Firm recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs who make a difference in the global economy
TORONTO, July 6 /CNW/ - Canada's most successful entrepreneurs improve the quality of life for people across the globe, Ernst & Young said today as the firm announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2010 Awards.
"This year's outstanding Ontario finalists share an unwavering determination to realize their dreams and change lives," says Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. "As world markets become increasingly connected - and the global economy begins to rebound from the recent downturn - the success of entrepreneurs in Ontario can quickly spread to communities in other parts of the world."
According to a recent Ernst & Young publication, A world of opportunity: Entrepreneurial perspectives on the impact of globalization, entrepreneurs have been quick to seize opportunities presented by the opening of new markets.
"It's the most flexible and agile organizations that are set to thrive in the new economic landscape, and not necessarily the bigger and long-established ones," says McMorrow. "Surviving in today's fast-paced business environment demands openness to new ideas, speed, creativity, perseverance and excellence in execution."
In another recent report, Ambitious, adept and agile, Ernst & Young finds that just over two-thirds of entrepreneurs surveyed agree that globalization has opened the door to new and unforeseen competitors. Companies are suddenly finding a new generation of rivals from both local and international markets.
"The key to staying above the competition is to be relentlessly innovative, create better products and services, maximize efficiency and make use of the best talent available," McMorrow says. "Companies that can achieve these requirements are poised to succeed and make a difference - to themselves, and to people the world over."
Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes high-achieving entrepreneurs in Canada and around the world who drive growth, build communities and transform industries. The Canadian program is in its 17th year of honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
The names of the Ontario winners will be announced at a gala banquet in Toronto on October 13, and the overall winner will represent Ontario at the national banquet in Toronto on November 17. For ticket information regarding the regional and national banquets, please contact Linda Starr at 416 943 3053.
The 2010 Ontario finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Cleantech Stephen Carpenter Enermodal Engineering/Kitchener enermodal.com Enermodal Engineering is Canada's largest consulting firm exclusively dedicated to green buildings and communities. Scott Monteith Monteco Ltd./Toronto monteco.com Monteco is a cleantech firm that develops and launches environmental products in the water, air and energy sectors. David Hatherton NextEnergy Inc./Elmira nextenergy.ca NextEnergy is a leading Canadian designer and marketer of geothermal technology. Cameron Manners Nu Flow.Oshawa nuflowtech.com Nu Flow manufactures and installs innovative green technologies to rehabilitate the inner infrastructure of deteriorated or failing water piping systems. Consumer products and services George Warren Centennial Windows Ltd./London centennialwindows.com Centennial Windows manufactures and installs custom replacement windows and doors. They also provide warranty and service for customers for as long as they own their homes. Orazio Civello Collega and Civello Salon - Spas/North York borntostyle.ca Collega Education offers classes in product knowledge, hair colour, cut, spa, retailing and business-building programs to salon owners, managers and operators. John Bitove Obelysk/Toronto obelysk.com Obelysk is one of Canada's largest private equity firms, providing capital to and overseeing the strategic management of diversified businesses. Emerging entrepreneur Mark Cahsens Great Circle Works/Oakville greatcircleworks.com Great Circle Works is an innovator, manufacturer and global distributor of toys and sporting goods articles for kids young and old. John Morgan Morgan Solar Inc./North York morgansolar.com Morgan Solar created the Sun Simba, a solar panel for utility-scale, grid-connected solar farms. Michael Scissons Syncapse/Toronto syncapse.com Syncapse is a global leader in digital consulting and measurement, and helps its clients leverage the power of social media. Energy and natural resources Larry Ciccarelli GlobeStar Mining Corporation/Toronto globestarmining.com GlobeStar is a copper and gold producer with operations in the Dominican Republic, and is also engaged in the acquisition of copper and gold properties in major Latin American mining districts. Jim Temerty Northland Power Income Fund/Toronto NPIFund.com Northland Power Income Fund is a Canadian open-ended income trust that indirectly owns equity interests in six power facilities, including three power plants and three wind power projects. Laurie Stanton Stanton Farms/Ilderton holsteinworld.com/stanton Stanton Farms is a state-of-the-art dairy farm business that uses technology to maximize its energy efficiencies and minimize its environmental impact. Health sciences Jan Oudenes Alphora Research Inc./Mississauga alphoraresearch.com Alphora Research provides active pharmaceutical ingredient technology development services for the scale-up of complex small molecules with pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. Connie Clerici Closing the Gap Healthcare Group/Mississauga closingthegap.ca Closing the Gap provides high-quality community-based health-care services, including rehabilitation therapy, nursing, personal support, health-care consulting and driveable services. Lee McDonald Southmedic Inc./Barrie southmedic.com Southmedic is a forward-thinking medical manufacturing and distribution organization with a focus on innovation. Hospitality/tourism Naman Budhdeo FlightNetwork.com/Oakville flightnetwork.com Flight