Webnames.ca management named finalists in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards

Vancouver, BC, July 8, 2005 - Webnames.ca Inc. (www.webnames.ca) is pleased to announce today that their management team - John Demco, Matthew Lane, Cybele Negris, and Stephen Smith - have been selected as finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 Pacific awards. Webnames.ca is one of three finalists chosen in the Information Technology category.

From an impressive list of nominees, 26 best-in-class entrepreneurs-chosen for their business leadership skills, determination and vision-have been selected as Pacific region finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 awards.

"Entrepreneurs are ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things. As innovators, risk takers and discoverers, the entrepreneurs of British Columbia see opportunities and turn them into success stories, and in the process help build and strengthen our economy-which benefits us all," says Fred Withers, director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program for the Pacific region. "We are proud to give tribute to, and recognize the contributions made in B.C. by, our entrepreneurs," he says.

Canada's most prestigious business awards program is now in its 12th year. The program considers nominees in a number of business categories before selecting finalists.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 Pacific awards will be presented on October 3, 2005 at the annual gala celebration at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. One recipient from the seven categories will be honoured with the title of Entrepreneur Of The Year. The Entrepreneur Of The Year for the region will then go on to compete against the other regions for the title of Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year, and the winner of that will compete against more than 35 country recipients for the title of World Entrepreneur of the Year.

"We are extremely honoured to be chosen as finalists for the prestigious award," said Stephen Smith, Co-founder and CEO. Cybele Negris, Co-founder and COO also comments, "It has been a lot of hard work to get to where we are and our success could not have been achieved without the amazing team of staff we have built. Our customers tell us every day how happy they are and it’s nice to get some public recognition as well. We’d also like to congratulate our fellow finalists on their nominations and success."

About Webnames.ca Inc.

Webnames.ca Inc. (www.webnames.ca) is 100 per cent Canadian owned and are a spin-off from the internet pioneers who founded the .CA domain in 1987 and managed the .CA registry from their offices at the University of British Columbia. Our experience and reliability are complemented by state-of-the-art online systems and services which allow you to get the most out of your internet presence.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program was founded by Ernst & Young to celebrate great entrepreneurs and heighten awareness of the economic impact of entrepreneurial ventures. The program is nationally sponsored by Global Television Network, National Post, La Presse, RDI and Roynat Capital. To learn more about the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 awards, visit www.eoy.ca.


Rob Lewis
Webnames.ca Inc.
604-633-3097 ext. 155

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