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28th January 2009

Canadian Technology Companies to Compete for Venture Capital Dollars

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Financing ForumVancouver – Canadian technology companies will bid for share of venture capital dollars at the 12th Annual Canadian Financing Forum on January 29, 2009 in Vancouver. The Forum is a highly recognized event, attracting top tier Canadian and international venture capitalists to meet with the best and most promising growth companies in Canada.

“Given the current economic environment, the Forum is vital to turn innovative ideas of early-stage companies into economic successes,” said Greg Aasen, Chair of the BC Innovation Council, a full sponsor of the Forum. “These companies can reshape industries across many sectors and provide benefit to communities beyond BC’s borders.”

Running from 8 am to 6 pm at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, this one-day event is attended by a wide range of Canadian and US venture capital firms who look forward to connecting with entrepreneurs offering leading-edge ideas in some of the most progressive areas.

“The Forum represents an exciting opportunity for investors to meet with
many of Canada’s most innovative entrepreneurs,” said Dave Thomas of Canada
IT. “We are pleased with the strong turnout from companies in Information
Technology and Cleantech & Advanced Technology, as well as the strong support
from the Venture Capital community.”

Forum Highlights

– Luncheon keynote speaker Helmut Pastrick, Chief Economist for
Central 1 Credit Union

– A closing panel session, where senior venture capitalists will share
“Growth Strategies and Surviving During Difficult Economic Times”

– The Closing Reception and Awards, featuring Small Business,
Technology and Economic Development Minister Ida Chong

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