Entrepreneurs create jobs that build a better working world in Canada -
MONTRÉAL, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - EY is proud to announce the 2013 Quebec
Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists today. The announcement marks 20
years of shining the spotlight on leading entrepreneurs revving the job
creation engine across Canada and around the world.
"Our Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are no strangers to
overcoming adversity and seizing new business opportunities," says Luc
Charbonneau, Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year program co-director. "But
what's even more impressive is each of their contributions beyond the
bottom line — together they're helping us build a better working
The theme of job creation was very clear at EY's World Entrepreneur Of
The Year (WEOY) awards held in Monaco last month. Together, the 47
companies gathered at the event represented a remarkable 59,000 jobs
created in the last three years alone.
That finding was compounded by EY's latest report, Global job creation, which found the leading entrepreneur survey respondents are continuing
to hire, not only to support their entry into new markets but to meet
new demand for goods and services. Accordingly, the future of job
creation is set to come not from big corporations or government, but
from entrepreneurs who represent 66% of job creation within the OECD
and 85% within the EU.
"The entrepreneurial drive to build businesses and create jobs is alive
and thriving in Québec," says Daniel Baer, Québec Entrepreneur Of The
Year program co-director. "As evidence of this entrepreneurial spirit,
we received a record number of nominations from Québec entrepreneurs
under the age of 30, and of entrepreneurial businesses created within
the last five years. Our finalists are at the forefront of job and wealth creation."
From coast to coast, our finalists represent 50,909 jobs in Canada.
That's something that WEOY keynote speaker Kofi Annan called a crucial
step toward tackling youth unemployment. Baer adds: "Fostering an
environment that supports and encourages entrepreneurship and
innovation is a key step towards addressing youth unemployment. Our
entrepreneurs play a big role in job creation, and we have a big role
to play in supporting them."
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 20th 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 30 October. The
overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in
Toronto on 27 November.
The 2013 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
Biena Inc. | Saint-Hyacinthe
Designs and produces probiotic dairy products and enzymes.
Groupe CVTech Inc. | Drummondville
Provides construction and maintenance of electrical transmission and
distribution lines, powerhouses and power stations, as well as pruning
Groupe Intersand Canada | Boucherville
Producer of finest-quality cat litter, exporting to specialty pet stores
in over 28 countries.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Artizan | Pointe-Claire
Develops, designs, wholesales and retails a line of fashion accessories
and apparel geared towards women, with retail outlets located in
airports, and wholesale.
Le Groupe Maurice | Saint-Laurent
Develops, manages and owns residences for retirees.
Mario Jutras, Stephen Bray
P.H. Vitres d'autos Inc. | Sainte-Perpétue
Sells, distributes and installs automobile windshields and windows, also
offering related automotive products.
Epsylon Concept Inc. | Québec City
Manufactures and installs prefabricated aluminum and glass curtain walls
for the commercial and institutional markets.
Lufa Farms | Montréal
Pioneered commercial urban rooftop farms, produces more than 100 tons of
vegetables without chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides
Eduardo Mandri, Jérôme Guidollet
Tuango Inc. | Montréal
Offers daily deals for restaurants, spas, activities, shows, hotels,
products and more.
A.R. Medicom Inc. | Lachine
Enhances, manufactures and distributes high-quality infection-control,
single-use and oral health care prepared products for the medical,
dental, industrial and veterinary and laboratory markets.
Duchesnay Inc. | Blainville
A unique health care company primarily dedicated to safeguarding the
health of expectant women, advancing maternal-fetal medicine.
Minogue Medical Inc. | Montréal
Specializes in the delivery of innovative medical technologies to
hospitals and medical clinics, and provides nutritional and
supplemental products for weight-conscious patients and athletes.
Amaya Gaming Group Inc. | Pointe-Claire
Designs, develops, manufactures, distributes and sells technology-based
gaming solutions for the regulated gaming industry worldwide.
