Canadian entrepreneurs raising the bar on business success

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

    HALIFAX, 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 truly admire the entrepreneurial spirit we see in Atlantic Canada,"
said Joyce Hoeven, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program for
the Atlantic region. "Entrepreneurs provide the innovative breakthroughs that
create a thriving business environment here and often give us a competitive
advantage on the global stage."
    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 (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 Atlantic region winners will be announced
at a gala awards banquet at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on
Thursday, October 9. The overall winner will represent the region at the
national banquet in November.
    The 2008 Atlantic region finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year are:

    Business-to-Business Products and Services

    George Armoyan
    Clarke Inc./Geosam Investments Limited/Halifax, NS
    Investment companies that identify businesses with potential for improved
    performance and uncovering value.

    Art Garland
    Orphan Industries Limited/St. John's, NL
    Manufacturing facility that provides contract manufacturing, machining
    and fabrication of steel structures and systems.

    David Richard
    PV Inspection Services Limited/Dartmouth, NS
    Independent third-party company offering inspection, management and
    procurement support services to a diverse range of companies in many
    industry sectors.

    Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

    Armand Haché, Pauline Haché
    Haché Services Techniques Ltée./Caraquet, NB
    Provider of shop drawings to steel frame manufacturers.

    Sheila Blair-Reid
    Metro Guide Publishing/Halifax, NS
    Publishing house producing 14 publications in seven market sectors, with
    over three million readers.

    Wadih Fares
    W M Fares Group/Halifax, NS
    Multidisciplinary design and development company combining all facets of
    development, construction and management.

    Emerging Entrepreneur

    Trevor Cookson, Mary Goggin, Al MacDonald
    Accreon Inc./Fredericton, NB
    Information technology service provider to government, health-care and
    financial business sectors.

    Bill Sanford
    Bluewave Energy L.P./Dartmouth, NS
    Petroleum products supplier with 55 branches across Canada.

    Aly Rajab
    CLLC - Canadian Language Learning College/Halifax, NS
    College that teaches English as a second language to an international

    Doreen Driscoll
    Early Achievers Educational Centre/St. John's, NL
    Private enrichment facility focusing on educational experience to
    stimulate and enrich children's lives.


    Andrew Webber
    Armament Technology Incorporated/Halifax, NS
    Developer and marketer of defence-related equipment for military and
    security customers.

    Ronald MacDougall
    MacDougall Steel Erectors Inc./Borden-Carleton, PE
    Fabricator of structural steel and miscellaneous metals and installer of
    design-build structures, including visual media products.

    Harvey Stewart
    Trout River Industries/Coleman, PE
    Manufacturer of live-bottom truck trailers used mainly for road

    Michael Speraw
    Uplift Technologies Inc./Dartmouth, NS
    Manufacturer of specialty seating products for those with mobility
    restrictions and bright-light therapy systems for the seasonally daylight


    Alyson Townsend
    Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc./Quispamsis, NB
    Purchasing group and regulatory advocate for Canadian independent cable
    television companies.

    Michael Brien
    Macdonald Chisholm Trask Insurance/Bedford, NS
    Insurance brokerage delivering personal, commercial, marine and
    specialized insurance products.

    Gregory Roberts
    Pilley's Island Enterprises Group/Roberts Arm, NL
    Owner and operator of eight companies, including Mary Browns franchises,
    retail operations and real estate.


    Nathan Kroll
    Ad-Dispatch/Dartmouth, NS
    Creator, producer and deliverer of traditional and interactive
    promotional web video content, radio ads and interactive web-based

    Dale Robertson
    Enerscan Engineering Inc./Halifax, NS or
    Engineering company with two divisions: one specializing in energy
    management and one producing special products for electric utilities.

    Curtis Howe
    Mariner Partners Inc./Saint John, NB
    Consulting and IT products and services company focusing on the IPTV and
    business productivity solutions markets.

    The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. The Atlantic regional sponsor is Progress magazine.

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