Game-changing vision and leadership earns top honours
TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Alan Ulsifer, President and Chief
Executive Officer of FYidoctors — Canada's largest independent eye care
product and service provider — is this year's National Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year winner.
"Dr. Alan Ulsifer's achievements are no small feat. His innovative
vision of merging full scope optometric practices into a single entity
— the first of its kind in the country — transformed Canada's optometry
industry," says Colleen McMorrow, Partner and National Director,
Entrepreneur Of The Year. "These kinds of innovative solutions that
overcome a struggling economy take strong leadership and an even
That's something Ernst & Young finds common to many entrepreneurs. The
recent report, Defying gravity: high-growth entrepreneurship in a slow-growth economy, which surveys more than 600 US Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 finalists,
shows that over 40% believe their greatest source of success is
assembling the right management team — a finding that rings true in
Canada as well, McMorrow says.
"High-performing entrepreneurs understand the power and potential of
developing strong people teams," she adds. "They excel at creating
these teams, innovating among them and instilling vision and passion in
More than 25% of respondents also believe that their ability to identify
and develop talent is their biggest strength — a quality Alan has
proven is key.
"Having the right people in place can mean the difference between
overcoming roadblocks and hitting them head on," says McMorrow. "Alan's
commitment to building leaders, not just managers, at all levels of the
business is what makes FYidoctors a true stand-out."
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and
contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. The Canadian
program is in its 19th year of honouring the country's most impressive
entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award winners are chosen
based on a number of factors, including their vision, leadership,
financial performance and social responsibility.
For more information on Defying gravity, click here.
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 Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year category award recipients in their
regions and were also selected by the national judges as special
citation honourees. These entrepreneurs have demonstrated outstanding
growth through environmentally conscious global expansion, leadership
by embracing business challenges and opportunities with passion,
purpose and execution, and realized unprecedented financial results.
Energold Drilling Corp. | Vancouver, British Columbia
The largest frontier specialty contract commodity drilling company in
the world operating across metals, energy and manufacturing.
Maxxam Analytics | Mississauga
Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the
energy, environmental, food and DNA industries.
The Herjavec Group | Toronto
IT security/infrastructure integration firm specializing in security
solutions, WAN acceleration and emerging technologies.
The 2013 World Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards will be held June 6 to 9 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Dr. Alan
Ulsifer, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year, will compete with more than
50 other country recipients for the title of Ernst & Young World
Entrepreneur Of The Year®.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of
several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients.
The 2012 national judging panel consisted of Peter Barnes, Founding
Shareholder, DeepGreen Resources Inc. (and 2010 Pacific Entrepreneur Of
The Year mining category winner); Jean Cloutier, Vice President Finance
and Operations, Outdoor Gear Canada (and 2010 Quebec Entrepreneur Of
The Year manufacturing category winner); Mike Duff, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Design Group Staffing Services (and 2006 Prairies
Entrepreneur Of The Year professional/financial services category
winner); Mike Mallory, New Brunswick Group Chair, TEC Group; 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); and Carol Stephenson, Dean,
Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.
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