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Protus Founders Receive Prestigious Alumni Award from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa
Joseph Nour and Simon Nehme recognized for excellence in innovation.

Ottawa - June 9, 2005 - Protus IP Solutions today announced that company co-founders, Joseph Nour, chief executive officer, and Simon Nehme, chief technology officer, are recipients of the 2005 Alumni Award of Excellence from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

Established six years ago, the award is presented every year to engineering alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally or in the service of society at large. It is also a statement of appreciation; to recognize the contribution of alumni to society and to recognize their contribution to raising faculty profile.

Nour and Nehme met in first year engineering at the University of Ottawa, and have been friends and colleagues ever since. The two founded Protus IP Solutions in 1997 after discovering their common entrepreneurial spirit.

"Simon and I are honoured to be named recipients of this prestigious award," says Nour. "In the years that we have worked together we have been able to build a company with employees that share our drive to provide unparalleled service and innovative solutions to our customers. We expect to continue developing the company and our people in the same way well into the future - by focusing on the success and growth of our customers."

Due to rapid company growth, Protus expects employee count to increase by 30 per cent in 2005.

"The reputation of our faculty is built on the achievements of our alumni," says Dr. Emil Petriu, acting-dean of the faculty of engineering. "Joseph and Simon are both individuals that embody the true spirit of our faculty and demonstrate our mission for innovation and responsibility towards society."

Joseph Nour graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BASc in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and an MBA in 1995. He is the CEO and co-founder of Protus IP Solutions, head-quartered in Ottawa.

Simon Nehme graduated with a BASc in Computer Engineering in 1990. He is the co-founder and CTO of Protus IP Solutions.

In 2004, Protus IP Solutions was named to three rapid company growth rankings:
  • Profit Magazine's "PROFIT 100"
  • Deloitte & Touche's "Fast 50 Canada"
  • Deloitte & Touche's "Fast 500 North America"
  • Branham 300
In addition, the company received industry award recognition in 2004 for:
  • Web Marketing Association's "Standard of Excellence" award for
  • Internet Telephony Magazine's "Product of the Year" award for Virtual Fax
  • Communications Solutions Magazine "Product of the Year" award for Virtual Fax
With the rapid growth experienced by the Company, Protus employee growth continues to rise with hiring expectations to increase this year from a current staff base of 85 to 100+.

About the Faculty of Engineering The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa provides its graduates with top quality education in the fields of engineering and computer science. Our 2500 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students pursue programs in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical and software engineering and computer science. The University has the third largest co-operative education program in Canada, with a 95% placement rate. Located in the heart of Canada's capital and offering a broad range of outstanding research and teaching programs in both of our country's official languages, the University of Ottawa is Canada's university. Additional information is available at

About Protus IP Solutions

Protus IP Solutions - a high-growth application service provider - offers value-added voice mail, email and fax to email services to businesses around the world. Our customers are involved in every industry sector, including finance, insurance, real estate, pharmaceuticals and retail. Whether they use our services across the company or for key operational requirements, our customers rely on Protus to simplify their voice, email and fax communications. We help them reach customers more effectively, process documents more efficiently and access information with greater speed. Protus solutions are sold both directly and through a network of worldwide partners, including major service providers. On-line internet fax services are sold under the brand names of Virtual Fax for business users and MyFax for internet fax services targeted to SOHO users. Additional information is available at or

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