MONTRÉAL, 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.
"Our Québec finalists are entrepreneurial leaders and visionaries who have created and built market-leading businesses," says François Dufresne, Partner and Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Québec. "Their accomplishments have taken business excellence to new heights, helped create jobs and contributed to the vibrancy of communities across Canada."
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.
However, as economies become increasingly connected, companies may also encounter a new generation of rivals from both local and international markets. 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.
"As businesses expand, they need to understand, identify and build relationships with their local markets while sustaining a global vision," says Dufresne. "Entrepreneurs who do this can fuel innovation, rise above the competition and make lasting contributions to communities throughout the world."
Ernst & Young 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 Québec winners will be announced at a gala banquet in Montréal on October 27, and the overall winner will represent Québec at the national banquet in Toronto on November 17. For ticket information regarding the regional and national banquets, please contact Sophie Leclerc at 514 879 8173.
The 2010 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Groupe conseil FXinnovation Inc. - Montréal
FXinnovation is one of Québec's largest independent companies specializing in consulting services and information technology and communications optimization solutions.
Inder Bedi, Manny Kohli
MATT & NAT - Montréal
MATT & NAT is a collection of design-centric, eco-friendly and organic accessories. It's aiming to become the brand of a new era with its unique designs and exclusive materials.
PCO Innovation - Montréal
PCO Innovation is a consulting company specializing in the optimization of product lifecycle management and computer-aided design (PLM/CAD) tools, with a global team of more than 500 consultants and technical experts.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Groupe Qualinet Inc. - Québec
Groupe Qualinet is a leader in emergency and disaster-response cleaning services.
Innergex énergie renouvelable Inc. - Longueuil
Innergex is a Canadian pioneer in renewable energy. It develops, owns and operates sites across North America, focusing on hydropower plants and wind farms.
MTY Food Group Inc. - Saint-Laurent
MTY is one of the leading companies in the Canadian fast-food industry. Of its 25 brands, 21 are fully owned and four are exclusively licensed.
Distech Controls Inc. - Brossard
Distech Controls designs, manufactures and markets innovative building automation solutions, promoting energy and cost-efficient operation of buildings, while maintaining optimum comfort.
Robert Boileau Inc. - Saint-Laurent
Robert Boileau specializes in the distribution and repair of Zamboni ice-resurfacing products, as well as in operator training.
SPG Hydro International Inc. - Sainte-Julie
SPG specializes in underwater and marine structures such as dams, piers, bridges, ships, water intakes and outfalls. It provides professional inspection, construction, engineering and environment services.
Matthieu Laroche, Jonathan Quevillon
Cartouches certifiées - Montréal
Cartouches certifiées distributes and sells printing products, specifically recycled ink cartridges.
Conciliation travail-famille COMMODUS - Montréal
Commodus is a social enterprise brokerage that offers employers work-life balance services for their employees through a highly secure web transaction platform and a points system.
Essentia Group Inc. - Laval
Essentia Group designs, develops, manufactures and distributes exceptional mattresses and related sleep products that offer health-supporting characteristics, comfort and quality. Its patented 100% natural memory foam mattresses and pillows are designed to provide optimal support and comfort throughout the lifespan of the product.
Biotonix - Boucherville
Biotonix offers innovative health solutions for posture correction and fitness using a web-based imaging software technology. It is developing novel back and foot orthotics specifically designed to improve posture.
DirectLab Inc. - Blainville
DirectLab specializes in the innovative design and marketing of natural health products under the trade name Genacol.
Warnex Inc. - Laval
Warnex is a life sciences company that provides laboratory services to the pharmaceutical and health-care sectors.
Christian Van Gennip
Armoires Cuisines Action - Sainte-Sabine
Armoires Cuisines Action specializes in the design, retail, manufacture and installation of kitchen cabinets.
Interstar Pigments, Admixtures & Fibers - Sherbrooke
Interstar manufactures pigments, admixtures, fibres and dispensing systems for the concrete industry.
David Bowman, Jean Cloutier, Rob White
Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) - Saint-Laurent
OGC is a leading supplier of high-quality, high-value cycling, outdoor and snow-product brands. They also design and build Opus bicycles.
Media and entertainment
Chez Maya Inc. - Saint-Sauveur
Chez Maya is a news portal based on the sale of advertising space and the insertion of advertisements in the news. The company is one of the largest suppliers of virtual postcards and online games in the francophone market in Canada.
Corporation Image Entertainment Inc. - Montréal
Corporation Image Entertainment develops and produces premium-quality television and film entertainment projects for children and families.
Laboratoires Bug-Tracker inc. - Montréal
Bug-Tracker is a leading quality assurance and localization services provider to publishers and developers in the video game industry.
Éric Brunelle, André d'Orsonnens, Bertrand Pelletier
Druide Informatique Inc. - Montréaldruide.com
Druide Informatique designs and distributes consumer software, including the well-known program Antidote.
Groupe GFI Solutions Inc. - Montréal
Groupe GFI Solutions is a leading provider of IT solutions in Canada. They specialize in the design, implementation, integration and support of management software, and the development of e-business and electronic banking, professional and technical services.
Varitron Technologies Inc. - Saint-Hubert
Varitron is the largest electronics assembler in Québec, with specialized expertise in the medical, defence, automotive, rail, aviation, aerospace, security, automation and telecommunications sectors.
The Québec regional judges:
Gregor Angus, Executive Vice President
Johanne Dion, President
Jean Gattuso, President and CEO
A. Lassonde Inc.
Nina Gupta, President
Greenlite Lighting Corporation
Jacques Landreville, Corporate Director
Jacques Larivière, President
Bernard Poulin , President
Le Groupe S.M. International Inc.
The Québec Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards is presented in collaboration with Desjardins. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by Global TV, National Post, La Presse and RDI.
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