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Thomson NETg Announces 2006 Illuminati Award Winners


World’s Leading ’KnowledgeNow’ Programs Recognized for Excellence in Enterprise Learning

Scottsdale, AZ, 04/19/2006, Thomson NETg, a worldwide leader in corporate blended learning solutions and a part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), is pleased to announce the winners of its fourth annual Illuminati Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that achieved measurable success through innovative and effective employee training and development programs during the last year.

The winners were announced at a gala awards banquet during Thomson NETg’s annual user conference, NETglobal 2006, at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Candidates entered submissions in six different categories and were judged on their ability to identify business needs, demonstrate measurable outcomes and deploy an employee training and development program that supports organizational objectives.

The winners of the 2006 Illuminati Awards are:

• Best Leadership Development Program – Greg Miller, Alliance Data

• Best Marketing Program for Learning – Annette Brown, Luxottica Retail

• Most Innovative Learning Program – Judy Benavides, SYSCO

• Best Overall Blended Learning Program – Louise Galbraith, HSBC Bank

• Best Measurement Program for Learning – Duane De Jager, TELUS Communications

• Learning Leader of the Year – Keith Bridges, PhD. CPT, EDS

The selection committee, chaired by Thomson NETg Chief Learning Officer Dr. James L’Allier, included several other internal judges as well as the following industry experts:

• Brenda Sugrue, American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)

• Josh Bersin, Bersin & Associates

• Colleen Fuhs, Northwest Airlines and 2004 Illuminati Learning Leader of the Year

• Norm Kamikow, Chief Learning Officer Magazine

• Rich Hoeg, Honeywell

• Josh Blair, TELUS Communications

"We’re proud to be able to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of these learning leaders,” said Clint Everton, interim president of Thomson NETg. “Their achievements in enterprise learning offer guidance and inspiration to all of us focused on helping increase organizational competitiveness by improving individual performance.”

NETglobal is an annual Thomson NETg client event that brings together hundreds of senior executives, decision-makers and business leaders for three days of learning, sharing of ideas, inspiration and networking. The Illuminati Awards, conceived by Thomson NETg to honor excellence in enterprise learning among thousands of clients worldwide, will be featured again next year during NETglobal 2007 at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort in Florida, April18-20, 2007.

For more information on this program, or to inquire about future submissions, please visit

About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson NETg

The Thomson Corporation ( is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. The 2004 revenues are $8.10 billion, and operational headquarters are in Stamford, Connecticut. Thomson has approximately 38,000 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation’s common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

Thomson NETg ( delivers powerful knowledge on demand to the global enterprise, helping to align people, processes and priorities at increasingly high levels. Its breadth and flexibility of knowledge resources, together with more than 35 years of enterprise empowerment experience, helps organizations of all sizes to successfully manage change, transform operations and exceed bottom-line expectations. Thomson NETg: Knowledge Now.


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