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December 1, 2003
Zenon honoured as leading exporter, completes second volunteer water project
OAKVILLE, ONT--Zenon Environmental last week received the prestigious Canada Export Award from International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew during an awards ceremony held in association with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters trade conference in Toronto. The awards honour outstanding export performance by Canadian businesses. Zenon was one of 12 recipients selected from a total of 130 nominees and was also recognized as the 2002 Exporter of the Year. "Our success is built on our ability to continue to innovate and create new technologies for improved water treatment," said Zenon chairman and CEO Andrew Benedek. Since its inception, Zenon's technologies have grown to be recognized in all continents around the world, and its revenues have grown correspondingly, from $84 million in 2000 to $146 million in 2002. The company also recently marked the completion of a second project under its "Water for Humanity" initiative, hosting a reception to thank all those who volunteered their time and/or resources to help build and send a drinking water system to a community in Hue City, in the People's Republic of Vietnam. The first project was the donation of a drinking water system to Bear Island, a First Nations community in Temagami, Ontario where parasite contamination in their source water had been a continuing problem. Zenon employees launched the program in 1999 as part of their commitment to support the world's need for clean, safe water in regions that cannot supply water for themselves.