Ernst & Young recognizes entrepreneurs who exemplify vision and
TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Dani Reiss, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Canada Goose Inc. — an iconic, high-quality, "made in
Canada" outerwear manufacturer — is this year's Ontario Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® winner.
"Entrepreneurs possess a determined mindset, an innovative nature and a
willingness to take risks without fear of failure," says Colleen
McMorrow, National and Ontario Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "Dani risked everything by rebranding his family's company as Canada
Goose. But it paid off. Today, the company is an industry leader and
strong example for the 'made in Canada' movement — one that consumers
continue to embrace on a global scale."
Canada Goose has built its reputation on core values of best-in-class
quality, functionality, authenticity and technical innovation. But it
takes more than an inspired idea to get from startup to standout.
Leading entrepreneurs surround themselves with the right people — who
not only have the technical and business skills to take the company forward, but also share their
"Dani owes his success not only to his vision but to the colleagues and
advisors around him who contributed to it," says McMorrow. "With their
help, he has navigated the tumultuous landscape of domestic apparel
manufacturing and reinvented a company that exists today as one of the
only globally recognized Canadian clothing brands."
This kind of forward-looking approach can be critical to an
entrepreneur's success. In fact, Nature or nurture? Ernst & Young's global survey of leading entrepreneurs, found 76% of
those polled cited vision as the top quality necessary to achieve
Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around
the world. The Canadian program is in its 18th year of honouring the
country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
Award winners are chosen based on a number of factors, including their
vision, leadership, financial performance and social responsibility.
Category winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Ontario Awards:
Business-to-business products and services
Achievers l Toronto
An employee-recognition solution that helps companies drive performance.
Unlike traditional service award programs, it creates authentic moments
of recognition that resonate with a multigenerational workforce.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Canada Goose l Toronto
Manufactures the world's best-quality outerwear, all made in Canada. In
its 50+ years of manufacturing in Canada, the company has become an
iconic, premier, premium, global brand.
Polar Mobile l Toronto
Enables world-class media companies to extend their brand and content to
mobile through a scalable software platform.
Media and entertainment
Mood Media Corporation l Toronto
A leading in-store media specialist. Using music, visual and scent
media, the company creates and delivers memorable consumer experiences
that increase loyalty, create brand differentiation and maximize
exp Global Inc. l Brampton
Engineering, project management, environment and urban planning.
Dr. Ronald Schlegel
RBJ Schlegel Holdings Inc. l Kitchener
Encompasses five divisions: Schlegel Villages, Homewood Health Centre,
Homewood Human Solutions, Schlegel Urban Developments and Farming.
Dominion Voting Systems Corporation l Toronto
Develops knowledge-based proprietary solutions and services for the
elections industry, and markets, sells and licenses them to domestic
Freshii l Toronto
A "Lettuce Eatery" devoted 100% to making a salad just the way you like
it. Choose your greens, your toppings, your toppings' toppings and, of
course, your dressing.
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
Students Offering Support (SOS) l Waterloo
A social venture that supports chapters residing within universities
across North America. Each chapter runs Exam-AID review sessions,
taught by volunteers funding education projects in developing nations.
As Ontario's 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year, Dani will compete with
Robert Little (Pacific winner), Mac Van Wielingen (Prairies winner),
Marcel Lebrun and Chris Ramsey (Atlantic winners) and Sean Roosen
(Quebec winner) for the national honour of Canada's Entrepreneur Of The
Year 2011. That award will be presented at a gala celebration November
23, 2011, in Toronto.
In June 2012, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 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. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is
composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award
recipients. The 2011 Ontario region judging panel consisted of Andrew
Bergstrom, Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Cossette
Communications Inc; Ginny Dybenko, Acting Executive Director,
University of Waterloo; Andrew Claerhout, Vice-President, Ontario
Teachers' Pension Plan; Don Morrison, Senior Managing Director and
Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, Chief
Executive Officer, MaRS Discovery District; David R. Shaw, Founder and
Chief Executive Officer, Knightsbridge Human Capital Management Inc.,
2010 Ontario award recipient for the professional/financial services
category and 2010 national special citation recipient for
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.
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