Technology category of the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for the Prairies region in Canada. The awards, announced on October 11 at a gala celebration held in Calgary, Alberta, honor entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, risk taking, company development, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"We are extremely proud to have created a company that makes a difference," said Samanani. "Our education systems today have a great many challenges to overcome, and Elluminate is on the front lines of an education revolution. Along with developing a world-class solution and growing a profitable company, we are also focused on being good corporate citizens, which is demonstrated by our globally accessible products and programs like our Community Partner Program and Fire & Ice online classroom series."

"We appreciate and applaud our customers, who demonstrate every day that they are transforming education -- student by student, teacher by teacher," said Mabey. "We are also grateful for the highly skilled, dedicated, and enthusiastic members of the Elluminate team who share our vision and have the ability to make that vision a reality on a daily basis."

About the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program was founded by Ernst & Young to celebrate great entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as company development, financial performance and risk taking. Submissions are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is composed of several notable Canadian business leaders and past award recipients. The judges on the Prairies region panel for 2007 are Paul Colborne, President, StarValley Oil and Gas Ltd. and TriStar Oil and Gas Ltd.; Glenn Feltham, Dean, University of Manitoba; Susan Gallacher, Vice President, DirectCash Income Fund; James Keirstead, VP Marketing, Blue Falls Manufacturing Ltd.; Arthur Mauro, Investors Group; and Allan Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Ross Smith Energy Group. To learn more about the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Awards, visit

About Ernst & Young

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About Elluminate, Inc.

Elluminate, Inc. provides proven, best-in-class solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration that deliver exceptional outcomes, including enhanced learning experiences, increased retention and completion rates, and higher ROI. Elluminate Live! features high-quality voice over the Internet, robust interactive functionality, and unique No User Left Behind™ technology that supports multiple platforms and low-bandwidth connectivity. Elluminate has served more than 200 million Web-collaboration minutes to over 3 million teachers and students located in 184 different countries.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elluminate is the trusted choice of prominent academic institutions and corporations, including ADP, Apple Computer, California State University, Duke University, Florida Virtual School, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, K12 Inc., London Knowledge Lab, Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Novell, Queen's University, Royal Veterinary College, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and many more. The winner of several prestigious awards, the company is also one of Deloitte's 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies and is positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing, 2007. For more information, visit

Elluminate Live! is a registered trademark of Elluminate, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.