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Seeking British Columbia’s top exporters: Call for nominations kick-starts the 30th anniversary of the BC Export Awards

Published by Derek Lothian on May 14, 2012

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation are proud to announce the 30th anniversary of the BC Export Awards with a call for nominations.

The annual awards honour BC's top businesses leading the charge in bringing the province's expertise to world markets – from manufacturing to clean technology, infrastructure to agri-foods, natural resources to tourism, and green economy to international education. For the past three decades, the BC Export Awards have played a key role in raising awareness of the important contribution exporting and global trade make to provincial prosperity.

"The BC Export Awards program promotes and honours BC's top 25 exporters as corporate role models in order to stimulate greater involvement in exporting among all facets of the province's business community," says Minister Pat Bell. "It is important for us as a province to tell these success stories – to show BC how companies are succeeding in global markets. We want to be able to tell British Columbians the good things that are being done and encourage other businesses to follow these leaders as we try to grow our economy, increase jobs and enhance our quality of life."

All BC companies that have been exporting a product or service for two or more years are eligible for nomination. Awards are made in the categories of sustainability, leadership, new exporter, professional services, manufactured products, natural resources, advanced technology and innovation, consumer products, digital media and entertainment, and international business studies.

"The 30th anniversary of the BC Export Awards is gearing up to be a landmark event. We are excited to celebrate the success and perseverance of British Columbian companies, which are exporting Canadian goods all over the world," adds Peter Jeffrey, vice president, CME BC. "Canadian manufacturers and exporters are increasingly becoming part of global supply chains. This is good for our economy, supporting the high quality of life for British Columbians, and good for our manufacturers.

The awards will shine a spotlight on those companies that have done an exemplary job in an incredibly competitive environment."

New for the 30th anniversary, the Premier's Award for Job Creation will be presented to a company that, through a financial investment, has created expansion or new opportunities for sustained job growth.

The 30th annual BC Export Awards reception and luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on November 23, 2012. To show your support, nominate an outstanding exporter or apply for an award on behalf of your company. Visit for more details. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2012, and the application deadline is July 20, 2012.

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all goods and services exports.

About the BC Export Awards

The BC Export Awards is the largest and longest-running ceremony of its kind in Canada, and celebrates the valuable role that the exporting industry plays in the provincial economy. The awards are co-hosted annually by CME and the Government of British Columbia. The top 25 firms are chosen by an independent panel of judges, selected by the co-hosts and the sponsors for their background, experience and objectivity. Since 1982, the BC Export Awards has recognized the achievements of more than 350 BC exporters.

Sponsors of this year's awards include RBC Royal Bank, Export Development Canada, Air Canada Cargo, BCIT, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UPS Canada, SYSPRO, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, AdvantageBC International Business Centre, British Columbia Council for International Education, Air China, Business Development Bank of Canada, BC Hydro Power Smart, WorkSafe BC, and FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance BC. For more information visit

Manufacturing and exporting in British Columbia

Manufacturing has the largest economic footprint in the province of BC, with more than 12,000 firms representing 400,000 jobs, and accounting for $8.6 billion in wages each year. This accounts for 11.2 per cent of the total provincial GDP – an expansion of 43.1 per cent since 1997. British Columbia companies are exporting more than $30 billion dollars in goods globally. Manufacturers represent 75 per cent of all merchandise exports, while economic spinoffs generate $3.01 in new economic activity for every dollar in manufacturing output. Manufacturing is also the only industry sector to meet emissions targets set by the Kyoto Protocol.

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