HALIFAX, July 6, 2017 /CNW/ - EY is recognizing entrepreneurs who dare to take risks, dive into uncertainty and overcome challenges with innovative solutions. Today, the firm named 32 finalists across eight categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Atlantic Awards program.
"Although Atlantic is one of the smaller regions, our entrepreneurs certainly have no less drive," says Gina Kinsman, Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic program Director. "This year's finalists dare to dream big and aren't letting uncertainty stop them from stepping on the gas. They're forward-thinking, developing solutions to problems we don't know exist. I'm proud to have them represent the Atlantic region."
Canada's entrepreneurs create companies that grow, and in turn, create jobs that boost the economy. The businesses of this year's Atlantic finalists employ over 6,000 people and see year-over-year growth with a sum of almost $1.7 billion in annual revenues.
At the Atlantic gala in Moncton on 5 October 2017, EY will name winners in a number of diverse categories selected by the independent panel of judges. One of those category winners will be named the overall Atlantic winner and will later compete with winners from Québec, Ontario, Prairies and Pacific for the Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year title. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with winners from more than 50 countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, in June 2018.
Last month, EY Canada's 2016 overall winner, Murad Al-Katib of AGT Food and Ingredients, was named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year for his purpose-driven approach and exceptional growth over the years. Al-Katib doesn't plan on stopping there – his ambitious expansion plans are consistent with the findings of EY's recent global Growth Barometer survey. The survey shows middle-market companies are still optimistic about growth in times of geopolitical uncertainties, shifting demographics and rapid technology advancements.
Kinsman adds: "Supporting the development of Canadian entrepreneurs is critical, it enables us to push boundaries and do what we were not able to do before."
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Visit ey.com/ca/eoy for more program details and a complete list of category finalists and to attend one of the regional galas across the country.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
The 2017 Atlantic independent judging panel consists of Dr. Kenneth A. (Sandy) Maclver, Director, Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies, Mount Allison University; Ben Cowan-Dewar, Managing Director, Cabot Links Ventures Inc.; Robyn Eddy, President, Eddy Group Ltd.; Douglas Hall, Director, Pattern Energy Group Inc.; Sharon Sparkes, Senior Vice President & CFO, Newfoundland Liquor Corp.; Jackie McIntyre, President and CEO, Cows Inc.; and Toon Nagtegaal, Founder & Owner, THENEXTPHASE.
This year's program national sponsors are TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada, SheEO, The Printing House Limited and Hillberg & Berk. Atlantic regional sponsors are McInnes Cooper and Atlantic Business Magazine.
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