Entrepreneurs create jobs that build a better working world in Canada -
HALIFAX, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - EY is proud to announce the 2013 Atlantic
Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists today. The announcement marks 20
years of shining the spotlight on leading entrepreneurs revving the job
creation engine across Canada and around the world.
"Entrepreneurs have an immense impact on our local and national
economies that goes well beyond the bottom line," says Jim Lutes,
Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "These business
leaders seize the day and create jobs, no matter what the local
economic forecast. EY has said it before and we'll say it again —
entrepreneurs really are helping build a better working world."
That theme was very clear at EY's World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY)
awards held in Monaco last month. Together, the 47 companies gathered
at the event represented a remarkable 59,000 jobs in the last three
That finding was compounded by EY's latest report, Global job creation, which found the leading entrepreneur survey respondents are continuing
to hire, not only to support their entry into new markets but to meet
new demand for goods and services. Accordingly, the future of job
creation is set to come not from big corporations or government, but
from entrepreneurs, who represent 66% of job creation within the OECD
and 85% within the EU.
"Our Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are no exception to the
research," says Lutes. "They're championing new opportunities at home
and abroad for the next generation."
From coast to coast our finalists represent 50,909 jobs in Canada.
That's something that WEOY keynote speaker Kofi Annan called a crucial
step toward tackling youth unemployment. Adds Lutes: "Job creation is
just one way entrepreneurs are helping take action against youth
unemployment — they're also inspiring the next generation to pursue
their own business ventures by setting an example of what's possible
when you put your mind to something."
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 20th 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 Atlantic winners will be announced at a gala on 3 October. The gala
will also honour Daniel E. (Danny) Williams with the 2013 Atlantic
Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his substantial
achievements as a successful lawyer and businessman, and a dedicated
The overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held
in Toronto on 27 November.
The 2013 Atlantic finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Major Drilling Group International Inc. | Moncton
One of the world's largest drilling services companies, primarily
servicing the mining industry, with extensive field operations in
North, South and Central America, Africa, Australia and Asia.
Bernard J. (Tanny) Collins
PF Collins International Trade Solutions | St. John's
Provides international trade solutions including: freight forwarding,
customs brokerage, consulting, project logistics, warehousing,
immigration, marine agency, and crating and distribution services.
Greg Drodge, Terry King
Talon Energy Services | St. John's
Provides full-service energy services and solutions to the oil and gas,
resource, and heavy industrial sectors, including: personnel,
engineering, fabrication, and construction services.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Crosby Molasses Co. Ltd. | Saint John
Food processing that manufactures an ever-expanding line of
dry-sugar-based products and syrups, with distribution in Canada, the
New England states and other international locations.
Franchise Management Inc. | Woodstock
One of the largest Pizza Hut franchisee operators in Canada, owning and
operating restaurants across Canada and the US.
PropertyGuys.com | Moncton
Provides a network of real estate professionals, local expertise,
detailed listings, and unique online tools that enable homeowners to
sell their own home without paying high agent commissions.
Seafair Capital | St. John's
Owns successful and growing companies in the health care, real estate
and industrial supply sectors.
ANG Food Services Ltd. | Dartmouth
Offers a completely unique gourmet experience at Halifax's first gourmet
burger restaurant and a modern Mexican restaurant.
IPECC | Halifax
Specializes in acting as owners' representatives, provides turnkey
solutions which include computer-aided design, construction and
relocation management and emergency planning.
Novawise, Inc. | Halifax
Makes powerful and flexible mobile data collection software.
G2 Research Ltd. | Dartmouth
Produces analysis software for national security organizations that
analyzes location data to produce a "Pattern-of-Life", predict future
travel and identify meetings across multiple tracks.
Dave Grebenc, Roxanne Fairweather
Innovatia Inc. | Saint John
Delivers knowledge management services to clients in both the ICT and
energy sectors in three primary areas: documentation, learning
solutions and technical support.
Pat d'Entremont, David Nicholson
Nicom IT Solutions | Halifax
Helps local businesses run more effectively and find new customers by
providing IT professional services, web design and internet marketing.
Also provides professional advisory services and software products to
the seaport industry.
Bill Adams, Greg Patey, Paul Tobin
STI Technologies Limited | Halifax
Connects physicians, patients, pharmacy and pharma with a variety of
card-based programs empowering choice amongst healthcare professionals
and patients, improving patient outcomes.
Aspin Kemp & Associates | Stratford
Delivers innovative products, technically advanced services, integrated
systems documentation and world-class training primarily to the marine
and offshore industry.
Northampton Brewing Company Ltd. | Northampton
Brewing since 1995, Picaroons Traditional Ales is New Brunswick's first
Techlink Entertainment | Sydney
An inventive gaming technology provider based in Nova Scotia,
consistently introducing first-to-market offerings in gaming machines,
games, systems and responsible-gambling tools.
Crandall Engineering Ltd. | Moncton
A locally owned consulting engineering firm providing services
throughout Atlantic Canada in civil, municipal, transportation,
mechanical and electrical engineering.
Dr. John McManaman
Docbraces | Moncton
An orthodontic clinic with four practices throughout the Maritimes.
Martek Morgan Finch Inc. | St. John's
Provides various real estate and professional services.
Bob Owens, Dave MacFadyen
Owens MacFadyen Group | Saint John
An independent wealth management firm providing comprehensive advice to
high-income, high-net-worth business owners and professionals.
Future Group Company | Torbay
Encompasses land development, residential and commercial construction,
real estate services, and residential and commercial civil construction
in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with residential construction in
rcs Construction Inc. | Bedford
A general contractor building and renovating spaces for clients in the
commercial, retail, institutional, corporate and hospitality sectors in
the Atlantic provinces.
Sira Enterprises Ltd. | Moncton
Creates communities for living and is the leader in quality apartment
living in New Brunswick.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Entrepreneurs turn us on. To new ideas, new ways of thinking and new
possibilities. We've shone the spotlight on entrepreneurs for 20 years
— and we've only just begun. Nominees are reviewed by an independent
judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and
previous award recipients. The 2013 Atlantic judging panel consisted of
Denis Connor, Past Chair, First Angel Network; Melinda Lee, Partner
Frosting Cake and Event Design; Earl Ludlow, President and CEO,
Newfoundland Power; Mike Mallory, New Brunswick Group Chair, TEC Group;
Gerry Pond, Partner, Mariner Partners; Duncan Shaw, 2010 Atlantic
Entrepreneur Of The Year winner, President, Mullache Corporation; and
Jo Mark Zurel, President, Stonebridge Capital Inc.
For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about the Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
gala on 3 October 2013 and sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Kathleen Potter at 506 634 2135 or Kathleen.Potter@ca.ey.com.
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYAtlantic.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI and Merrill DataSite. In the Pacific region, Canada Wide Media is
the platinum sponsor, Hunt Personnel-Temporarily Yours and Sauder
School of Business are the silver sponsors, and Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver is the patron sponsor.
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entrepreneurs by delivering integrated services tailored to their goals
and needs at every stage of the business lifecycle. We are the world's
leader in advising, guiding and recognizing the entrepreneurs who
propel the economy — and community — forward.
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