James Temerty of Northland Power Income Fund earns top spot as Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year

Ernst & Young recognizes inspired Canadian business leaders

TORONTO, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - James Temerty of Northland Power Income Fund has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 for the Ontario region.

"James has demonstrated the remarkable ability to build a successful business from the ground up," said Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "By boldly pursuing new ideas and empowering others to innovate, he has been able to capitalize on emerging opportunities and develop a new industry within the power sector in Canada."

Since entering the power industry as Canada's first independent power producer in 1987, Northland Power now maintains investments in operating biomass, natural gas and wind power projects, with wind solar and water power ventures under development. With unsurpassed drive and devotion, James has built a reputation across Canada for both financial and technical innovation.

For more than twenty years, James has celebrated the continuous success of Northland Power, alongside his core management team. By encouraging a culture of empowerment, innovative thinking and rational risk taking, James shares equal investment in achieving his vision for Northland Power with those who make it possible.

Pursuing his desire to affect change beyond business, James volunteers his time and financial support to numerous organizations. As chairman of the Royal Ontario Museum, James was responsible for raising the largest single fund of $250 million in Canada by a charitable organization. Honouring his heritage, James also takes an active interest in supporting projects in the Ukraine. His recent contributions include the establishment of a business school at Kiev's university and ongoing support of local orphanages.  

In acknowledgment of his ongoing contribution to Canadian business and culture, James was recently appointed chair of the Advisory Council of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, in addition to receiving the Order of Canada, the highest honour bestowed to Canadian citizens.

"James epitomizes the entrepreneurial desire to transform industries and build communities," said McMorrow. "By breaking through barriers and paving the way for revolutionary ideas, Canadian entrepreneurs continue to restore the economy and inspire future generations of talent. We congratulate and honour the winners of this year's Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario Awards, who continue to reveal the power of innovation."

Category winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Ontario Awards:

Business-to-consumer products and services
Ray Civello
Collega and Civello Salon - Spas | North York
borntostyle.ca

Collega Education offers classes in product knowledge, hair colour, cut, spa, retailing and business-building programs to salon owners, managers and operators.

Cleantech
David Hatherton
NextEnergy Inc. | Elmira
nextenergy.ca

NextEnergy is a leading Canadian designer and marketer of geothermal technology.

Emerging entrepreneur
Michael Scissons
Syncapse | Toronto
syncapse.com

Syncapse is a global leader in digital consulting and measurement, and helps its clients leverage the power of social media.

Energy and natural resources
James Temerty
Northland Power Income Fund | Toronto
NPIFund.com

Northland Power Income Fund is a Canadian open-ended income trust that indirectly owns equity interests in six power facilities, including three power plants and three wind power projects.

Health sciences
Lee McDonald
Southmedic Inc. | Barrie
southmedic.com

Southmedic is a forward-thinking medical manufacturing and distribution organization with a focus on innovation.

Hospitality/tourism
Rita Tsang, Annie Tsu
Tour East Group | North York
toureast.com

Tour East provides integrated travel and business solutions to both travel agencies and consumers, including fulfillment, technology, travel contents and tours.

Manufacturing
Sabine Veit
Bäckerhaus Veit Ltd. | Woodbridge
backerhausveit.com

Bäckerhaus Veit is a manufacturer and supplier of premium European-style, artisan par-baked (frozen) breads to the retail and foodservice market in North America.

Media and entertainment
Pierre Morrissette
Pelmorex Media Inc. | Oakville
pelmorex.com

Pelmorex Media blends technology, science and creativity to manufacture content to serve the weather needs of all Canadians on TV, web, desktop and mobile.

Professional/financial services
David Shaw
Knightsbridge Human Capital Management Inc. | Toronto
knightsbridge.ca

Knightsbridge provides human capital advice and customized solutions through integrated teams of specialists.

Social entrepreneur
Parker Mitchell, George Roter
Engineers Without Borders Canada | Toronto
ewb.ca

Engineers Without Borders engages 50,000 members in 35 chapters to promote the idea that lasting change in Africa will stem not from charity, but from helping foster opportunity.

Technology and communications
Rick Watkin
Kubra Data Transfer Ltd. | Mississauga
kubra.com

KUBRA provides business process outsourcing solutions that support the entire customer communication management lifecycle across digital and paper-based channels.

Young Entrepreneur
John Carbrey
Intrafinity | Toronto
intrafinity.com

Intrafinity software services and products enable organizations to get the most value out of their digital content by effectively managing their websites, documents, collaboration and online learning.

What's next?

As the Ontario region's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010, James Temerty will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Atlantic, Prairies, Quebec and Pacific regions for the national honour of Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010, to be presented at a gala celebration November 17, 2010, in Toronto. In June 2011, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 will move to the world stage to compete with 50 country recipients for the title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year®.

About Entrepreneur of The Year

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. This year, the Canadian program is proudly celebrating 17 years of honouring Canada's outstanding entrepreneurs from all areas of business. For more information on the program, please visit ey.com/ca/eoy.

Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2010 Ontario region judging panel consisted of Andrew Bergstrom, Managing Director, Cossette; Sandra Bosela, President and Managing Partner, EdgeStone Capital Partners; Ginny Dybenko, Dean, School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University; Steve Gupta, President and CEO, Easton's Group of Hotels Inc.; Dr. Piyush Patel, CEO, AllerPharma Inc.; Josef W. Prosperi, Managing Director, Beringer Capital; John Young, Managing Director, Temple Street Productions Inc.

Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by Global TV, National Post, La Presse and RDI.

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