Video: Finalists weigh in: why programs like Entrepreneur Of The Year are important
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Survey Canadian entrepreneurs exceed global average for annual revenue
MONTRÉAL, July 7, 2014 /CNW/ - EY is pleased to announce this year's
gravity-defying Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists in Québec.
"Every year entrepreneurs from across the province continue to defy the
odds, and the impossible," says Luc Charbonneau, Québec Entrepreneur Of
The Year program co-director. "These business leaders are propelling
Québec — and Canada — forward. Now that's something to celebrate."
Our research found that Canada's 2013 program finalists recorded average
revenue growth of 37% year-over-year in 2012. That's above the global
average of 29% for developed countries. Seventy-four percent also have
an international footprint — compared to 41% in Australia.
"Revenue growth is only part of the story. What makes these
entrepreneurs really special is their role in driving job creation,"
says Daniel Baer, Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year program co-director.
"Our survey shows that last year's finalists increased employment by
25% year over year in 2012."
High-growth entrepreneurs create new markets and industries,
contributing job growth in the economy. This year's 2014 Entrepreneur
Of The Year finalists in Québec represent 14,500 jobs in Canada.
Together with all other finalists coast to coast that number grows to
"Our program finalists prove what's possible with a good idea and a lot
of hard work," says Baer. "We're proud to share their inspiring
stories. These visionaries deserve all of the credit we can give them."
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 Québec winners will be announced at a gala on 23 October 2014. The
overall Québec winner will represent the region at the national gala
held in Toronto on 25 November.
The 2014 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-Business Products and Services
BRP | Valcourt
A world leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing
of motorized recreational vehicles and power sports engines.
Le Groupe PPP ltée | Québec City
Designs, manages and distributes products and services that build,
secure and maintain customer loyalty among vehicle owners.
Lobe Réseau inc | Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
A portal bringing together all multidisciplinary clinic managers under
the banner of Lobe Santé auditive et communication, giving patients
access to hearing, language and speech healthcare professionals.
Business-to-Consumer Products and Services
Jean Benny, Vincent Benny, Yves Benny
Benny & Frères | Bois-des-Filion
A rotisserie founded in 1960, Benny & Co is famous for its roast
Construction Junic | Gatineau
Builds extraordinary homes for all generations, setting the standard for
both innovation and quality.
Réseau Sélection | Laval
Offers senior housing that stands out for its welcoming, comfortable,
stimulating and secure living spaces, where health and prevention are
Bassel Atallah, Firas Atallah, Rami Atallah
SSENSE | Montréal
A leading online luxury clothing boutique, carrying over 200 men's and
women's wear collections, including shoes and accessories, from world
Noémie Dupuy, Michael Elman, David Lipes
Budge Studios | Montréal
Creates entertaining apps for kids for smartphones and tablets featuring
high profile properties such as Strawberry Shortcake, Garfield, and
mnubo | Montréal
Lowers barrier of entry for connected object manufacturers and
accelerate their time-to-market by enabling them with a comprehensive
SaaS-based IoT applications platform
Sonny Lamba, Paresh Vadavia
OPMpros.com | Montréal
An award-winning affiliate marketing agency that works closely with
major retailers across North America to help maximize online revenues
and specializes in affiliate program management across the full range
of affiliate networks.
JSS Medical Research Inc. | Saint-Laurent
A global clinical research organization.
Opsens Inc. | Québec City
Develops, manufactures, supplies and installs fibre optic systems,
notably measurement of Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) in medical
instrumentation in the oil and gas industries.
Photon etc. | Montréal
Specializes in optical analysis, designing and manufacturing instruments
based on unique patented hyperspectral imaging technologies for
research centres around the world and for the industrial sector.
Korem inc. | Québec City
A leader in geospatial technology solutions, providing a full range of
geospatial services, and software and data solutions tailored to client
Danny Chazonoff, Joel Leonoff
Optimal Payments | Montréal
A leading provider of online and mobile integrated payment technologies
for millions of consumers and thousands of businesses around the world.
Matthew Cassar, Peter Cassar
SherWeb Inc. | Sherbrooke
A worldwide hosted services leader providing competitive cloud solutions
to businesses and partners around the world.
