GS1 Canada Wins 2006 Gold Award of Excellence at 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards GS1 Canada Wins 2006 Gold Award of Excellence at 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards
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GS1 Canada Wins 2006 Gold Award of Excellence at 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards
-- Canada’s most prestigious and longest-running IT awards program recognizes Canadian organizations for their innovative use of technology --

TORONTO, ON, November 2, 2006
  – GS1 Canada, the national experts in collaborative commerce and global supply chain standards, has been honoured with the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Gold Award of Excellence, in the Organizational Transformation, Not for Profit category.

GS1 Canada is honoured to be awarded the CIPA Gold Award of Excellence for the development of ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry. ECCnet Registry provides data synchronization – the process of sending, receiving, and updating data between multiple systems – whereby companies can enhance their competitive position and profitability.

“Recognition in the Organizational Transformation category is particularly gratifying as ECCnet Registry, our submission, has truly transformed the way Canadian businesses have evolved in their capabilities and processes with the effective integration of this solution,” said Art Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada. This award is a tribute not only to GS1 Canada but also to the Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors (CCGD), and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) – the primary associations that were critical in the creation of ECCnet Registry and, with their support, set an example for other associations to follow suit. We started out to make a difference and we improved the productivity of thousands of companies, representing annual sales of $60 billion within the Canadian economy, who use ECCnet Registry.”

The awards ceremony, held at the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) Gala Banquet on November 1, 2006, is a celebration of IT and innovation implementation excellence in public, and private organizations of all sizes and types across Canada. The CIPA mission is to find visionary organizations that have developed innovative results-based technology solutions in the areas of environment-focused solutions, efficiency and operational improvements, customer care, and organizational transformation. A CIPA award constitutes the highest form of recognition for the capabilities of an organization and its executives.

“CIPA is pleased to acknowledge GS1 Canada’s accomplishment,” said Norm Kirkpatrick, President and CEO, CIPA. “GS1 Canada has established that ECCnet Registry reduces supply chain costs by maintaining accurate, synchronized product data in one central location, thereby benefiting supply chain efficiency.”

About ECCnet Registry
ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, is an online, standardized registry containing detailed product information to allow synchronized and electronic data exchange between trading partners. From the consumer unit all the way to pallet configuration, ECCnet Registry permits suppliers to maintain accurate product information in one central registry. Product listing through ECCnet Registry is already a standard term and condition of trade in the Canadian grocery, pharmacy and foodservice sectors.

ECCnet Registry creates a level playing field where all suppliers, from the smallest to the largest, have equal opportunity to make their product information available to the trading community. Similarly, retailers and distributors, regardless of size, will gain access to a range of products, limited only by which suppliers choose to participate in the registry.

About GS1 Canada
GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication, such as bar code issuance and maintenance. GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique company prefixes in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally. It provides a range of educational opportunities, maintains ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, and offers one-stop access to product images and dimensional data. As technologies like Electronic Product Code™/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID) continue to drive the e-commerce revolution, GS1 Canada will provide the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies can participate competitively. For more information, visit

About the Canadian Information Productivity Awards
CIPA is Canada’s oldest and largest awards program in the field of information technology and the premier showcase for Canadian IT and innovation. It is supported by Managing Sponsor CGI Group Inc., and leading industry technology companies Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and CA Canada, as well as: IDC Canada, research partner; Rogers Communications Inc., IT World Canada and High Road Communications, media partners, and allied technology associations CATA, CHITTA, CIPS, COACH, CME, FiQ and ITAC.

The mission of CIPA is to recognize and celebrate excellence that fosters innovation and enhanced global competitiveness in Canada. This is achieved through recognizing organizations that have
successfully developed and implemented innovative IT-based projects in the areas of customer care, operations and efficiency, organizational transformation and exceptional innovation that achieve significant productivity gains for their organizations.

Winners of the annual competition gain national and international recognition at the CIPA Gala Banquet in November, through extensive media exposure, and on

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For more information, contact:
Noreen Awan
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125

Lawrence Moule
Director of Communications
Canadian Information Productivity Awards

Coralie Olson
High Road Communications