Toon Boom Finalist at the HSBC International Business Awards

Montreal, Canada - April 11, 2011

HSBC Bank Canada announces inaugural finalists of the hsbc international business awards

HSBC Bank Canada is pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the inaugural HSBC International Business Awards, which celebrate the best of Canadian companies doing business abroad.

The awards were developed by HSBC Bank Canada, in partnership with Business without Borders, to recognize Canadian firms th at have made a real difference in taking their products and services to the world. An award will be offered in each of the following four categories: HSBC International Business of the Year Award – Small and Medium Enterprise; HSBC International Busine ss of the Year Award – Large Enterprise; Leadership in International Trade in Asia-Pacific; and Leadership in International Trade in Latin America.

Finalists and winners will be honoured at a gala celebration on the evening of May 10, 2011, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto. Brett Wilson, entrepreneur, philanthropist and CBC Dragon’s Den panel member will be the master of ceremonies.

“We are thoroughly impressed with the calibre of performance and results seen in our twelve finalists,” said Mark Watkinson, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC. “We were particularly impressed by the diversity of industries and Canadian regions represented, as these speak volumes to Canadian companies successfully translating opportunity into success. While only four winners will emerge, all finalists deserve our attention and respect.”

The HSBC International Business Award finalists are:

  1. HSBC International Business of the Year – Small and Medium Enterprise

    Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Organic Food Products

    Mad Rock Marine Solutions Inc., St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
    Marine Technology

    Toon Boom Animation Inc., Montréal, Québec
    Animation Software

  2. HSBC International Business of the Year – Large Enterprise

    Evans Consoles Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
    Control Room Console and Technical Furniture Solutions

    Forensic Technology WAI Inc, Montréal, Québec
    Ballistics and Firearms Identification Technologies

    Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., Richmond, British Columbia
    Children’s Furniture

  3. Leadership in International Trade - Asia-Pacific

    B+H Architects, Toronto, Ontario
    Architecture and Interior Design

    BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia
    Water Treatment Technologies

    Pacific Prince Investments Inc. (SPF Pre-Cut Lumber), Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
    Canadian Wood Products

  4. Leadership in International Trade - Latin America

    Bassett & Walker International, Inc., Toronto, Ontario
    Agricultural Commodities

    Energold Drilling Corp., Vancouver, British Columbia
    Mineral Exploration

    Groupe Fordia Inc., Montréal, Québec
    Mineral Exploration

Finalists were selected by a judging committee drawn from Canadian Business magazine, The Globe and Mail Report on Business, Import Export Canada, Economist Intelligence Unit, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. PricewaterhouseCoopers has performed due diligence on all the finalists.

All applicants must be: majority Canadian owned (50.1 per cent); headquartered in Canada; generate at least 10 per cent of their revenue from activities outside of Canada; and have had minimum sales of C$2.5 million for each of the last two fiscal years.