Video: Ernst & Young catches up with Canada's leading entrepreneurs on the yellow carpet
Innovative "made in Canada" brand attracts customers at home and abroad
TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Dani Reiss, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Canada Goose Inc. — an iconic, high-quality, "made in
Canada" outerwear manufacturer — is this year's National Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year winner.
"What better way to celebrate Canadian entrepreneurship than by
honouring someone who's built his company around a made-in-Canada
strategy for success," says Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario
Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. "Dani's core values of
best-in-class quality, functionality, authenticity and technical
innovation have taken Canada Goose to new heights of market
Entrepreneurs contribute to more than just the economy — they create new
products, new production methods, new markets and new forms of
organization. They are agents of change. And influencing change begins
by pairing vision with an innovative mindset.
"In today's marketplace, innovation isn't just about reinventing the
wheel. It must also mean understanding your customers' changing needs
and improving on what already exists," says McMorrow.
Ernst & Young's report Competing for growth reveals that innovating based on potential customers — rather than
current ones — is hurting, not helping, the bottom line for many
companies. What's more, 63% of companies reported that incremental
product/service innovation has been more successful than
Getting the right systems in place to analyze your customer base is a
smart move that could shift your product development in new, profitable
directions. Better understanding customer needs is already driving an
explosion of product development, particularly in the retail space.
"Dani risked it all when he decided to rebrand his family's company, but
his determined mindset and innovative nature paid off. Today, Canada
Goose Inc. is an industry leader, reaching consumers on a global
scale," says McMorrow. "Great ideas are few and far between, and when
you imagine something exceptional, taking the right strategic risk can
reap a significant reward."
Dani competed against leading entrepreneurs from across the country:
Pacific winner Robert Little, Regency Fireplace Products; Prairies
winner Mac Van Wielingen, ARC Financial Corp.; Quebec winner Sean
Roosen, Osisko Mining Corporation; and Atlantic winners Marcel LeBrun,
Chris Newton and Chris Ramsey, Radian6 Inc.
Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. The Canadian program is in its
18th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from
all areas of business. Award winners are chosen based on a number of
factors, including their vision, leadership, financial performance and
National special citations awarded:
Many of the award winners across the country stand out not only as
leaders in their industry, but also for a unique mark they've made on
the entrepreneurial landscape. The following entrepreneurs are Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur of The Year category award recipients in their
regions and were also selected by the national judges as special
Allnorth Consultants Limited l Prince George, British Columbia
Growth through service excellence
Provides engineering and consulting services to clients in the mining,
pulp and paper, chemical, oil and gas, marine, transportation, power
and municipal sectors.
Questor Technology Inc. │Calgary, Alberta
International environmental clean-air technology oilfield-service
company specializing in providing sustainable custom incineration
solutions to eliminate flared gas and utilize waste energy.
exp Global Inc. l Brampton
Provides engineering, project management, environment and urban planning
Groupe Biscuits Leclerc l Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
Product and marketing innovation
Designs, produces and markets quality and innovative food products,
including cookies, granola bars and crackers.
Acadian Seaplants Limited l Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Eco and social excellence
A fully integrated, diversified, technology-based manufacturer of
natural plant and crop input products, animal feed supplements,
cultivated sea vegetables and functional ingredients derived from
select species of marine plants.
The national judges
The national panel of independent judges comprises past Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients and business, academic and
community leaders: Jim Case, Chief Executive Officer, Travelers
Financial Group; Mark Dobbin, Founder and President, Killick Capital;
Ginny Dybenko, Executive Director, University of Waterloo, Stratford
campus; Claude Lessard, Chairman and CEO, Cossette Inc.; Andrée-Lise
Méthot, Founder and Senior Partner, Cycle Capital Management; Kevin
Wolfe, President, Richmond Equity Management Ltd.
Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by National Post, La Presse and RDI.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards recognize the spirit
and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world who have
created and sustained successful, growing business ventures. The 2012
World Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards will be held June 7 to 10 in Monte Carlo. Dani Reiss, Canada's
Entrepreneur Of The Year, will compete with more than 50 other country
recipients for the title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The
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Image with caption: "Ernst & Young Canada's chairman and chief executive officer Trent Henry (right) and Entrepreneur Of The Year program director Colleen McMorrow (left) honour Dani Reiss (centre) of Canada Goose Inc. with National Entrepreneur Of The Year award. (CNW Group/Ernst & Young)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111124_C8938_PHOTO_EN_7161.jpg
Image with caption: "From left, clockwise - National judges Ginny Dybenko, University of Waterloo, Jim Case, Travelers Financial Group, Kevin Wolfe, Richard Equity Management Ltd., Andrée-Lise Methot, Cycle Capital Management, with National Entrepreneur Of The Year Dani Reiss, Canada Goose. (CNW Group/Ernst & Young)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111124_C8938_PHOTO_EN_7163.jpg
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