Ernst & Young unveils Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award finalists
MONTREAL, July 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Today's entrepreneurs continue to fill a
critical role in the success of the Canadian economy, said Ernst & Young today
while unveiling this year's finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of
The Year Awards.
"Entrepreneurs recognize opportunities others don't and are passionate
about business," said François Dufresne, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The
Year Awards program for Québec and an Ernst & Young partner in Montréal. "We
truly admire their inspiring ambition and unconventional vision. Their burning
hunger for success drives business growth in Québec and all of Canada."
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour 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, the 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 entrepreneurialism at its best. The Québec winners will be
announced at a banquet on October 23, 2008, and the overall winner will
represent the region at the national banquet in November.
The 2008 Québec finalists for Entrepreneur of The Year are:
Business-to-Business Products & Services
Jean-Pierre Blais, Don Wall
Canadian Helicopters Income Fund / Les Cèdres, QC
Canadian Helicopters Income Fund is Canada's largest provider of
helicopter transportation services, boasting one of the world's largest
Overseas Express Consolidators (Canada) Inc. / Lachine, QC
One of the leading logistics providers from Asia to North America, OEC
provides logistics solutions through its worldwide network.
Rideau Recognition Solutions / Montréal, QC
Rideau offers customized global recognition and incentive solutions that
drive employee customer and business performance and ROI.
Business-to-Consumer Products and Services
A. Lassonde Inc. / Rougemont, QC
A. Lassonde is a leading Canadian developer, manufacturer and marketer of
fruit and vegetable juices and drinks.
Ciot Montreal Inc. / Montréal, QC
Ciot is an importer and distributor of ceramic and stone tiles and slabs,
as well as plumbing accessories for the commercial and residential
Le Groupe Beaucage / Sherbooke, QC
Beaucage operates 16 car dealerships in Sherbrooke, Granby and
Drummondville, in addition to its body shop and short-term car rental
Roberto Caniglia, Robert Ste-Marie
36pix photolab / Montréal, QC
36pix offers workflow solutions, complete with lab services, for the
school photography industry.
Averna / Montréal, QC
Averna leads the test engineering field by developing technologies and
delivering solutions that accelerate electronic product development and
improve quality standards for innovative, high-tech manufacturers.
Creaform / Lévis, QC
Creaform's products and services include 3D scanning, reverse engineering
and inspection, as well as design, development and analysis. It also
develops the Handyscan 3D, a line of self-positioning and portable
handheld laser scanners.
AGT / Trois-Rivières, QC
AGT develops automated and robotic production equipment for metal
manufacturers, providing clients with major gains in productivity and
JB Martin Ltée / St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC
JB Martin is a world leader in the manufacture of high-performance
technical fabrics for composite and protective applications.
André Couture, Martin Couture
Sanimax Industries Inc. / Montréal, QC
Sanimax develops enviro-friendly solutions for the food, agri-food and
renewable energy industries.
Mark Cohen, Avi Wallerstein
Lasik MD / Montréal, QC
Lasik MD is Canada's leading provider of laser vision correction surgery,
with 19 clinics in Canada and one in the US.
ROI Research on Investment / Montréal, QC
ROI Research on Investment is a provider of customized market research on
site selection and expansion-related activities for corporations
SGMarketing / Montréal, QC
SGMarketing is a marketing firm offering a broad range of services
targeting shopping centres and real estate companies.
Distech Controls / Brossard, QC
Distech Controls manufactures building automation products, including
electronic controllers and network management tools, allowing for
greener, more sustainable energy management within commercial and
EBC inc. / Ancienne-Lorette, QC
EBC erects buildings and provides other specialty construction services,
such as civil engineering and earthworks.
Samcon / Montréal, QC
A key player in Montréal's urban renewal since 1991, Samcon has
constructed over 2,500 condominiums, helping to rebuild and transform
several island neighbourhoods.
Greenlite Lighting Corporation / Pointe-Claire, QC
Greenlight Lighting is one of the world's leading manufacturers of
energy-efficient lighting products and one of the few Canadian companies
that manufactures and distributes energy-efficient compact fluorescent
O.NOIR / Montréal, QC
At O.NOIR, seeing patrons dine in total darkness and are waited on by
blind servers, casting the traditional culinary experience in a whole new
Tricentris / Lachute, QC
Tricentris, a sorting and recycling facility, sorts and sells materials
received from its client municipalities and members, as well as
The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. As well, the Québec regional Entrepreneur Of The Year
Program works in collaboration with Desjardins.
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