Press release: Prizes awarded to Top 25 Quebec B2C Web sites

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Added on 22 April 2004 in Press releases

Press release

Prizes awarded to Top 25
Quebec B2C Web sites

Montreal, April 23, 2004 - SECOR Consulting, CONCEPT S2i and the Electronic Commerce Institute, a service branch of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, are pleased to announce the results of the Indice Internet Secor-Commerce 2004. This listing of the 25 best B2C (business-to-consumer) sites appears today in the May 2004 edition of Revue Commerce. In its third edition, the Indice Internet Secor-Commerce is increasingly becoming the e-business benchmark for large Commerce 500 companies.

The prizes were awarded this morning at a breakfast organized at the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel by the two firms behind this 2004 Index, SECOR Consulting and CONCEPT S2i, and by the Electronic Commerce Institute.

The top five winners received an award of excellence before an audience of over 100 decision makers and leaders of Quebec 's largest companies. The five best promotional and transactional B2C Web sites in Quebec for 2004 are :

1 – desjardins.com (Mouvement Desjardins);

2 – desjardinssecuritefinanciere.com (Desjardins Securité Financière);

3 – rona.ca (Rona);

4 – bell.ca ( Bell Canada ); and

5 – aircanada.ca (Air Canada ).

Desjardins kept its lead while a member of the Desjardins Group came in second. Two 2003 champions, rona.ca and bell.ca, remained in the top five, and aircanada.ca made it in for the first time.

Strategy consulting firm SECOR Consulting, and CONCEPT S2i, a Quebec leader in the design and development of Web business solutions, created this evaluation tool based on criteria that change each year to take into account new market trends. The Indice Secor-Commerce measures the performance of Web sites geared to consumers according to two main components: the creation of value and the Web experience. For more information on this Index, the awarding of prizes and partners of the event, consult the Index's Web site at www.indice-secor-commerce.com.

Abo ut the Electronic Commerce Institute,
a service branch of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The mission of the Electronic Commerce Institute, a service branch of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, is to promote, support and accelerate the use of electronic business by companies and organizations. A partner and first-class resource, the Institute works directly with companies to facilitate the integration of e-business through the acquisition of strategic, tactical and technological knowledge. Companies are then better able to realize their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

Abo ut SECOR Consulting
SECOR Consulting is Canada 's leading independent strategy consulting firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Paris. Since its inception in 1975, SECOR Consulting has won acclaim for its unique ability to guide executive teams to new summits of profitability through strategic leadership initiatives.

Abo ut CONCEPT S2i
CONCEPT S2i is a leader in the development of Web business solutions in Quebec. CONCEPT S2i consultants have been helping businesses with strategic positioning and the creation, development, marketing and evolution of e-business solutions since 1995. CONCEPT S2i's unique approach revolves around its integrated vision of the Web and its ability to define innovative concepts and solutions to enhance business processes and offer a real return on investment.

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For information:

Sylvie Paquette
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
(514) 871-4001, ext. 4015

Oona Stock
SECOR Conseil
(514) 861-9031

Ramona Lim
CONCEPT S2i
(514) 866-0995, ext. 222