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Morningstar to Host 17th Annual Morningstar® Canadian Investment Awards Gala

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TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Morningstar Research Inc., a Canadian subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), will hold its 17th annual Morningstar® Canadian Investment Awards Gala on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Canada's most celebrated improv comedian, Colin Mochrie, will host the gala and his wife, actress Debra McGrath, will accompany him.

As the industry's premier investment awards program, the Morningstar Canadian Investment Awards have a longstanding history of recognizing companies and individuals who have made a difference in the lives of investors.

The event will include live music and comedy integrated with state-of-the-art, innovative stage production. The evening features a networking cocktail reception, the awards dinner, and an after-party celebrating the launch of the 2012 Canadian Investment Guide, published by Investment Executive.

"Building off the success of last year's gala, this year we are incorporating music and comedic entertainment with the award line-up. On Nov. 30, we will recognize the industry's most outstanding achievements of 2011. Awards will be presented to companies and individuals in recognition of superior investment products, service, marketing and education," said Scott Mackenzie, president and chief executive officer of Morningstar Research Inc.

Morningstar has added four new awards to the awards line-up. Morningstar Best Stewardship, Morningstar Best Fund of Funds, Morningstar Domestic Equity Fund Manager of the Year, and Morningstar Foreign Equity Fund Manager of the Year. For the complete awards line-up, please visit www.investmentawards.com/awards.

For the second year, the charitable partner of the Morningstar Canadian Investment Awards is MusiCounts, the Canadian music-education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the nationally televised JUNO Awards. MusiCount's mission is to provide students with access to comprehensive music programs in Canadian schools. A portion of the proceeds from submission-based awards will be donated to MusiCounts.

The Morningstar Canadian Investment Awards attracts more than 600 guests annually. Individual tickets are $339 plus HST and range from $3,000-$4,500 plus HST for a table of 10. Full event details, including online ticket sales, are available at www.investmentawards.com.

About Morningstar

Morningstar Research Inc. is a Canadian subsidiary of Chicago-based Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on approximately 330,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 5 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its registered investment advisor subsidiaries and has more than $167 billion in assets under advisement and management as of Sept. 30, 2011. The company has operations in 26 countries.

©2011 Morningstar. All Rights Reserved.

SOURCE Morningstar Research Inc.

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