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May 30, 2002
Eight Toronto new media professionals recognized at Canadian New Media Awards
  
Economic Development - Some of Toronto's best and brightest leaders in
new media received national recognition at the May 27, 2002 Canadian New Media
Awards celebration.

For the third consecutive year, Toronto hosted the awards which recognize the
outstanding accomplishments of Canadian companies and individuals in new media,
an industry that provides services and creates products through a combination
of video, audio, graphics and text.

"With 56 per cent of the finalists and award winners being Toronto
professionals, it demonstrates the diversity and strength of this very
important sector in Toronto," said Brenda Librecz, Managing Director, City of
Toronto, Economic Development. "It's terrific to see that Toronto's new media
professionals are getting the national recognition they deserve."

Toronto is the largest centre of multi-media activity in Canada, with about 80
per cent of the province's new media firms located in the city.

The following Toronto new media professionals received 2002 Canadian New Media
Pixel Awards: Graduate of the Year, Pary Bell; Industry Advocate of the Year,
Mark Jones; New Media Visionary, Stacey Spiegel; Company of the Year, Devlin
Applied Design; Employer of the Year, ThinData Inc.; Producer of the Year, Dan
Fill; Most Promising New Company of the Year, J!VE Media Technologies; and
Volunteer of the Year, Chris Carder.

In the Most Promising New Company of the Year and Employer of the Year
categories, Toronto companies dominated all the finalists.

"The 2002 Canadian New Media Awards winners are Canada's new media superstars
who are accomplishing great feats and driving the industry," said Adam Froman,
Executive Producer of the Canadian New Media Awards, and President and CEO of
Delvinia.

The City of Toronto's Economic Development Division is working with the new
media industry to support its further development. The City is proud to support
the awards to showcase the capabilities of Toronto companies and the range of
innovation of its people.

Media contacts:
Brenda Librecz, Managing Director, Economic Development, 416-397-4700
Carrie Parent, High Road Communications, 416-368-8348, ext. 264
Elizabeth Doyle, Producer, Canadian New Media Awards, 416-364-1455, ext. 228


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