Webnames.ca acquires award winning custom software development company RIPE B2B Inc.

Vancouver, BC, October 5, 2009 - Webnames.ca Inc. (www.webnames.ca) announced today that it has acquired RIPE B2B Inc., an award winning custom software development company which was one of Business in Vancouver’s Fastest-Growing Technology Companies as well as PROFT 100 Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

The acquisition is part of Webnames.ca’s continuing strategy to offer clients a full service offering that extends beyond provisioning of domain names, hosting and related internet products.

“Webnames.ca’s customers want their online presence to be as effective as possible”, says Webnames.ca President Stephen Smith.  “The acquisition of RIPE will enable us to offer our customers application development services that support their business objectives and opens the door for other services including web development, search engine optimization and social media services.”

RIPE President Matthew Lane agrees. “The acquisition is a natural culmination of a long and close working relationship between the two companies. Webnames.ca and RIPE have long worked side by side, often sharing common clients. The complimentary services and business models of the companies are a natural fit and by formally bringing the two companies together, we will create efficiencies, savings and a unified environment that will benefit clients and facilitate additional growth.”

“This is a very exciting time for Webnames.ca” says Stephen Smith. “We have built our company on a strong reputation for integrity, unparallel service and the quality of our systems.  We are positioning ourselves for further expansion and the introduction of new products and services. The acquisition of this proven and experienced development team is an important part of our strategy and long term goals.”

About Webnames.ca

Webnames.ca Inc. is Canada's original and most experienced domain registrar. A spin-off from the Internet pioneers who founded the .CA domain in 1987, Webnames.ca is 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated. In addition to domain registration and corporate domain name management, Webnames.ca offers a growing list of Internet services. Webnames.ca's reliability is complemented by advanced systems and online tools which help customers get the most from their Internet presence.
For more information, visit www.webnames.ca.

About RIPE

RIPE B2B Inc is a Microsoft Certified applications development company based in Vancouver, Canada. Established in 1999, its full service team designs and develops custom web-based software for business to business and business to consumer markets using predominantly Microsoft technologies. The systems built by RIPE have securely transacted $400 million, report $2 billion in annual sales and deliver 6 million processed web pages to 50,000 registered users every month. RIPE has been recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies by Profit Magazine and Business in Vancouver. For more information, visit www.ripe.ca.

Media Contact
Julianna Horvat
Marketing and Communications
Webnames.ca Inc.
604-633-3097 ext. 148

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