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Samsung Canada Chooses Seven Inspirational Canadians To Participate In The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

June 5, 2012

Delivering On A Commitment To Enable Canadians To “Pursue Your
Passions,” Samsung Canada Torchbearers Get Set for Once-In-A-Lifetime
Experience

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ – Samsung Electronics Canada, a
leader in consumer electronics, today unveiled the seven inspirational
Canadians chosen to participate in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
As part of a campaign in which Samsung Canada encourages Canadians to
“Pursue your Passions,” Samsung Canada selected the winners based on
their Passion for the Olympic spirit and their contributions to the
community through philanthropic activities.

“At Samsung Canada we want to help enable Canadians to better pursue
their passions. It is a core tenant for our company, as Samsung
products empower Canadians to do the things they love in life,” said
Andrew Barrett, Vice President, Marketing, Samsung Electronics Canada.
“After a cross-country search for deserving Canadians, we are excited
to announce Samsung Canada’s Torchbearers who have made tremendous
contributions to the community and are truly passionate about the
Olympic spirit.”

As a part of ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games,’ the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will offer new and memorable
experiences to Canadians across the country. Samsung’s Olympic
Torchbearers were selected to experience a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity based on their passion to help others. Each Torchbearer has
an inspiring story about how they helped others better pursue their
passions, such as:

        --  Dr. Lynn Wilson - is passionate about improving healthcare and
            juggles a variety of volunteer positions including Chair of the
            Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University
            of Toronto and Co-Director of BRIDGES in support of innovative
            models of healthcare system integration to advance healthcare
            in Canada.

        --  Michael Joseph Bruni is a self-proclaimed sports enthusiast and
            leverages his position as the Volunteer Chair on the Board of
            Directors for Hockey Canada to inspire others to support
            Canada's beloved national pastime.

        --  Jamie Piekarz is dedicated to improving the welfare of women
            and children in third world countries and supports a number of
            not-for profits with similar missions including Globe Aware and
            Peace Matunda.

        --  Kunaal Jagtianey is passionate about helping others and uses
            his work with the SAINTS, a senior citizens assistance agency,
            to inspire others to lend a helping hand.

Also running on behalf of Samsung Canada is President and CEO, Haktae
(H.T.) Kim. “The Olympic Torch Relay is a giant thank you to everyone
who has ever helped somebody and provides well-earned recognition,”
said Kim. “I’m honoured to be carrying the flame in Edinburgh. This
will be a unique experience for me and I’m looking forward to meeting
some of the amazing people from all walks of life that Samsung Canada
has invited to take part. This is truly an Olympic Games for everyone.”

Samsung has also selected a number of globally recognized Torchbearers
who are known for their continuous inspiration to others. British TV
star and campaigner Jamie Oliver, nine-time Grammy Award-winning
recording artist John Legend, Ivory Coast and Chelsea footballer Didier
Drogba and Vladimir Tolstoy, the essayist and great grandson of Leo
Tolstoy will all be carrying the Olympic Flame. To top the bill, the
brand new Samsung GALAXY SIII is Samsung’s Olympic Games Phone for the
London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Torch Relay began its 70 day journey around the UK on
Saturday May 19(th) taking in many of the UKs cultural landmarks. Visiting over 1,000
cities, towns and villages along its 8,000 mile route, the Olympic
Torch aims to excite the UK and marks the official start of the London
2012 Olympic Games upon its celebrated arrival at the Olympic Stadium
on July 27(th).

For more information about the Samsung Pursue Your Passions campaign,
please visit the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samsungcanada

About Samsung’s Canadian London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Participants

Dr. Lynn Marie Wilson
Dr. Lynn Wilson, from Toronto, Ontario has always had a passion for
improving healthcare for all. She juggles a variety of positions in the
field of medicine to advance healthcare in Canada including being the
Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the
University of Toronto and a member of the Ontario Ministry of Health
and Long-term Care Physician Services Committee where she helped
implement Primary Care Renewal in Ontario. She is also the Co-Director
of BRIDGES in support of innovative models of healthcare system
integration and worked with Addis Ababa University to implement the
first Family Medicine residency program in Ethiopia. Dr. Wilson has
been a physician for 27 years and currently practices at Women’s
College Hospital. This summer, Samsung Canada is helping Lynn pursue
her passions and dreams of carrying the Olympic Torch in Edinburgh,
Scotland.

Michael Joseph Bruni
Michael Joseph Bruni, from Calgary, Alberta has always had a passion for
sports, especially hockey. He leverages his position as the Volunteer
Chair on the Board of Directors for Hockey Canada to inspire others to
support Canada’s beloved national pastime. Mike is truly committed to
youth sports programs in Canada and focuses his efforts on raising
awareness around respect, fairness and safe fun as top priorities for
young athletes. This summer, Samsung Canada is helping Michael pursue
his passions and dreams of carrying the Olympic Torch in Edinburgh,
Scotland.

