Three Canadian entrepreneurs make creating social value their bottom line

EY celebrates social entrepreneurs with Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation awards

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - EY is pleased to present three deserving Canadian entrepreneurs with the Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation award for social entrepreneurship at the program's upcoming regional galas.

Winnipeg's Shaun Loney (BUILD and others), Toronto's Tim Jones (Artscape) and Montréal's Manon Barbeau (Wapikoni mobile) represent the true spirit of social entrepreneurship. They challenge the status quo through new innovations and improve the quality of life for people in Canada and beyond.

"These individuals set the standard for how to take business from the boardroom to the community," says Colleen McMorrow, Partner and National Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "Entrepreneurs are known to lead organizations that are bold, innovative and fast-growing — but what sets these three apart is how giving back is embedded in everything they do."

Shaun Loney of BUILD is one such entrepreneur. He provides training for people with limited experience on how to retrofit housing and install eco-friendly appliances.

"Social entrepreneurs play an unmatched role in building a better working world by helping to shape their communities," says McMorrow. "This creative and diligent community of game changers make social value a core principal of their business. That's something we can all admire."

Like Loney, Tim Jones and Manon Barbeau create positive change. Jones brings creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and Barbeau combats isolation and suicide among First Nations youth through the power of film.

"These entrepreneurs create social value through adaptable and scalable businesses that have a direct social impact," says McMorrow. "We're thrilled to honour them at our upcoming Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards galas."

Notable past winners include Marc and Craig Kielburger, Free The Children; Greg Overholt, Students Offering Support (SOS); Gabriel Bran Lopez, Fusion Jeunesse; Diane Johnson, Descriptive Video Works Inc.; Scott Gilmore, Building Markets; and Claudine Labelle, Fillactive.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Special Citation award recipients:

Shaun Loney
BUILD and others | Winnipeg
buildinc.ca
A social enterprise, non-profit contractor and training program for people who face barriers to employment.

Shaun will be honoured at the Prairies Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala in Calgary on October 16, 2014. For more information please contact Louise Hyland at 403 206 5372 or Louise.Hyland@ca.ey.com.

Tim Jones
Artscape | Toronto
artscape.ca
A not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

Tim will be honoured at the Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala in Toronto on October 29, 2014. For more information please contact Julie Olden at 416 943 2062 or Julie.Olden@ca.ey.com.

Manon Barbeau
Wapikoni mobile | Montréal
wapikoni.ca
A travelling studio that visits native communities, offering audio-visual training workshops in film and music.

Manon will be honoured at the Quebec Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala in Montreal on October 23, 2014. For more information, contact Sophie Leclerc at Sophie.Leclerc@ca.ey.com or 514 879 8173.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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

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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, TEC Canada, Merrill DataSite, The Printing House Limited and Kira Talent.

About EY's Strategic Growth Markets Network
EY's worldwide Strategic Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we've helped many of the world's most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early-stage venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed.

For more information, please visit ey.com/ca/Entrepreneurs.

EY was recently named 2014 Professional Services Organization of the Year by Startup Canada. The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish the individuals, communities and institutions in Canada that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

About EY
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 our communities.

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