Canada's High-Tech Prodigy May Head
Teen CEO Of Cyberteks Design Eyeing Big
OTTAWA, 8:56 a.m. EDT July 9, 2001 -- The lure of vast
American markets could soon draw Canada's Internet poster child
High-tech prodigy Keith Peiris, 13, has made headlines and
represented Canada internationally as president and CEO of the Web
site company Cyberteks
But it will soon be time to move company headquarters out
of his parents' London, Ont., basement, and the Big Apple beckons,
Peiris said Friday in an interview.
"We may even move the whole company,'' said the straight-A
student who just finished Grade 7.
Cyberteks would maintain a Canadian presence and may still opt
for a Toronto headquarters, Peiris added. He leaves Saturday for
China, where he'll represent Canada at a forum for young
Relocating to New York City has major appeal, he conceded.
"It would be a great opportunity for the business to expand.
There's a lot larger market there than London and Toronto.''
Business is "excellent'' and he expects to be a millionaire in
about a year, says Peiris, who started exploring the Internet at age
three and launched his Web design business in 1999.
Cyberteks now has seven sales offices around the United States
and will launch a production office in the Chinese city of
Zhangmutou, just north of Hong Kong, in August.
"Until the last month or so we haven't had to solicit for any
business,'' Peiris said. "It's all come through media publications
and awards, and clients have come to us.''
He plays competitive hockey in the winter with the London Junior
Knights and has splurged on high-end video games, $400 sunglasses
and an $800 mobile phone. He says the business is more fun than it
"My goal is to continue with this venture regardless how much
revenue we make out of it. My plan is to stay with this until I
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