On September 1, 2009, Vancouver-based NowPublic, Inc. was acquired by US-based Examiner.com. NowPublic is a pioneer in user-generated content and the largest participatory news network in the world. Examiner.com is the industry leader in creating local content. NowPublic and Examiner.com will operate independently, retaining their unique offerings and brands. NowPublic was advised in this transaction by a team from Fasken Martineau led by Gary Ott and which included Keith Spencer, David Ford, Prentice Durbin and articling student Danielle Toigo.