Annual awards gala celebrates outstanding local entrepreneurs
HALIFAX, Oct. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - David Ford, Co-Founder and Chairman and Andrew Steeves, Co-Founder and President of BioScript Pharmacy Ltd, a specialty pharmacy supporting the unique pharmaceutical needs of patients managing complex illnesses, are this year's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Atlantic winners.
"In an industry dominated by big players and complex regulations, David and Andrew carved out significant market share in specialty pharmaceuticals," says Gina Kinsman, Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic Program Director. "Their persistent focus on high-quality customer service for their patients and stakeholders helped them build a strong reputation as humble and effective problem-solvers."
Specialty pharmaceuticals are medications for rare or complex diseases. They're either highly expensive, highly complex, require sensitive handling, or a combination of these factors. Often, there's limited availability of these medications and patients usually need some degree of financial support and help navigating multiple insurance plans to obtain special authorization for coverage. As a result, a typical retail pharmacy is not a good fit for specialty pharmaceuticals – that realization is what made David Ford start BioScript Pharmacy together with Andrew Steeves.
From day one, David and Andrew were driven by the desire to help people requiring these complex medications, as well as their physicians and other stakeholders. Since 2009, when the company was first established in Moncton, New Brunswick, the company has grown to operate 10 specialty pharmacies throughout Canada, with the 11th state-of-the-art pharmacy opening soon in Ontario. As of 2015, BioScript is one of the two largest specialty pharmacy networks in Canada with an estimated 25% market share.
"David and Andrew are laser-focused on innovating to constantly improve service for their customers, while also creating a better work environment for their staff," says Kinsman. "Their ultimate goal speaks to their values-driven leadership – not to become the largest player in the industry, but to continue to provide excellent service to stakeholders while making smart decisions to help ensure job security of their employees. David and Andrew are most deserving of this award."
Special citation – social entrepreneurship
The 6 October gala also honoured Jessie Jollymore of Hope Blooms with an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation award for social entrepreneurship.
Family Business Award of Excellence
As the Atlantic region's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016, David and Andrew will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Prairies, Ontario and Quebec regions for the national honour of Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016, to be presented at a gala celebration on 22 November 2016 in Toronto. In June 2017, Canada's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
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The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic 2016 category award recipients:
One Wind Services Inc. | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
A professional service organization serving the North American wind energy market.
Business-to-business products and services
Groupe Westco Inc. | Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick
One of Canada's largest integrated poultry farming organizations, with hatcheries, breeding farms and related shipping companies.
Business-to-consumer products and services
East Coast Lifestyle | Halifax, Nova Scotia
Designs and produces unique, high-profile clothing that showcases Atlantic Canadian pride.
David Ford and Andrew Steeves
BioScript Pharmacy Ltd. | Moncton, New Brunswick
A specialty pharmacy supporting the unique biological and specialty pharmaceutical needs of patients managing complex illnesses and the physicians who treat them.
Mezza Lebanese Restaurant Group | Halifax, Nova Scotia
A fast-casual franchise chain specializing in Lebanese cuisine that uses locally sourced meats, poultry, produce, and bread.
Kinduct Technologies Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia
Specializes in human performance software solutions for professional and amateur sports organizations as well as military, public safety, and health and wellness organizations.
Media and entertainment
Copernicus Studios Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia
Develops original entertainment media, supplies animated television content, and produces gaming and educational content for the evolving apps market.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries.
The 2016 Atlantic independent judging panel consists of Ben Cowan-Dewar, Managing Director, Cabot Links Ventures Inc.; Dr. Kenneth A. (Sandy) Maclver, Director, Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies, Mount Allison University; Nancy Mathis, Executive Director, Wallace McCain Institute; and Iris Petten, President, Petten Holdings Inc.
This year's program national sponsors are TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada and The Printing House Limited. Atlantic regional sponsors are Progress Media, Royal Bank of Canada and McInnes Cooper.
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