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Cantest, BC’s leading independent analytical laboratory, becomes Maxxam

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MISSISSAUGA, ON, and BURNABY, BC, April 1, 2010 – On April 1, 2010, Cantest Ltd., BC’s leading environmental, food and pharmaceutical laboratory, will officially change its name to Maxxam Analytics.

The name change is the final step in a process that began with Maxxam’s acquisition of Cantest in 2009. The two companies have been integrating their operations, systems and services over the past months, focusing on creating a seamless transition experience for customers.

“The goal of this acquisition has always been to create a growth platform in British Columbia”, explains Maxxam President & CEO Jon Hantho. “We strongly believe in the importance of providing our clients with a complete service offering and a strong presence in the marketplace. I am also excited about the opportunities the merger of the two companies creates for our employees in BC.”

Maxxam Analytics International Corporation – an OMERS Private Equity portfolio company – acquired Burnaby, BC-based CANTEST Ltd., including its laboratory locations in Victoria and Winnipeg, in October 2009.

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About Maxxam

Maxxam Analytics is Canada’s largest independent analytical laboratory services company, with expertise in environmental laboratory services, petroleum services, food safety and sciences, and pharmaceutical, forensic and DNA services. The company has approximately 1,800 employees and operates at 30 laboratory and service centre locations. Website: www.maxxam.ca

OMERS Private Equity manages the private equity activities of OMERS and today has in excess of $4 billion of investments under management. OMERS Private Equity investment strategy includes the active ownership of businesses in North America and Europe. Website: www.omerspe.com.

OMERS is one of Canada’s largest pension plans, with more than $43 billion in assets invested around the globe in publicly traded investments, real estate, infrastructure and private equity. It provides retirement benefits to over 390,000 current and former employees of more than 900 municipal governments, school boards, libraries, police and fire departments, children’s aid societies, and other local agencies throughout Ontario. Website: www.omers.com.



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Donna Garbutt, M.B.A. Chief Executive Officer Maxxam is the Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies – a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees. Our annual Corporate Responsibility Report outlines our efforts to continually improve our business performance and practices. Its publication is an industry first and an integral part of our commitment to success with responsibility. LinkedIn
Maxxam Analytics Maxxam is the Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies – a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees. Our annual Corporate Responsibility Report outlines our efforts to continually improve our business performance and practices. Its publication is an industry first and an integral part of our commitment to success with responsibility.
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