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EMDA Announces Winners of the 2012 EMDA Awards

June 25, 2012  
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The first industry awards recognizing exempt market business leaders in Canada

Toronto, June 25, 2012 – The inaugural celebration of the EMDA Awards - Exempt Market Deals of the Year is going to take place on June 26th, and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada (EMDA) is delighted to announce the winners. The 2012 EMDA Awardsare the first industry awards for EMDs and promote best practices and high standards of conduct in the exempt market.

Geoffrey Ritchie, EMDA Executive Director notes: "We are very pleased with the positive response we have received from industry about these new awards and we thank all the nominees for their hard work and contributions. In 2011, more than $140 billion of capital was raised in the exempt market across Canada and the EMDA is proud to start recognizing and celebrating some of the leaders driving the success of the exempt market. Capital raised in the exempt market helps finance and develop some of the most critical and entrepreneurial industries across Canada and is an important contributor to creating jobs and wealth for Canadians. This year is the beginning of an annual celebration of excellence and leadership in Canada’s exempt market.”


The nominees were evaluated based on their contribution to the deal, their vision, industry leadership, market innovation, impact, and the benefits of the deal for the issuer and for investors. The award selection committee was comprised of independent members of the EMDA Board of Directors. The winners will be officially recognized at a reception following the 2012 EMDA Exempt Market Conference at the National Club in Toronto on June 26, 2012.


Bloom Burton & Co.
Healthcare Deal of the Year
YM Biosciences Inc. financing syndicate

IBK Capital Corp
Mining Deal of the Year
Financing acquisition for Noble Mineral Exploration Inc. and establishing partnership with Franco-Nevada

Crosbie & Company Inc.
Financial Industry Deal of the Year
Desjardins Credit Union merger with Meridian Credit Union

Loewen & Partners Inc.
Family Business & Growth Capital Deal of the Year
Sale of a significant investment in Bermingham Construction Ltd. to Soletanche Freyssinet, a VINCI group company.

Precipice Capital
Private Equity Deal of the Year
Acquisition of U.S. owned service vessel fleet in Atlantic Canada

Walton International Group Inc.
Real Estate Deal of the Year
Walton DC Land Limited Partnership – syndication of U.S. land assets

Petrocapita Oil and Gas LP
Oil and Gas Deal of the Year
Commodity linked investment fund

About EMDA Awards - Exempt Market Deals of the Year
The EMDA’s Exempt Market Deals of the Year are the national awards for exempt market industry deals. These first industry awards for the exempt market encourage best practices, high standards of conduct and recognize exempt market business leaders who are helping build a vibrant and successful exempt capital market across Canada. For more information please visit our website:

About the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada
The Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada (EMDA) is a not-for-profit industry association that brings together exempt market dealers, exempt market product issuers, and professional advisers to the exempt market. The EMDA’s primary focus is being an effective national industry voice for exempt market dealers to securities regulators, government, and the capital markets. The EMDA provides many valuable services and benefits to its members, including: customized insurance programs for EMDs, regulatory and compliance resources, opportunities for professional development and continuing education, and access to a network of EMDs and exempt market professionals from coast to coast. For more information please visit our website: