Health Advocate, Inc. Makes Donation to Operation Smile

Health Advocate, Inc. Makes Donation to Operation Smile

Plymouth Meeting, PA (PRWEB) August 22, 2011

Health Advocate, Inc., the nation’s leading healthcare assistance and advocacy company, made a $ 600 donation to Operation Smile, an organization whose cause is to help children with congenital facial deformities such as cleft lip or cleft palate. Money for the donation was raised through a corporate donation along with a “Summer Splash” dress down day, a weekday in which employees pay a dollar or more each to dress in casual clothes.

“Many kids who are affected by cleft lip or palate come from families who cannot afford expensive surgeries,” says Marty Rosen, cofounder and Executive Vice President of Health Advocate. “We’re happy to support an organization like Operation Smile that provides those surgeries, and helps change a child’s life for the better.”

“Over 200,000 children each year are born with the condition, which makes not only eating and speaking difficult, but may make them feel embarrassed, or worse, shunned,” says Lauri Catena, National Director of Operation Smile. “This generous donation from Health Advocate will help us transform the lives of children and families in need.”

Health Advocate’s 21 million members across the country, many who suffer from a variety of conditions, are helped by the company everyday to find the most convenient and affordable care. Today, the company’s donation will help two children get the surgeries they need.

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is a worldwide children’s medical charity whose network of global volunteers is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, Operation Smile has treated more than 160,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities and the organization has a presence in more than 60 countries. In addition to contributing free medical treatment, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its partner countries and donates crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.

About Health Advocate

Health Advocate™, Inc., the nation’s leading independent healthcare advocacy and assistance company, serves 21+ million Americans through more than 7,500 client relationships, including many of the nation’s largest companies, helping members personally navigate healthcare and insurance-related issues, saving time and money. Our Core Health Advocacy service is centered around our Personal Health Advocates, who assist members with a range of clinical, administrative and insurance-related issues, saving time and money. Our Core Health Advocacy service is centered around our Personal Health Advocates, who assist members with a range of clinical, administrative and insurance-related issues. Our spectrum of add-on complementary employee- and employer-based solutions include our Wellness Advocate™, Benefits Gateway and Health Information Dashboard™, EAP+Work/Life™, Chronic Care Management™ and decision support programs. The solutions are designed to lower healthcare costs, increase productivity and improve outcomes.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, Health Advocate has been recognized, for the fourth consecutive year, as one of America’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. 500, named one of the fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500™ and is rated one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work by Philadelphia magazine.

Health Advocate is not affiliated with any insurance or third party provider. Health Advocate does not replace health insurance coverage, provide medical care or recommend treatment.


Rhonda L. Lipschutz

Public Relations

Health Advocate, Inc.

Direct: 610.397.7446

Toll Free: 866.385.8033 ext. 6374



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Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Breaking the Silence, Shattering the Myths: A Community Leadership Dialogue to Launch Mental Health Awareness Month at Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc.

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2011

With one in five Americans struggling with mental illness at sometime in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the area’s oldest community mental health organizations, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, is bringing together elected officials and media with clients and healthcare, community and business leaders to have a candid discussion about the common cause of mental illness and community mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month will launch in Detroit with an unprecedented cross-sector leadership dialogue led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Detroit Central City Community Mental Health President & CEO Irva-Faber Bermudez on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

Simultaneously, a 30-second public service announcement featuring Napoloen, Faber-Bermudez, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Nancy Schlichting and Bishop Edgar L. Vann will air on several TV and cable channels. The PSA is designed to celebrate Detroit Central City’s 40 years of unwavering service, while bringing awareness and encouraging people to support community mental health and seek help for mental illness if needed. “We shouldn’t have to wait for high profile examples of mental illness, left unchecked and untreated, to have a discussion about mental health and wellness. The dialogue and campaign will bring awareness of the growing demand for mental health services, encourage people to seek help, and not feel ashamed to do so,” said Irva Faber-Bermudez.

Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, the dialogue will include discussion about healthcare and the fact that “there is no health without mental health,” said Nancy Schlichting, Detroit Central City’s 2010 mental health hero award recipient. Participants will also discuss how mental health and wellness plays a leading role in the 15 x 15 movement to bring 15,000 new residents to Midtown by 2015; how law enforcement, legislators, businesses, non-profit organizations, practitioners and healthcare officials bonds can be strengthened to positively affect mental health and wellness; how the media plays a crucial role in erasing the stigma; and how innovative collaborations are working to serve all who seek help.

