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Thursday, November 13, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Earlier today, The Vancouver Board of Trade revealed the 2015 winners of its Rix Awards for Community and Corporate Citizenship, which honour one outstanding individual and one exemplary organization each year, in memory of the late Dr. Don Rix.

The 2015 Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship will be presented to Carole Taylor, a community leader who is well-known for her years of service in municipal and provincial politics (including her role as B.C.'s Minister of Finance), her 20-year career as a journalist with CTV and CBC, and, most recently, her role as Chancellor of Simon Fraser University until June 2014. Taylor is also a member of the Order of Canada.

The 2015 Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship will be presented to Global BC, in recognition of the company's ongoing commitment to building healthy, vibrant communities through community-based news coverage and engaging programming about issues that affect British Columbians and our business community.

The awards will be presented at The Vancouver Board of Trade's 28th Annual Governors' Banquet on April 15 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This black-tie gala brings together business, government, and community leaders each spring, to induct The Vancouver Board of Trade's immediate past chair into its Council of Governors. The 2015 inductee is Elio R. Luongo, Canadian Managing Partner, Tax, for KPMG LLP.

For more information on the gala, visit boardoftrade.com/GovernorsBanquet.

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About the Rix Awards:

The Rix Awards are a special initiative of The Vancouver Board of Trade, presented in honour of the late Dr. Don Rix, who served as the 2008-09 Chair of The Vancouver Board of Trade. The award recipients are chosen each year by a special selection committee, based on a number of criteria.

The Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship is presented to an individual who applies his or her exceptional skills, talents and drive to making a positive impact in society. Hallmark characteristics of community citizenship include trust, purpose, connectedness, leadership, social capital, passion, empathy, ethics, and responsibility. Past recipients include David McLean, Terence Hui, Peter M. Brown, Brandt C. Louie, Jimmy Pattison, and Craig and Marc Kielburger.

The Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship is presented to an enterprise that demonstrates, both in policy and practice, the highest standards of stewardship towards the long-term well-being of customers, employees, owners, business partners, the environment and the broader community. Past recipients include Port Metro Vancouver, TELUS Corporation, Teck Resources, Vancity, RBC Royal Bank, and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

About The Vancouver Board of Trade:

Since its inception in 1887, The Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada's leading business association, engaging members to positively impact public policy at all three levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one third of B.C.'s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through four unique Member programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events businesses in the country, providing a platform for national and international business and thought leaders to further enlighten B.C.'s business leaders.

Media Contact:

Greg Hoekstra
Communications Manager
The Vancouver Board of Trade
604-640-5450 |

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