IT World Canada, IDG World Expo and Plum Communications Inc. Join Forces

TORONTO, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 30, 2004 – IT World Canada Inc. of Toronto, Canada has entered into a partnership with IDG World Expo of Framingham, Massachusetts to acquire the expositions Real World Linux and Real World Networks from Plum Communications Inc, of Toronto, Canada.

The new company, IT World Expo Canada, under a management agreement with Plum Communications Inc., will produce information technology and communications events in Canada including the Canadian version of LinuxWorld Conference & Expo (formerly Real World Linux) and NetworkWorld Conference & Expo. Both events will take place April, 18-20, 2005 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.

“The synergies among the three companies work to everyone’s advantage,” explains Andrew White, president of IT World Canada. “The new company will provide opportunities for Canada’s enterprise and IT community to access world-class education programs, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and one-stop comparison shopping. Technology companies will have the opportunity to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers through these highly focused and targeted events.”

“We’re very excited to be able to extend our successful series of LinuxWorld events to Toronto. The opportunity to work closely with Plum Communications and IT World Canada makes us very confident in the continued success of the event and provides great opportunities to develop new events for the Canadian information technology and communications sectors,” said David Korse, president IDG World Expo.

“We look forward to continuing to produce some of the best expositions and conferences in the information technology and communications sectors in Canada. We are delighted to be part of the IDG World Expo global family of esteemed shows and to work with IT World Canada the leading producer of technology print and online media in Canada,” stated Bruce Cole, president Plum Communications Inc.

About IT World Canada Inc.

As the Canadian publishing affiliate of IDG, the world’s largest provider of IT-related information, IT World Canada (www.itworldcanada.com) delivers a global view of IT, with a Canadian perspective. IT World Canada’s titles include CIO Canada, Network World Canada, ComputerWorld Canada, IT Focus, and CIO Governments Review. Leveraging the editorial strength of IT World Canada and IDG, ITworldcanada.com has become the leading online information resource for Canadian IT professionals. Print and online information sources are complemented by targeted events bringing together the brightest minds from the IT community.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo, Portable Power Conference & Expo, Wireless Sensing Solutions™, Context™ and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and open source solutions. As the world’s most comprehensive marketplace for open source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About Plum Communications Inc.

Plum Communications Inc. is a direct result marketing company and a leading organizer of community-based information technology events and portals in Canada since 1984. Plum Communications the founder of Real World Linux Conference and Expo, and former producer of the VICOM, Electronic Design, MULTIMEDIA and NewMedia conferences and expos. Plum is committed to fostering a trade environment providing buyers with mission critical information, enabling them to make qualified purchasing decisions from vendors of the highest level.

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