Participants, to date, include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon; Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green; Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee; Judge Timothy Kenny of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court; Dr. Valerie Parisi, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine; Dr. Yvonne Anthony, Director of the City of Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion; Dr. Reginald Eadie, President of Detroit Receiving Hospital; Dr. Robert Lagrou of Henry Ford Health System; William Heaphy, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; Tamela Aikens of the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative; Giancarlo Guzman of United Way of Southeast Michigan; Bishop Edgar L. Vann of Second Ebenezer Church; Marc Scheuer, Vice President of Comerica Bank; Dr. Alireza Amirsadri, Chief of Psychiatry at Detroit Receiving Hospital; Jeff Gerritt, Editorial Writer of the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board; Jay Greene, Senior Healthcare Reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle, and many others. Ron Savage, Fox 2 Anchor and Reporter will serve as moderator.

Detroit Central City, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, thanks Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for their sponsorship and participation in this program. Detroit Central City is conveniently located at 10 Peterboro, corner of Woodward, in Detroit. Parking will be available at the Detroit Central City gated lot on Peterboro as well as the Michigan State University lot on Woodward.

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WhiteHat Inc. Establishes Cyber Security Presence in the National Capital Region;

WhiteHat Inc. Establishes Cyber Security Presence in the National Capital Region;

(PRWEB) September 29, 2002

September 26, 2002: Ottawa, ON: WhiteHat Inc., a leading Information Technology Security Provider (ITSP) today announced the opening of their Ottawa office located at 255 Albert Street in downtown Ottawa.

Rosaleen Citron, WhiteHat Inc. CEO stated, “We are pleased to establish a physical presence in the National Capital Region, with the opening of our new office. In January, WhiteHat began an ongoing venture bringing cyber security to the Ottawa classroom in partnership with Acerra. The Enhanced Reliability corporate status awarded to us by the Canadian Federal Government allows us to work effectively and meet government security requirements for sensitive projects. Ottawa businesses and all levels of Government require immediate access to certified Security Professionals, security services and education and we have assembled a superior team to serve the Ottawa business market.”

Michael Dagenais, a seasoned bilingual sales professional has been appointed to lead the Ottawa team. Michael’s background as a true “team-player” started on ice when he was drafted to the National Hockey League and played six seasons of professional hockey. In 1996 he launched his sales career with the front office of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. Michael has been in technology sales for five years working for companies including Canon and Open Text.

“Part of the WhiteHat Inc. mandate is to increase awareness amongst our clients on the process of IT Security. To fulfill that mandate it is essential to have local professionals available in the National Capital Region,” Citron added.

About WhiteHat Inc.:

WhiteHat Inc. is a leading Information Technology Security Provider (ITSP) to global Fortune 500 companies. WhiteHat employs CISSP certified, industry leading security practitioners and offers best of breed and market-leader security software and hardware products. The portfolio of security offerings includes professional security consulting services, security software and hardware products, security education and product training.

For more information on IT Security, Security Consulting Services, Security Products, Computer Forensics and Incident Response, Training and Education and Industry Trends, please call 800-561-3270 or visit the website at For information on IT Security issues, trends and solutions please visit


For further information, please contact Leanne Bucaro for WhiteHat Inc. at 1-800-561-3270 or email at

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(PRWEB) October 9, 2002



Monday, October 7, 2002

Contact:    Investor Relations                                        (No.2002-10-01)

    Phone (604) 684-2181


Vancouver, BC, October 4, 2002, –Berkshire Capital Corp. (TSX Venture – BKH) (“Berkshire”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent (the “Letter of Intent”) dated September 24, 2002, as amended, with the principal shareholder of Minaean Ventures Inc. (“Minaean”), pursuant to which Berkshire has agreed to make an offer to purchase (the “Proposed Acquisition”) all of the issued and outstanding shares of Minaean in consideration for an aggregate of 11,530,000 common shares of Berkshire at a deemed price of $ 0.25 per share.

Minaean is a private company incorporated in 2000 under the laws of British Columbia. Minaean’s core business is the development and production of the “Vesta” quick building framing system that utilizes load-bearing steel panels in place of traditional “stick build” construction methods based on wood or steel studs. Minaean has focused its initial marketing efforts in India, to penetrate its massive housing market (Business India Magazine, August 19th, 2002 issue, reports that there is a shortfall of 41 million homes in India). Although Minaean’s initial focus is India, there are plans to enter other markets including North America, Latin America, and other countries within Asia. The research and development of Minaean’s rapid construction technology processes have been completed at the company’s headquarters in Surrey, British Columbia, where mind and management are also resident.

It is anticipated that following completion of the Proposed Acquisition, the resulting issuer would be classified as a Tier 2 Industrial Issuer on the TSX Venture Exchange.

