Ernst & Young unveils Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award finalists
TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - Today's entrepreneurs continue to fill a critical
role in the success of the Canadian economy, Ernst & Young said today when
unveiling this year's finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
"We have seen extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit here in the 15 years
since establishing the program in Canada. Time and time again, individuals
find exciting new ways of doing business and meeting market needs," said Dan
Cornacchia, National and Ontario Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year
Awards program. "These entrepreneurs are propelling the Canadian economy
forward. Their ideas and contributions make a real difference to their
customers, employees and communities."
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards recognize the spirit and contribution
of entrepreneurs here and around the world. This year, the Canadian program is
proudly celebrating a milestone anniversary - 15 years of honouring the
country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
In 2007, Canada's own Guy Laliberté (founder of Cirque du Soleil) brought
home top honours, winning the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year(R)
Award. This year's finalists embark on the same path, providing great examples
of entrepreneurism at its best. The Ontario winners will be announced at a
banquet on October 16, and the overall winner will represent the region at the
national banquet in November.
In 2008, Ernst & Young is also awarding Ted Rogers the Lifetime
Achievement Award for Ontario. Ted, president and CEO of Rogers Communications
Inc., built his vision into a communications empire that now includes cable
television, radio, cell phones and internet.
The 2008 Ontario finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year are:
Business-to-Business Products and Services
Leader in water treatment products, with sales and distribution
throughout North America.
The Printing House Limited/Toronto
Customer-focused, performance-driven printing network with a focus on
on-demand digital reprographics, online print and document management.
Non-asset-/light-asset-based provider of multimodal
transportation/logistics services, with a significant presence in North
America and a global reach. Offers integrated supply chain solutions to a
diversified Fortune 1000 client base domestically and internationally.
Alexander Garber, Boris Serebryany
Fiera Foods Company/Toronto
Manufacturer of frozen raw and baked bakery products, including Kosher-
designated products. Offers a wide range of production methods: proof and
bake, par-bake, freezer-to-oven and thaw-and-sell.
Cam Heaps, Greg Taylor
Steam Whistle Brewing/Toronto
Independent brewery housed in Toronto's historic John Street Roundhouse
with a singular focus: to make one beer of exceptional quality that
Canadians can be proud of.
Stone Tile International/Toronto
Importer and distributor of a very highly designed line of tiles
consisting of natural stones, porcelains and ceramics.
Full-service marketing and communications company.
N2 Ingredients, Inc./Oakville
Supplier of natural, nutritional and organic ingredients to food
Oliver Bock, Gabrielle Chevalier, Mark Smith
Solutions 2 GO Inc./Mississauga
Distributor of video game products, including hardware, software and
accessories, and a provider of logistic services to video game publishers
Health Services and Sciences
Dr. Piyush Patel
Allied Research International - Cetero Research Inc./Mississauga
Contract human research organization providing services to the
pharmaceutical and biotech industries, including complex first-in-man to
large multicentre late-phase studies.
Saint Elizabeth Health Care/Markham
Trailblazing, business-savvy, not-for-profit charitable organization that
is transforming the health-care landscape and experience in Canada
through home and community care.
Manufacturer and distributor of specialty medical equipment, and
innovators of the "first open oxygen mask."
Bermingham Construction Ltd./Hamilton
Builds foundations for infrastructure, and designs and manufactures
specialty equipment for the energy, mining, bridge, hospital, airport and
commercial residential sectors.
Manufacturer/distributor of vinyl siding and accessory products serving
One of North America's largest pet product companies and a manufacturer
of premium-quality private-label and branded pet products.
Canada's second-largest independently owned and operated communications
agency. Its divisions include Cundari Health, Cundari Interactive, and
internationally recognized design and branding firm Cundari SFP.
Farah Perelmuter, Martin Perelmuter
Canada's most innovative speakers' bureau, representing the most
extraordinary speakers, innovative thinkers and inspiring individuals.
Jane Hope, Paul Lavoie
Independent company with core expertise in strategic planning,
advertising, design, interactive, relationship marketing and branded
Not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to city-building through the arts.
Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger
Free The Children/Toronto
The world's largest network of children helping children through
education, with over one million youth involved in education and
development programs in 45 countries.
Roots of Empathy/Toronto
Evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in
reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising
social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.
Yonge Street Mission/Toronto
Committed to being a pivotal agent of change in the community. Four
divisions offer services, programs and networks of support that enable
those in need to improve their lives.
Dr. Jan Mrazek
Professional services organization specializing in data warehousing,
business intelligence, master data management and data integration.
Phoenix Interactive Design, Inc./London
Designer and developer of mission-critical software for banks that
operate complex and sophisticated self-service systems, commonly known as
automated teller machines.
Provides a unified suite of software solutions to help global enterprises
adopt, manage and extend their use of server virtualization in the
hetergeneous data centre.
A trusted global supplier of OSS service fulfilment solutions that enable
cable, telco and mobile communications service providers to deliver
voice, video, data, content and multimedia services and applications.
Entripy Custom Clothing/Oakville
Full-service screenprinting and embroidery company that sells directly to
businesses requiring branding or promo apparel.
Freshii Inc. - The Lettuce Eatery/Toronto
Fast-food restaurant franchise with locations in Toronto and Chicago that
serves healthy and great-tasting meals and snacks quickly, in a hip,
friendly and environmentally sustainable atmosphere.
Grade A Techs.com/Ottawa
A technology support business that operates in Ottawa.
Amanie Ismail, Omar Ismail, Erik Kalviainen
Authoritative web resource for unbiased product reviews and information
created and maintained by the community.
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Post, La Presse and RDI.
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