MONTREAL, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Technology executives attending the
prestigious CEO Vision event at Mont-Tremblant selected Claude
Mc Master, CEO of D-BOX Technologies as "2011 SGF CEO of the Year". The
CEOs selected the winner by a secret ballot following presentations by
the three finalists highlighting their entrepreneurial achievements for
2010. Organized by the Quebec Technology Association in conjunction
with SGF, this honour is awarded to a CEO of a technology company in
recognition of exemplary leadership and contributions to the visibility
of the Quebec Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
Following a review of the company's business model, Claude Mc Master
negotiated key agreements with major Hollywood studios and received $28
million from renowned institutions. D-BOX's innovation gave rise to
award-winning technologies. The company added 32 theatres in 2010, for
a total of 52 theatres in North America, Europe and Japan. The company
also opened new markets, including casinos, health care, and flight
"Year after year, this high profile forum provides a unique venue to
highlight the expertise of Quebec's technology leaders. I commend each
and every one of them for their outstanding performance", stated Pierre
Puglièse, Senior Vice-president, SGF Investments, Technologies and Life
The CEOs and industry representatives in attendance heartily
congratulated Eric Chouinard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
iWeb, and Andy Kulakowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Speedware, the two runners-up for the 2011 Award, on their success.
"The winner and two runners-up provide shining examples of the
entrepreneurship, passion, and leadership that are so essential to the
success of our companies. Their accomplishments clearly reflect the
theme of the 11th edition of the CEO Vision event, which focused this year on Growth",
stated Nicole Martel, Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec Technology
The secret ballot for the selection of the 2011 SGF CEO of the Year
award was supervised by the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton firm.
The evening also saw a "Coup de Cœur" awarded to Jean-Claude Coutu,
President of JOVACO Solutions, in recognition of the entrepreneurial
spirit that has driven him for more than 25 years and the
intergenerational transfer currently underway at his company.
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About the Quebec Technology Association
The SGF CEO of the Year Award is organized by the Quebec Technology
Association (AQT), which currently has more than 450 members and
affiliate members (www.aqt.ca/en). The Association represents Quebec Information and Communications
Technology companies, their management teams, and industry partners.
The AQT supports their growth objectives. The AQT Growth Accelerator
provides access to a broad range of services and networking
opportunities, while also facilitating access to the best management
and marketing practices.
Société générale de financement du Québec (www.sgfqc.com/en), an industrial and financial holding company, has a mission to carry
out economic development projects, with emphasis on the industrial
sector, in co-operation with partners and on standard profitability
conditions, in accordance with the economic development policy of the
Québec government. In keeping with its mandate, SGF is authorized by
the Québec government to go beyond its traditional role as an equity
investor by offering additional financial solutions.
About the winner
Claude Mc Master, President and Chief Executive Officer, D-BOX
About the runners-up
Eric Chouinard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, iWeb
Andy Kulakowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Speedware
About the "Coup de Coeur"
Jean-Claude Coutu, President, JOVACO Solutions
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SOURCE QUEBEC TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION (AQT)
For further information:
AQT - Sylvie Castonguay, 514-874-2667, ext. 103, firstname.lastname@example.org
SGF - Sophie Alarie, 514-876-9368, email@example.com