CDN – Computer Dealer News will once again showcase the best solutions and the best solution providers the Canadian IT industry has to offer at the Channel Elite Awards(CEA).

This year, to optimize the strengths of the channel, CEA will reward the teams behind the great solutions in enterprise,

SMB and e-commerce. In the past, a panel of judges honoured the achievements of individual IT channel professionals. While this method was successful in recognizing innovators such as Carlos Paz Solidan of Tenet Computer Group and David MacDonald of SoftChoice, it did not always represent all the facets that go into a business problem-solving solution.

The 2005 CEA awards will be presented to the most creative solution providers in Canada last year. Solutions must have been completed by December 31, 2004. Solution providers can submit nominations in the following categories:

Solution Provider of the Year

Best Enterprise Solution

Best SMB Solution

Best Service Organization

Best E-Solution

System Builder of the Year

Best Channel Marketing Initiative

Channel professionals, vendors and distributors have until June 30 to nominate solution providers they believe deserves recognition for a job well done. An independent panel of judges will review the nominees and select the winners in each category.

Who is eligible to win? Any IT channel organization operating in Canada, including resellers, system integrators, IT consultants and service companies. While vendors, customers and distributors can’t be nominated for the CEA, they are welcome to nominate individuals.

Value-added content

The CEA is a not just an award ceremony. It is a whole program designed to recognize achievement in the channel. Some of the benefits are:

NATIONAL coverage in Computing Canada, serving 35,000 C-level and IT executives in Canada

NATIONAL coverage in Direction Informatique (DI), serving Canada’s French language IT professionals

NATIONAL coverage in Computer Dealer News (CDN), Canada’s #1 publication for IT Solution Providers

One year’s inclusion on the IT Business CEA micro site

Recognition at the Channel Elite Awards (CEA’s) event on September 14th, 2005, including follow up press coverage

Two free tickets to the event

The use of the CEA “Seal of Excellence” on all promotional and advertising material

To submit a nomination, visit www.itbusiness.ca/cea to see criteria and a nomination form. Nominations can also be submitted via e-mail to cea@itbusiness.ca.

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