Award celebrates his contributions to Canada's entrepreneurial culture
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - EY honoured his Excellency The Right
Honourable David Johnston with a special citation for his unwavering
commitment to and support of entrepreneurship in Ontario. The 20th anniversary EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Supporter of Entrepreneurship
Award recognizes his many contributions to Canada's rich
entrepreneurial culture, specifically in the Waterloo region. The award
was presented at EY's Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year gala last night.
"His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston has stood as an
inspiration for generations of entrepreneurs," says Colleen McMorrow,
EY Partner and the National and Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year
program director, and EY Canada's Strategic Growth Markets leader. "His
vision to combine scientific research and entrepreneurial zeal in the
Waterloo region has helped businesses do what they do best — move the
economy forward. We're very proud to honour his leadership and
commitment with this special citation."
Johnston is passionate about the many ways in which educational
institutions can influence Canada's economic development. As president
of the University of Waterloo, he made that real by fostering research
and development in the region. Under his leadership, the Perimeter
Institute, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Centre for
Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology and the Research Institute
for Aging were established, among other outstanding achievements. In
2011, the University renamed its state-of-the-art research park the
David Johnston Research and Technology Park in recognition of his
leading role in establishing the inspiring centre of innovation,
entrepreneurship and commercialization.
"By fostering ways to bring the developments first nurtured in Waterloo
to commercial markets, Johnston has helped make Canada a top country
for entrepreneurship," explains McMorrow, referring to EY's G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer, which recently ranked Canada as a "top 5" country for
"In the Waterloo region, Johnston's vision proved the power of three:
governments, entrepreneurs and corporations working together foster
sustainable growth," adds McMorrow. "By sharing his inspiring story, we
hope to encourage all entrepreneurs to aspire to the heights he's
achieved, and to collaborate with one another, as well as with
educational institutions, governments, incubators and other
stakeholders to build a brighter future."
The EY Support of Entrepreneurship Award is about more than just
recognition. The award recognizes moral philanthropy — a priceless
giving that encourages and inspires others. It celebrates the kind of
public mentorship needed to continually renew Canada's business
ecosystem by spotlighting business and community leadership at the
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is celebrating 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 social responsibility.
The Ontario category winners were announced at the gala last night. The
overall Ontario winner — Geoffrey Smith of EllisDon Corporation — will
compete with winners from the Atlantic, Quebec, Prairies and Pacific
regions at the national gala in Toronto on 27 November.
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 Ontario judging panel consisted of
John Albright, Founder and Managing Partner, Relay Ventures; Claude
Haw, Managing Partner, Venture Coaches; Tim Jackson, Vice President,
University Relations, University of Waterloo; Don Morrison, Senior
Managing Director and Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; Nicole
Musicco, Vice President, Funds & Co-Investments, Ontario Teachers'
Pension Plan; David Shaw, 2010 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year
professional services category winner and Founder and CEO,
Knightsbridge Human Capital Management; and Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO,
MaRS Discovery District.
For more information on the program, including a list of finalists, FAQs
and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about the Entrepreneur Of The Year program, or the
National Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on 27 November 2013,
please contact Julie Olden at 416 943 2062 or Julie.Olden@ca.ey.com.
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYOntario.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI,
Merrill DataSite and Pandora Jewellery. In Ontario, Entrepreneur Of The
Year is sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.
About EY's Strategic Growth Markets practice
EY's Strategic Growth Markets practice guides Canadian 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.
For more information, please visit ey.com/ca/Entrepreneurs.
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory
services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust
and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over.
We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to
all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in
building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for
For more information, please visit ey.com/ca.
EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the
member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a
separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company
limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.
SOURCE: EY (Ernst & Young)
For further information:
604 648 3607
416 943 5497
514 874 4308