Network is a privately held company focused on providing discount airfare through the internet to the Canadian market. Charles Khabouth INK Entertainment/Toronto ink-00.com INK is the parent company of successful entertainment complexes in the hospitality industry. Rita Tsang, Annie Tsu Tour East Group/North York toureast.com Tour East provides integrated travel and business solutions to both travel agencies and consumers, including fulfillment, technology, travel contents and tours. Manufacturing Sabine Veit Backerhaus Veit Ltd./Woodbridge backerhausveit.com Backerhaus Veit is a manufacturer and supplier of premium European-style, artisan par-baked (frozen) breads to the retail and foodservice market in North America. Dani Reiss Canada Goose Inc./Toronto canada-goose.com Canada Goose is committed to producing the best extreme cold weather outerwear in the world. Howard Singleton Trimaster Manufacturing Inc./Guelph trimastermfg.com Trimaster's in-house capabilities include manufacturing engineering, precision high-speed computer numerical control (CNC) milling, CNC Swiss-style turning, CNC turning, grinding, elastomer moulding and grinding, sheet metal fabrication and precision assembly. Media and entertainment Shan Chandrasekar Asian Television Network International Limited/Newmarket asiantelevision.com Asian Television Network is Canada's largest South Asian broadcaster, operating 23 television channels, including three Chinese channels. James Schmalz, Michael Schmalz Digital Extremes Ltd./London digitalextremes.com Digital Extremes created the Evolution Engine(TM), a proprietary middleware technology that offers a variety of unique tools and processes to help AAA console game developers make better games. Pierre Morrissette Pelmorex Media Inc./Oakville pelmorex.com Pelmorex Media blends technology, science and creativity to manufacture content to serve the weather needs of all Canadians on TV, web, desktop and mobile. Professional/financial services Sam Bouji Global Group of Companies/Richmond Hill globalfinancial.ca Global is a financial services firm that offers an array of financial solutions, including education savings plans, life and disability insurance, mutual funds, stocks, bonds and other investments. Sergei Tchetvertnykh Infinium Group Inc./Toronto infiniumgroup.com Infinium Group is a leading independent electronic trading firm specializing in alternative quantitative and arbitrage strategies. David Shaw Knightsbridge Human Capital Management Inc./Toronto knightsbridge.ca Knightsbridge provides human capital advice and customized solutions through integrated teams of specialists. Vladimir Stritesky Trow Global/Brampton trow.com Trow Global is one of Canada's largest engineering and consulting firms, providing engineering, project management, environment and urban planning services. Social entrepreneur Robert Drynan Camp Oochigeas/Toronto ooch.org Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides year-round camp programming to kids with and affected by childhood cancer. George Roter, Mitchell Parker Engineers Without Borders Canada/Toronto ewb.ca Engineers Without Borders engages 50,000 members in 35 chapters to promote the idea that lasting change in Africa will stem not from charity, but from helping foster opportunity. Greg Overholt Students Offering Support/Waterloo studentsofferingsupport.ca Students Offering Support is a student-led charitable association that raises money to help children in Latin America gain access to quality education. Technology and communications Kevin North Dyadem/North York dyadem.com Dyadem provides enterprise operational risk management and quality risk management through industry-leading software solutions. Rick Watkin Kubra Data Transfer Ltd./Mississauga kubra.com KUBRA provides business process outsourcing solutions that support the entire customer communication management lifecycle across digital and paper-based channels. Ashok Kalle Pathway Communications/Markham pathcom.com Pathway Communications is a Canadian company and is part of the Pathway Group of Companies, which offers a broad range of high-quality internet and telecommunications services. Young entrepreneur Neil Spivack Direct Sales Force Inc./Toronto directsalesforce.ca Direct Sales Force provides clients with an outsourced sales solution. The company hires, trains and manages its own staff to market its clients' products face to face. John Carbrey Intrafinity/Toronto intrafinity.com Intrafinity software services and products enable organizations to get the most value out of their digital content by effectively managing their websites, documents, collaboration and online learning. Chris Pavlovski Jolted Media Group Ltd./Toronto jmg.com Jolted Media Group is one of the largest online media companies, and oversees one of the biggest entertainment properties on the web: Jokeroo.com. Ali Asaria Well.ca/Guelph Well.ca Well.ca is Canada's largest online health and beauty store, providing convenient online shopping and a selection of over 31,000 products. The Ontario regional judges are: Andrew Bergstrom, Managing Director Cossette Sandra Bosela, Partner EdgeStone Capital Partners Ginny Dybenko, Dean, School of Business and Economics Wilfrid Laurier University Steve Gupta, President and CEO Easton's Group of Hotels Inc. Piyush Patel, CEO AllerPharma Inc. Joe Prosperi, Managing Director Beringer Capital John Young, Managing Director Temple Street Productions Inc.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is sponsored nationally by Global TV, National Post, La Presse and RDI.
About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 144,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.
For more information, please visit ey.com/ca.
Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.
For further information: For further information: Melissa Prince, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416 943 3474; Brooke Morris, email@example.com, 604 899 3597 Julie Fournier, firstname.lastname@example.org, 514 874 4308