Carnot Réfrigération Inc. | Trois-Rivières
Designs and manufactures greenhouse gas-free refrigeration and
air-conditioning systems for supermarkets, warehouses, arenas and
Groupe AGF Inc. | Longueuil
A Canadian leader in the design, fabrication and installation of
concrete reinforcing steel (rebar) and post-tensioning.
LOCWELD | Candiac
Offers design, detailing, fabrication and galvanizing of steel
structures including lattice towers, tubular poles, substation
structures, bridges, custom fabrication and much more.
Media and Entertainment
Attraction Media | Montréal
Brings together six companies from a range of fields, including
advertising, film, television, emerging media, radio broadcasting and
Hueneye Communications | Lasalle
A print management company located in the Southwest of Montréal that
specializes in Gang-Run Printing.
Les Industries Show Canada Inc. | Laval
Specializes in set production and architectural support services
offering project management, design, engineering, manufacturing and
installation and maintenance services tailored to its clients' needs.
Air Ambiant inc. | Longueuil
Offers simple, effective solutions for complex projects to upgrade
mechanical room ventilation systems for large institutional and
Chagall Design | Sainte-Julie
Specializes in commercial development, providing turnkey services, from
construction to installation of décor and furnishings to optimize the
retail shopping experience.
Web Estate Management 2009 inc. | Montréal
Web Estate Management Inc. and Web Estate Management 2009 Inc. run
SolutionCondo.com, a platform that markets web software dedicated to
facilitating the management of cooperatives.
Technology and Communication
CogniVue Corporation | Gatineau
Licenses embedded vision processor, IP technology, tools and software
that allow companies to develop previously impossible high-performance,
low-power vision applications for automotive, consumer and industrial
Genetec | Saint-Laurent
A global leader in Vide Management Systems used to protect large and
small scale critical infrastructure, government, transportation,
retail, and campus environments.
Géothentic Inc | Montréal
Offers a range of eco-friendly, economical and customized geo-location
products to solve various corporate vehicle management issues.
Wayne Burke, Steve Shoiry
Dominion New Energy | Montréal
Helps customers purchase energy and related products in deregulated
Hicham Ratnani, Yifeng Song
Frank & Oak | Montréal
The simplest way to shop the latest trends in menswear, with quality
designs, personalized services, and a hassle-free online experience.
The vertically integrated brand designs, manufactures and sells premium
clothing and accessories.
Spray-Net Inc. | Boucherville
Offers consumers a permanent exterior paint solution to change the
colour of their existing sidings as well as their doors and windows
whether they be in aluminum, vinyl, stucco or PVC.
Special Citation — Social Entrepreneur
Social entrepreneur is a unique category that awards a special citation
to an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social
change and improved people's lives or quality of life.
Wapikoni mobile | Montréal
A travelling studio that visits native communities, offering
audio-visual training workshops in film and music.
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 Québec judging panel consists of Chris Arsenault, Associé
directeur, iNovia Capital; Isabelle Bettez, Présidente, Entrepreneur Of
The Year Technology Solutions category finalist 2011, Québec, and 8D
Technologies Inc.; Jean-Françoys Brousseau, Entrepreneur Of The Year
Technology and Communications category winner 2013, Québec, and
Président et chef de la direction, Outbox Holding CRB Inc.; Michel
Gendreau, Entrepreneur Of The Year regional winner 2012, Québec, and
Président, Garaga inc.; Nathalie Marcoux, Vice-présidente aux finances,
Capinabel inc.; and Sam Scalia, Entrepreneur Of The Year Real
Estate/Construction category winner 2009, Québec, and Président, Samcon
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about our Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year awards
gala on 23 October 2014, please contact Sophie Leclerc at 514 879 8173
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOYQuébec.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, TEC Canada, Merrill DataSite, The Printing House Limited and Kira
Talent. In Québec, Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored by Fonds de
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the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years,
we've helped many of the world's most dynamic and ambitious companies
grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap
companies or early-stage venture-backed businesses, our professionals
draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to
help your business succeed.
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