Awards shine the spotlight on Canadian entrepreneurs' ability to create
sustainable growth - and jobs
TORONTO, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Ernst & Young is proud to announce the
finalists in this year's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards and once again shine the spotlight on game-changing
entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation
across the country.
"We're thrilled to celebrate this year's group of Entrepreneur Of The
Year finalists — and for good reason," says Colleen McMorrow, National
and Ontario Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "These businesspeople
have done the unthinkable: they've turned ideas into realities. And
every time they do, they raise Canadians' standard of living by
creating good jobs."
According to the recent Ernst & Young report, Global job hot spots: help wanted, entrepreneurs expanded jobs in Canada — and globally — by 16% in 2011
and still show signs of growth.
"There's no denying that entrepreneurs are a powerful force in business
and communities around the world," says McMorrow. "Not only are the
majority of these business leaders serial entrepreneurs that perpetuate
growth, 57% actively support community services and 25% have created or
funded an educational program."
McMorrow says that these statistics combined are proof points that show
how important it is for all stakeholders to support entrepreneurship in
Canada and abroad.
"Shining the spotlight on entrepreneurs is one way we can help do that —
but in and of itself, it's not enough. Helping entrepreneurs get the
support they need is critical to their success and the viability of a
true entrepreneurial culture here, and abroad," says McMorrow.
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists
are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and
The Ontario winners will be announced at a banquet on October 10, and
the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held
in Toronto on January 16, 2013.
For more information on Global job hot spots: help wanted, click here.
The 2012 Ontario finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Collective Point of Sale Solutions Ltd.
Leading merchant acquirer that provides end-to-end debit/credit payment
processing and innovative point-of-sale solutions to small and
medium-sized enterprises across Canada
Jennifer Nashmi and Victoria Sopik
Kids + Company Ltd.
Works directly with family-oriented corporations to develop progressive
childcare and eldercare options that help address employee work-life
balance and productivity
Specializes in top-quality, technologically advanced automotive parts —
as well as service and customer support.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Steve Beauchesne and Tim Beauchesne
Beau's All Natural Brewing
Brews interesting, award-winning, tasty beers using the highest quality
all-natural ingredients, like certified organic hops and malts and
local spring water
Alex Rechichi and Mark Rechichi
Franchisor and operator of over 265 restaurants in North America under
the brand names Extreme Pita, Mucho Burrito and Pur Blendz
Provides a full range of hearing healthcare services to the public
through 105 clinic locations in Ontario
John Van Leeuwen and Steven Bloembergen
Global supplier of novel bio-based products to displace petroleum-based
materials in the binder, coating and adhesive markets
Dr. Phillip Simmons
World leader in the innovative design and manufacture of water
purification, gas processing and chemical recovery process equipment
John Paul Morgan
Morgan Solar Inc.
Founded in 2007 to develop next-generation solar power technologies that
will make solar energy significantly less expensive
Karlo Estates Inc.
Winery located in Prince Edward County, ideally situated close to the
shores of Lake Ontario
Ottawa-based cosmetics manufacturer that produces mineral-based
Somen Mondal and Shaun Ricci
N4 Systems Inc.
World's leading paperless safety compliance and inspection management
World's largest independent digital health agency; develops engaging
digital experiences rooted in strategic and marketing insights,
creative thinking and technological expertise
Harley Finkelstein and Tobi Lütke
One of the leading e-commerce platforms globally, with more than 24,000
online shops in more than 88 countries
The Herjavec Group
IT security/infrastructure integration firm specializing in security
solutions, WAN acceleration and emerging technologies
Media and entertainment
James Schmalz and Michael Schmalz
Digital Extremes Ltd.
Computer and video game developer best known for its co-creation of Epic
Games' highly successful Unreal series of games
David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg
Temple Street Productions
One of Canada's leading TV and digital media production companies
Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen
World's largest community for discovering and sharing stories. Use
Wattpad to read great stories and share creative writing on the web and
across all mobile devices.
Mining and metals
Alamos Gold Inc.
Gold producer with operating mine in Mexico and development projects in
AuRico Gold Inc.
Canadian gold and silver producer with a diversified portfolio of
high-quality mines and projects in Canada, Mexico and Australia
Bullion Management Group Inc.
Established in 1998; provides physical bullion-based products for
investors seeking innovative and tax-efficient ways to diversify, grow
and preserve their wealth
CBI Health Group
Healthcare services and management company that operates clinics and
facilities for patients and communities in Canada
Home Capital Group Inc.
Federally regulated deposit-taking institution that is primarily a
Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the
energy, environmental, food and DNA industries
Spectrum Health Care
Nursing, home-making and personal support services
Tara Schlupp and Ho Tek
Domus Student Housing Inc.
One of the largest providers of student housing in Waterloo with almost
Jon Lerner and Derek Ting
Creator of highly acclaimed mobile applications on iOS, Android and
BlackBerry platforms: Touch and TextNow.
Loose Button Incorporated
Online shopping platform that connects fashion-forward shoppers with
brands and labels from around the world
Special citation — Social entrepreneur
This special citation is a unique category among the awards. It's given
in recognition of an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven
large-scale social change and improved people's lives or quality of
Johan Olav Koss
Right to Play International
Global organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children in
some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of
sport and play for development, health and peace
About Entrepreneur of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an
independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business
leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 Ontario judging panel
consisted of John Albright, Founder and Managing Partner, Relay
Ventures; Andrew Bergstrom, Executive Vice President and Managing
Director, Cossette Communications; Andrew Claerhout, Vice President,
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan; Ginny Dybenko, Executive Director,
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus; Don Morrison, Senior Managing
Director and Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; David Shaw, 2010
Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year Professional Services category winner,
Founder and CEO, Knightsbridge Human Capital Management; Dr. Ilse
Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District; and Claude Haw, Managing
Partner, Venture Coaches.
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