Finalists weigh in: why programs like Entrepreneur Of The Year are important
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Survey finds Canadian entrepreneurs exceed global average for annual
TORONTO, July 7, 2014 /CNW/ - EY is pleased to announce this year's
gravity-defying Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists in the Atlantic.
"We're pleased to share the stories of another group of impressive
Atlantic entrepreneurs," says Jim Lutes, EY's Atlantic Entrepreneur Of
The Year program director. "These companies continue to defy the odds.
They're breaking down barriers and building partnerships to compete
Our research found that Canada's 2013 program finalists recorded average
revenue growth of 37% annually. That's above the global average of 29%
for developed countries. Seventy-four percent also have an
"It's not just revenue growth that these companies are contributing,
either," says Lutes. "Our survey results reveal last year's finalists
created jobs at an average annual pace of 25% for their workforce. Now
that's something to celebrate."
High-growth entrepreneurs create new markets and industries,
contributing job growth in the economy. This year's 2014 Entrepreneur
Of The Year finalists represent 2,200 jobs in Atlantic Canada. Together
with all other finalists coast to coast, that number grows to nearly
"Recognizing top talent from across the Atlantic — and Canada —is just
one way we're working towards building a better working world where all
entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to thrive," says Lutes.
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 21st 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 Atlantic winners will be announced at a gala on 3 October 2014. The
overall Atlantic winner will represent the region at the national gala
held in Toronto on 25 November.
The 2014 Atlantic finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-Business Products and Services
Andy MacGregor, Glen MacGregor
MacGregors Industrial Group | New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Provides solutions to manufacturing, energy, mining, forestry and
construction industries and grown a loyal North American and export
customer base over 35 years to become a world class organization that
is a leader in our products and services.
McConchie Trucking Ltd. | Norton, New Brunswick
Specializes in the transportation of over-dimensional loads, including
modular homes and modular units for residential and the commercial
Pluto Investments Inc. | St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
The private holding company of Paul Antle, Pluto has grown from a small
investment in an environmental company into a large diversified
Ed Hennessey, James MacDonald
Safety First-SFC Ltd. | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Involved in traffic control, small scale manufacturing, retail, product
rental, property maintenance, real estate, line painting and providing
safety courses throughout the Atlantic.
Business-to-Consumer Products and Services
AbbyShot Clothiers | Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
Provides replica clothing to sci-fi and gaming communities in over 50
countries, partnering with media corporations such as BBC, 20th Century
Fox, NBC and Universal.
Overhead Door of Nova Scotia | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Supply and install overhead doors and operators for residential and
Skinfix Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia
Makes all-natural, over-the-counter medicinal balms to treat skin
conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and rashes.
Trucorp Investments | Moncton, New Brunswick
Comprised of Bonte Foods, the region's largest processor of quality deli
meats and Grinner's Food Systems, as well as the franchisor of three
fast food brands: Greco Pizza, Capt Submarine and the newly launched
Frozu frozen yogurt chain.
4Deep inwater imaging | Halifax, Nova Scotia
Specializes in underwater microscopes that can image, count, size and
characterize microorganisms in any body of water in real-time.
Immunovaccine Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia
Develops cancer immunotherapies and infectious disease vaccines based on
the DepoVax™ platform, a patented formulation that provides controlled
and prolonged exposure of antigens and adjuvants to the immune system.
Indigena Enterprises Inc. | Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and
Makes all natural handmade skincare from indigenous ingredients from the
land and surrounding sea.
David Alston, Robert Begg, Jody Glidden, Stewart Walchli
Introhive | Fredericton, New Brunswick
Solves the question of who knows who for businesses by using
relationship analytics software to uncover the relationships a company
has with customers and prospects.
Hospitality and Tourism
Mohamed Ali Mhalla
Blue Olive | Dieppe, New Brunswick
A food market offering exotic products from around the world, as well as
a restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine.
Cabot Links Venture Inc. | Inverness, Nova Scotia
Owns and operates Cabot Links, Canada's first and only true links golf
Brenda O'Reilly, Craig Flynn
YellowBelly Brewery & O'Reilly's Pub | St. John's, Newfoundland and
YellowBelly Brewery is a craft brewery, located in a historic property
and houses a pub, lounge, restaurant and catering facility. O'Reilly's
Pub is an Irish Newfoundland Pub that specializes in local cuisine and
features live music.
Bulletproof Solutions | Fredericton, New Brunswick
Offers Atlantic Canada and the Maritimes the type of world-class IT
service professionals that would otherwise only be available to the
very largest enterprises.
Cindy Roma, Sydney Ryan
Telelink | St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
A leading provider of multi-channel 24/7 live safety and inbound
customer support solutions to North America's energy sector.
Rachel Arseneau-Ferguson, Nathalie Levesque
Transmed | Campbellton, New Brunswick
Offers medical transcription, translation and audit services in both
English and French.
Velsoft | New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
A global educational content company distributing training materials,
eLearning and educational technologies to over 10,000 organizations in
164 countries world-wide.
GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Develops and produces hydro-acoustic devices.
Jumping Bean Coffee | St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
A leader in sustainable, premium coffee and a multi-channel business
with operations in retail, wholesale, franchise cafes and coffee
Malley Industries Inc. | Dieppe, New Brunswick
Manufactures specialty vehicles, including advanced life support
ambulances, police and security vehicles, vehicles for persons with
disabilities, and produces thermo-formed plastic products for
automotive, aerospace and food industry industries.
Media and Entertainment
John Wesley Chisholm
Arcadia Entertainment Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia
An independent TV content production company, operating with commissions
for TV series and specials from National Geographic, Discovery Channels
and other global broadcasters.
Best Boy Entertainment — Group of companies | Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
Develops and creates docu-drama TV, travel shows, children's television,
serious social documentaries, film, children's educational games, and
interactive web content.
Hemmings House Pictures | Saint John, New Brunswick
Produces film, photographic, animation and audio content that creates
authentic connections between companies and their customers.
Brook Construction | Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
A general contractor for commercial, industrial, and civil construction
in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Crosbie Group Limited | St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Currently involved in offshore oil and gas services, onshore industrial
services, real estate and construction.
Tamara Barker Watson
Whitestone Developments Limited | Lakeside, Nova Scotia
A construction company that helps customers decrease their carbon
footprint by building energy-efficient custom homes, some of which even
produce more energy than they consume.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business
award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through
the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with
potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others
with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only
truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates
those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic
businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global
awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
The 2014 Atlantic judging panel consists of Philip Fraser, President and
CEO, Killam Properties Inc.; Scott McCain, Chairman and CEO, Saint John
Sea Dogs; Iris Petten, President, Petten Holdings Inc.; Robert Youden,
Partner, Savarin Consulting Limited; and Jo Mark Zurel, President,
Stonebridge Capital Inc.
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about our Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic awards
gala on 3 October 2014, please contact Kathleen Potter at 506 634 2135
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOYAtlantic.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, TEC Canada, Merrill DataSite, The Printing House Limited and Kira
Talent. In the Atlantic region, Progress Magazine is the gold sponsor, RBC Financial Group and McInnes Cooper are patron
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