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TORONTO, Ontario - Trimark Sportswear Group of Richmond Hill, ON., announced today that President and COO Will Andrew has been recognized as one of Canada's emerging leaders. Mr. Andrew has recently been selected as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40™ for 2009.

Since 2005, Mr. Andrew has launched Trimark Sportswear Group into a leadership position in the Canadian Apparel industry. His vision helped to develop a new customer-centric mission and the campaign 'A Brand New Generation', that consisted of new product categories and new brands. Sales grew exponentially as customers responded.

"I am grateful for this honour, and I am fully aware that our success has been a team effort and that this recognition is shared with our entire team and those that I have worked with in previous businesses," explains Mr. Andrew. "Canada's Top 40 Under 40™ is truly recognizing the dedication of our team in Richmond Hill, the incredible commitment and hard work by our vendors in Asia and throughout the world, and of course the loyalty of our customers and distributors, large and small, across Canada and the USA."

Under Will's leadership Trimark has enhanced its service levels, sales strategies and marketing direction. Mr. Andrew has played a critical role in revitalizing and recruiting top leadership talent across the organization.

In October 2006 Andrew founded Elevate Sport Inc. and led a winning bid for the activewear, and later, headwear licenses for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Through Elevate's Olympic revenues Mr. Andrew led a charge to enhance the lives of employees in their factories by establishing new social compliance standards and educating the plant management.

In addition to Will's achievements in the Canadian apparel industry, Will is also actively involved in the local community and has been associated with Camp Oochigeas, (a privately funded, volunteer-based organization for kids with cancer) since 1989. Mr. Andrew is also involved in the development of emerging entrepreneurs, and is on the Toronto Board of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) leading Accelerator (a program to assist emerging entrepreneurs).

Will graduated from Queen's University with a B.SC and has run three marathons and a Half Ironman, while balancing a busy home with his wife Heather and their two children.

 
 

Established in 1975 in Markham Ontario, Trimark Sportswear Group is a leader in the logo apparel market in Canada, with in-stock collections for brand extensions, promotional, incentive and uniform use. In 2006, Mr. Andrew and Mr. Milne, CEO and previous Canada's Top 40 Under 40™ recipient, founded Elevate Sport Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary. The company continues to expand its markets to team wear, university and resort markets.

 

Canada's Top 40 Under 40™ is a prestigious national award program, which annually honours 40 Canadians in the private, public and not-for-profi t sectors under the age of 40. The program, now in its 15th year is managed by founding sponsor, The Caldwell Partners International. In addition to The Caldwell Partners, national sponsors include Deloitte, National Bank Financial, The Globe and Mail, and WestJet.

The Top 40 were selected from over 1,200 nominees by an independent Advisory Board of 25 business leaders from across Canada. Honourees were chosen on fi ve key criteria, including: vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; impact; strategy for growth/development; and community involvement.

The program is designed to promote mentorship and professional development by introducing these leaders to the established business community and by promoting them as role models for young Canadians. By building awareness and support across Canada for these outstanding individuals, this program serves an example of national unity.