Jan 09, 2001 15:30 Hrs (IST)
Toronto: He is only 12 years of age and is still in
the seventh grade but this "whiz kid," as the Canadian mainstream
media calls him, has found a place in a high-powered business
delegation traveling to China.
Keith Peiris, a Sri Lankan Canadian who is
president and CEO of Cyberteks Design of London, Ontario, is
accompanying Prime Minister Jean Chretien on his Team Canada mission
to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong next month, says his father
Deepal Peiris, an accountant by profession who is
now a full time employee of his son's Web design and e-commerce
company, told IANS the family is "very excited, (and) Keith is very
excited having got this opportunity to travel to China."
According to Deepal Peiris, who is accompanying his
son as part of Chretien's team, the company has already fixed up
several business meetings in China, but he wouldn't disclose the
names of the Chinese firms with which discussions are to be held.
Cyberteks Design has proudly announced on its Web
site that Keith is accompanying Chretien and listed 15 top awards
from the industry that he has already received, along with a number
of other honors. The awards were instrumental in the company winning
major Web site contracts from Rogers TV's for its new interactive
real estate game show, for designing Web pages of the Canadian
consulates in New York and Detroit, as well as from Interep, a major
US radio advertising company, and Kewl Threads, a hockey apparel
company owned by Canada's Maple Leaf.
Keith himself was not available for comment as he
was at his St Bernadelle's School in London, Ontario. His father
said that so far Cyberteks has designed around 25 Web pages of major
companies and has offices in several US cities, including Detroit
Cyberteks was listed amongst the top 50 Web design
companies in Canada. The list was prepared and published in the
National Post's business magazine of March 2000. In an
address in 1999, California-based Macromedia chairman and CEO Robert
Burgess introduced Keith as one of the youngest Web designers in
North America to use Macromedia flash in commercial Web sites. That
was when Keith was barely 11 years old.
Keith, his father said, started playing with
computers when he was only three years old. Deepal Peiris takes
credit for inducing his son to take interest in the computer and the
According to a National Post report, Keith's
Cyberteks "is already pulling in six figures in annual revenues."
Deepal Peiris wouldn't reveal the exact figures or what the company
charges for designing a Web page.
India Abroad News Service