News Release

Cisco Systems Canada Announces 2004 Channel Partner Award Winners

TELUS takes top honours as Global Innovation Partner of the Year;
Fifteen Canadian Channel Partners recognized
Apr 06, 2005

CISCO PARTNER SUMMIT 2005, VANCOUVER, April 6, 2005 - In an effort to highlight its top channel partners, Cisco Systems Canada, recognized fifteen Canadian partners as its 2004 annual Channel Partner award winners. TELUS also received top honours as Cisco's Global Innovation Partner of the Year Award.

"Our channel partners are an extension of our sales force and we want to recognize and reward our top performers," said Steve Simmons, vice-president, Canadian Channel and Commercial Operations at Cisco Systems Canada. "Our Canadian award winners have all demonstrated the ability to develop innovative solutions and execute with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. I am delighted to present these organizations as the winners of the 2004 Cisco Channel Awards, and I am especially delighted that Canada can claim Cisco's Global Innovation Partner of the Year in TELUS."

Cisco Systems Canada recognized the top national and regional channel partners in the following categories: Top Customer Satisfaction, Advanced Technology Solutions Success, Commercial Success of the Year and Partner Innovation.

The 2004 Cisco Canada Channel Partner Award winners are:

Global Partner Innovation of the Year TELUS
Canadian Partner of the Year TELUS
Top Customer Satisfaction - National AVANCE Network Services
Top Customer Satisfaction - National The RAM Group
Top Customer Satisfaction - National Getronics Canada
Partner Innovation - National TELUS
Partner Innovation - National Hewlett-Packard (Canada)
Partner Innovation - National Ingram Micro Canada
Advanced Technology Success - National IBM Canada
Advanced Technology Solution - Western Region TELUS
Advanced Technology Solution - Central Region Intesys Network Communications
Advanced Technology Solution - Eastern Region Bell Canada
Commercial Success of the Year - National Tech Data
Commercial Success of the Year - Western Region Long View Systems
Commercial Success of the Year - Central Region Unis Lumin
Commercial Success of the Year - Eastern Region NexInnovations

The Cisco Global Awards are conferred to partners who meet a specific set of requirements, which are designed to identify the best channel partner in each category. Cisco has also built a formalized nomination and selection process that begins with each sales theater identifying and nominating a channel partner for each category. These nominations are reviewed and a collective group that includes Cisco worldwide channels and theater channel executives makes final selections. All of the global and theater Partner of the Year awards are in compliance with the requirements of the Cisco Channel Partner Program and customer satisfaction as its foundational criterion. The Cisco Canada Awards are also based on a specific set of requirements, and are reviewed, evaluated and selected by the Cisco Canada executive team.

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