Jamie Piekarz
Jamie Piekarz, from Toronto, Ontario has always had a passion about the
welfare of women and children in third world countries. She uses her
work with Globe Aware, caring for orphaned children in Peru, and Peace
Matunda, an orphanage in Tanzania, to raise awareness of impoverished
women and children in developing countries. Jamie inspires and
coordinates the involvement of colleagues and friends from Canada to
volunteer in Ghana to build schools. With two schools already complete,
the construction of a third is scheduled to be underway in fall 2012.
This summer, Samsung Canada is helping Jamie pursue her passions and
dreams of carrying the Olympic Torch in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kunaal Jagtianey
Kunaal Jagtianey, from Toronto, Ontario has always had a passion for
helping others. He uses his work with the SAINTS, a senior citizens
assistance agency, to inspire others to lend a helping hand. Kunaal
assists the elderly with day-to-day tasks around their home that they
are unable to complete themselves such as unclogging storm drains or
racking lawns. As a winning member of the Samsung Mobilers competition,
Kunaal secured a spot on the Samsung Mobilers team whose members act as
social media ambassadors for Samsung. This summer, Samsung Canada is
helping Kunaal pursue his passions and dreams of carrying the Olympic
Torch in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Joel Lightman
Joel Lightman, from Toronto, Ontario is passionate about music. As a
professional musician, Joel has worked tirelessly with a number of
charities, such as WhyHunger, to coordinate donation generating musical
events including staging awareness events for World AIDS Day. In
pursuit of his passions, Joel has contributed more than $30,000 to SOS
Children’s Villages. As a winning member of the Samsung Mobilers
competition, Joel secured a spot on the Samsung Mobilers team whose
members act as social media ambassadors for Samsung. This summer,
Samsung Canada is helping Joel pursue his passions and dreams of
carrying the Olympic Torch in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mostafa Karima
Mostafa Karima, from Burlington, Ontario has always had a passion for
sports. He pursues this passion by coaching Humber College’s regionally
ranked extramural basketball team while working on his certificate in
International Business. Mostafa wants to share the enjoyment he gets
from sports with those in underprivileged communities and is currently
working on bringing a non-profit rugby program to Egypt. As a winning
member of the Samsung Mobilers competition, Mostafa secured a spot on
the Samsung Mobilers team whose members act as social media ambassadors
for Samsung. This summer, Samsung Canada is helping Mostafa pursue his
passions and dreams of carrying the Olympic Torch in Edinburgh,
Scotland.

Francis Pelletier
Francis Pelletier, from Toronto, Ontario has always had a passion for
exploration. As a flight attendant Francis inspires others to discover
the world. With an unquenchable thirst for adventure, Francis was a
winning member of the Samsung Mobilers competition. As a result,
Francis secured a spot on the Samsung Mobilers team whose members act
as social media ambassadors for Samsung. This summer, Samsung Canada is
helping Francis pursue his passions and dreams of carrying the Olympic
Torch in Edinburgh, Scotland.

About Samsung’s Involvement in the Olympic Games
Samsung began its Olympic Games involvement as a local sponsor of the
Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Beginning with the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter
Games, the company extended its commitment to the Olympic Movement as
the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment
category, providing its proprietary wireless communications program,
called Wireless Olympic Works (WOW), and mobile phones. These
innovative mobile phone technologies provide the Olympic Family with
real-time information and communications services. Samsung is also a
Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay and hosts the Samsung
Mobile Explorers to share the excitement of the Olympic Games with
people around the world and enable everyone to participate in the Games
through its smart mobile technology. Samsung’s commitment as a
Worldwide Olympic Partner continues through to Rio 2016.

About Samsung’s Involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung
aims to encourage everyone to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay to
make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and
memorable experiences for everyone around the world. Samsung is
providing a great number of inspirational Torchbearers, who have “gone
the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its
worldwide public nomination campaign. Samsung will support towns and
cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help
showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable
experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged in
66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the
UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting.
The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing
runners and goodwill messages, will travel with Torchbearers around the
UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and
interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that
London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than
on any other Olympic Games occasion. To learn more about Samsung’s
London 2012 Olympic programme, please visit www.samsung.com/london2012.

Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Canada delivers unrivalled consumer experiences.
Samsung enables Canadians to pursue their passions by offering a broad
range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, IT,
telecommunications and home appliance products. The Canadian arm
upholds Samsung’s global mission to provide consumers with innovative
digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology,
quality, features, performance and value. As a result of its commitment
to innovation and unique design, Samsung has become one of the most
decorated brands in the electronics industry. The company was ranked
#17 in BusinessWeek/Interbrand “100 Best Global Brands” and was named
as one of Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies of 2011.” For
more information, please visit www.samsung.ca.

You can also Like Samsung on Facebook.com/SamsungCanada or follow Samsung on Twitter @SamsungCanada. For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG
(1-800-726-7864).

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