Based on management prepared financial statements as at the year ended March 31, 2002, Minaean had total assets of $ 564,000 and total liabilities of $ 111,600. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, Minaean had revenues of $ 16,771 (net loss of $ 135,789) as compared to nil (net loss of $ 13,159) for the prior fiscal year.

The Proposed Acquisition was negotiated at arm’s length between the parties and as at the date of the Letter of Intent, no directors or officers of Berkshire are also directors or officers of Minaean. The controlling shareholders of Minean are Captain Mervyn Pinto and his wife, Patricia Pinto, both of whom reside in British Columbia, and who together, directly and indirectly, own 4,435,000 common shares. Their combined shareholdings represent 38.5% of the issued and outstanding shares of Minean. The remaining 61.5% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Minean are held by approximately 33 minority shareholders.

The Letter of Intent contemplates Berkshire advancing Minaean Cdn $ 100,000 prior to the closing of the Proposed Acquisition, subject to all necessary approvals. The proceeds of this advance will be used by Minaean to further the development and marketing of Minaean’s business.

In conjunction with the Proposed Acquisition, Berkshire will be completing a private placement (the ”Private Placement”). Subject to regulatory approval, Berkshire will complete a private placement of up to 2,400,000 units at a price of $ 0.25 per unit, for maximum gross proceeds of $ 600,000. Each unit will consist of one common share and one-half of one common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant in turn will entitle the holder to purchase one additional common share of Berkshire at a price of $ 0.30 per share in the first year following issuance and at $ 0.40 per share thereafter, up to the second anniversary of the date of issuance. It is currently anticipated that the private placement will be non-brokered and that the majority of the private placement subscribers will be at arm’s length to Berkshire and Minaean.

It is anticipated that concurrent with the closing of the Proposed Acquisition and Private Placement, various seed capital shareholders of Berkshire will sell a minimum of 960,000 common shares to a company of which a director of Berkshire is a principal. The completion of the escrow share purchase and resulting transfer within escrow is subject to all necessary regulatory approvals.

A finder’s fee of up to 300,000 common shares will be issued in conjunction with the Proposed Acquisition to Dr. Rakesh Shankar, an arm’s length party, subject to regulatory approval and an applicable prospectus exemption.

Berkshire also intends to adopt a stock option plan permitting the granting of incentive stock options up to 20% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Berkshire. A price of $ 0.25 per share is hereby reserved for any grant of stock options on or around the closing of the Proposed Acquisition.

The Proposed Acquisition of the outstanding shares of Minean and issuance by Berkshire of common shares in consideration thereof will constitute the “qualifying transaction” of Berkshire under the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange and as a result is subject to both shareholder and regulatory approval. Furthermore, any common shares of Berkshire received by the principal shareholders of Minaean as part of the transaction will be subject to any required statutory and regulatory escrow or hold periods.

Canaccord Capital Corporation, subject to completion of satisfactory due diligence, has agreed to act as sponsor to Berkshire in connection with the transaction and will be paid a sponsorship fee therefore. An agreement to sponsor should not be construed as any assurance with respect to the merits of the transaction of the likelihood of completion.

Upon completion of the Proposed Acquisition, it is anticipated that Berkshire will have four directors, two of which will be nominated by the current management of Berkshire and two of which will be nominated by the current management of Minaean. The following is a summary of the proposed directors upon completion of the transaction.

Peeyush Varshney, L.L.B., Director

Peeyush Varshney graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) in 1989 and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Laws, again from the University of British Columbia. He then articled at Farris, Vaughan, Wills, & Murphy, Vancouver, B.C., in 1993/1994 and has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since September 1994. Mr. Varshney worked as an associate lawyer at the law firm of Campney & Murphy, Vancouver, B.C., from September 1994 to July 1996, primarily in securities law. Mr. Varshney was a principal of the Varshney Chowdhry Group from August 1996 to December 1999. Since January 2000 Mr. Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a corporate finance and venture capital firm. He is currently a director or officer of several public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. He also serves as a director of the Varshney Family Charitable Foundation.

Hari B. Varshney, Director

Mr. Varshney, a Chartered Accountant, is President of Varshney Capital Corp., a merchant banking and venture capital firm. Over the past 17 years, Mr. Varshney has been a director and/or officer of several public companies trading on various North American exchanges. Mr. Varshney received a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1960) and a Masters of Commerce degree (1962) from Agra University in India, and received his designation (1971) as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He has supported various charitable projects and is currently a director of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

Captain Mervyn Pinto, C.E.O. and Director

Capt. Mervyn Pinto has over twenty-five years experience in shipping and international trade. After a successful sailing career, Mervyn commenced his business/entrepreneurial career by setting up a marine surveying and consulting company. In a bid to expand further, in 1984 he acquired a majority shareholding in Mercator Shipping (Mercator), located in Bombay, India, and took over as Chairman and Managing Director.

