Louie Tolaini, TransX Group of Companies President and Founder Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 for the Prairies Region



    Transportation Solutions Provider Takes Home Prestigious Business Award

    CALGARY, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - At a gala awards presentation this evening,
Louie Tolaini, Founder of TransX Group of Companies, was the recipient of the
Prairies Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Award. Mr. Tolaini also
received one of nine category awards, for Business-to-Business Products and
Services, at the banquet and ceremony in Calgary.
    "We are very proud to present Mr. Tolaini with this prestigious award,"
said Barry Munro, director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
Awards program for the Prairies region. "His ambition and courage reveal not
only a great entrepreneur, but a great Canadian."
    Starting out as an underprivileged farmer in Tuscany, Mr. Tolaini came to
Canada at the tender age of 19, determined to make a better life for himself.
With a dedicated work ethic and dreams of success, Mr. Tolaini's journey took
him from a labourer in western Manitoba to the head of a multi-million dollar
transportation and logistics empire.
    Mr. Tolaini purchased a trucking business in 1963, when he had five
trucks, seven employees and one facility. Now, more than 40 years later,
TransX Group of Companies is Canada's largest privately owned transportation
company, and one of North America's top-50 carriers by revenue. With five
divisions to encompass its services (TransX, TX Logistics, DeckX, Expert
Customs Brokerage and CanXpress Distribution), and many terminals and yards
strategically placed throughout North America, TransX Group of Companies can
effectively provide transportation and logistics services that span from
single-pallet local deliveries to large-scale international line haul supply
chains.
    As the Prairies region award recipient, Mr. Tolaini will compete with top
entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions for the
national honour of Entrepreneur Of The Year, to be announced November 1, 2007,
in Toronto. In June 2008, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year moves to the world
stage, joining more than 40 country recipients participating in the
international competition for the title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of
The Year(R).
    The following are business category recipients for the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Prairies region awards:

    Business-to-Business Products and Services

    Louie Tolaini
    TransX Group of Companies (Integrated transportation solutions provider)
    Winnipeg, MB
    www.transx.com

    Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

    Guy Goodwin, Dale Moran
    Pizza 73 (Pizza chain with 48 locations in Western Canada)
    Edmonton, AB
    www.pizza73.com

    Emerging Entrepreneur

    Jeff McIntosh
    Canadian Global Air Ambulance (International air ambulance organization)
    Winnipeg, MB
    www.canadianglobalair.ca

    Energy Producers

    Guy Turcotte
    Western Oil Sands Inc. (Develops, produces and upgrades bitumen into
    light oil)
    Calgary, AB
    www.westernoilsands.com

    Energy Services

    Don Basnett
    Pyramid Corporation (Oil field service company)
    Nisku, AB
    www.pyramidcorporation.com

    Manufacturing

    Ted Degner, Dwayne Hunka, Donald Oborowsky
    Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd. (Steel fabrication facility)
    Edmonton, AB
    www.waiward.com

    Media and Communications

    Mark Hofer
    Direct Focus Marketing Communications Inc. (Marketing communications
    firm)
    Winnipeg, MB
    www.directfocus.com

    Real Estate/Professional/Financial Services

    Clive Oshry, Michael Oshry
    Globex Foreign Exchange Corporation (Personal and corporate foreign
    exchange firm)
    Edmonton, AB
    www.globexfx.com

    Technology

    Mike Mabey, Nashir Samanani
    Elluminate Inc. (Technology firm providing Web conferencing and
    e-learning)
    Calgary, AB
    www.elluminate.com

    Camille Dow Baker was given special recognition for the Centre for
Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (a provider of education, training
and technical consulting to organizations that serve the poor in developing
countries).
    Calgary, AB
    www.cawst.org

    The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour entrepreneurs who have
demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as risk
taking, company development, innovation and personal commitment to their
businesses and communities. Submissions are reviewed by an independent judging
panel, which is composed of several notable Canadian business leaders and past
award recipients. The judges on the Prairies region panel for 2007 are Paul
Colborne, President, StarValley Oil and Gas Ltd. and TriStar Oil and Gas Ltd.;
Glenn Feltham, Dean, University of Manitoba; Susan Gallacher, Vice President,
DirectCash Income Fund; James Keirstead, VP Marketing, Blue Falls
Manufacturing Ltd.; Arthur Mauro, Investors Group; and Allan Ross, Chief
Executive Officer, Ross Smith Energy Group.
    The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program was founded by Ernst & Young to
celebrate great entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and
extraordinary success in areas such as company development, financial
performance and risk taking. Canada's own Guy Laliberté from Cirque du Soleil
was the recipient of this year's World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. The
program is nationally sponsored by Global Television Network, National Post,
La Presse, RDI, Roynat Capital and SAP. As well, Prairies region sponsors are
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Calgary Herald and Red Point Media. Prairies
patron sponsor is Western Economic Diversification.
    To learn more about the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007
Awards, visit www.eoy.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: Rachel Franklin, Media Relations, at (416)
943-5385 or rachel.franklin@ca.ey.com; or Sarah Ostrow, Entrepreneur Of The
Year, at (403) 206-5128 or sarah.ostrow@ca.ey.com


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