Awards shine the spotlight on Canadian entrepreneurs' ability to create
sustainable growth - and jobs
HALIFAX, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Ernst & Young is proud to announce the
finalists in this year's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards and once again shine the spotlight on game-changing
entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation
across the country.
"This year's Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists reflect the
incredible diversity of talent and opportunities that exist today in
Atlantic Canada," says Lynn Healey, Atlantic Director of Entrepreneur
Of The Year. "Although diverse, they all share a passion to drive
positive change, innovate and create a legacy within their communities.
Their determination to turn their visions into realities has truly made
an indelible impact on our economy."
According to the recent Ernst & Young report, Global job hot spots: help wanted, entrepreneurs expanded jobs in Canada — and globally — by 16% in 2011
and still show signs of growth.
"Entrepreneurs make invaluable contributions to businesses and
communities across Canada and around the world," says Healey. "Our
survey results reveal that the majority of these business leaders not
only stimulate growth, they also actively support community services,
and 25% have created or funded an educational program."
These statistics combined are proof points that show how important it is
for all stakeholders to support entrepreneurship in Canada and abroad.
"At Ernst & Young, we're proud to recognize Canadian entrepreneurs — but
it's time more of us started paying attention to the contributions they
make," says Healey. "It's up to each of us to play a part in creating a
thriving entrepreneurial environment that enables our business leaders
to reach their potential. Our Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year
finalists for 2012 are wonderful role models and examples of the
potential that can be achieved."
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists
are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and
The Atlantic winners will be announced at a banquet on October 18, and
the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held
in Toronto on January 16, 2013.
For more information on Global job hot spots: help wanted, click here.
The 2012 Atlantic finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Business-to-business products and services
East Coast Catering Limited
Specializes in remote workforce catering and accommodations to the oil
and gas, marine, mining and industrial construction sectors
Hunt's Transport Ltd.
A transportation and logistics service provider serving the demands of
the oil, gas, mining, drilling, industrial, construction and general
Maritime Beauty Supply Company Ltd.
A leading wholesale beauty products distributor serving spas and salons
across the Maritime provinces
Business-to-consumer products and services
DSM Telecommunications Inc.
A Halifax-based phone company offering carrier-grade digital phone
TruMobility, long distance, conferencing and telephone services
An industry leader in providing oil services for transformers, hydraulic
and lubrication oils
Weather Shore Windows Inc.
A Newfoundland-based vinyl window manufacturer
John Griffin, Peter Griffin
W.P. Griffin Inc.
A family-owned and -operated leading agri-business that produces,
packages and markets healthy, easy-to-prepare meal choices
Design Built Mechanical Inc.
Provides mechanical work, including HVAC, electricity, structural steel
fabrication and erection, and custom steel fabrication to industrial
and commercial markets in the Maritimes
FundyPros Specialty Construction
Provides specialty construction products and services to the commercial
and residential construction industry in New Brunswick
7 Virtues Communications Group and 7 Virtues Beauty Inc.
Sources fair-trade organic oils for fragrances from suppliers in
Afghanistan and Haiti who provide seasonal employment to tribes and
Relish Gourmet Burgers
A unique franchise reinventing the gourmet burger industry
Aidan Brunn, Jennifer Laughlin
Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet Ltd.
Provides fresh, delicious and nutrient-packed gluten-free products at
farmers' markets, independent retailers, cafes and restaurants
Ambassatours Gray Line
A group tour company operating in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New
Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador
A neighbourhood restaurant in Halifax specializing in gourmet wood-fired
Twillingate Island Boat Tours Ltd.
A Newfoundland and Labrador tourism company specializing in iceberg boat
Bluedrop Performance Learning
A leader in advanced learning technologies for the workplace
Brovada Technologies Inc.
A software provider specializing in business process integration, system
conversions, legacy system integrations, and broker connectivity
A team of strategic technologists and cutting-edge software developers
working to find creative ways to bring people together, shaping
solutions that transform companies
All-Tech Hydraulic & Mechanical Inc.
Provides mechanical and hydraulic services, including field services, to
the mining sector and heavy industry in New Brunswick and Newfoundland
Atlas Structural Systems
Specializes in the manufacture of wood trusses, wood floor truss,
kneewalls and pre-fabwalls, and structural design services
Groupe Savoie Inc.
A leading producer of hardwood products, including pallets, hardwood
flooring, cabinet and furniture components, quality hardwood lumber as
well as pallet lumber
Dexel Developments Ltd.
A mixed-use property developer focused primarily on residential
apartments in the Halifax business district
Historica Developments Inc.
A real estate developing business focused on the Saint John area
About Entrepreneur of The Year
Entrepreneur Of The Year honours the spirit and contribution of
entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an
independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business
leaders and previous award recipients. The 2012 Atlantic judging panel
consisted of Denis Connor, Past-Chair, First Angel Network; Melinda
Lee, Partner Frosting Cake and Event Design; Earl Ludlow, CEO,
Newfoundland Power; Mike Mallory, New Brunswick Group Chair, TEC Group;
Gerry Pond, Partner, Mariner Partners; Duncan Shaw, President, Mullache
Corporation; Jo Mark Zurel, President, Stonebridge Capital Inc.
For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
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This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI.
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