Joseph L. Rotman to receive Ernst & Young's Lifetime Achievement Award at October 10 gala

Chairman and CEO of Roy-L Capital Corporation honoured by Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Ernst & Young is proud to honour Joseph L. Rotman, Chairman and CEO of Roy-L Capital Corporation, with the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant accomplishments as a truly game-changing entrepreneur. He will receive the honour at a Toronto gala on October 10.

"Celebrating individuals who have made outstanding contributions as entrepreneurs throughout their lifetime is what our Entrepreneur Of The Year program is all about," says Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "Joe's ingenuity, hard work and philanthropy have helped him to create and nurture successful businesses and health science organizations for decades."

Joe began his entrepreneurial career in 1962. A difference maker, he has used his business acumen to shape and transform healthcare, education and the arts. He has been the founder, benefactor and member of many successful organizations, including Clairvest Group Inc., Tarragon Oil and Gas, Geocrude Energy, PanCana Resources, PanCana Minerals, Embassy Resources, the Rotman Research Institute and the Rotman School of Management. His accomplishments were recognized in 1995 with the Order of Canada, the highest honour bestowed to Canadian citizens.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award is about more than just recognition. It's about moral philanthropy. It celebrates the kind of public mentorship needed to continually renew Canada's business ecosystem by spotlighting business and community leadership at the highest level.

"Joe exemplifies the entrepreneur's pioneering spirit. His contributions to the educational community and Canadian economy serve as inspiration and example to the next generation of entrepreneurs," says McMorrow. "His generosity has changed the face of the Canadian life sciences industry."

About Ernst & Young's Lifetime Achievement Award
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. It honours the visionary Canadians who innovate, create jobs, generate wealth and invest in the well-being of communities from coast to coast. In addition to naming industry and specialty category winners and the overall regional Entrepreneur Of The Year, Ernst & Young presents a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honours a distinguished, renowned business leader who, during their lifetime, has made a lasting impact on Canadian business and the community.

Past recipients of the Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award include Ted Rogers (2008), Wallace McCain (2007), Gerald Schwartz (2005), Isadore Sharp (2003), Edwin Mirvish (2002), Thomas and Sonja Bata (2001), and Frank Stronach (2000).

For ticket information about the Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario Awards Gala, please contact Katelyn Jarosz at 416 941 1810.

For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.

This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurial Services practice
Ernst & Young LLP's Entrepreneurial Services 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.

About Ernst & Young
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SOURCE: Ernst & Young

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