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Bluedrop Announces Emad Rizkalla Named Ernst & Young Atlantic Canadian Information Technology Entrepreneur of the Year

Posted Friday, October 26, 2012

Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc.  BPL
10/25/2012 6:47:00 PM
Bluedrop Announces Emad Rizkalla Named Ernst & Young Atlantic Canadian Information Technology Entrepreneur of the Year

Bluedrop Performance Learning's (TSX-V: BPL) President and CEO, Emad Rizkalla, was named Ernst &Young Information Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Atlantic region at this year's awards gala in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Rizkalla was recognized for his vision in building Bluedrop Performance Learning into a global leader in workplace learning. Bluedrop has two lines of business: Defence & Aerospace, which provides state-of-the-art training to military and civilian personnel; and, Bluedrop's cloud-based learning for the workplace. CoursePark provides access to over 5000 business courses in a collaborative environment where members share, connect and learn from each other. CoursePark was recently selected by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) as the learning delivery tool for business skills training to an estimated 3,400 women in Chile and Peru.

"It's an honor to be recognized alongside the talented entrepreneurs who were nominated for the award," said Emad Rizkalla. "Receiving this award acknowledges the hard work that our team has put into growing Bluedrop and moving us into position as the leader in workplace eLearning. Entrepreneurs need vision, but in order to be successful, that vision must be shared by your entire team. I am fortunate to have such an environment and team at Bluedrop," Rizkalla added.

Rizkalla co-founded his first business in 1992 as a young engineering graduate that eventually became Bluedrop. In January, 2012, the company completed a reverse takeover of Serebra Learning Corporation in Vancouver and started trading on the TSX Venture Exchange as Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (BPL).

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs in Canada and around the world. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award winners are chosen based on a number of factors, including their vision, leadership, financial performance and social responsibility.


About Bluedrop

Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in effective workplace learning for individuals, corporations, the military and the public sector. Bluedrop transforms workplace learning globally. Through the development and implementation of pragmatic learning technologies and content, Bluedrop improves opportunities for individuals and the overall performance of organizations.

CoursePark® is Bluedrop's cloud-based learning management solution for enterprise and individual learning and contains over 5000 third party online courses from the world's leading publishers and the expert down the street. The CoursePark platform launched in 2011 and is growing quickly with registered users in 100 countries. Bluedrop is also a recognized leader in producing mission critical training solutions for Defence and Aerospace, and provides custom online courseware, virtual training devices and virtual reality simulation for international military and commercial aviation clients. Founded in 1992, Bluedrop has over 120 employees and is headquartered in St. John's, NL, with 5 additional offices in Canada and one in the US.

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