2010 Awards Gala

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Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment, and Craig Williams, Vice President BC Division, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), today announced the nine winners of the 2010 BC Export Awards.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers received the Exporter of the Year Award for their contributions to the Professional & Services Industry.

John Furlong received the BC Export Leadership Award in recognition of the outstanding contributions he and the VANOC team made to British Columbia's export industry through his leadership in promoting the "BC brand".

“We are honoured to have presented the Leadership award to Mr. Furlong for his contributions to our economy through his leadership of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Mr. Williams. “Under Mr. Furlong’s leadership, the Games helped to put BC on the world stage bringing many new business opportunities to our exporters. Many of these opportunities will continue to develop in the future, bringing additional investments, an increase in exports and new jobs for our province.”

“I congratulate all the BC Export Award winners and nominees for their great contributions to our province’s economy,” said Minister MacDiarmid. “We are seeing strong growth in exports this year. In the first nine months of 2010, exports to China have exceeded total volumes in 2009 while worldwide, BC exports are up 12.9 per cent to $21.2 billion.

The 28th Annual BC Export Awards were held during a Gala luncheon ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel today. Co-hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Investment and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the luncheon was attended by leaders from across the province’s business and global trade community. The keynote speech was delivered by the Honourable Stockwell Day, Asia Pacific Gateway Minister.

“The nominees and winners this year have all demonstrated the leadership and innovation that drives BC’s export industry. Despite continued economic challenges, they continue to grow their businesses and have helped our province achieve impressive export numbers,” added Mr. Williams. "It is important that we continue to recognize their achievements and the important role they play in the success of our economy.”