Firm recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs who make a difference in the global economy
TORONTO, July 6 /CNW/ - Canada's most successful entrepreneurs improve the quality of life for people across the globe, Ernst & Young said today as the firm announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2010 Awards.
"This year's outstanding Ontario finalists share an unwavering determination to realize their dreams and change lives," says Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. "As world markets become increasingly connected - and the global economy begins to rebound from the recent downturn - the success of entrepreneurs in Ontario can quickly spread to communities in other parts of the world."
According to a recent Ernst & Young publication, A world of opportunity: Entrepreneurial perspectives on the impact of globalization, entrepreneurs have been quick to seize opportunities presented by the opening of new markets.
"It's the most flexible and agile organizations that are set to thrive in the new economic landscape, and not necessarily the bigger and long-established ones," says McMorrow. "Surviving in today's fast-paced business environment demands openness to new ideas, speed, creativity, perseverance and excellence in execution."
In another recent report, Ambitious, adept and agile, Ernst & Young finds that just over two-thirds of entrepreneurs surveyed agree that globalization has opened the door to new and unforeseen competitors. Companies are suddenly finding a new generation of rivals from both local and international markets.
"The key to staying above the competition is to be relentlessly innovative, create better products and services, maximize efficiency and make use of the best talent available," McMorrow says. "Companies that can achieve these requirements are poised to succeed and make a difference - to themselves, and to people the world over."
Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs in Canada and around the world who drive growth, build communities and transform industries. The Canadian program is in its 17th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
The names of the Ontario winners will be announced at a gala banquet in Toronto on October 13, and the overall winner will represent Ontario at the national banquet in Toronto on November 17. For ticket information regarding the regional and national banquets, please contact Linda Starr at 416 943 3053.
The 2010 Ontario finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Enermodal Engineering is Canada's largest consulting firm exclusively
dedicated to green buildings and communities.
Monteco is a cleantech firm that develops and launches environmental
products in the water, air and energy sectors.
NextEnergy is a leading Canadian designer and marketer of geothermal
Nu Flow manufactures and installs innovative green technologies to
rehabilitate the inner infrastructure of deteriorated or failing water
Consumer products and services
Centennial Windows Ltd./London
Centennial Windows manufactures and installs custom replacement windows
and doors. They also provide warranty and service for customers for as
long as they own their homes.
Collega and Civello Salon - Spas/North York
Collega Education offers classes in product knowledge, hair colour, cut,
spa, retailing and business-building programs to salon owners, managers
Obelysk is one of Canada's largest private equity firms, providing
capital to and overseeing the strategic management of diversified
Great Circle Works/Oakville
Great Circle Works is an innovator, manufacturer and global distributor
of toys and sporting goods articles for kids young and old.
Morgan Solar Inc./North York
Morgan Solar created the Sun Simba, a solar panel for utility-scale,
grid-connected solar farms.
Syncapse is a global leader in digital consulting and measurement, and
helps its clients leverage the power of social media.
Energy and natural resources
GlobeStar Mining Corporation/Toronto
GlobeStar is a copper and gold producer with operations in the Dominican
Republic, and is also engaged in the acquisition of copper and gold
properties in major Latin American mining districts.
Northland Power Income Fund/Toronto
Northland Power Income Fund is a Canadian open-ended income trust that
indirectly owns equity interests in six power facilities, including three
power plants and three wind power projects.
Stanton Farms is a state-of-the-art dairy farm business that uses
technology to maximize its energy efficiencies and minimize its
Alphora Research Inc./Mississauga
Alphora Research provides active pharmaceutical ingredient technology
development services for the scale-up of complex small molecules with
pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications.
Closing the Gap Healthcare Group/Mississauga
Closing the Gap provides high-quality community-based health-care
services, including rehabilitation therapy, nursing, personal support,
health-care consulting and driveable services.
Southmedic is a forward-thinking medical manufacturing and distribution
organization with a focus on innovation.
