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The City of Nanaimo

The City of Nanaimo

July 11, 2005 20:00 ET

Shaw Communications Announced as First Community Partner for Vancouver Island Conference Centre

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - July 11, 2005) - The City of Nanaimo and Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR) announced today a significant boost to the construction of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Shaw is the first community partner to jump on board with the project, committing a contribution of $400,000. In recognition of Shaw's support, the auditorium, which is a key part of the Conference Center will be named Shaw Auditorium.

"Shaw Communications is the first community partner to jump on board with the Vancouver Island Conference Centre," announced Mayor Gary Korpan. "The City is thrilled with Shaw's significant contribution, and in particular, that a company of Shaw's stature has kick-started our partnership program. We believe this project offers an ideal opportunity for our Corporate Citizens to be recognized for their community support," he said.

"The Vancouver Island Conference Centre is an exciting project for the City of Nanaimo," said Jim Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc. "Our contribution will ensure the conference centre is well connected, enabling local residents and out of town guests access to state-of-the-art interactive services via Shaw's Fiber-Optic backbone," he said.

The City of Nanaimo has been working with local businesses to explore opportunities for them to participate in the project and create value for their shareholders, and the City's taxpayers. The partnership with Shaw Communications is the first in a number of sponsorship opportunities expected as construction begins.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Big Pipe Inc.) and satellite direct-to-home services (through Star Choice Communications) to approximately 3.0 million customers. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is a member of the S&P/TSX 60 index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.NV.B, NYSE - SJR).

Contact Information

  • City of Nanaimo
    Mayor Gary Korpan
    (250) 755-4400
    or
    Shaw Communications Inc.
    Peter Bissonnette
    (403) 750-4500
    Website: www.shaw.ca
    or
    Deputy City Manager
    Al Kenning
    (250) 755-4410