EY celebrates 20 years of inspirational entrepreneurs
MONTRÉAL, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - EY celebrated 20 years of honouring great entrepreneurs by presenting Marc Dutil of
Groupe Canam Inc. — the largest fabricator of steel components in North
America — with the 2013 Québec EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award.
For over 50 years, Groupe Canam Inc. has set a high standard for
innovation. But it wasn't until Marc joined the company in 2002 that
Groupe Canam Inc. truly emerged ahead of the competition.
"Having an entrepreneurial mindset means thinking one step ahead of
everyone else," says Luc Charbonneau, Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year
program co-director. "Marc saw the opportunity to capitalize on the way
digital technology was revolutionizing the construction industry — and
he moved on it to really differentiate his business."
Today, Groupe Canam Inc. is a global brand with operations in Canada,
the United States, Romania, India and Hong Kong. Marc attributes the
company's success to their entrepreneurial culture.
"Innovation is the key to continually growing and competing at a global
level," says Daniel Baer, Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year program
co-director. "But you've got to foster a culture of innovation within
an organization to drive the company forward. That's where Marc's
leadership has set Groupe Canam Inc. apart from the competition. We can
all learn from his approach."
EY's G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013 reveals that while Canada scores very high on its entrepreneurial
culture, relatively low levels of self-employment suggest there's room
for larger numbers of people to be encouraged to capitalize on the
country's supportive environment.
To support the next generation of business leaders, Marc also created
the École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce — a first-class institution of
higher learning that specializes in training and preparing the next
generation of entrepreneurs based entirely on the expertise of
high-level business leaders.
"We all have a part to play in encouraging the next generation to pursue
their entrepreneurial ambitions," says Charbonneau. "Highlighting the
achievements of local business leaders through our Entrepreneur Of The
Year program is just one way we can motivate talent to reach their
"Stories like Marc's prove what's possible with a vision and the drive
to execute it," adds Baer. "Those are the stories we've been
celebrating for over 20 years and that we'll keep on celebrating for
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 gala also honoured Bernard, Laurent and Alain Lemaire of Cascades
Inc. with the Lifetime Achievement award. The award recognizes
individuals who have made an enduring impression on the Canadian
business community and who continue to nurture and inspire the next
generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talent.
Category winners of the 2013 Québec EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards:
Business-to-business products and services
Biena Inc. | Saint-Hyacinthe
Designs and produces probiotic dairy products and enzymes.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Le Groupe Maurice | Saint-Laurent
Develops, manages and owns residences for retirees.
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, veterinary and laboratory markets.
Amaya Gaming Group Inc. | Pointe-Claire
Designs, develops, manufactures, distributes and sells technology-based
gaming solutions for the regulated gaming industry worldwide.
Media and entertainment
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.
Real estate and construction
Groupe Canam Inc. | Saint-Georges
Provides component design and manufacturing services for the
Technology and communications
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.
Simon De Baene
Groupe GSoft | Montréal
Montréal's leader in agile software development.
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
As the Québec region's 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Marc Dutil will
compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Prairies, Ontario and
Atlantic regions for the national honour of Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of
The Year 2013, to be presented at a gala celebration on 27 November
2013 in Toronto. In June 2014, Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
2013 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 other
country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
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 in 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 our National Entrepreneur Of The Year awards
gala on 27 November 2013, please contact Julie Olden at 416 943 2062 or
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYQuébec.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI, Merrill DataSite and Pandora Jewellery. In Québec, Entrepreneur Of The
Year is sponsored by Fonds de Solidarité FTQ.
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economy — and community — forward.
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