Ernst & Young recognizes entrepreneurial communications icon in Ontario

    Ted Rogers receives the 2008 Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award

    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - Ted Rogers has spent more than half a century
building on his entrepreneurial spirit to revolutionize the Canadian
communications industry. Today, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of
The Year(R) 2008 Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient in recognition
of his innumerable contributions to the regional and national business scenes.
    "Ted Rogers drives those around him to succeed. He is passionate about
business and his energy drives and inspires those around him to overcome
challenges and push for progress," said Dan Cornacchia, National and Ontario
Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program. "With inspiring
forethought and vision, Rogers represents the true essence of entrepreneurism.
He recognizes opportunities others miss and uses them to build ideas into
    With the purchase of Toronto FM radio station CHFI in 1960, Rogers began
what would soon become one of Canada's largest communications empires: Rogers
Communications Inc. His early career focus on FM radio quickly expanded to
encompass broadcasting, cable television and telecommunications. Rogers
pioneered numerous communications ventures, transforming Rogers Communications
into an industry leader. His entrepreneurial ventures extend to philanthropy.
Most recently with a $15 million donation to Ryerson University in 2007,
Rogers established more than 50 new scholarships and financed further business
management research.
    The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour individuals
whose lasting impact on Canadian and international business nurtures the next
generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talent. This year, the program proudly
celebrates a milestone anniversary - 15 years of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
    Ted Rogers will be presented with the award and honoured at the Ernst &
Young Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Banquet in Toronto on
October 16, 2008.
    The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI.

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