April 25 2002     For release at 1 p.m. EST:

Executive Auction nets over $15,000
High tech leaders support their favourite charities, bids go completely to charity.

OTTAWA (Silicon Valley North), CANADA, April 25th 2002     With $10,287 in winning bids received, 18 Ottawa charities are excited by the support of their community. Each executive received a minimum of a $200 bid, with the highest bid placed on JDS Uniphase CEO Dr. Jozef Straus, at $3,000. He chose to be on auction for CHEO.

Even the low bids are important, for it is a needed donation to charity and a sign that someone is meeting someone, which can be very helpful to community development. Who knows what might follow from these meetings?

The auction supported fine charities, including the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Big Sisters and Big Brothers of Ottawa, the Salvation Army, the Make a Wish Foundation, the NAC, and the United Way, each selected by the executive volunteering to be on auction for them.

The Ottawa Humane Society was one of the big winners.

At the April 18th press conference for Executives on Auction, Guardian Capital Advisors Inc. Senior Vice President Graham Mayes, on auction for the Ottawa Humane Society, met their representative and helped them secure a $5000 donation from an anonymous private foundation for their new early Youth intervention program.

In the words of Graham Mayes; "Our world is far from a perfect place and it is my belief that we have to take the time to replenish humanity and that those in positions of leadership should be emphasizing positive citizenship traits, especially today. The world is in need of positive mentorship. Charity should mean more than a tax receipt, it is a chance to restoke the foundations of mankind and build your soul."

"When we first heard about the Executive Auction and Mr. Mayes' participation for us, we were thrilled to be included. You can imagine how happy everyone at the Ottawa Humane Society is to have so much new support generated for our work with children and animals."   Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society

Compassion in Action, a charity helping the nearly 50,000 people in Ottawa with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, raised over $1700 through its executives on auction.

The Ottawa Food Bank raised over $1,000 dollars from the auction of one of its former Directors, Michael Gerrior, Business Law Practice Leader at Perley Robertson, Hill & McDougall, while the Youville Centre raised nearly $1000.

The last day of the auction added over $3000 to the total bids

Over $1000 in bids came in during the last two minutes of bidding. Several executives had bidding wars activated by use of the automatic counter-bidding tool provided by Cutebid.com. While it was all for charity, the competition was intense!  Although we received a few thousand dollars in late offers to exceed the winning bids, we encourage bidders to join the next auction in June.

The over $15,000 dollars raised through bids in the auction and the associated donation involved nearly 25 executives and media personalities, each who will meet their winning bidder at one of the donated venues at a mutually convenient time. The venues include the Canadian Golf and Country Club, the National Arts Centre, Ottawa Senators games, and kayaking courtesy of H2O Adventures.

The auction included some of the best known executives in Ottawa, with other high bids received for Shirley Westeinde, Senior Vice President of the Westeinde Construction Group, Coralie Lalonde, CEO of Katsura Investments, and Antoine Paquin, high tech entrepreneur.

In the words of Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA Alliance) President John Reid  "Leadership in the high tech world is shown in many ways; leaders create new technologies, achieve world class enterprise status, build high performance work teams and set a role models for future leaders. CATAAlliance has encouraged its leaders to set a community example of participation in worthy charities. Many have met the challenge and we encourage them to do more in helping build our prosperous city."

Executives on Auction thanks the many sponsors, proudly displayed on the site, who have made all of this possible. Their contributions allow the winning bids to go completely to the charities.

Notes from the executives and the charities:

It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to help a great cause and have some fun in the process. JDS Uniphase cares about the community in which its employees live and work. As such, we are delighted to continue our support of CHEO through the Executives on Auction initiative.
       Jozef Straus, Co-chairman, President and CEO, JDS Uniphase Corporation

... the Youville Centre
"Youville is an innovative Centre that motivates, educates and nurtures young mothers and their children to become contributing members of society."
         Sister Maco, Youville Centre

"Youville Centre provides a nurturing environment for young single parents and their children. The Centre’s comprehensive program offers the young parent a combination of education, support programs and life skills that help enable them to realize their potential, as well as become a better parent and contributor within our community. Additionally, the lives of their children are enriched with love, stability and positive role models. I am proud to support Youville Centre. This investment in our youth is an investment in the future that benefits us all."
       Antoine Paquin

... the United Way
"We are grateful to Peter Eddison for designating United Way/Centraide Ottawa as the beneficiary of this initiative", says Michael Allen, President and Executive Director of United Way/Centraide Ottawa.

... Big Sisters and Big Brothers Ottawa
"We look forward with anticipation to the successful bid for Tropic Networks' CEO Kevin Rankin, and are delighted that he has named Big Sisters Big Brothers Ottawa as his charity of choice. By doing so, he is telling all our Big Sisters and Big Brothers, that they continue to do a great job."
       Andrew Moody, President, Big Sisters and Big Brothers Ottawa

... Compassion in Action
"I am very pleased to be supporting Compassion in Action because it provides the hundreds of thousands of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatique Syndrome sufferers in Canada with concrete and practical information on how to understand and cope with these disorders."
       Coralie Lalonde, CEO, Katsura Investments

... The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
"The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa strengthens the Ottawa community by helping over 7,000 kids each year. Your support through the auction means much-needed dollars will go directly to reaching more kids who need us."

... LiveWorkPlay
"It is only fitting that Cyndi Edwards and Colin Trethewey will be on the auction block on our behalf, given that both of them are longtime volunteers with the organization, they know exactly how these funds go to support people in need in the Ottawa community," said Julie Kingstone, cofounder of the LiveWorkPlay organization, which benefits people with developmental disabilities.

...and the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is honoured to be named a recipient charity. All proceeds received will go to support our many social service programs in Ottawa, and will help meet the needs of so many in our community.

Auction organiser John Ernst is pleased to welcome more charities to share the auction, and will be working with them and others to build the auction into a community resource. "We seek to provide a new quality networking opportunity that benefits charities, and will be working with other regions to expand the executive-level networking opportunities that benefit charities.   We have a fine group of sponsors making this possible."

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