Ernst & Young celebrates social entrepreneurs with Entrepreneur Of The
Year Special Citation awards
TORONTO, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Social entrepreneurs who contribute to
the economy and the community are setting new standards for business excellence, Ernst &
Young said today when underlining the accomplishments of three such
Johann Olav Koss (Right To Play International), Michael Fergusson (Ayogo
Games Inc.) and Sandrine Faust (Allô prof) are this year's recipients
of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation award for
"These individuals represent the true meaning of social
entrepreneurship," says Colleen McMorrow, Ernst & Young's
Entrepreneurial Services leader in Canada and National and Ontario
Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "They have dedicated their
careers and companies to driving social change and improving the lives
and quality of life for people in Canada and beyond."
Social entrepreneurs lead organizations that catalyze change by
challenging the status quo and transforming traditional business
practices by introducing innovative ideas, methodologies and changes in
attitude to the market.
Michael Fergusson at Ayogo Games, for example, is pairing pharma with
new technologies to create games that promote health and wellness.
"More and more, we're seeing entrepreneurs take a vested interest in the
broader community," says McMorrow. "Ernst & Young research shows 57% of
entrepreneurs actively support community service and 25% have created
or funded an educational program. Social entrepreneurs like Michael
Fergusson take corporate responsibility to a whole new level, making it
the very reason they exist."
Like Fergusson, Sandrine Faust and Johann Olav Koss are two
entrepreneurs whose companies are creating positive change. Allô prof
provides free academic support programs in Quebec that encourage
students to stay in school while Right To Play International uses the
power of sport and play to improve development, health and peace in
disadvantaged areas of the world.
"It's important to recognize the contributions entrepreneurs make beyond
the business community — they're community builders, too," says
McMorrow. "For social entrepreneurs, the bottom line is creating social
value. It's a different kind of bottom line but still makes a large
What's more impressive is that these individuals are committed to
sharing the tools, approaches and techniques to encourage the spread
social change, adds McMorrow. "What makes a good social entrepreneur
great is their ability to have their initiatives adapted to other
regions of the world to solve similar problems."
Notable past winners include Marc and Craig Kielburger, Free The
Children; Greg Overholt, Students Offering Support (SOS); Gabriel Bran
Lopez, Fusion Jeunesse; and Diane Johnson, Descriptive Video Works Inc.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Special Citation award
Allô prof | Montreal
Non-profit organization that supports staying in school and academic
success — by providing free help with homework to Quebec elementary and
secondary school students and parents by phone and online
Sandrine will be honoured at the Quebec Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
gala on October 25, 2012, in Montreal. For more information, contact
Sophie Leclerc at email@example.com or 514 879 8173.
Ayogo Games Inc. | Vancouver
Creates games that nurture human connection, motivate, educate, and
promote health and wellness
Michael will be honoured at the Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
gala on October 4, 2012, in Vancouver. For more information contact
Sandie Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 643 5486.
Johann Olav Koss
Right To Play International | Toronto
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
Johann will be honoured at the Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
gala on October 10, 2012, in Toronto. For more information contact
Katelyn Jarosz at email@example.com or 416 941 1810.
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 Special Citation
judging panel consisted of Allyson Hewitt, Director of Social
Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation Generation at MaRS Discovery
District and Nancy Wright, Vice President, GLOBE Foundation, in
collaboration with regional judges.
For more information on the program, FAQs and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.
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entrepreneurs by delivering integrated services tailored to their goals
and needs at every stage of the business lifecycle. We are the world's
leader in advising, guiding and recognizing the entrepreneurs who
propel the economy — and community — forward.
For more information, please visit ey.com/ca/Entrepreneurs.
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