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Global Knowledge a Learning Competency Partner of the Year Finalist in the 2012 Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards


Today Global Knowledge announced that it has been selected as a finalist in the Learning Competency Partner of the Year category for the 2012 Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards. The tenth annual IMPACT Awards recognize excellence within the Microsoft technology partner community in Canada.

“This year, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the IMPACT Awards, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of Canadian Technology Partners, such as Global Knowledge,” said Mark Dodds, Vice-President of Small Business, Midmarket Solutions & Partners, Microsoft Canada Inc. “Microsoft depends on our Partners now more than ever before as we enter a new era of cloud-based computing. Our partnership is pivotal to growth and success, and we look forward to celebrating the commitments of our Partners this year at the IMPACT Awards gala.”

Global Knowledge was chosen as a finalist in the Learning Competency Partner of the Year category for bringing the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) academic program to the commercial market.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition for our work with Microsoft to identify and implement a solution that brings the successful MTA academic program to an untapped segment of the workforce—business professionals —who require a fundamental understanding of the technology they encounter in their day-to-day work lives,” said James Nash, Senior Director of Business Services, Global Knowledge.

He added, “Working in collaboration with Microsoft and a selection of our enterprise clients, we were able to identify a true market need for both technical and non-technical professionals to understand important IT fundamentals in a business setting. In today's increasingly competitive IT workforce, the ability to cross train within large organizations—and understand the technology driving those organizations—is critical to business success.”

Global Knowledge, along with other technology partner winners and finalists in each of the award categories, will be honored at an awards ceremony at the new Four Seasons Hotel located in Yorkville, Toronto, on November 13, 2012.

About the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards

In 2003, Microsoft Canada Inc. launched the IMPACT Awards, a program to recognize the numerous achievements within its technology Partner community. This year, Microsoft celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the program with 25 award categories designed to recognize innovation across Microsoft Partner Network Competencies, Emerging Technologies, and Marketing, Relationships & Partnering Excellence.

The IMPACT Awards are open to Active Canadian members of the Microsoft Partner Network.

For a list of all 2012 finalists, and more information on the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards, please visit

About Global Knowledge

Global Knowledge is the worldwide leader in IT and business skills training, with more than 1,500 courses that span foundational and specialized training and certifications. Our core training is focused on Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya, VMware, Red Hat, business process improvement, and leadership development. We deliver via training centers, private facilities, and the Internet, enabling our customers to choose when, where, and how they want to receive training programs and learning services.

Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Cary, NC. The company is owned by New York-based investment firm MidOcean Partners. Learn more at

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