InnovMetric Logiciels Inc. | Québec City
The premier supplier of universal software platform 3D metrology
solutions for industrial manufacturers.
ISAAC Instruments Inc. | Chambly
Develops complete vehicle telemetry solutions and provides a one-stop
shop for user-friendly, reliable and powerful software, recorders,
sensors and communication modules.
Media and entertainment
Media Experts | Montréal
Canada's largest independent media services company.
Newad | Montréal
Provides advertisers with media faces to reach young and affluent urban
Stingray Digital | Montréal
Leading provider of multi-platform music services for television service
Advanceit Financial Corporation | Montréal
Provides cash advances to small and medium-sized businesses.
Communications Bleublancrouge Inc. | Montréal
An integrated marketing communications agency.
GoSecure Inc. | Montréal
Provides cutting-edge technical security testing services and security
Real estate and construction
Groupe Canam Inc. | Saint-Georges
Provides component design and manufacturing services for the
Lemay | Montréal
Offers an array of integrated design services including architecture,
urban design, interior design, landscape architecture, brand imaging,
graphic design, energy efficiency and project management.
Ramp-Art Inc. | Lévis
Manufactures upscale, multi-unit, residential highrise and hotel railing
Technology and communications
Sanjay Bakshani, Vicken Kanadjian
Cesium Telecom Inc. | Mont-Royal
One of North America's leading distributors of original branded
accessories (OEM) and other select wireless-related and consumer
Ergoresearch Ltd. | Laval
The leading manufacturer of intelligent orthotics and a trendsetter in
the development of medical equipment and software for the orthopedics
Constance Raymond, Jean-Françoys Brousseau
Outbox Holding CRB Inc. | Montréal
Manages and processes worldwide high-volume ticket sales for venues and
shows over an easy-to-use, innovative technology platform.
Crudessence Kombucha | Montréal
Produces and sells the organic and fair trade health beverage RISE
Kombucha in more than 600 stores across Canada.
Hicham Ratnani, Yifeng Song
Frank & Oak | Montréal
A leading menswear brand and e-tailor that designs, manufactures and
curates a monthly collection of fine clothing and accessories.
Simon De Baene
Groupe GSoft | Montréal
Montréal's leader in agile software development.
Montreal Office Maintenance (M.O.M.) | Mont-Royal
Provides cleaning and maintenance services to commercial and residential
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.
Fillactive | Sainte-Thérèse
Helps teenage girls discover the advantages and the enjoyment that come
from taking part in physical activity in an environment that is
positive, promotes a healthy self image and is open to all teenage
About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Entrepreneurs turn us on. To new ideas, new ways of thinking and new
possibilities. We've shone the spotlight on entrepreneurs for 20 years
— and we've only just begun. Nominees are reviewed by an independent
judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and
previous award recipients. The 2013 Québec judging panel consisted of
Isabelle Bettez, President and CEO, 8D Technologies Inc; Claude
Champagne, Entrepreneur en residence, Cycle Capital Management; Jean
Cloutier, 2010 Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year Manufacturing category
winner and Vice President, Operations and Finance, Outdoor Gear Canada
(OGC); Martin Deschênes, 2003 Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year
Business-to-business products and services category winner and
President and CEO, Groupe Deschênes Inc.; Michel Gendreau, 2012 Québec
Entrepreneur Of The Year and Manufacturing category winner and
President, Garaga Inc.; Nathalie Marcoux, Vice President, Finance,
Capinabel Inc.; Sam Scalia, 2009 Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year Real
estate/construction category winner and President, Samcon Inc.; and
Étienne Veilleux, 2010 Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year Cleantech
category winner and President and CEO, Distech Controls Inc.
For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about the Quebec Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
gala on 30 October 2013 and sponsorship opportunities please contact
Sophie Leclerc 514 879 8173 at Sophie.Leclerc@ca.ey.com.
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYQuebec.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI and Merrill DataSite. In Québec, Entrepreneur Of The Year is
sponsored by Fonds de Solidarité FTQ.
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