EY celebrates 20 years of outstanding entrepreneurial achievements
TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Congratulations to Geoffrey Smith of
EllisDon Corporation — Canada's 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year!
After five regional galas that brought together more than 5,000
supporters in markets from coast to coast, Geoffrey took the top spot
in the competition, which drew to a glittering close in Toronto last
night. He will represent Canada at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The
Year competition in Monaco June 4 to 8.
"We encounter incredible and inspiring stories of the entrepreneurial
spirit at its best through our Entrepreneur Of The Year program. And
Geoffrey's is certainly one we can all aspire to emulate," says Colleen
McMorrow, EY partner and National Entrepreneur Of The Year program
director. "Under his leadership, EllisDon didn't enter a new era of
growth — it redefined the meaning of the word. Today, the company is
moving into new markets and new sectors across Canada and around the
world. We can't wait to see what he'll accomplish next."
Geoffrey's win marks 20 years of Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners
in Canada. His name is the latest on a distinguished list of
game-changing Canadian entrepreneurs who span every industry and make
real noise on the global stage. The collective accomplishments of past
Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year winners include everything from
building new airlines to revolutionizing the entertainment sector to
developing groundbreaking technology — and beyond.
McMorrow cites Geoffrey's particular ability to scale this
employee-owned business up as a major achievement, one that other
emerging entrepreneurs must focus on to succeed in the long term.
"In Canada we've seen entrepreneurs, governments and corporations come
together to create a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem where startups
can flourish. And it's working. Now it's time to shift gears and
broaden our startup culture to one that effectively fosters long-term
growth," says McMorrow. "Entrepreneurs have taught us to always look
forward. Businesses built to scale will chart Canada's future course on
the global stage. That's the next step."
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
National special citations awarded:
Many of the award winners across the country stand out not only as
leaders in their industry, but also for the unique mark they've made on
the entrepreneurial landscape. The following entrepreneurs are EY
Entrepreneur Of The Year category award recipients in their regions and
were also selected by the national judges as special citation
honourees. These men and women have demonstrated outstanding innovation
in globalization, business models, products and services and
partnerships by embracing business challenges and opportunities with
passion, purpose, execution, relentless customer focus and realized
unprecedented financial results.
Shannon Rogers, Warren Roy
Global Relay Communications Inc. | Vancouver
An expert in compliance messaging solutions, including compliance
archiving, messaging, mobile and collaboration.
BroadbandTV | Vancouver
Business model innovation
Helps content creators become more successful online by providing them
with advanced tools and technology.
Landmark Group of Builders | Edmonton
One of the largest production homebuilders in Alberta specializing in
developing sustainable building.
Drayton Entertainment | Cambridge
Partnership with community
An award-winning circuit of seven live theatres operating in six
communities across Ontario: Cambridge, Drayton, Grand Bend,
Penetanguishene, Waterloo and St. Jacobs.
Constance Raymond, Jean-Françoys Brousseau
Outbox Holding CRB Inc. | Montréal
Manages and processes worldwide high-volume ticket sales for venues and
shows over an easy-to-use, innovative technology platform.
The 2014 World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards will be held June 4 to 8
in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Geoffrey Smith, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The
Year, will compete with more than 50 other country recipients for the
title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
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 National judging panel consisted of
Dr. Alan Ulsifer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FYidoctors (and
2012 National Entrepreneur Of The Year winner); Julia Deans, Chief
Executive Officer, Canadian Youth Business Foundation; Tony
Franceschini, retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Stantec
Incorporated; Michel Gendreau, President, Garaga Inc. (and 2012 Quebec
Entrepreneur Of The Year); Mike Mallory, New Brunswick Group Chair, TEC
Group; Donald A. McInnes, Vice Chairman, Alterra Power Corp. (and 2011
Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year Cleantech category award winner); and
David R. Shaw, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Knightsbridge Human
Capital Management (and 2010 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year
Professional/Financial Services category winner, 2010 National Special
Citation, Customer-Driven Excellence).
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, and to see all
the winners across Canada, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, Merrill DataSite and Pandora Jewellery.
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delivering integrated services tailored to their goals and needs at
every stage of the business lifecycle. We are the world leader in
advising, guiding and recognizing the entrepreneurs who propel the
economy — and community — forward.
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