On April 1, 2010, Cantest Ltd., BC’s leading environmental, food and pharmaceutical laboratory, will officially change its name to Maxxam Analytics.

The name change is the final step in a process that began with Maxxam’s acquisition of Cantest in 2009. The two companies have been integrating their operations, systems and services over the past months, focusing on creating a seamless transition experience for customers.

“The goal of this acquisition has always been to create a growth platform in British Columbia,” explains Maxxam President & CEO Jon Hantho. “We strongly believe in the importance of providing our clients with a complete service offering and a strong presence in the marketplace. I am also excited about the opportunities the merger of the two companies creates for our employees in BC.”

Maxxam Analytics International Corporation – an OMERS Private Equity portfolio company – acquired Burnaby, BC-based Cantest Ltd., including its laboratory locations in Victoria at the Vancouver Island Technology Park and Winnipeg, in October 2009.

About Maxxam

Maxxam Analytics is Canada’s largest independent analytical laboratory services company, with expertise in environmental laboratory services, petroleum services, food safety and sciences, and pharmaceutical, forensic and DNA services. The company has approximately 1,800 employees and operates at 30 laboratory and service centre locations. Website: www.maxxam.ca.

OMERS Private Equity manages the private equity activities of OMERS and today has in excess of $4 billion of investments under management. OMERS Private Equity investment strategy includes the active ownership of businesses in North America and Europe. Website: www.omerspe.com.

OMERS is one of Canada’s largest pension plans, with more than $43 billion in assets invested around the globe in publicly traded investments, real estate, infrastructure and private equity. It provides retirement benefits to over 390,000 current and former employees of more than 900 municipal governments, school boards, libraries, police and fire departments, children’s aid societies, and other local agencies throughout Ontario. Website: www.omers.com.