Flight Network is a privately held company focused on providing discount
airfare through the internet to the Canadian market.
INK is the parent company of successful entertainment complexes in the
Rita Tsang, Annie Tsu
Tour East Group/North York
Tour East provides integrated travel and business solutions to both
travel agencies and consumers, including fulfillment, technology, travel
contents and tours.
Backerhaus Veit Ltd./Woodbridge
Backerhaus Veit is a manufacturer and supplier of premium European-style,
artisan par-baked (frozen) breads to the retail and foodservice market in
Canada Goose Inc./Toronto
Canada Goose is committed to producing the best extreme cold weather
outerwear in the world.
Trimaster Manufacturing Inc./Guelph
Trimaster's in-house capabilities include manufacturing engineering,
precision high-speed computer numerical control (CNC) milling, CNC
Swiss-style turning, CNC turning, grinding, elastomer moulding and
grinding, sheet metal fabrication and precision assembly.
Media and entertainment
Asian Television Network International Limited/Newmarket
Asian Television Network is Canada's largest South Asian broadcaster,
operating 23 television channels, including three Chinese channels.
James Schmalz, Michael Schmalz
Digital Extremes Ltd./London
Digital Extremes created the Evolution Engine(TM), a proprietary
middleware technology that offers a variety of unique tools and processes
to help AAA console game developers make better games.
Pelmorex Media Inc./Oakville
Pelmorex Media blends technology, science and creativity to manufacture
content to serve the weather needs of all Canadians on TV, web, desktop
Global Group of Companies/Richmond Hill
Global is a financial services firm that offers an array of financial
solutions, including education savings plans, life and disability
insurance, mutual funds, stocks, bonds and other investments.
Infinium Group Inc./Toronto
Infinium Group is a leading independent electronic trading firm
specializing in alternative quantitative and arbitrage strategies.
Knightsbridge Human Capital Management Inc./Toronto
Knightsbridge provides human capital advice and customized solutions
through integrated teams of specialists.
Trow Global is one of Canada's largest engineering and consulting firms,
providing engineering, project management, environment and urban planning
Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that
provides year-round camp programming to kids with and affected by
George Roter, Mitchell Parker
Engineers Without Borders Canada/Toronto
Engineers Without Borders engages 50,000 members in 35 chapters to
promote the idea that lasting change in Africa will stem not from
charity, but from helping foster opportunity.
Students Offering Support/Waterloo
Students Offering Support is a student-led charitable association that
raises money to help children in Latin America gain access to quality
Technology and communications
Dyadem provides enterprise operational risk management and quality risk
management through industry-leading software solutions.
Kubra Data Transfer Ltd./Mississauga
KUBRA provides business process outsourcing solutions that support the
entire customer communication management lifecycle across digital and
Pathway Communications is a Canadian company and is part of the Pathway
Group of Companies, which offers a broad range of high-quality internet
and telecommunications services.
Direct Sales Force Inc./Toronto
Direct Sales Force provides clients with an outsourced sales solution.
The company hires, trains and manages its own staff to market its
clients' products face to face.
Intrafinity software services and products enable organizations to get
the most value out of their digital content by effectively managing their
websites, documents, collaboration and online learning.
Jolted Media Group Ltd./Toronto
Jolted Media Group is one of the largest online media companies, and
oversees one of the biggest entertainment properties on the web:
Well.ca is Canada's largest online health and beauty store, providing
convenient online shopping and a selection of over 31,000 products.
The Ontario regional judges are:
Andrew Bergstrom, Managing Director
Sandra Bosela, Partner
EdgeStone Capital Partners
Ginny Dybenko, Dean, School of Business and Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University
Steve Gupta, President and CEO
Easton's Group of Hotels Inc.
Piyush Patel, CEO
Joe Prosperi, Managing Director
John Young, Managing Director
Temple Street Productions Inc.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by Global TV, National Post, La Presse and RDI.
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