Community Developer and Builder is Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year

    Mattamy Corporation CEO Peter E. Gilgan Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur
    Of The Year(R) 2007

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Peter E. Gilgan, CEO of the Mattamy Corporation,
was presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Award
tonight, at a gala presentation in Toronto. The award ceremony, known as
Canada's most prestigious of the business world, brought together many of the
country's most esteemed business leaders. Top regional entrepreneurs and four
special citation recipients were also recognized at the premier business
    "Mr. Gilgan's ability to see opportunities and gaps in the marketplace,
while meeting the needs of his customers, reflects his exceptional leadership
and innovation," said Dan Cornacchia, national director of the Entrepreneur Of
The Year Awards program. "As a determined entrepreneur and passionate
philanthropist, he remains committed to the social development of the
communities his company touches. He is an inspiration to many and we are very
proud to present him with this prestigious award."
    A true leader, Mr. Gilgan brings personal and professional skill sets to
the operation of the Mattamy Corporation. He brought the New Urbanism concepts
into his trademarked WideLot(TM) building and planning principles. Able to
connect with people on a personal level, he has a fierce determination to
satisfy homeowners-the hallmarks of Mattamy Homes. The culture of his business
is one of drive for achievement with an openness to learn new approaches and
    The results of these efforts have garnered Mattamy Homes numerous
pinnacle Homebuilder of the Year awards, from associations including the
Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association (2007) and the Ontario Home
Builders' Association (2006), as well as specific awards, such as Community of
the Year and Project of the Year for Hawthorne Village in Milton, and Project
of the Year for Watercolours in Lorne Park. As well, homeowners placed Mattamy
Homes number one in total homeowner satisfaction in the 2007 J.D. Power survey
for the Greater Toronto Area.
    As the Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year, Mr. Gilgan will compete with
top entrepreneurs from over 40 countries for the title of World Entrepreneur
Of The Year(R). The coveted international honour will be announced in June
    Also honoured at tonight's evening celebration were the other Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 regional recipients:

    Lukas Lundin, The Lundin Group of Companies, Vancouver, BC
    A leader in identifying global investment opportunities in the natural
    resource sector, The Lundin Group of Companies' uninhibited pursuit of
    highly prospective properties has led to the development of world-class
    ore deposits and oil and gas fields.

    Louie Tolaini, TransX Group of Companies, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    TransX Group of Companies is Canada's largest privately owned
    transportation company, and one of North America's top-50 carriers by

    Andrew Lutfy, Groupe Dynamite Inc, Mount Royal, Québec
    Groupe Dynamite is a privately held company operating more than 240
    women's retail stores across the country under the banners Dynamite and

    Glenn Cooke, Cooke Aquaculture, Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick
    Established as a small family business more than 20 years ago, Cooke
    Aquaculture has evolved into the largest fully integrated and independent
    salmon farming company in North America.

    Many regional award recipients merit special mention for demonstrating
high levels of achievement and success in particular aspects of their
business. Our national judges have selected recipients in four categories in
recognition of their unique embodiment of entrepreneurial values. The
Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation Recipients for 2007 are:

    Jeff McIntosh, Canadian Global Air Ambulance, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Canadian Global Air Ambulance provides aeromedical solutions for private
    individuals, the insurance industry and government organizations across
    Canada and around the world.

    Randi Shinder, Fusion Brands Inc., Ottawa, Ontario
    Fusion Brands creates innovative cosmetics and fragrance products that
    provide smart alternatives for the savvy beauty customer in the prestige
    and mass markets.

    Jean-Pierre Sauriol, Dessau-Soprin Inc., Laval, Québec
    Founded in 1957, Dessau is one of Canada's largest engineering-
    construction companies, active in both national and international
    markets. The outstanding know-how of its experts allows the firm to
    consult and operate in both the private and public sectors.

    Richard Calder, Charm Diamond Centres, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
    Charm Diamond Centres is the largest independently owned Canadian
    jewellery company, providing quality merchandise and service in over 60
    stores across the country.

    Two exceptional Canadian entrepreneurs were also recognized with Lifetime
Achievement Awards this year. Recipients of this special honour are:

    Graham Dennis, The Halifax Herald Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    After almost 54-years as publisher of The Halifax Herald Limited, Mr.
    Dennis is Canada's longest-serving and eldest publisher. From carrier to
    publisher, he has been exposed to all departments and aspects of the
    family business. After the death of Mr. Dennis's father, Senator William
    Henry Dennis, in 1954, he assumed the role of publisher, where he has
    remained to this date.

    G. Wallace F. McCain, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Toronto, Ontario
    Mr. McCain co-founded McCain Foods Limited in 1956, which has grown into
    one of the largest frozen food companies in the world. He was president
    and co-chief executive officer of McCain Foods Limited until 1995, and is
    currently chairman of the board of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., and vice
    chairman and director of other associated companies within the McCain
    Foods Group.

    The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour entrepreneurs who have
demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation,
risk taking, company development, financial performance, and personal
commitment to their businesses and communities. Submissions are reviewed by an
independent judging panel, which is composed of several distinguished Canadian
business leaders and previous award recipients. This year's national judging
panel included the following people:

    Susan Gallacher, DirectCash Management Inc.
    Terry Lyons, Northgate Minerals Corporation
    Jean-Marc Leboeuf, Le Groupe Créatech
    Karen Oldfield, Halifax Port Authority
    Sue Paish, Pharmasave Drugs (National) Limited
    John Rothschild, Prime Restaurant Holdings Inc.

    The Entrepreneur Of The Year program was founded by Ernst & Young to
celebrate great entrepreneurs and heighten awareness of the economic impact of
entrepreneurial ventures. The program is nationally sponsored by Global
Television Network, National Post, La Presse, RDI, Roynat Capital and SAP. To
learn more about the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Awards, visit

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