Canadian entrepreneurs raising the bar on business success



    Ernst & Young unveils Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award finalists
    for 2008

    MONTREAL, July 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Today's entrepreneurs continue to fill a
critical role in the success of the Canadian economy, said Ernst & Young today
while unveiling this year's finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of
The Year Awards.
    "Entrepreneurs recognize opportunities others don't and are passionate
about business," said François Dufresne, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The
Year Awards program for Québec and an Ernst & Young partner in Montréal. "We
truly admire their inspiring ambition and unconventional vision. Their burning
hunger for success drives business growth in Québec and all of Canada."
    The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. This year, the Canadian program is
proudly celebrating a milestone anniversary - 15 years of honouring the
country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
    In 2007, Canada's own Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil,
brought home top honours, winning the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The
Year(R) Award. This year's finalists embark on the same path, providing great
examples of entrepreneurialism at its best. The Québec winners will be
announced at a banquet on October 23, 2008, and the overall winner will
represent the region at the national banquet in November.

    The 2008 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur of The Year are:

    Business-to-Business Products & Services

    Jean-Pierre Blais, Don Wall
    Canadian Helicopters Income Fund / Les Cèdres, QC
    www.canadianhelicopters.com
    Canadian Helicopters Income Fund is Canada's largest provider of
    helicopter transportation services, boasting one of the world's largest
    fleets.

    Marc Bibeau
    Overseas Express Consolidators (Canada) Inc. / Lachine, QC
    One of the leading logistics providers from Asia to North America, OEC
    provides logistics solutions through its worldwide network.

    Peter Hart
    Rideau Recognition Solutions / Montréal, QC
    www.rideau.com
    Rideau offers customized global recognition and incentive solutions that
    drive employee customer and business performance and ROI.

    Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

    Jean Gattuso
    A. Lassonde Inc. / Rougemont, QC
    A. Lassonde is a leading Canadian developer, manufacturer and marketer of
    fruit and vegetable juices and drinks.

    Giuseppe Panzera
    Ciot Montreal Inc. / Montréal, QC
    Ciot is an importer and distributor of ceramic and stone tiles and slabs,
    as well as plumbing accessories for the commercial and residential
    markets.

    Daniel Beaucage
    Le Groupe Beaucage / Sherbooke, QC
    www.groupebeaucage.com
    Beaucage operates 16 car dealerships in Sherbrooke, Granby and
    Drummondville, in addition to its body shop and short-term car rental
    businesses.

    Information Technology

    Roberto Caniglia, Robert Ste-Marie
    36pix photolab / Montréal, QC
    www.36pix.com
    36pix offers workflow solutions, complete with lab services, for the
    school photography industry.

    Pascal Pilon
    Averna / Montréal, QC
    www.averna.com
    Averna leads the test engineering field by developing technologies and
    delivering solutions that accelerate electronic product development and
    improve quality standards for innovative, high-tech manufacturers.

    Charles Mony
    Creaform / Lévis, QC
    www.creaform3d.com
    Creaform's products and services include 3D scanning, reverse engineering
    and inspection, as well as design, development and analysis. It also
    develops the Handyscan 3D, a line of self-positioning and portable
    handheld laser scanners.

    Manufacturing

    Eric Bélanger
    AGT / Trois-Rivières, QC
    www.agtech.qc.ca
    AGT develops automated and robotic production equipment for metal
    manufacturers, providing clients with major gains in productivity and
    efficiency.

    Nicolas Juillard
    JB Martin Ltée / St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC
    www.jbmartin.ca
    JB Martin is a world leader in the manufacture of high-performance
    technical fabrics for composite and protective applications.

    André Couture, Martin Couture
    Sanimax Industries Inc. / Montréal, QC
    www.sanimax.com
    Sanimax develops enviro-friendly solutions for the food, agri-food and
    renewable energy industries.

    Professional/Financial Services

    Mark Cohen, Avi Wallerstein
    Lasik MD / Montréal, QC
    www.lasikmd.com
    Lasik MD is Canada's leading provider of laser vision correction surgery,
    with 19 clinics in Canada and one in the US.

    Steven Jast
    ROI Research on Investment / Montréal, QC
    www.roivision.com
    ROI Research on Investment is a provider of customized market research on
    site selection and expansion-related activities for corporations
    worldwide.

    Sonia Gagnon
    SGMarketing / Montréal, QC
    www.sgmarketing.ca
    SGMarketing is a marketing firm offering a broad range of services
    targeting shopping centres and real estate companies.

    Real Estate/Construction

    Etienne Veilleux
    Distech Controls / Brossard, QC
    www.distech-controls.com
    Distech Controls manufactures building automation products, including
    electronic controllers and network management tools, allowing for
    greener, more sustainable energy management within commercial and
    institutional buildings.

    Marie-Claude Houle
    EBC inc. / Ancienne-Lorette, QC
    www.ebcinc.qc.ca
    EBC erects buildings and provides other specialty construction services,
    such as civil engineering and earthworks.

    Sam Scalia
    Samcon / Montréal, QC
    www.samcon.ca
    A key player in Montréal's urban renewal since 1991, Samcon has
    constructed over 2,500 condominiums, helping to rebuild and transform
    several island neighbourhoods.

    Social Entrepreneur

    Nina Gupta
    Greenlite Lighting Corporation / Pointe-Claire, QC
    www.greenlite.ca
    Greenlight Lighting is one of the world's leading manufacturers of
    energy-efficient lighting products and one of the few Canadian companies
    that manufactures and distributes energy-efficient compact fluorescent
    bulbs.

    Mohamad Alameddine
    O.NOIR / Montréal, QC
    www.onoir.com
    At O.NOIR, seeing patrons dine in total darkness and are waited on by
    blind servers, casting the traditional culinary experience in a whole new
    light.

    Frédéric Potvin
    Tricentris / Lachute, QC
    www.tricentris.com
    Tricentris, a sorting and recycling facility, sorts and sells materials
    received from its client municipalities and members, as well as
    businesses.

    The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. As well, the Québec regional Entrepreneur Of The Year
Program works in collaboration with Desjardins.

    About Ernst & Young

    Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and
advisory services. Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by our shared
values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by
helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve potential.
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For further information: Amanda Olliver, (416) 943-7121,
amanda.olliver@ca.ey.com; Julie Fournier, (514) 874-4308,
julie.fournier@ca.ey.com; Ines Gomes, (416) 943-2095, ines.gomes@ca.ey.com


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