Fuller Landau Family Business Awards celebrate first edition

Winners for 2011 announced in collaboration with the John Molson School of Business

MONTREAL, May 24, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Fuller Landau LLP and Concordia University's John Molson School of Business are pleased to announce the first recipients of the Fuller Landau Family Business Awards. These awards aim to honor and celebrate the most progressive privately-held family enterprises of Québec who have stimulated economic growth and excelled in their contributions to the community.

The Pension Planning Center is the award recipient in the medium business category with employees ranging from 25-100 or annual revenues between $1 and $5 million. The Pension Planning Centre is a financial services firm that specializes in strategic wealth management. Groupe Park Avenue, a group of 16 new and used car dealerships in the Greater Montreal Area, is the award recipient in the large business category that recognizes entrepreneurial family enterprises with more than 100 full-time employees or over $5 million in annual revenue.

"Our panel of distinguished judges was extremely impressed with nominations received in this inaugural year," said Professor Pramodita Sharma, Chair of FL awards and the CIBC Distinguished Professor of Family Business at the John Molson School of Business. Winners of each award were chosen based on business success, positive business and family linkages, multi-generational family involvement, contributions to the community and industry, and usage of innovative business practices or strategies. All nominations were reviewed by a panel of five independent judges - Mr. Sebastian van Berkom, Mr. Terry Didus, Ms. Michele Desjardins, Dr. Paul Shrivastava and Dr. Michael Carney. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor these dynamic local, family-owned businesses who are both progressive and giving," noted Sharma.

Also recognized at the ceremony were a number of students for best cases written on Quebec family enterprises. Winners of the Best Graduate Student Family Business Paper Award category are Isabelle Lusseyran, Mohamed Meskaoui and Franco Reda for their case on Viau Foods Inc. Joint winners in the Undergraduate Student Family Business Paper Award category are Jordan Brown, Louis Daniel Bernier, Tania Lancia, Luca Panarello and Marco Panarello for their case report on Boulangerie Patisserie Italia, as well as Greta Pelaez Heredia, Momtaz Almossly, Paulo Monteagudo and Tommy Lebel for their case on O.Noir Restaurant.

"We are happy to be able to help foster the development of students who will be the next generation of entrepreneurs," said Michael Newton, Managing Partner of Fuller Landau LLP. "This year's entries showed a lot of promise and certainly impressed our judges. We look forward to seeing what next year has in store."

All awards were handed out during a cocktail reception at the John Molson School of Business on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. For more information on the Fuller Landau Family Business Award, visit: http://johnmolson.concordia.ca/en/component/content/article/96-jmsb-news/1805-2011-fuller-landau-family-business-awards

About Fuller Landau LLP

With their motto of "Work hard, play hard and have fun," the professionals at Fuller Landau LLP, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, are a blend of young, dynamic partners and seasoned consultants working to improve the net worth of current and future clients. Praised by Canadian Business Magazine and Maclean's Magazine for its service offering and work environment, Fuller Landau LLP provides a full range of financial services. The firm, founded in 1963, has more than 100 employees and is guided by its eight core principles: excellence, confidence, innovation, passion, leadership, creativity, team spirit, and empathy. Fuller Landau LLP is a member of the Leading Edge Alliance (www.leadingedgealliance.com), an international network of independently owned professional accounting and consulting firms. To learn more about Fuller Landau LLP, visit www.flmontreal.com.

About the John Molson School of Business

Concordia University's John Molson School of Business is among the largest, English-language business schools in Canada. Its mission is to develop responsible business leaders and global citizens with an ability to manage in future business environments that are global, complex and sustainable. JMSB boasts more than 37,000 alumni worldwide.

SOURCE Fuller Landau

For further information:

Valérie Marcoux
Torchia Communications
514-288-8290, ext. 214
Anne Dongois
Media Relations
514 826-2050


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