Canadian entrepreneurs raising the bar on business success

    Ernst & Young unveils Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award finalists
    for 2008

    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

    Robin Howlings
    Danamark WaterCare/Brampton
    Leader in water treatment products, with sales and distribution
    throughout North America.

    Earle O'Born
    The Printing House Limited/Toronto
    Customer-focused, performance-driven printing network with a focus on
    on-demand digital reprographics, online print and document management.

    Doug Tozer
    Wheels Group/Mississauga
    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.

    Consumer Products

    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.

    Sylvia Benchimol
    Stone Tile International/Toronto
    Importer and distributor of a very highly designed line of tiles
    consisting of natural stones, porcelains and ceramics.

    Emerging Entrepreneur

    Barry Avrich
    Full-service marketing and communications company.

    Bob Crane
    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
    in Canada.

    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.

    Shirlee Sharkey
    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.

    Lee McDonald
    Southmedic Inc./Barrie
    Manufacturer and distributor of specialty medical equipment, and
    innovators of the "first open oxygen mask."


    Patrick Bermingham
    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.

    Douglas Mitten
    Mitten Inc./Paris
    Manufacturer/distributor of vinyl siding and accessory products serving
    customers worldwide.

    John Kimmel
    Normerica Inc./Toronto
    One of North America's largest pet product companies and a manufacturer
    of premium-quality private-label and branded pet products.

    Professional Services

    Aldo Cundari
    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
    Speakers' Spotlight/Toronto
    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

    Social Entrepreneur

    Tim Jones
    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.

    Mary Gordon
    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.

    Rick Tobias
    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
    Adastra Corporation/Markham
    Professional services organization specializing in data warehousing,
    business intelligence, master data management and data integration.

    Kyle MacDonald
    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.

    Stephen Pollack
    PlateSpin Ltd./Toronto
    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.

    Tim Spencer
    Sigma Systems/Toronto
    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.

    Young Entrepreneur

    Jas Brar
    Entripy Custom Clothing/Oakville
    Full-service screenprinting and embroidery company that sells directly to
    businesses requiring branding or promo apparel.

    Matthew Corrin
    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.

    Christian Ste-Marie
    Grade A
    A technology support business that operates in Ottawa.

    Amanie Ismail, Omar Ismail, Erik Kalviainen
    ProductWiki Inc./Waterloo
    Authoritative web resource for unbiased product reviews and information
    created and maintained by the community.

    The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI.

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