EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ celebrates iconic Canadian, Mr. Ches D. Penney

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to the 2015 Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

HALIFAX, July 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Mr. Ches D. Penney will receive the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his success as a businessman and committed legacy builder through his business and personal initiatives in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

"Mr. Penney's achievements in our province are legendary. His success in a wide spectrum of business endeavours makes him an extraordinary role model for aspiring entrepreneurs and an inspiration for people not only in Newfoundland and Labrador, but across Canada," says Derek Purchase, EY Managing Partner for Newfoundland and Labrador. "He's a devoted citizen who is well known and regarded for his generous commitment to the people of the province."

Mr. Penney was named to the Order of Canada, the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, and awarded an honourary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

He started his career in banking before entering private business, expanding his interests to cover everything from automobile dealerships to heavy construction, energy services and real estate. As founder and chairman of the Penney Group, he's made important contributions to the economic growth and industrial development of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement award honours individuals who've made an enduring impression on the Canadian business community and who continue to nurture and inspire the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talent.

"This isn't just a recognition. It's about moral philanthropy," says Ian Cavanagh, Atlantic EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "The award celebrates business and community leadership at the highest level. Mr. Penney embodies everything that we need as a role model and mentor to continually renew the country's business ecosystem and I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition."

EY will present this prestigious award to Mr. Penney at the Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala in St. John's on 8 October 2015. For more than 20 years, these awards have celebrated the achievements of our country's brightest innovators.

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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, EY 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 140 cities in 50 countries.

This year's national program sponsors are National Post, TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, TMX, Merrill DataSite, Kira Talent, Air Canada, The Printing House Limited. Atlantic regional sponsors are Progress Media, Royal Bank of Canada and McInnes Cooper.

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EY's worldwide Strategic Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving 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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