Awards shine the spotlight on Canadian entrepreneurs' ability to create
jobs and sustainable growth
MONTRÉAL, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Ernst & Young is proud to announce the
finalists in this year's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards and once again shine the spotlight on game-changing
entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation
across the country.
"It's important to highlight all the potential our entrepreneurs harness
and share with our markets and communities," explains Francois
Dufresne, Partner at Ernst & Young and Québec Director of Entrepreneur
of the Year. "Rewarding successful entrepreneurs means recognizing not
only their contribution to the economy, but the well-being of our
society as well."
According to the recent Ernst & Young report, Global job hot spots: help wanted, entrepreneurs expanded jobs in Canada — and globally — by 16% in 2011.
As well, 57% actively support community services and 25% have created
or funded educational programs.
Dufresne believes these statistics are proof points that show how
important it is for all stakeholders to support entrepreneurship.
"Shining the spotlight on entrepreneurs is one way we can help do that
— but in and of itself, it's not enough. Helping entrepreneurs get the
support they need is critical to their success and the viability of a
true entrepreneurial culture," says Dufresne.
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists
are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and
The Québec winners will be announced at a banquet on 25 October, and the
overall winner will represent the region at the national gala in
Toronto on 16 January, 2013.
The 2012 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Headquartered in Montréal, managing client contact centres founded in
2003 and specializing in technical solutions for call centres as well
as technical and billing support
Matthieu Laroche and Jonathan Quevillon
Specializing in printing products sales, this company offers a full
range of high-quality ink cartridges, from original to reused products
Canadian firm that is one of the few producers of tungsten ore in the
Americas owning one of the world's rare tungsten mines in operation:
Peru's Pasto Bueno mine
Promotions Universelles Inc.
Manufacturer and distributor of promotional products and corporate
apparel, this company reinvents the promotional product market through
various services under the same roof, in Boucherville
Business-to-consumer products and services
Guy Bessette and Manon Duplantie
National automobile body shop franchiser specializing in post-collision
serving predominantly the insurance industry and consisting of 313 body
shops all maintaining the same standards of quality, ethics and
Philip Allen Issenman
I-D Foods Corporation
For more than 63 years, national distributor of imported and specialty
food products representing over 65 major suppliers servicing over 1,500
skus across over 10,000 retail outlets
Luxury Retreats Inc.
World leader in luxury villa rentals, marketing over 1,800 villas in 55
regions through several popular websites, including www.luxuryretreats.com
Technology and communications
Sanjay Bakshani and Vicken Kanadjian
Cesium Telecom, Inc.
One of North America's leading distributors of wireless products,
introducing the latest technology from the world's top manufacturers
Macadamian Technologies Inc.
Global UI design and software innovation studio providing a complete
range of product strategy, user experience design and software
Designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art optical components and
modules for high-speed fiber-optic transmission networks, fiber lasers
and optical sensing applications
Designer and manufacturer of intelligent specialty orthotics for the
muskoskeletal system. This business also developed Québec's largest
network of orthotists: La Clinique du Pied Équilibre and Orthoconcept.
Leader in the garage door manufacturing sector in Canada and the seventh
largest manufacturer in North America, Garaga also manufactures
hardware systems adapted to its doors and distributes door openers.
Smardt Chiller Group Inc
Manufacturer of revolutionary high-efficiency oil-free centrifugal
chillers, from 60-1200 ton capacities, which enable large cooling
systems to save 30-50% of their energy consumption
Ben & Florentine Restaurants Inc.
Restaurant franchising specializing in the full service breakfast and
Modus FX, Inc.
Company headquartered in Ste-Thérèse creating visual effects and
offering quality digital postproduction services to film and television
industries around the world
Social search engine indexing both public and privately shared content
from your social networks, and letting you find recommendations from
your friends when you need them
Clothing, accessories and fashion
Yona Shtern and Robert Gold
Beyond the Rack Enterprises Inc.
North America's premier online shopping club offering its members the
most sought-after designer brand apparel, accessories, beauty, consumer
electronics, and home decor products
Distributor and manufacturer of leading sports brands such as NIVO and
VUARNET (sports apparel) and DR (hockey). Activities are divided into
five divisions: Ski, Outdoor, Optical, Team Sports and Apparel.
In 2004, actress and singer Caroline Néron founded this company. She
creates high-quality jewelry using mainly SWAROVSKI crystals, sold
under the brand name Bijoux Caroline Néron inc.
Media and entertainment
Leader in Canadian hotel in-room entertainment solutions developing
innovative, simple solutions adapted to the needs of hotels and their
Labarre Gauthier inc. (lg2)
Advertising agency with offices in Montréal and Québec City that stands
out by thinking like a brand and acting like a retailer
Les Productions WatchMojo
Original video programming on the people, places and trends that viewers
are passionate about (automotive, business, education, fashion, film,
food, health, music, parenting, sports, science, technology, travel,
Simplifying instant transactions between individuals and online
businesses and quickly becoming one of the world's leading online
Gaétan Migneault and Julie Bergevin
Groupe Adèle inc.
Québec's largest residential cleaning network offering high-quality
services, tremendous reliability, and competitive pricing in Québec,
Ontario, and soon in Paris
Les Services énergétiques Ecosystem
Providing energy services in Québec, Ontario and the United States and
working to modernize infrastructure with self-financed energy
Combines point-of-sale and back-office management on LightSpeed for Mac,
interactive selling on iPad and mobile, a fully integrated eCommerce
solution, and a scalable platform that is multi-user, multi-store
MédiaMed Technologies Inc.
Delivering IT solutions in the Québec healthcare sector for over 10
years and currently supporting healthcare network managers and nursing
staff in more than 50 healthcare facilities
Prospero Learning Solutions Inc.
Award-winning provider of custom training solutions that blend the best
in educational technologies and traditional learning strategies to
produce interactive, engaging and customized solutions
Special citation - Social entrepreneur
This special citation is a unique category among the awards. It's given
in recognition of an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven
large-scale social change and improved people's lives or quality of
Allô prof is a non-profit organization which supports staying in school
and academic success by providing free help with homework to Québec
students and parents by telephone and over the internet, from
elementary through secondary school.
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About Entrepreneur of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an
independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business
leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 Québec judging panel
consisted of Isabelle Bettez, President and CEO, 8D Technologies inc;
Étienne Borgeat, CEO, PCO Innovation, 2010 winner, Business-to-business
products and services category; Jean Cloutier, Vice-president,
Operations and Finance, Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC), 2010 winner,
Manufacturing; Nathalie Marcoux, Vice-president, Finance, Capinabel
Inc.; Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Senior Partner, Cycle Capital
Management; Guy Michaud, President, DirectLab Inc., 2010 winner, Health
Sciences; Pascal Pilon, President and CEO, Averna, 2009 winner,
Technology; Alexandre Taillefer, Partner, XPND Capital; and Étienne
Veilleux, President and CEO, Distech Controls Inc., 2010 winner,
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI. In Québec, Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored by Fonds de
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