With Mercator, Capt. Pinto was instrumental in securing a contract with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission in Bombay, India, and pioneering Inland Waterways in Gujurat, India. He took the company considerably forward in the Indian shipping industry. A joint venture operation between Mercator and Norpol Environmental Services of Norway resulted in the acquisition and dispatch of MT Al Waasit to the Persian Gulf for oil cleanup operations immediately following the 1991 Gulf War. He also operated the Norpol Line that serviced trade between the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent with more than 500 containers. In 1997, Capt. Pinto wound down the operations of Mercator to be able to pursue other business opportunities.

Capt. Pinto was given an award recognizing him as the youngest Master of the Indian Merchant Navy in 1975. He was bestowed the honor of mastering the vessel that inaugurated the opening of Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.

Captain Pinto is completing his C.I.T.P. (Certified International Trade Professional) certification with BCISIT (British Columbia Institute for Studies in International trade) in Vancouver.

Keith Scott, C.F.O. and Director

Keith Scott is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. His major areas of study included Business Management and Political Science. He achieved the professional accounting designation of Certified General Accountant (CGA) in 1971 through studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.

During his career he has held senior positions in government, education and business.

Mr. Scott served with distinction as a pilot and senior staff officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Senior appointments included serving as Director of Training Information Services and Director of Personnel Information Systems at the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and in 1979 was made an officer in the Order of Military Merit (OMM) in recognition of his outstanding service to Canada.

In the field of education, Mr. Scott served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Lakefield College in Peterborough, Ontario. He has lectured in the business programs of several academic institutions. Mr. Scott has also acted as an academic advisor in the business programs at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario and Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario and the Sid Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno California.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President Education and subsequently as Senior Vice-President International for CGA-Canada, Mr. Scott held a number of volunteer positions with the CGA Association including President of the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario and Chairman of the CGA-Canada education committee. In 1996, Mr.Scott was awarded an honorary professorship by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China, and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong International Accountants Association headquartered in Beijing, China.

Berkshire will not be proceeding with the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding securities of Floodfighter Corp. as initially announced in a press release dated March 15, 2001. Berkshire has not advanced any funds to Floodfighter Corp.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSX Venture Exchange acceptance and disinterested shareholder approval. The transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circular to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the reverse takeover may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of a capital pool company should be considered highly speculative.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“ Peeyush Varshney ”

Peeyush Varshney, Director

For further information, please contact:

Peeyush Varshney

(604) 684-2181

The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

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e-academy Inc. Joins Forces with ISIC to Offer Microsoft Discounts to Students Worldwide

e-academy Inc. Joins Forces with ISIC to Offer Microsoft Discounts to Students Worldwide

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) July 20, 2011

e-academy is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Association and Microsoft (MSFT). This new venture aims to provide popular Microsoft titles to students across the globe at discounts of up to 90% off retail price, via the e-academy powered ISIC WebStore. Available titles include Windows 7, Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Expression Studio 4 and more.

“Our partnership with ISIC is the perfect match for e-academy as both organizations are passionate about extending benefits and opportunities to students worldwide. The chance to provide ISIC members with the lowest possible price for essential Microsoft products is certainly an exciting and key milestone for us! We look forward to expanding our relationship with ISIC and seeing how we can help provide great value to students worldwide,” says Gustavo Sanchez, Marketing Manager at e-academy Inc.

“The cooperation with e-academy enables current and future ISIC holders to gain smooth and secure access to Microsoft’s most attractive student offers across the globe. We are pleased to see how our partnership allows students to save money and we will be working closely together on the development of more online offers on a global scale,” says Martijn van de Veen, General Manager at ISIC.

Students around the world who have an ISIC card can visit the new ISIC WebStore and get instant access to Microsoft software products via download today!

About ISIC

The ISIC card is the only internationally-recognised student ID and ISIC card holders are members of a truly global club. Every year more than 4.5 million students from 120 countries use their student card to take advantage of offers on travel, shopping, museums and more, worldwide.

About e-academy

e-academy Inc. is the global leader in software delivery solutions for the worldwide education market. Over 30,000 academic institutions trust e-academy to manage and distribute software to their students, faculty and staff. The company distributes software in over 100 countries and provides customer service in 8 languages.

With an international client base and relationships with leading software providers such as Microsoft and Adobe, e-academy is a trusted source for bridging the gap between many of the world’s largest software companies, the academic institutions as well as the end users they serve.


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