Cadillac is Presenting Sponsor and Alexander Graham Bell is First Honouree in "Innovators" Category of Canada's Walk of Fame

OSHAWA, Ontario (Thursday, May 24, 2001) - Cadillac, the luxury automobile produced by General Motors, will be the presenting sponsor of the newly-established "Innovators' Category" of Canada's Walk of Fame. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell will be the first honouree, it was announced today. The induction takes place at the Fourth Annual Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Gala at Roy Thompson Hall, on June 1.

General Motors of Canada has been a major sponsor of Canada's Walk of Fame since its inception and, in making the announcement, Dick Conlin, vice president and director of marketing at GM of Canada, said that, "It is most fitting that the first person to be inducted into the new Innovators' Category of Canada's Walk of Fame is Alexander Graham Bell. During his lifetime he earned many accolades for the innovative work he did after settling in Brantford, Ontario, more than 130 years ago."

Conlin said that, "Globally famous, principally for the invention of the telephone, among numerous other inventions, Bell is also remembered for his tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of the hearing-impaired, particularly among children, work which is carried on today internationally, in his name."

Peter Soumalias, Chair of Canada's Walk of Fame, said that, "We are delighted to welcome Cadillac as the presenting sponsor of the Innovators' Category, and to recognize Alexander Graham Bell is to be the category's first honouree. He has been nominated on many previous occasions as someone who should be represented on the Walk of Fame and we are pleased to fulfill that desire this year."

To be eligible for the Innovators' Category, candidates had to have been born in Canada, or have spent their formative or creative years in Canada. They had to have a minimum of 10 years experience in their field and to have been a leader of innovative technology, science or design that has had a major impact within Canada and/or internationally.

Others to be honoured at this year's Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Gala will be: Inuit painter and sculptress, Kenojuak Ashevak; poet & novelist, Margaret Atwood; hockey legend, Jean Beliveau; four-time world figure skating champion, Kurt Browning; rock icons, The Guess Who; baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Ferguson Jenkins; Olympic sprinter, the late Harry Jerome; film director and playwright, Robert Lepage; film and TV actor, Leslie Nielsen; polka king, Walter Ostanek; film producer and director, Ivan Reitman; opera singer, Teresa Stratas and prima ballerina, Veronica Tennant.

Canada's Walk of Fame was established in 1998, and today there are 38 stars - actually stylized maple leaves - firmly cemented into the sidewalks along 13 blocks in Toronto's entertainment district. They include ones for such celebrities as classical pianist Glenn Gould, singer and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, hockey legend Bobby Orr, Olympic and world champion figure skater Barbara Ann Scott, comedian/actor John Candy and stage and screen actors Christopher Plummer and Mary Pickford.

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